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Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Bejing - Taiwan's giant step towards allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn't over in a region where gay sex remains illegal in some countries.

Putin backs check into Chechen gay attacks after Merkel plea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday backed an official check into reported brutal attacks on gay men in Chechnya in his first public comment after German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted him on the issue.

Russia detains protesters against Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Monday detained young activists protesting against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Chechen leader denies arrest of gays

Moscow - Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied Wednesday that any homosexuals have been arrested in his Russian Caucasus republic, dismissing media reports about alleged abuse of gays.

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Los Angeles - American artist Gilbert Baker, who created the rainbow flag recognized around the world as a symbol of gay pride, has died, close friend and rights activist Cleve Jones announced.

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taipei - Taiwan's constitutional court heard a landmark case Friday that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

German gays loved with 'one foot in prison'

Berlin - Fritz Schmehling was just a teenager when he was convicted in 1957 under a Nazi-era law against gays that remained on the books for decades after the war.

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - Germany is expected Wednesday to approve quashing the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

Taiwan lesbian ordered to pay back groom

Taipei - A judgement against a gay woman who married a man because of pressure from her family has sparked criticism in Taiwan as the island moves closer to legalising same-sex marriage.

Gay Mardi Gras lights up Sydney

Sydney - Glitter sparkled on the faces and dresses of Sydney's drag queens Saturday as thousands paraded through the city championing equality at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Gay Mardi Gras lights up Sydney

Sydney - Glitter sparkled on the faces and dresses of Sydney's drag queens Saturday as thousands paraded through the city championing equality at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Gay Mardi Gras lights up Sydney

Sydney - Glitter sparkled on the faces and dresses of Sydney's drag queens Saturday as thousands paraded through the city championing equality at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Russian MP calls Disney's 'Beauty and Beast' gay propaganda

Moscow - An ultra-conservative Russian lawmaker on Saturday urged the culture ministry to check Disney's upcoming film "Beauty and the Beast" for possible breaches of a law banning "gay propaganda".

Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal

Rome - The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office has resigned following revelations that government funds for combating sexual discrimination had been allocated to clubs offering gay prostitution services.

Finnish MPs to re-consider approved same-sex marriage law

Helsinki - Finland's parliament is on Friday expected to vote for a second time on same-sex marriage, just two weeks before a 2014 law enshrining it was due to take effect.

Church of England rejects report barring gay marriage

London - The Church of England's General Synod on Wednesday rejected a report which ruled out accepting homosexual marriage and had led to a gay rights protest outside the meeting of Anglican bishops.

France's Macron laughs off gay rumours

Paris - Addressing malicious online comments and gossiping among journalists, French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has made fun of rumours that he is gay.

Thousands of gay men receive posthumous pardon in UK

London - Thousands of British gay men convicted for now-abolished sexual offences have been posthumously pardoned under a new law named after World War II hero Alan Turing that came into effect on Tuesday.

Switzerland to lift ban on gay, bisexual men giving blood

Geneva - Switzerland on Tuesday said it would lift its 40-year ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood but will still prohibit donations from those who have had sex in the last year.

Trump to keep Obama LGBT workplace protections

Washington - President Donald Trump will continue to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace, the White House said Tuesday.

Taiwan moves a step closer to legalising same-sex marriage

Taipei - Taiwan's parliament on Monday passed the first draft of a controversial marriage equality bill, moving the island a step closer to becoming the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex nuptials.

Deep divisions in Taiwan over gay marriage reform

Taipei - Watching her boisterous twin toddlers romp around the living room, Hope Chen worries what would happen to them if she ever fell seriously ill or had an accident.

UN member-states reject African bid to block UN LGBT expert

New York - The UN General Assembly on Monday rejected a bid by African countries to block the appointment of the first-ever UN expert tasked with investigating violence and discrimination against LGBT minorities.

UN drops gay rights from tribute to Ban

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday dropped advancing gay rights from a tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after Russia raised objections, diplomats said.

Film on Cuba's gay intolerance pulled from Havana festival

Havana - Drama spilled beyond movie plotlines and into real life Thursday at the opening of a Latin American film festival in Havana, where the authorities have excluded a movie touching on Cuba's intolerance toward gays under Fidel Castro.

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

Vatican City - A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.

Thousands call for equality in Hong Kong pride parade

Hong Kong - A huge rainbow flag led thousands through the streets of Hong Kong Saturday as the city's LGBT community braved the rain and wind to call for equality at its annual pride parade.
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