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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.

Dutch king makes first visit to gay community

Den Haag - King Willem-Alexander on Tuesday visited the Netherlands' main gay rights association to mark its 70th anniversary, in what was said to be the first such visit by a Dutch head of state.

Writer urges Moroccans to rebel after girls arrested for kissing

Paris - Moroccans must rebel against the "mediaeval laws" which weigh them down, the winner of France's top literary prize declared Friday as she jumped to the defence of two teenage girls who were arrested after being caught kissing.

Gay rights progress faces Europe backlash: activists

Nicosia - Europe has made enormous progress on gay rights since the 1990s, but those gains are now being threatened by rising intolerance, according to activists from across the continent.

Populism in Europe stoking violence, say gay activists

Nicosia - Activists at Europe's biggest annual gay rights conference warned Friday that populist political movements across the continent are stoking violence against minorities.

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Sydney - Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate.

Marchers in Mexico City decry same-sex marriage

Mexico - Thousands marched in Mexico City Saturday against same-sex marriage, which President Enrique Pena Nieto supports, while hundreds of gay rights supporters rallied nearby."I think the government...

Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization

Mexico - Thousands of people marched throughout Mexico Saturday to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto's initiative to legalize gay marriage.

Uganda gay pride postponed after minister threats

Kanpala - A gay pride parade in the Ugandan capital planned for the weekend has been postponed after a government minister was accused of saying mob attacks on participants would be their own fault.

Amsterdam boosts security for Gay Pride canal parade

Den Haag - Special forces will be deployed in Amsterdam on Saturday when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the annual Gay Pride parade along its famous canals, police said.

Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride under police guard

Jerusalem - Thousands of revellers attended Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade under heavy police protection on Thursday, a year after an ultra-Orthodox Jew killed a teenager at the march.

Homophobia up in Mexico after gay marriage push: NGO

- Homophobia has surged in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in May, a gay rights group said Tuesday, reporting 26 hate-fueled murders this year.

Trudeau becomes first Canadian PM to march in Toronto Pride parade

Montr - Justin Trudeau made history Sunday by marching with tens of thousands of people in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, becoming the country's first sitting prime minister to participate.

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Cologne - Hundreds of thousands of people joined the Gay Pride parade in western Germany on Sunday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and honouring the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Christians should apologise to gay people: Pope Francis

Rome - Pope Francis said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

US parades celebrate Gay Pride, honor Orlando victims

New York - Hundreds of thousands of people from New York to San Francisco marched to celebrate gay pride, honor those killed in the Florida gay nightclub massacre, and promote tolerance.

Jewish man who stabbed Jerusalem Gay Pride marchers sentenced to life

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding others during a stabbing spree at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.

Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

Canada reduces waiting period for gay men to donate blood

Ottawa - Canada has loosened requirements for gay men who want to donate blood, reducing the compulsory period of sexual abstinence from five years to one year.

Orlando shooter claimed attack with 'chilling calm': FBI

Miami - Orlando gunman Omar Mateen acted with "chilling calm" in phone calls made at the height of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, styling himself an "Islamic soldier" and warning of more bloodshed to come, officials said.

Op-Ed: How did Orlando nightclub shooter escape FBI scrutiny?

Fort Pierce - Even if nothing more than misery and alarm comes from last week's mass shooting in a Florida nightclub, at least U.S. law enforcement will have to stop taking bows over keeping the country safe from terrorism.

Tens of thousands attend Orlando vigil

Washington - Tens of thousands of people took part in a candlelight vigil in downtown Orlando to remember victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub one week ago.
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Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
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Protestors march towards Oxford Street.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Sydney, Australia. View towards the City, after the weather deteriorated.
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Marriage equality rally.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park  Sydney  Australia.
Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
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Map of the progress of gay marriage in the United States
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Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
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The Gay Pride flag.
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Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
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'Mrs Fair Day' contestant with Charisma Belle (right). Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012. Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
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A participant poses during a protest themed "Kuessen im Prueckel" (kissing in Prueckel) in Vienna on January 16, 2015
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Storm Waters (left) and Charisma Belle (right). Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Sydney.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.

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