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Gay rights progress, but same-sex relations still a crime in 69 states: report

Geneva - Despite significant progress on gay rights around the world, dozens of countries still criminalise consensual same-sex activity, including six where being gay is punishable by death, campaigners said Tuesday.

Crowds celebrate Pride in virus-free Taiwan

Taipei - Tens of thousands of revellers joined a gay pride rally through the streets of Taiwan's capital on Saturday in a colourful celebration of equality made possible by the island's successful vanquishing of the coronavirus.

Gay couples tie knot for first time at Taiwan military wedding

Taoyuan - Waving rainbow flags and shedding tears of joy, two Taiwanese same-sex couples tied the knot on Friday at a mass wedding hosted by the military in another landmark for Asia's LGBT community.

Taiwan same-sex couples to join military wedding for first time

Taipei - Two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners will tie the knot at a mass wedding hosted by the military on Friday in another gay rights landmark in Asia.

Gay Pride events go online to mark 50th anniversary

Paris - Fifty years on from the first Gay Pride march, the LGBT community and their supporters took many of their events online Saturday, responding to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taiwan marks anniversary of Asia's first gay marriage law

Taipei - Taiwan on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of legalising same-sex marriage, as gay couples and rights groups called for full recognition of unions involving foreigners.

Seoul sees virus tests surge after promising anonymity

Seoul - Coronavirus screening has surged in South Korea since authorities introduced anonymous testing, officials said Wednesday, as they scrambled to tackle a nightclub cluster amid concerns anti-gay prejudice could impede the response.

Australian charged over 80s alleged hate crime murder of gay American

Sydney - More than 30 years after American Scott Johnson was killed in a suspected gay hate crime in Australia, police said Tuesday they had arrested and charged a man with his murder.

Couple make history with N.Ireland's first same-sex marriage

Carrickfergus - A Belfast couple on Tuesday made history by becoming the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland, following a landmark change in the law last year.

Taiwan gay couples urge foreign marriage rights after Tsai win

Taipei - Rights groups and gay couples called on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday to cement the island's reputation as a bastion of LGBT rights by recognising international same-sex marriages following her landslide re-election victory.

Public push to legalise same-sex marriage in China

Bejing - Legalising same-sex marriage was among the top suggestions made by the Chinese public to lawmakers tasked with amending the civil code, a spokesperson for the top legislative body said.

Germany moves to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

Berlin - The German government on Wednesday signed off on a new law banning "conversion therapies" designed to force heterosexuality on homosexuals.

Gay Saudi couple released from Australian detention

Sydney - Two gay Saudi journalists who were detained in Australia as they sought permanent refuge have been released while their asylum claims are processed, their lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

Painting of naked Zapata stirs uproar in Mexico

Mexico - A controversial painting of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata has pitted his family and supporters against the work's artist and the LGBT community in a contentious dispute that erupted in heated protests Tuesday.

Turkish students, lecturer on trial for Pride march

Ankara - Eighteen Turkish students and a lecturer went on trial on Tuesday for taking part in a banned LGBTI Pride event at an Ankara university.

Taiwan revels in first pride since legalising gay marriage

Taipei - Some two hundred thousand revellers marched through Taipei in a riot of rainbow colours and celebration on Saturday as Taiwan held its first pride parade since making history in Asia by legalising gay marriage.

Gay rights across the globe

Paris - Thirty years after the first-ever gay civil unions in Denmark, same-sex marriages are today allowed in 28 countries, but homosexuality remains illegal in some parts of the world.

Poland's LGBT community under fire ahead of elections

Lublin - Walking hand-in-hand and kissing in public is something that gay couples in the conservative eastern Polish city of Lublin can do safely only once a year, at the local pride parade, albeit behind a thick cordon of heavily armed riot police.

Polish Gay Pride marchers push past violent counter-protest

Lublin - Polish Gay Pride marchers under heavy police guard defied far-right groups and conservative campaigners on Saturday who hurled bottles and eggs in an attempt to block them, an AFP journalist saw.

Singapore activist in new challenge to gay sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean gay rights activist said Wednesday he has filed a legal challenge against a law banning sex between men, the third recent bid to overturn the legislation.

Gay penguins adopt egg after trying to hatch stone

Berlin - A pair of gay penguins in Germany who tried earnestly to hatch a stone now have the chance to become real parents.Staff at Berlin Zoo recently presented the amorous male couple with an egg, which they swiftly began to incubate.

Cyprus probes bishop for possible gay hate speech

Nicosia - Cyprus's top law officer instructed police on Thursday to investigate a Greek Orthodox bishop for possible hate speech after he claimed homosexuality is passed on if a pregnant mother enjoys anal sex.

Polish Gay Pride marchers defy stone-throwing hooligans

Warsaw - The first-ever Gay Pride parade was held in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok on Saturday, but the march was marred by violence from soccer hooligans and conservative campaigners staged counter protests, local police said.

Dozens of Polish communities say they are 'LGBT-free'

Warsaw - A Polish campaign group on Wednesday said that around 30 communities including villages and regional assemblies in the devout Catholic country had in recent months declared themselves to be "free of LGBT ideology".

Hundreds of thousands march across Europe for Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands celebrate Madrid Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Police tear gas gay pride paraders in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday fired tear gas at gay rights groups and activists who defied authorities to march for the Istanbul pride parade, banned for the fifth year in a row.

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

Kiev - War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kiev's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday, the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.

Thousands march in Ukraine capital's Gay Pride

Kiev - More than 8,000 people turned out on Sunday for Kiev's annual Gay Pride parade amid tight security as far-right activists sought to disrupt the celebration, organisers said.

Tens of thousands join Mideast's biggest gay pride fest

Tens of thousands of revellers lined the streets of Israel's seaside city of Tel Aviv on Friday for the largest gay pride event in the Middle East.
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