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US states sue White House over transgender bathroom use

Washington - Eleven US states sued President Barack Obama's administration Wednesday over federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, the latest twist in a bitter legal standoff with the White House.

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Bucharest - Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.

Seychelles parliament decriminalises gay sex

Victoria - The Seychelles has decriminalised gay sex, the state news agency said Thursday, after lawmakers voted to amend a penal code that meant those convicted of sodomy faced 14 years in jail.

U.S., EU protest UN decision to bar groups from AIDS meet

New York - The United States and the European Union are protesting a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

U.S. Senate confirms Army's first openly gay civilian leader

Washington - The US Senate unanimously confirmed America's first ever openly gay official to be the secretary of the Army.

Canada unveils bill on transgender rights

Ottawa - Canada formally unveiled a bill shielding transgender people from discrimination and hate speech Tuesday, as rights activists worldwide marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Mexico leader seeks to legalize gay marriage nationwide

- President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday proposed a constitutional reform that would legalize same-sex marriage across Mexico, making it join a handful of Latin American countries allowing such unions.

Kosovo holds first ever gay pride march

Pristina - A few hundred people from Kosovo's gay and lesbian community held their first ever pride parade Tuesday, seeking acceptance and respect of their rights in the conservative society.

Obama issues school rules on transgender bathroom use

Washington - President Barack Obama's administration told schools across America on Friday they must let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, taking an intensifying battle over civil rights to the national stage.

Germany scraps postwar convictions of gays under Nazi law

Berlin - Germany will annul the convictions of 50,000 men for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and will compensate them, the government said Wednesday.

N. Carolina, US federal government face off over 'bathroom' law

Washington - North Carolina's governor and the US federal government upped the ante in a battle over the rights of transgender Americans, filing dueling lawsuits over a state law restricting their use of public restrooms.

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia became the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when the constitutional court definitively legalized it on Thursday.

Ultra-Orthodox Jew convicted over Jerusalem Gay Pride stabbings

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted an ultra-Orthodox man of murder and six counts of attempted murder over stabbings at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last year that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Colombia violated gay man's rights after partner's death: Court

San Jos - Colombia violated a gay citizen's rights to non-discrimination and equality by refusing him the pension from his partner who died in 2001, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled.

Russians protest over 'homophobic' murder of journalist

Sanktpeterburg - Russian gay rights activists on Friday held a protest over the murder of a journalist in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, accusing the authorities of hushing up a homophobic hate crime.

U.S. governor rejects Georgia bill deemed anti-gay

New York - The Republican governor of Georgia has rejected a "religious freedoms" bill that giant corporations, Hollywood and activists bitterly complained would infringe gay rights in the southeastern US state.

Same-sex plebiscite by year-end: Australian minister

Sydney - Australia's attorney-general said on Sunday the government would hold a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage this year if re-elected, a day after the prime minister became the first sitting leader to attend the Mardi Gras parade.

Italian Senate approves gay civil unions bill

Rome - Italy's Senate on Thursday approved a landmark bill recognising same-sex civil unions but only after removing a provision that would have allowed gay adoption, much to the disappointment of gay rights activists.

Italian PM stakes government confidence on gay union bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will put his government on the line Thursday by resorting to a confidence vote in the Senate to push through a watered-down draft law on same-sex unions which has angered gay groups.

Renzi falters as Catholics squeeze Italy's gay unions bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi admitted Monday he may have to surrender key parts of the gay civil unions bill if he has any chance of overcoming Catholic dissent to get it through parliament.

Russian MPs debate bill to jail people for coming out as gay

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Friday debated a controversial homophobic bill to fine and jail people for up to 15 days for coming out in public as gay.Lawmakers expressed support while rejecting the bill in its current wording as not legally valid.

Portugal's parliament overturns veto on gay adoption

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Wednesday upheld a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples by overriding a veto handed down in one of the last political moves by the country's outgoing conservative president.

India's top court to review ban on gay sex

New Delhi - India's top court agreed Tuesday to review a decision which criminalises gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the colonial-era law will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy.

Germany opens first shelter for gay refugees

Berlin - Germany opened Monday its first shelter for gay and lesbian refugees, as fears grew over threats to sexual minorities in overcrowded accommodations.

MI5 named Britain's best gay-friendly employer

London - Britain's MI5 spy agency was on Tuesday named the country's best employer for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

As bisexual alien, David Bowie broke barriers

New York - When David Bowie sang on British television in 1972, the newly famous rock star stretched out his arm and wrapped it around guitarist Mick Ronson.Yet this was not a macho display of male bonding of the sort seen among sports teams.

Fact file: Same-sex marriage around the world

Paris - Slovenians on Sunday shut down efforts by their national parliament to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples -- the second time they have voted in a referendum against changing the law.
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