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Britain's Prince William: 'fine by me' if children gay

London - Britain's Prince William said Wednesday it would be "fine by me" if his children came out as homosexual, but worried about the pressures it could place on them.

Fear and stigma mark life for gays in conservative Malawi

Lilongwe - Fearing persecution after being outed as gay, Aniz Mitha fled Malawi.Leaving behind his well-off Muslim family and four-year-old son, he headed for South Africa, where he became a sex worker to survive.

Botswana High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Gaborone - Botswana's High Court, in a highly-anticipated verdict, on Tuesday ruled in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, which is outlawed under the country's 1965 penal code.

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Gaborone - Botswana could decriminalise gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws.

Dismay as Kenyan court refuses to scrap anti-gay laws

Nairobi - Kenya's high court refused to scrap laws criminalising gay sex on Friday, in a blow to the LGBT community that was criticised by rights groups and the UN as a major step backwards for equality in the east African powerhouse.

Botswana court hears bid to scrap anti-gay laws

Gaborone - The High Court in Botswana on Thursday started hearing an application seeking to decriminalise homosexuality, in a landmark case for Africa's legal response to same-sex relationships.

God and justice: Gay church prays for historic Kenya ruling

Nairobi - A lesbian church leader lights pink, yellow, and purple candles and passes them around to worshippers as they pray for a court decision that will mean they no longer have to live a lie.

'We exist' gays say in message to pope in Panama

Panama - A long and tender kiss between two women in downtown Panama on Friday was a quiet but symbolic message from the LGBT community to the visiting Pope Francis: "We exist!

French gay rights activist punched on Paris street

Paris - The head of a French gay rights NGO on Wednesday said he was punched in the face on a Paris street and told he "should be burned" in what he called a homophobic attack.

Brazil far-right candidate in election uses anthem by gay icon Freddy Mercury

Rio De Janeiro - A far-right candidate who pilloried homosexuality and now leads the race to be Brazil's next president adopted an election-day anthem Sunday sung by one of the world's gay icons: "We Are the Champions.

Dating app Grindr faces fury for sharing HIV data

Washington - Experts had greeted with enthusiasm efforts from the self-proclaimed world's largest gay dating app to promote regular HIV testing and status disclosure -- but the effort backfired badly with the revelation that Grindr was sharing the data, prompting c...

Gay dating app Grindr scorched for handling of HIV data

San Francisco - Gay dating app Grindr was under fire on Monday for sharing information about users' HIV status or locations with two companies enlisted to optimize its software.

Bermuda groups assail vote to rescind same-sex marriage rights

Washington - A vote by Bermuda's lower chamber to rescind same-sex marriage rights granted only months ago has drawn sharp criticism from island groups and many politicians in the British overseas territory.

Russian activist urges EU to probe Chechnya gay abuses

Brussels - A Russian activist on Thursday urged the European Union to press the Russian federation to investigate the alleged murder, torture and abuse of gay men in Chechnya.

French gay couples win key surrogacy battle

Paris - French gay couples with children born to foreign surrogate mothers won a key victory Wednesday, with the country's highest appeals court ruling that the partner of the biological father could adopt his child.

From prison to WorldPride: 40 years of gay activism in Spain

Barcelona - Forty years ago their sexual orientation could land them in jail. Now Spain's gay and lesbian community is honouring at WorldPride in Madrid the 4,000 pioneers who dared to protest for change in 1977.

Europe's top rights court blasts Russian 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality, saying it fuelled homophobia and prejudice.

Europe's top rights court denounces Russia's 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality.

Gay Pride parade targets Brazil's religious conservatives

S - Hundreds of thousands assembled Sunday in Sao Paulo for one of the world's most important Gay Pride parades, spurred by concern that religious conservatives are taking aim at hard-won LGBT rights.

Posthumous wedding for French gay policeman killed by jihadist

Paris - The partner of a gay policeman gunned down by a jihadist on Paris's Champs-Elysees avenue in April has married him posthumously, the daily Le Parisien reported Wednesday.

Russia's Lavrov says 'no facts' on Chechnya gay persecution

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday insisted there were "no facts" in reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, as he batted away criticism levelled by French leader Emmanuel Macron.

Moscow activists detained over Chechnya gay rights petition

Moscow - Five rights activists said they were detained Thursday in Moscow as they tried to deliver a petition to the prosecutor general's office calling for a probe into a reported crackdown on gay men in Chechnya.

Dutch protest after attack on gay couple

Den Haag - Hundreds demonstrated in Dutch cities Saturday in a show of support for gay rights after a male couple were attacked last week while walking hand-in-hand, media reported.

Dutchmen go hand-in-hand to support gay rights

Den Haag - Dutch male politicians, police and diplomats have taken to streets around the world holding hands this week in a very public show of support after a brutal attack on a gay couple.

Serbia bans PM's campaign video over homophobia

Belgrade - Serbian authorities on Friday banned a video produced by the presidential campaign of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic for featuring a homophobic slur.

Croatians protest over gay club tear gas attack

Zagreb - Some 1,000 people protested in Zagreb on Monday calling for tolerance after unknown attackers released tear gas in a nightclub hosting a gay party at the weekend.

African states demand UN suspend LGBT expert

New York - African countries on Friday demanded that the appointment of a new UN expert on LGBT rights be suspended, saying his mission to report on anti-gay violence had nothing to do with human rights.

Cape Town's gay mosque provides rare haven

Cape Town - Friday prayers at the People's Mosque in Cape Town looks like any other around the Islamic world, except in this South African city the imam is openly gay and the teaching promotes homosexual rights.

Anti-gay marriage protesters return to French streets

Paris - Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to demonstrate against gay marriage, calling for candidates in France's presidential election to support "traditional family values".

Gay Catholics test Poland's conservative church

Varsovia - When gay and lesbian Catholics launched a campaign this month to ask for acceptance in the Polish church, the backlash was swift and uncompromising.
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