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Botswana scraps anti-gay laws in landmark decision

Gaborone - Botswana's High Court ruled Tuesday in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, handing down a landmark verdict greeted with joy by gay rights campaigners.

UK police bail 5 teens arrested over bus attack on lesbian couple

London - British police on Saturday released on bail five teenagers arrested following a homophobic attack on a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for a gang of youths on a London night bus.

Athens Gay Pride remembers activist beaten to death

Athens - People celebrating Gay Pride in Athens Saturday paid tribute to an LGBTI activist beaten to death last year, with marchers scattering glitter and confetti at the spot where he was killed.

Bhutan gays celebrate after homosexuality decriminalised

Thimpu - Bhutan's LGBT community celebrated Saturday after the tiny Himalayan kingdom's parliament became the world's latest to decriminalise homosexuality.

Lesbians attacked on London bus for refusing to kiss for men

London - British police said they had arrested four teenagers on Friday after a gang of males beat up a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for them on a London night bus.

50 years on, New York police apologize for Stonewall riots

New York - New York's police chief apologized Thursday for the first time for a crackdown on the city's gay community during the notorious Stonewall riots, winning praise from LGBTQ activists ahead of the 50th anniversary of violence considered to have given rise...

50 years on, New York police apologize for Stonewall riots

New York - The head of the New York police department on Thursday apologized for a crackdown on the city's LGBTQ community during the notorious Stonewall riots, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the clashes that gave rise to the Gay Pride movement.

Ethiopian churches oppose gay travel company's tour plans

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's religious leaders on Monday urged the government to block a US gay travel company from touring the country's ancient sites, and one group warned visiting homosexuals could face violence.

Kenyan court due to rule on decriminalising homosexuality

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court is on Friday expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to scrap colonial-era laws which criminalise homosexuality, a verdict that could have repercussions across Africa.

Record number of attacks on gays in France: report

Paris - Assaults in France on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a new record in 2018, "a dark year" for the LGBT community, French group SOS Homophobie reported Tuesday.

Spanish Church defends bishop in 'gay cure' controversy

Madrid - Spain's Roman Catholic Church on Friday defended a bishop whose diocese near Madrid is being investigated after a newspaper reported it ran "courses" to "cure" gay men of their homosexuality.

Sharia law plunges Brunei gay community into fear

Bandar Seri Begawan - Transgender woman Zoella Zayce fled her native Brunei last year as the country shifted towards hardline Islam, and thinks more of the LGBT community will follow after the death penalty for gay sex was introduced.

'Respect' for Luxembourg PM after he challenges Arab leaders on gay rights

Apo - Several top European politicians backed Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday after he told Arab leaders he was gay and could be condemned to death in some of their countries, reportedly prompting an "icy silence" from some of those prese...

Cardinals blame 'homosexual agenda' for abuse crisis

Vatican City - Two cardinals criticised on Wednesday Pope Francis's approach to the clerical paedophilia crisis, saying "abuse of power" was not to blame but homosexuality."We turn to you with deep distress!

Germany seeks ban on gay conversion therapies

Berlin - German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday he will seek to ban conversion therapies that claim to change sexual orientation.

Shame of gay Catholic clerics distorts church, says author

Paris - The hidden homosexuality of so much of the Catholic hierarchy has distorted "every aspect of the church", a new book claims.

Fury at HIV data leak in conservative Singapore

Fpo - Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction. Last month, he got a phone call saying information about his condition had been published online.

New 'gay purge' underway in Russia's Chechnya: activists

Moscow - A Russian LGBT rights group on Monday reported a new wave of persecution against gay people in Chechnya, in which it says around 40 people have been arrested and two killed.

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son

Fpo - A gay Singaporean man Monday won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state.

Croatian activists to challenge law barring gay couples from fostering children

Zagreb - Croatian gay rights groups on Tuesday slammed a new law that blocks same sex couples from becoming foster parents and vowed to fight it in the country's top court.

Gay 'trend' influencing the Catholic clergy: Pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis is "concerned" about what he described as the "serious issue" of homosexuality, saying in an interview published Saturday that being gay was a "fashion" to which the clergy is suspectible.

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope

Port Moresby - As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles.

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen fined for homophobic remarks

Paris - French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen was fined and ordered to pay damages Wednesday for a string of homophobic remarks, including one targeting a gay policeman killed in a jihadist attack last year.

Chile enacts law allowing sex change from 14 years of age

Santiago - Chile on Wednesday enacted a gender identity law that will allow people over 14 to change their name and gender on official identity documents.

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Taipei - LGBT activists in Taiwan fear their newly won right to marriage equality is under threat, while the president is battling for her political future after a wide-ranging vote that saw the island swing towards conservatism.

Australia to stop schools expelling gay students

Sydney - Australia's conservative government will ban schools from expelling students over their sexuality, after a public outcry over the issue that threatened to sway the result of a crucial by-election and change the balance of power.

Gay activists seek 'freedom' at Kosovo pride parade

Pristina - Hundreds of people took part in a gay parade in Pristina on Wednesday, demanding "freedom" and "equal rights" in patriarchal and Muslim majority Kosovo.

Christian UK bakery wins landmark 'gay cake' case

London - A bakery run by a Christian family in Northern Ireland on Wednesday won a landmark case in Britain's highest court over its refusal to make a cake decorated with the words "Support Gay Marriage".

Low turnout casts doubt on Romania anti-gay marriage vote

Bucharest - Low turnout voided a referendum in Romania Sunday on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions, election officials said.Just 20.

Low turnout hits Romania gay marriage vote

Bucharest - Low turnout cast uncertainty over a referendum in Romania Sunday on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions.
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