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Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Kiev - More than 700 gay rights activists held a peaceful march through central Kiev on Sunday amid an unprecedented security operation in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread.

LGBT campaigners say Israel 'pinkwashing' to distract from Palestinian occupation

Telavi - Tens of thousands of revellers took part in Friday's Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, an annual event promoted and funded by the city that draws worldwide attention.

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.

Suspected militant arrested over Bangladesh gay activist murders

Dhaka - Bangladesh police have arrested a suspected Islamic militant over the hacking to death of two gay rights activists, part of a spate of murders of intellectuals, writers and religious minorities, officers said Sunday.

Drag queens raise holy hell in Jerusalem's only gay bar

Jerusalem - In conservative Jerusalem, the last thing you might expect to find in the cramped back of a bar is a clutch of amateur drag queens railing against political and religious taboos.

Murders force Bangladeshi gay rights activists underground

Dhaka - Xulhaz Mannan was a rallying figure for Bangladesh's marginalised but increasingly outspoken lesbian, gay and transgender community, but his brutal murder has dealt a huge blow to the movement and forced some of its leaders underground.

Gruesome murders: Bangladesh reels from Islamist attacks

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists have hacked to death two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital, the latest in a series of chilling murders in the Muslim-majority country.

Gruesome murders: Bangladesh reels from Islamist attacks

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists have hacked to death two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital, the latest in a series of chilling murders in the Muslim-majority country.

Gruesome murders: Bangladesh reels from Islamist attacks

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists have hacked to death two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital, the latest in a series of chilling murders in the Muslim-majority country.

Gay rights activist among two hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death Monday at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

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.

China court rules against same-sex couple's marriage application

Bejing - A Chinese court ruled against two men seeking to marry, it said Wednesday, as more sexual minorities push for equal rights in the country.

France picks gay diplomat for UNESCO role after Vatican 'snub'

Paris - France on Wednesday abandoned its attempts to name a gay man as ambassador to the Holy See in the face of opposition from the Vatican, making him its representative to UNESCO instead.

Growing attacks on Polish gay rights groups: Commissioner

Varsovia - Poland's human rights commissioner has condemned a "growing number" of attacks on LGBT groups, calling for changes to the law to protect sexual minorities.

Shelter for 120 gay refugees to open in Berlin

Berlin - Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said.

Battle begins in Italy parliament over gay civil unions

Rome - Italy's Senate on Thursday begins examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government.

Italian court upholds landmark same-sex adoption decision

Rome - An Italian appeals court has upheld the right of a woman to adopt her wife's biological child, a rights group said Wednesday, in a landmark case for the Catholic country as it weighs civil unions for same-sex couples.

Greek parliament approves civil union for same-sex couples

Atenas - Greece's parliament on Wednesday approved a bill granting same-sex couples the right to a civil union, becoming one of the last European countries to give them legal recognition after years of opposition from the influential Orthodox church.

Chinese lesbian takes government to court over textbooks

Bejing - A Chinese lesbian on Tuesday took the government to court over textbooks describing homosexuality as a "psychological disorder", a landmark case in a country where discrimination remains common.

Portuguese parliament backs adoption by gay couples

Lisbon - The Portuguese parliament, which swung left at last month's general election, backed a law to allow same-sex couples to adopt, in a first reading of the bill on Friday.

Two women risk jail time for same-sex wedding in Costa Rica

San Jos - Same-sex weddings may be legal in a small but growing number of countries, but not in Costa Rica where two women who married, and their lawyer, face criminal charges, and having the union annulled.

Japan district issues first gay union certificate

Toukyo - A major Tokyo municipality started Thursday issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples, as Japan takes gradual steps towards greater tolerance for sexual minority groups.

Sacked priest accuses Vatican of making life 'hell' for gays

Barcelona - A high-ranking Polish Catholic priest who was sacked after he came out as gay has accused the Vatican of making the lives of homosexuals "a hell", in a letter sent to the pope seen Wednesday by AFP.

Polish bishop defrocks gay priest who sparked Vatican fury

Varsovia - A Polish bishop on Wednesday defrocked a high-ranking Catholic priest fired by a furious Vatican earlier this month after he came out as gay on the eve of a key synod on the family.

Cardinal says liberals and Islamists are 'Beasts of Apocalypse'

Vatican City - A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin "Beasts of the Apocalypse" comparable to Nazism and communism.

Fired Polish priest says no 'gay lobby' in Vatican

Rome - A high-ranking Polish priest who was fired after coming out as gay before the Vatican's key synod on the family said on Sunday that there was no "gay lobby" in the Church.

Before bishops meet, discordant voices on gays' place in Church

Rome - In the days leading up to a synod of bishops at which the Church's approach to homosexuality will come under review, representatives of gay Catholics from nearly 40 countries have descended on Rome.

Vatican fury as top priest comes out on eve of bishops meet

Vatican City - The Vatican reacted furiously on Saturday after a Polish priest employed as a senior official publicly declared his homosexuality on the eve of a bishops' synod set to touch on the divisive issue of the Catholic Church's relationship to gay believers.

Ukraine has 'long way to go' on gay rights: Elton John

Kiev - Veteran British rock star Elton John on Saturday said Ukraine still had "a long way to go" in its treatment of the gay, bisexual and transgender community at a conference in Kiev.

'Creepy' Windows 10 may inform parents of LGBT kids seeking help

As the Internet takes fire at Microsoft for its various data collection policies in Windows 10, a recent report highlighted another issue that could affect LGBT teens. The OS could inform parents of child visits to gay help sites, flagging them as porn.
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