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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.

Romania votes in controversial marriage referendum

Bucarest - Romanians voted Saturday in a referendum on whether to alter the constitution to define marriage as explicitly between a man and woman, in a move critics say will block same-sex marriage in future.

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen on trial for homophobic remarks

Paris - French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen goes on trial Wednesday accused of making a string of homophobic remarks, including about a gay policeman killed in a jihadist attack last year.

Romania's constitutional court backs rights for gay couples

Bucharest - Romania's constitutional court ruled Thursday that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that runs counter to a referendum next month seeking to interdict gay marriage.

Singapore diplomat urges repeal of 'antiquated' gay sex law

Fpo - One of Singapore's most influential diplomats called Tuesday for the repeal of a law criminalising sex between men, saying it was time for the modern city-state to abandon the "antiquated" legislation.

Santa Clara: Che's city but also Cuba's gay haven

Santa Clara - Jose Augustin Hernandez is a 53-year-old local government official in Cuba -- who is transgender, sports a flamboyant pink wig and goes by the name Adela.

Romania sets October date for anti-gay marriage referendum

Bucharest - The Romanian government announced Tuesday that its planned referendum to change the constitutional definition of "family", so as to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, will be held in October and spread over two days to maximise turnout.

Amnesty International calls upon Romania to stop the 'traditional family' referendum

Bucharest - Amnesty International said on Thursday that it will try to prevent Romania's planned referendum aimed at changing the definition of "family" for this will "breach international human rights standards" and make it impossible to legalise same-sex unions....

Fresh challenge lodged against Singapore gay-sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean disc jockey has lodged a court challenge against a law banning sex between men in the city-state, his lawyers said Wednesday, inspired by last week's landmark ruling in India.

Activist charged under India's anti-gay law prays for salvation

New Delhi - One of the last Indian activists facing action under an anti-gay colonial-era law killed off by a landmark Supreme Court ruling expressed hope Friday that he would escape punishment in a new age of liberalisation.

Indian press lauds gay sex ruling but Modi gov't stays silent

New Delhi - Indian media on Friday -- including some conservative outlets -- hailed a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise gay sex whilst highlighting a "deafening" silence from Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government.
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