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Tajikistan announces official register of gay citizens

Dushanbe - Authoritarian Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.

Europe watchdog questions Azerbaijan over fears of LGBT crackdown

Bakou - A European rights watchdog on Monday expressed concern over a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan last month of people who made "offers of sexual services" that human rights groups say targets the Muslim country's gay community.

Lebanon band denounces Egypt anti-gay 'witch-hunt' after gig

Birut - Lebanon's popular alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila has denounced a "witch-hunt" by Egyptian authorities against homosexuals after a rainbow flag was raised at one of the group's concerts in Cairo.

Brazilians demonstrate for gay rights after 'cure' controversy

S - Thousands of Brazilians demonstrated for gay rights Friday after an uproar over a judge's ruling that psychologists can administer so-called "cures" for homosexuality.

Chile president launches gay marriage bill

Santiago - Chile's socialist President Michelle Bachelet on Monday sent to congress a bill to legalize marriages and adoptions by same-sex couples.It is the latest in a wave of liberal reforms that she was determined to launch before ending her term next year.

Back same-sex marriage, Qantas boss urges Australia firms

Sydney - Corporate Australia should speak out in support of same-sex marriage, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday as he pledged to donate a "significant amount" of money to boosting the 'Yes' campaign in an upcoming national vote.

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for respectful debate on an upcoming same-sex marriage vote, saying he "deplores" the homophobic slurs aired by anonymous opponents of the reform.

Australia's Catholic church warns employees on gay marriage

Sydney - One of Australia's top Catholics has warned the church's thousands of employees it will only tolerate traditional views on marriage, as the country prepares for a vote on whether gay couples can wed.

Namibia's pride paraders call for legal protection

Windoek - Scores of people waving rainbow flags peacefully paraded through the streets of Namibia's capital Windhoek on Saturday, calling for better legal protection of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the largely conservative country.

Germany's Gay Pride march celebrates same-sex marriage law

Berlin - Tens of thousands of people marched through Berlin for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday, just weeks after Germany's parliament legalised same-sex marriage.This year's march had as its official theme the fight against the far right.

Singapore voids marriage after husband's sex change: report

Singapore - Singapore has voided the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change, making their partnership a same-sex union that contravened the city-state's laws, a report said Tuesday.

Gay rights supporters parade amid rain, protests in Seoul

Seoul - Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul Saturday, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians.

Pride and prejudice at S.Korea gay parade

Seoul - Thousands of people will march through Seoul to support gay rights in this Saturday's Pride parade, and probably just as many conservative Christians urging them to "repent" their "sins".

Malta says yes to same-sex marriage

Valletta - Malta's parliament voted Wednesday to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Thousands march in London for gay Pride milestone

London - Tens of thousands of people descended on London's streets on Saturday for the annual gay Pride march, marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Party and security: Madrid dances to WorldPride rhythm

Madrid - Hundreds of thousands of revellers young and old danced, cheered and partied on the rainbow streets of Madrid Saturday in the world's biggest march for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.Carried along by the slogan "Viva la vida!

Foreigners banned as Singapore holds gay-rights rally

Singapore - Thousands of Singaporeans dressed in pink packed a city park on Saturday for a gay-rights rally under tight security after the government banned foreign participants.

Party and security: Madrid gears up for WorldPride march

Madrid - Hundreds of thousands of revellers are poised to take to the rainbow streets of Madrid Saturday in the world's biggest march for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.From 5:00 pm (1500 GMT), carried along by the slogan "Viva la vida!

In Madrid, gay activists from Muslim world urge freedom

Madrid - The Arab Spring brought a taste of liberty for north Africa's gay and transgender communities, but six years on their battle for rights and recognition continues, activists say.

For Chinese gays, 'coming out' is a family affair

Shanghai - When Piao Chunmei's son told her he was gay, she reacted the way many Chinese parents do, sleepless and crying for days due to the lingering shame of same sex relationships in China.

Tanzania vows to arrest those 'protecting' gay interests

Nairobi - Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting homosexual interests, local media reported Monday.

Thousands attend Kiev gay pride march opposed by ultra-nationalists

Kiev - More than two thousand people took part in Kiev's gay pride event on Sunday amid a heavy police presence as nationalist protesters tried to halt the event and burned a rainbow flag.

Thousands attend Kiev gay pride amid tight security

Kiev - More than 2,000 people took part in Kiev's gay pride event on Sunday amid a heavy police presence, as nationalist protesters tried to stop the event and set fire to a rainbow flag.

Colombia's first three-man marriage legally recognized

Estanzuela - Three gay men say they have gained legal recognition as the first "polyamorous family" in Colombia, where same-sex marriages were legalized last year."We wanted to validate our household...

Thousands mark first anniversary of Orlando mass shooting

Miami - Thousands marked the first anniversary Monday of the Orlando massacre that left 49 people dead at the city's Pulse gay nightclub, with US President Donald Trump also tweeting his sympathies.

Malaysian health officials to amend gay 'prevention' contest: activists

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian officials who launched a controversial video contest offering $1,000 cash prizes to explain how to "prevent" homosexuality have agreed to remove offending wording after widespread opposition, a LGBT activist said Friday.

Malaysian health officials to amend gay 'prevention' contest: activists

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian officials who launched a controversial video contest offering $1,000 cash prizes to explain how to "prevent" homosexuality have agreed to remove offending wording after widespread opposition, a LGBT activist said Friday.

Malaysian health officials to amend gay 'prevention' contest: activists

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian officials who launched a controversial video contest offering $1,000 cash prizes to explain how to "prevent" homosexuality have agreed to remove offending wording after widespread opposition, a LGBT activist said Friday.

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website.

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website.
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