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Review: Robin Williams moves and inspires in his last role in ‘Boulevard’ Special

In Robin Williams’ last dramatic role, he portrays a closeted gay man who imprudently pursues a relationship with a younger prostitute in ‘Boulevard.’

Pope urged to condemn gay unions as unnatural

Vatican City - Nearly half a million Catholics have signed a petition urging Pope Francis to condemn same sex unions as unnatural and rule out allowing divorced believers who remarry to receive communion, organisers claim.

Posters threatening gays with death appear in Turkish capital

Ankara - A Turkish Islamist group has pinned posters to walls and posts in the capital Ankara threatening gays with death, adding to concerns over growing intolerance against homosexuals in the country, an AFP correspondent said Tuesday.

Italy minister on hunger strike for gay civil unions

Rome - A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples.

Op-Ed: Ben & Jerry's renamed for gay marriage legalization

New York - Ice cream chain Ben & Jerry's has renamed its popular flavor "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" to "I Dough, I Dough", in order to mark the U.S. gay marriage legalization.

Eurovision to install anti-booing technology for Russian act

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest are installing "anti-booing" technology for the final this year. It comes after Russia's performance was met with heavy crowd protests last year, something that organisers have called "embarrassing."

Rural Ireland wary of same-sex marriage vote

Knock - In the village of Knock in the west of Ireland, support for a "No" vote in Friday's same-sex marriage referendum is strong, as it is in many rural areas where the Catholic Church still holds sway.

Irish gay marriage vote reflects Church in decline

Dublin - Friday's vote on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland is a further sign of the waning influence of the once-dominant Catholic Church, experts said.

Baker found guilty in N. Ireland 'gay cake' case

London - A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland was on Tuesday found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake advocating gay marriage in a landmark legal case brought by local authorities.

Argentine court eases child abuser's punishment, blaming six-year-old

Buenos Aires - An Argentine appeals court has touched off protests by reducing the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a six-year-old boy, on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.

Serbia gets its first Miss Transsexual

Belgrade - Serbia chose its first transsexual beauty contest winner on Friday at an event hailed by gay rights groups as a step forward for minority rights in the conservative eastern European country.

France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy

Paris - France said Wednesday it stood by its choice to send a gay diplomat to the Vatican despite three months of silence from the Holy See over the appointment.

Op-Ed: Is anti-gay segregation promoted by 'religious liberty'?

The Internet is bloated with inflammable headlines of anti-gay segregation in the United States. A few of the states involved are Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Washington; with fanatical momentum as each day slides by.

Op-Ed: View on homosexuality sinks second GOP presidential candidate

Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican dark horse candidate for president, has been a popular draw for conservatives. Unfortunately, he has just sunk his chances by asserting that homosexuality is a conscious choice...because prisoners "choose" to be gay.

Slovenian parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage

Ljubljana - Slovenia's parliament voted Tuesday to legalise same-sex marriages and grant such unions equal rights to those of heterosexual couples.The bill was approved by a vote of 51 to 28 in the 90-seat parliament.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoptions by gays

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court has put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child's biological parent.

Slovak vote on gay marriage, adoption ban a flop

Bratislava - A referendum intended to strengthen a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and adoption in socially conservative Slovakia fell flat Saturday with low turnout.

Slovak vote on same-sex marriage alarms rights activists

Bratislava - Rights activists are sounding the alarm over a referendum in EU-member Slovakia on Saturday designed to cement a constitutional ban on gay marriage, pointing to a rise in hate speech.

Russian MP says homosexuals 'mentally ill' after lesbian selfie

Saint Petersburg - A Russian lawmaker who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation said on Tuesday all homosexuals were "mentally ill" after two lesbians snapped themselves kissing on a plane with him sitting in the background.

Op-Ed: Calling homosexuality 'lifestyle choice' sinks Huckabee campaign

Little Rock - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has essentially knocked himself out of his likely 2016 presidential run early by calling homosexuality a "lifestyle choice," revealing that he's too far behind the times to be a viable candidate.

Top French court OKs Franco-Moroccan same-sex marriage

Paris - France's highest appeals court on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a French-Moroccan gay couple to marry, going against a ruling that homosexuals from Morocco and 10 other nations cannot tie the knot in the country.

26 men acquitted of 'debauchery' in Cairo bathhouse trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern.

26 men acquitted of 'debauchery' in Cairo bathhouse trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern.

For gay Syrians, jihadist threat adds new fear

Damascus - Since jihadists from the Islamic State group seized control of two northeastern Syrian provinces, Jad has lost all contact with friends there from the country's tight-knit gay community.

HRW slams Russia for spiralling homophobic attacks

Moscow - Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin's government for "inaction" and urging a crackdown on hate crimes.

Putin says traditional values don't mean persecution of gays

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday said his support for traditional family values does not mean gays and lesbians will be persecuted, despite what many describe as a crackdown on homosexuals in Russia.

Russian couple registers 'first same-sex marriage'

Saint Petersburg - A lesbian couple tied the knot in Russia in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal, activists told AFP Sunday.

Jamaican gays, transgenders face unchecked abuse

Miami - Jamaican police are not doing enough to protect gay and transgender people who "live in constant fear," as incidents of extreme violence and even murder go unchecked, according to a report Tuesday.

Op-Ed: A confederacy of homophobes

Washington - With federal courts knocking down same-sex marriage bans in Arizona and Alaska, the practice is now legal in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Appeals of the ban are pending in all 12 states still prohibiting it.

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

Rome - Despite Pope Francis saying homosexuals have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community" and a push by LGBT rights groups for a more accepting Catholic Church, the Vatican has backed away from its "Welcoming Homosexual Persons" stance.
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