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Kenyan filmmaker hopes to follow in Hollywood's LGBTQ footsteps

London - The Kenyan director behind a new documentary about a gay couple struggling for acceptance in the east African country hopes its film industry can mirror Hollywood's progressive role in promoting LGBTQ rights.

Hong Kong gay couples win legal victory over inheritance law

Fpo - Hong Kong's high court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples should receive equal treatment under inheritance law, in a step forward for LGBT rights in the finance hub.

Israeli same-sex couples seek end to surrogacy discrimination

Jerusalem - Israelis Harel Barak and Yakir Kanneli have been married for four years -- but as a gay couple, they are legally barred from starting a family.

Protest as LGBT activist jailed for 2 months in Poland

Warsaw - Dozens of protesters tried to stop Polish police from arresting a gay rights activist in Warsaw on Friday after a court ordered the campaigner held for two months preventive detention.The activist, who was referred to officially in court as Michal Sz.

MPs in LGBT flag protest against Polish president

Warsaw - A group of Polish opposition MPs wore the rainbow colours of the LGBT flag in protest against President Andrzej Duda at his swearing in ceremony on Thursday.

Polish president speaks out against same-sex couple adoptions

Warsaw - Poland's President Andrzej Duda, who is running for re-election in the conservative, Catholic EU member, on Saturday said he wanted the constitution to explicitly forbid the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

Polish right targets LGBT, Jewish claims in election fight

Warsaw - Poland's ruling nationalists are ramping up rhetoric against gay people and Jewish compensation claims in an attempt to boost President Andrzej Duda's flagging campaign before this month's election, say experts."They fear failure.

Cold case arrest spurs hope for Sydney 'gay beat' victims

Sydney - A breakthrough arrest in the alleged murder of a gay American man in Sydney three decades ago has raised hopes of solving other violent homophobic attacks from that era, Australian police said Wednesday.

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-gay sermon

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching.

Singapore court rejects challenge to gay sex ban

Fpo - A fresh bid to overturn a Singapore law banning gay sex failed Monday as a court dismissed several challenges, a setback for efforts to promote greater LGBT rights in Asia.

Russian LGBT activist faces porn trial for vagina drawings

Moscow - Yulia Tsvetkova posted delicate drawings and embroidered images of vulvas on a social media page called "Vagina Monologues" that she hoped would help lift the taboo on women's bodies.

Canada introduces bill to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

Ottawa - The Canadian government on Monday announced a bill to ban so-called "conversion therapy," which tries to change the sexual orientation of young LGBT people.

Hong Kong public housing ban on married gay couples unlawful, says court

Fpo - Hong Kong's high court ruled Wednesday that married same-sex couples should be allowed to apply for public housing, overturning a government ban it said was unconstitutional.

Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Geneva - Switzerland on Sunday voted strongly in favour of a new law against homophobia in a referendum in the face of strong opposition from the populist rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP).

Switzerland divided over new law against homophobia

Geneva - For gay rights campaigner Jean-Pierre Sigrist, the new law being voted on in a referendum in Switzerland on Sunday might have stopped him getting beaten up four decades ago.

Indonesia rights body slams LGBT raids after UK rapist case

Jakarta - Indonesia's human rights body on Tuesday slammed a crackdown on the LGBT community in a city that was once home to a man described as Britain's most prolific rapist.

European assembly blasts Polish 'anti-LGBT' zones

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday blasted Poland for creating zones "free from any LGBTI ideology" and suggested closer attention should be paid as a result to EU grants destined for Warsaw.

First woman mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

Apo - Claudia Lopez, the first woman elected mayor of Colombia's capital Bogota, married her girlfriend of three years on Monday.

Mexico makes deal to defuse naked Zapata painting row

Mexico - The verdict is in: the painting of Emiliano Zapata wearing nothing but a pink sombrero and heels can stay.

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Hangzhou - Earlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community.

Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bid

Sydney - Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention centre, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Secret video club gives respite to gay men in Cameroon

The club is secret. You have to know someone who will guide you to the address -- off a busy street in Cameroon's capital, down a dingy alley to a door with the unwelcoming message in chalk: "No entry."Inside is a rectangular room, dark and humid.

Mexico tries to kick homophobic chant out of football

Mexico - The tension was palpable in the stadium every time the Panamanian keeper took a goal kick, as if everyone could hear the prayers of the Mexican Football Federation's bosses: "Fans, please don't say it.

Review: ‘#Throwback Time’ yields mixed results for Toronto Second City Special

Toronto - Nostalgia is a recurring theme in “If I Could #Throwback Time”, Second City’s new revue in Toronto. And while some scenes hit the mark, others may make you yearn for the glory days of Catherine O’Hara or Mike Myers, or even Marty Adams.

Same-sex unions turn 30 in Denmark

Copenhagen - Thirty years after Denmark became the first country to allow same-sex couples to register in legal unions, the world has become more accepting. But in 1989, it was a trailblazing move.

French MPs approve IVF for lesbians, single women

Paris - France moved Friday towards allowing lesbians and single women to conceive children with medical help, setting the stage for a clash with conservatives who say it would create generations of "fatherless" kids.

Mexico cracks down on homophobic slurs in football

Mexico - The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced a new crackdown Friday on the homophobic slurs often heard at its matches, warning that the controversial tradition could get the country banned from the 2022 World Cup.

Battle over Marvel comic gay kiss is defused by Brazil court

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court on Sunday made it illegal to ban any LGBT publication, after a lower court allowed conservative mayor to confiscate comic books at the Rio Book Fair containing content he considered "inappropriate" for minors.

Rio mayor yanks comic book showing kiss between male superheroes

Rio De Janeiro - A comic book showing a kiss between two male superheroes sold out rapidly at Rio de Janeiro's book fair Friday after the city's evangelical mayor demanded it be withdrawn.

Top Philippine court refuses to legalise gay marriage

Manila - A landmark case to legalise gay marriage was rejected by the Philippines' highest court on Tuesday, but LGBT advocates in the deeply Catholic nation vowed to push their battle in the legislature.
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