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Gay community in Romania fears fallout from marriage referendum

Bucharest - Growing up gay in overwhelmingly Orthodox Romania was never easy for Cosmin Olteanu, but the 18-year-old student fears life could get worse when the country votes in a referendum to narrowly define marriage.

Being LGBT in Kosovo: a battle to come out from the shadows

Pristina - On paper, the legal request was small: changing his name from Blerta to Blert.But it was a big -- and risky -- move by Blert Morina, a transgender man trying to bring Kosovo's marginalised LGBT community out of the shadows.

Five charged with murdering transgender prostitute in Paris

Paris - Five people were charged Monday with murdering a transgender prostitute who was allegedly trying to stop them robbing her client in a Paris park, a case that has sparked fury amongst LGBT rights groups.

Thirty LGBT activists arrested in Russia: organiser

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police arrested 30 LGBT activists in Saint Petersburg on Saturday during a co-ordinated demonstration defending the rights of sexual minorities, a co-organiser told AFP after being taken into custody.

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Fpo - A British lesbian won the right to live and work in Hong Kong with her partner in a landmark decision Wednesday by the top court in the city, where same-sex unions are not recognised.

Gay activist attacked in Ukraine ahead of pride march

Kiev - Unidentified assailants have attacked a gay activist in central Ukraine ahead of a gay pride parade he was helping prepare, LGBT rights activists said on Sunday.

Argentina marks first hate crime conviction involving trans woman

Buenos Aires - A court in Argentina sentenced a man Monday to life imprisonment for killing a transsexual leader, the first hate crime conviction for targeting a trans woman.

Zone for minority fans at Russia World Cup forced to move

Sanktpeterburg - A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.

Kiev police detain 56 far-right activists during LGBT march

Kiev - Ukrainian police said Sunday they had detained 56 far-right activists who tried to disrupt a gay pride march in central Kiev, which saw around 5,000 people take part and a huge security presence.

British gay rights activist arrested in Russia before World Cup

Moscow - British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested on Thursday in Russia for holding a one-man protest against the country's record on LGBT rights, hours before the kick-off of the World Cup.

Google yanks gay dating app from Indonesia online store

Jakarta - Google has pulled one of the world’s largest gay dating apps from the Indonesian version of its online store in response to government demands, Jakarta said Wednesday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community.

Indonesia police force 'manly makeover' on transgender beauticians

Banda Aceh - Indonesian police forcibly cut the hair of a group of transgender women and made them wear male clothing, authorities said Monday, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

Malaysian transgender conversion plan sparks alarm

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian state plans to run a conversion therapy course aimed at transgender women, officials said Saturday, sparking alarm among LGBT activists in the conservative Muslim-majority country.

Rainbow flag way off colour for many Egyptians

Cairo - Debauched, perverted, sick, deviant... just some of the words used to describe gays in Egypt amid a police crackdown on homosexuality after the rainbow flag was raised at a concert.

Pride walk with Serbia's gay PM, but activists want bolder talk

Belgrade - Serbia's lesbian prime minister is set to join rainbow-clad revellers at Belgrade's Pride parade on Sunday, a dramatic turn of events for the conservative country, where previous marches have erupted in homophobic violence.

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.

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.

Taiwan court rules in favour of gay marriage in Asia first

Taipei - Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions.

Taiwan court rules in favour of gay marriage in Asia first

Taipei - Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions.

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Taipei - A top Taiwan court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same sex unions.

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Taipei - A top Taiwan court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same sex unions.

Taiwan to make landmark gay marriage ruling

Taipei - Taiwan could become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage on Wednesday when a court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same-sex unions.

Taiwan to make landmark gay marriage ruling

Taipei - Taiwan could become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage on Wednesday when a court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same-sex unions.

Two police hurt in attack on LGBT rally in Ukraine

Kiev - Two Ukrainian policemen were hospitalised after they tried to disperse about 30 young men who attacked a rally by gay and transgender rights activists in the eastern city of Kharkiv, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Eurovision shines spotlight on LGBT struggle in Ukraine

Kiev - Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kiev, an extravaganza embraced by the LGBT community, Ukraine's "Celebrate Diversity" motto sounds more like wishful thinking than a fact of life.

Hundreds protest in Istanbul over transgender woman's murder

Istanbul - Hundreds protested peacefully on Sunday in Istanbul calling for justice after the brutal murder of a transgender woman earlier this month in Turkey.

Ad on Craigslist refers to Orlando, warns San Diego is next

San Diego - An ad was posted on Craigslist mentioning the mass murders in Orlando and threatening that San Diego will be next. Police and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force are searching for the person who posted the ad.

California pastor praises killing of '50 pedophiles' in Orlando

Sacramento - The Baptist preacher's main regret about the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was that more "sodomites" and "pedophiles" did not die in the mass shooting in the Orlando nightclub a few hours before.

Op-Ed: Why Timothy Bradley resents Pacquiao gay comments

More than a month since Manny Pacquiao got embroiled in controversy from his statement about same-sex marriage, Timothy Bradley finds it hard to restrain himself from blaming Pacquiao because of his statement's effect on the revenue of the bout.
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