bans gay sex in Supreme Court shock ruling
PinkNews.co.uk, December 12, 2013
India’s highest court has upheld a colonial-era law which criminalises
gay sex, in what activists have described as a “black day”
for gay rights.
High Court bans gay couples from marrying
PinkNews.co.uk, December 12, 2013
Australia’s High Court has overturned legislation allowing same-sex
marriages in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The ACT Parliament
passed a bill in October making the territory the first part of Australia
to legalise equal marriage.
marriages to begin in March in England and Wales
PinkNews.co.uk, December 10, 2013
The government has finally announced that the first same-sex marriages
will be held next March in England and Wales, some time earlier than had
been originally expected.
couples get married en masse
Advocate.com, December 10, 2013
More than 100 same-sex couples participated in a mass wedding at Rio De
Janeiro's Superior Court of Justice on Sunday. The ceremony has been billed
as the world's largest communal gay wedding, Agence France Press reports.
Australian gay weddings held in capital city
Edge, December 9, 2013
Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages
in Canberra on Saturday under the nation’s beleaguered same-sex
union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week.
clinics use rape and torture to 'cure' gay people
International Business Times, November 25, 2013
In 2011 a petition containing 100,000 signatures was handed to Ecuador's
then health minister asking why only a handful of the country's 200 private
clinics had been closed despite widespread allegations about rape and
Delhi: Gay rights activists hold march
NDTV.com, November 25, 2013
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community
on Sunday held a march in the city demanding an end to the discrimination
which is still being faced by them despite the decriminalization of gay
athlete promises openly defiant stance at Games
CNN.com, November 21, 2013
He's unlikely to break a world record or even win a medal but New Zealand's
speed skater Blake Skjellerup is likely to generate plenty of headlines
if he gets to February's Winter Olympics.
prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, November 20, 2013
The Stage One vote on the country’s same-sex marriage bill is in
many respects the most important vote because it will reveal for the first
time whether a majority of MSPs supporting introducing equal marriage,
or whether they will reject the bill.
medical group urges HPV vaccinations for gay men
PinkNews.co.uk, November 20, 2013
In a significant move, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization
has agreed to set up a working group on possibly offering HPV vaccinations
to adolescent boys and gay and bisexual men.
at gay club rattles Moscow's LGBT community
Huffington Post, November 19, 2013
Two gunman opened fire at a gay club in Moscow over the weekend, injuring
no one but releasing a string of bullets into the crowd and onto the building
it’s not just gay and lesbian couples who will benefit from equal
marriage in Scotland
By Colin MacFarlane, Gay Star News, November 19, 2013
For Scotland to continue to prosper we must all work to build a country
where every single young person – regardless of their sexual orientation
or gender identity – can grow up to fulfil every ounce of their
potential. And to ensure we can compete in a 21st century world we must
ensure our citizens are prepared to work, live and pray alongside people
of different faiths, ethnicities, nationalities and sexualities.
moves to decriminalize, not recognize gay marriage
Thanh Nien News, November 18, 2013
Legislative officials have cricticized Vietnam’s draft law over
gay marriage as “indecisive” as it lifts the ban on gay marriage
but maintains the stance of not formally recognizing such unions.
of Russia's anti-gay law ponder new tactics
Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 18, 2013
The four-month campaign protesting Russia's ban on "gay propaganda"
is entering a new phase, as human rights activists try to heighten pressure
on the Olympics' top corporate sponsors to speak out before the Winter
Games in Sochi.
the rainbow: what is it like to be gay around the world?
Guardian.co.uk, November 18, 2013
Russia introduces an anti-gay law, while Britain makes marriage legal.
So what's it like to be gay around the world in 2013? Men and women from
Afghanistan to Uruguay talk about love, the law and coming out to your
trans people were murdered across the world in the past 12 months
PinkNews.co.uk, November 15, 2013
Brazil and Mexico lead the list for the most reported killings of trans
people in the past year, according to a new report. The Transgender Murder
Monitoring Project 2013 report was released yesterday ahead of next week’s
15th International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
mayor proclaims no gays in Israeli town
Jewish Daily Forward, November 11, 2013
An LBGT group filed a complaint against the haredi Orthodox mayor of Beit
Shemesh after he said on television that his “holy and pure”
city does not have homosexual residents.
calls for international truce during Sochi Winter Olympics
PinkNews.co.uk, November 7, 2013
The General Assembly of the United Nations has called for an international
truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The assembly has also
urged Moscow “to promote social inclusion without discrimination,”
as Russia faces international outrage following the implementation of
a law which bans homosexual “propaganda” this year.
say Russian gay rights violations may warrant asylum
Reuters, November 5, 2013
The Dutch foreign minister on Tuesday denounced Russia's law banning homosexual
"propaganda" among minors and said the violation of gay rights
could be grounds for asylum in the Netherlands.
Out releases pro-LGBT Russian Winter Olympics video
PinkNews.co.uk, November 5, 2013
A new video is seeking to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda
laws by asking what would happen if a gay athlete wins gold at next year’s
Winter Olympics in Sochi.
incredibly brave transgender circus troupe
DailyMail.co.uk, November 4, 2013
The 15 transgender performers and drag queens of Fama circus have been
touring Chile for 10 years performing musical numbers, dirty jokes, and
launches survey on social issues
The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret
social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
first European country to recognize ‘third gender’
Germany has become the first country in Europe to legally recognise a
"third gender", where the sex of a baby is not clear. Lawmakers
announced the third gender in August, saying the regulation would come
into effect on 1 November.
lawmakers push marriage equality bill
Asia Times, October 31, 2013
Taiwan could become the first Asian state to legalize same-sex and other
"pluralistic" forms of marriage if a wide-ranging package of
changes to the civil code are approved by the national legislature.
rally in Vietnam ahead of same-sex-marriage debate
Time Magazine, October 28, 2013
An estimated 300 people flocked to downtown Hanoi on Sunday morning to
call for equal rights for gay couples before a legislative debate on same-sex
marriage kicks off next month.
Gay couple found dead on building site
PinkNews.co.uk, October 24, 2013
The bodies of a gay couple have been found in the foundations of a building
site in central London.
capital allows gay marriage
MSN Lifestyle, October 22, 2013
Australia's national capital on Tuesday passed legislation making it the
first place in the country to allow gay marriage and said a legal challenge
from the federal government would not stop same-sex weddings.
Africa: Archbishop condemns anti-LGBTI violence
HRW.org, October 22, 2013
The remarks by the Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of
Cape Town and Metropolitan of Southern Africa, challenge arguments put
forward by several African governments that culture, tradition, and religion
justify the marginalization of LGBTI people.
MP withdraws bill to deprive gay and lesbian couples of parenting rights
PinkNews.co.uk, October 21, 2013
The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation
to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from
the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later
activists take stock after UN defeat
SperoForum.com, October 18, 2013
Panelists from UN agencies and homosexual groups spoke of the obstacles
to getting homosexuality recognized despite a big push for social inclusion
in UN policy. The event “LGBT Rights and the UN: When Will the Love
Story Begin?” was hosted by youth delegates at the German mission
to the UN.
diplomat beaten in Moscow
PinkNews.co.uk, October 16, 2013
A senior Dutch diplomat at the Netherlands embassy in Moscow has been
attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who
scrawled the letters “LGBT” on a mirror. The diplomat, named
by Russian media as Onno Elderenbosch, was reportedly tied up by men posing
push for same-sex civil partnerships in Thailand
Bangkok Post, October 15, 2013
More than 200 people turned out yesterday to show their support for a
so-called civil partnership bill that would allow same-sex couples equal
marriage rights. The supporters attended the bill's first public hearing
at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University in Bangkok.
gay tests: Amnesty attacks 'outrageous' medical screening
IBTimes.com, October 15, 2013
Amnesty International says Kuwait's proposal to introduce compulsory medical
tests and bar migrant workers deemed to be "homosexual" or transgender
is "outrageous and should be rejected out of hand".
of thousands celebrate Rio's 18th Gay Pride
KRMG.com, October 14, 2013
It's one thing Brazilians know how to do best ...party. And this year's
18th Rio Gay Pride was exactly that for around three-hundred-thousand
people in Rio's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Famed
Copacabana beach packed to the brim and full of dance.
arrests 'network of homosexuals and satanists' at birthday party
South China Morning Post, October 11, 2013
Iran’s revolutionary guards have announced the arrest of “a
network of homosexuals and satanists”in the western city of Kermanshah,
close to the country’s border with Iraq, prompting fresh alarm over
the treatment of gay people in the Islamic republic.
Francis writes to gay Catholics
TheTablet.co.uk, October 10, 2013
Pope Francis responded personally to a letter from a group of gay and
lesbian Italian Catholics sent in June, according to the Italian daily
loses out to Paris in fight to host Gay Games
PinkNews.co.uk, October 8, 2013
The 2018 Gay Games will be held in Paris, after London lost out in the
final decision on where to host the games.