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December 22, 2014

After being paraded in front of film cameras during the nighttime raid earlier this month, many of the men wept as they were led into court to face charges of ‘debauchery’

A court in Egypt has proceeded with a case against 26 men accused of ‘debauchery’ – a term commonly used by the country’s legal system for any form of of homosexual activity.

The men were arrested in a traditional hammam bathhouse in Cairo’s Azbakeya district on 7 December.

Although homosexual activity is not explicitly illegal in Egypt, gay men have often been prosecuted under a sub-section of the laws governing prostitution relating to ‘debauchery’.

August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

July 23, 2014

Group says ruling tells wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something 'foreign', and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful

A Russian LGBT organization has been told by a St Petersburg court it must be registered as a 'foreign agent', a label that implies it is a spy operation.

Coming Out, a group helping LGBTI Russians, was told it was engaging in political activities on behalf of foreign countries.

Judge Naidyonova claimed the group is violating rights of ‘persons with traditional sexual orientation’ by distributing pamphlets that assert being gay is normal.

March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

July 23, 2013

LGBT rights activists will march through central Vilnius for the first time on Saturday

A court in Lithuania has given its final approval for a Baltic Pride march to go ahead along a central avenue in capital Vilnius this Saturday (27 July).

The Mayor and city authorities had tried to block the march saying it would be a 'threat to public peace', but Vilnius Regional Administrative Court ruled earlier this month that the march should be permitted.

July 5, 2013

Baltic Pride 2013 will go ahead at the end of the month despite the city council's objection

A court in Lithuania ruled today that Baltic Pride 2013 can go ahead at the end of the month in capital Vilnius.

The City of Vilnius had refused to issue a permit for the LGBT pride parade saying there was a 'high probability of incidents and threat to public peace, morals and public safety, regardless of high police presence'.

Lithuania Gay League (LGL) appealed the City of Vilnius's decision by Vilnius Regional Administrative Court ruled today that the parade can go ahead.

ILGA-Europe congratulated LGL and the Lithuanian justice system.

March 20, 2013

Parents of Luo Li, who killed herself last June after her husband said he is gay, are suing their son-in-law for compensation

A court in Chengdu, central China heard a case yesterday relating to the suicide of Luo Li, who killed herself after her husband announced he is gay on a social networking website.

Luo's parents are suing their son-in-law Cheng Wei for 630,000RMB ($100,000, €77,500) for compensation for their daughter's life, reports.

March 18, 2013

Five transmen win a court case in Seoul to get gender officially recognized without needing a genital operations

A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.

Five transmen filed the case in a district court. One of the five said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.

January 28, 2013

A man who stabbed a bishop to death in Turkey gets reduced sentence for saying the bishop wanted to start an affair

A court in Turkey has reduced the sentence for man who murdered a Roman Catholic bishop because he had asked him to start an affair.

Murat Alton, driver and bodyguard to Bishop Luigi Padovese for four and a half years, stabbed him to death outside his summer residence in Iskenderun, southern Turkey, on 3 June 2010, Today's Zaman reports.

January 2, 2013

Charges against David Cecil, producer of a gay play staged in Uganda, have been dropped

A court in Uganda has thrown out a case against UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged over a play about the condition of gay people.

Cecil told the BBC the case was dismissed either because of a ‘lack of will or a lack of evidence’ to try him.

October 4, 2012

Cardiff court heard how an 18-year-old filmed himself stabbing an older gay man to death until the knife was bent from the force

A court in Wales has heard how an 18-year-old stabbed a gay man he met online and event boasted about the stabbing spree in a video showing the dead body.

Prosecutor Michael Mather-Less described how Bleddyn Rees King filmed the death scene of a 64-year-old man he robbed and brutalized.

August 3, 2012

While the 18 defendants are relieved the case against them collapsed, they now have become social outcasts and may be in danger of homophobia and persecution

A court in Gambia has dropped charges against 18 men who had been arrested in April and alleged with homosexuality.

The public prosecutor informed the court on Wednesday (1 August) that there was insufficient evidence to continue with the case.

If the men had been convicted of homosexuality they would have violated the country’s strict article 144 of the Gambian criminal code, which stipulates a punishment of up to 14 years imprisonment.

May 11, 2012

Second killing for Christopher Hunnisett, 28 who claims he was sex abuse victim. Attempt to flee London court foiled by security guards after murder verdict

A former altar boy leapt out of the dock today (11 May) after being convicted of murdering his gay lover he falsely suspected was a paedophile.

A court in London heard how 28-year-old Christopher Hunnisett from Hastings, Southern England, claimed he had been the victim of sex abuse and wanted to rid the world of sex offenders.

So he beat Peter Bick, 57, over the head with a hammer even though there was no evidence at all he was a paedophile. He then went to the nearby police station to confess to the killing.