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September 29, 2014

Kamla Persad-Bissessar hinted that a referendum may be called on decriminalizing gay sex

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago has said decriminalising homosexuality and gay rights are not possible in the country because public opinion is too divided.

The first female prime minister made the comments on Thursday at the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference in New York.

She said, 'At this moment it is not legally possible. The draft gender policy came to the Cabinet, discussed at length and given the very divided voices of Trinidad and Tobago.

September 26, 2014

'Stop persecuting homosexual people'

The old website of the Camaroonian National Assembly was hacked in protest of the country's persecution of gay people.

The hack was was performed by the collective Wholeop Crew was discovered on Monday afternoon. The site has since been deactivated.

The assembly stills refuses to believe in the 'conspiracy theory' even though screenshots have been posted online and an assembly computer scientist has confirmed the hack.

The message the site's hompage said:

'Hacked, quite simply.

'WebSite defaced

'I've no limit

September 26, 2014

After surviving a total of seven hostile amendments from Egypt, resolution passes 21-16 with seven abstentions

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday (26 September) passed a resolution which condemns discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chile, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, states that it 'does not seek to create new rights. ... There are some whose rights are more violated and need more protection.'

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay were joined by 42 additional co-sponsors.

September 19, 2014

Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the deal with the country's national airline to be dropped

The Australian Football League (AFL) has ended sponsorship from Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) due to the country's stone the gays law.

AFL Europe, the sport's governing body on the continent, touted the 12-month deal with the state-owned airline as its 'biggest ever sponsorship' when it was announced in July.

Under its first major sports sponsorship deal, RBA flew players between Melbourne and London while the AFL promoted the airline in Australia and 22 European countries.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

September 9, 2014

The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people with HIV

Gambia has passed a bill that imposes life sentences for 'aggravated homosexuality' in what is already one of the most homophobic countries in Africa.

Officials told AP on Monday that the bill was passed last month and gives life sentences to 'serial offenders,' people with HIV and those suspected of having sex with someone who is under 18, disabled or drugged.

Suspects who are parents or guardians of the other person or 'in authority over' him or her are also targeted by the bill.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

September 7, 2014

A video allegedly showing two men getting married has sparked outrage in Egypt, with a prosecutor claiming the ‘devilish’ video violates public decency

The Egyptian prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of nine men, after a YouTube video depicting a ‘gay marriage’ surfaced.

The video, filmed in April but has only gone viral in recent weeks, is entitled ‘Egypt’s First Gay Marriage’ shows two men appearing to have a marriage ceremony on a Nile boat.

The two men hug, exchange rings and are surrounded by male guests.

Several charges have been levelled against the men including ‘inciting debauchery and violating public decency’.

August 19, 2014

A council representing faiths groups in Uganda has had to fire all its staff after the US Government redirected funding to other groups over its support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people

Uganda’s multi-faith Inter-Religious Council has had its funding terminated by the United States government over its members’ support for draconian legislation punishing LGBTI people and those who support them, and the European Union has followed suit.

The Inter-Religious Council is made up of Uganda’s Muslim Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and Anglican, Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist churches.

USAID stripped the group of 89.6 billion Ugandan shillings ($US34.5 million), causing the group to lay off all its staff.

August 19, 2014

Human rights leaders around the world have been trying to discover more about the alleged slayings

A row has broken out over a claim that three gay men, two lesbians and a trans person were stoned to death this month in rural Uganda.

Over the past couple of days, the question of whether these murders happened has stunned, shocked and infuriated activists and groups around the world – as people know very little more than this.

Human rights leaders around the world have been trying to discover more about the alleged slayings.

August 11, 2014

Uruguayans celebrated the one year anniversary of same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry this month, with over 200 couples marrying in the first 12 months they have been able to

Over 200 same-sex couples have married in Uruguay in the 12 months since it legalized gay marriage in the small South American nation of 3.3 million people.

According to the civil registry of Montevideo, which covers half the country’s population, 134 same-sex couples have married since same-sex marriage became legal in Uruguay on 5 August last year.

July 26, 2014

'It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!'

Jenny McCarthy now regrets suggesting on The View that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

July 18, 2014

Openly gay actor will gueat star as Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold

Since his series Prison Break went off the air in 2009, Wentworth Miller has rarely been seen on television screens except for in reruns.

The the now openly gay actor is returning to the TV spotlight with a guest role on The CW's newest superhero series The Flash.

Miller, 42, will first appear in the fourth episode of the show which premieres this fall, it was announced on Friday (18 July).

His role is that of Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) who considered an enemy of The Flash and is the leader of a group called The Rogues.

June 30, 2014

As several nations celebrate Pride, one country decided to hold a homophobic response to the growing 'homosexuality problem'

Several nations across the world may have held their Pride events celebrating LGBTI people, but there was one country that did the complete opposite.

On Saturday (28 June), thousands of Jamaicans were a part of a rally to stop the ‘gay agenda’ in Kingston.

Church groups, under the umbrella coalition CAUSE, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat of homosexuality.

Helene Coley Nicolson told RJR News that the LGBTI community was a cause for concern.

June 18, 2014

Similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, the European Union has described it as one of the most sweeping homophobic draft laws in the world

A Kyrgyzstan human rights group has passed a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in parliament.

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country.

This means it will be a crime for anyone to discuss anything related to LGBTI people in public spaces either through the media, or by organizing public events to discuss human rights.

Those found guilty will be punished with fines and up to six months in prison.

June 16, 2014

'But those private citizens who share the most in common with Clinton were well ahead of the curve on gay marriage'

Polling expert Nate Silver examined numbers to show how Hillary Clinton lagged behind fellow liberal women on gay marriage.

Late last week the former Secretary of State was a guest on National Public Radio's Fresh Air. Host Terry Gross pressed Clinton on when she 'evolved' on gay marriage.

June 13, 2014

'I think you’re trying to say I used to be opposed and now I’m in favor and I did it for political reasons, and that’s just flat wrong'

The usually unflappable Hillary Clinton grew agitated Thursday (12 June) by persistent questions about her evolution on gay marriage during an interview with National Public Radio.

Clinton, expected to run for the Democratic party nomination for president in 2016, is now supportive of same-sex marriage after years of stating she supported civil unions instead.

'I think we have all evolved,' Clinton told Terry Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air.

June 12, 2014

Former Secretary of State has revealed she has gotten into 'shouting matches' with Russian officials over gay rights

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the United States must lead the way on gay rights worldwide.

Hotly tipped to run for president, the former First Lady is promoting her new memoir Hard Choices.

‘We have a long way to go,’ I don’t want to mislead anybody,’ Clinton said at the Chicago Harris Theater, when asked about the march for equality.

‘This is going to be an ongoing struggle and the United States must be on the front lines.’

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

May 23, 2014

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has warned members of the African Union that they must respect the rights of LGBTI people or fail their commitments to human rights

The 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has adopted a resolution calling for the member states of the African Union to respect the rights of LGBTI people in the strongest statement to date from a continent level body in Africa.

May 6, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'The sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by stoning to those in Brunei'

The Human Rights Campaign is blasting hotels owned the sultan of Brunei for promoting wedding services to gay couples. Their owner has imposed Islamic criminal punishments in his country that includes stoning gay people to death.

The largest LGBTI equal rights organization in the US is calling out as hypocrisy the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Hotel seeking wedding business in California where same-sex marriage became legal again last year.

April 17, 2014

The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it

Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga has said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

‘Our domestic refugee law does not have a provision granting refugee status for being gay. And we will never do that,’ Mushelenga said in comments reported by the Namibian Sun newspaper.

‘We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use.’

April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.