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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.

March 31, 2014

A gay man from Lagos reported a group of gay Nigerians to the authorities after they refused to give him money for sex

Five gay Nigerian men were detained, stripped naked and beaten in public last week after they refused to give money to a sexual partner from Lagos who was blackmailing them.

According to local news reports and information from Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi, a gay man from Lagos joined some local gay men in Ekurede Urhobo for a sex party.

Afterwards, the man from Lagos demanded payment in exchange for not reporting the group to police.

When the rest of the group didn’t pay, the gay man from Lagos reported the group to local authorities.

March 27, 2014

A Zimbabwe judge has cited his country’s disapproval of homosexuals in his decision to allow a man who stabbed another man he claimed sexually propositioned him to go free

A Zimbabwean man who stabbed an acquaintance he claimed had hit on him has been allowed to walk free by a Zimbabwean court.

22-year-old Bongani Phiri was acquitted by a Bulawayo court over the stabbing incident which he claimed was provoked by the man’s ‘behaving like a gay’ and sometimes caressing him without his consent.

Phiri testified that he had quarreled with the man outside a bar on 26 October last year around 10pm after accusing him of being gay.

March 22, 2014

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus calls on the ASEAN governments to place greater priority on the well-being and welfare of all peoples in its 10 member-states

LGBT rights activists attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Yangon, Myanmar from 21 to 23 March 2014 are continuing to lobby its 10 member-states to promote and protect the rights of its LGBTIQ people.

The 10 member-states are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The ACSC/APF is held ahead of the ASEAN Summit in May which will also be hosted by Myanmar, the Chair of ASEAN this year.

March 21, 2014

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament says it will tell its heads of states to stay away from an upcoming diplomatic summit with the EU if the West goes ahead with sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTIs

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP) of countries that have signed the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU) has threatened to tell the heads of its member states to boycott the upcoming ACP-EU Summit in May if sanctions are laid against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people.

March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.