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March 7, 2015

An increasing number of LGBT people are coming forward to adopt

The UK's Department of Education announced this week that adoption rates by LGBT parents have it a record high.

Loving, stable homes have been offered to more than 480 children in the past 12 months, thanks to LGBT couples and individuals.

The news comes as part of the UK’s LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, taking place until 8 March 2015, marking the contribution and commitment of the nation’s LGBT adopters and foster carers.

February 20, 2015

Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples can adopt jointly – but only if the child is the biological child of one of the partners

LGBTI rights activists in Colombia are disappointed after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the only circumstance where gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt is where the child in question is the biological child of their partner.

The issue had been winding its way through the courts and there were hopes it might lead to full adoption rights for LGBTI Colombians, but Colombia’s highest court declared the matter settled on Wednesday via an announcement on Twitter.

November 26, 2014

Ceremony is Rio de Janeiro state's fifth such event since 2011

Rio de Janeiro married 160 LGBTI couples on Sunday (23 November) in what the state hailed as 'the largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world.'

The event was the fifth mass gay wedding organized by state program Rio Without Homophobia and the state court, which have married a total 500 LGBTI couples.

'It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community,' Cláudio Nascimento, coordinator of Rio Without Homophobia, told Agência Brasil.

October 8, 2014

A new study from the Pew Research Center has found that a majority of African Americans say businesses should not be allowed to deny services to same-sex couples who are getting married despite most still opposing gay marriage

Even though only around 4 in 10 African Americans support same-sex marriage, new research has found that a majority of them still feel that it is wrong for businesses to be legally able to refuse to provide goods and services to gay couples who are getting married.

The Pew Research Center found that 61% of the African Americans they surveyed agreed that it was wrong for for-profit businesses to deny same-sex couples goods and services based on the owner or employee’s religious beliefs.

October 1, 2014

Homophobia is not a crime in the country even though it has the highest LGBTI murder rate in the world

At least 216 LGBTI people have been murdered this year in Brazil where homophobia is not a crime.

The data was collected by the Gay Group of Bahia from January to 29 September and is based on police records and news reports as there are no official statistics.

The region with the most cases was the Northeast (43%) and the city with more cases per capita was Cuiabá, with 0.03 homicides per 1,000 inhabitants.

Gay men are the most affected (59%), followed by transvestites (35%) and lesbians (4%).

August 30, 2014

A court in Rome has approved the step-child adoption of a girl by the female partner of her biological mother

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a gay couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption.

The couple have been living together in Rome since 2003, and the decision was taken by the city’s Juvenile Court. It’s believed that the child was conceived through IVF treatment abroad – where the couple also underwent a marriage ceremony.

December 9, 2013

132 same-sex couples were legally married Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in what is believed to be the world’s largest mass same-sex wedding

132 same-sex couples were married by Rio de Janeiro’s Superior Court of Justice on Sunday in what is thought to be the world’s largest mass same-sex wedding.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the School of Magistrates of Rio de Janeiro.

Each of the 132 couples were able to invite up to ten family members and friends, which made the auditorium very overcrowded with supporters.

October 24, 2013

While same-sex couples have now been given equal state child benefits, many are hoping recent coalition talks will pave way for same-sex marriage and adoption

Despite still being banned from adoption, same-sex couples in Germany were given equal state child benefits yesterday (23 October).

A lesbian couple in a civil union, with two children each, were victorious in a legal case at the Federal Fiscal Court in Munich.

The AFP reports the plaintiff, not identified by the court, argued she and her civil partner were entitled to the higher rate of €215 ($296) per month given to families of four children.

July 29, 2013

Charles Radcliffe, chief of the Global Issues Section at UN Human Rights Office tells GSN about the challenges and hopes of the LGBT Free and Equal education campaign

It's official. The United Nations (UN) has fully boarded the LGBT human rights train.

May 14, 2013

National Council of Justice rules government offices that issue marriage licenses have no standing to reject gay couples

Gay couples across Brazil can begin applying for marriage licenses with or without a marriage equality law passed by the country's congress, according to a ruling Tuesday (14 May) by Brazil's top judicial panel.

The National Council of Justice said government offices in Brazil do not have the legal standing to deny the licenses to same-sex couples.

May 1, 2013

Paraíba and Santa Catarina have become the 13th and 14th states to legalize equal marriage, meaning 60% of Brazilians can get married without going through the two-step process

Santa Catarina and Paraíba have become the 13th and 14th states to approve the right to marry to same-sex couples.

As Freedom to Marry notes, this means nearly three in five Brazilians have the right to marry their loved one.

April 19, 2013

A high court judge in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has passed a ruling authorizing gay marriag in the Brazilian state

The General Magistrate of Justice of Rio de Janeiro state, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, published a legal ruling authorizing gay marriage in the state

Rio de Janeiro has become today (April 19) the 11th state of Brazil to institute marriage equality.

The other states being: São Paulo, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Alagoas, Sergipe, Piauí, Ceará and the Federal District of Brazilia.

March 10, 2013

Grupo Gay da Bahia, a gay rights group in Brazil, releases startling figures for homophobic killings that took place in the Latin American country last year

Once again, activists claim Brazil has the world’s highest occurrence of homophobic murders.

Brazilian LGBT rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia has released a breakdown of gay-related murders for 2012, claiming that Brazil accounts for 44% of homophobic executions worldwide.

Grupo Gay da Bahia documented 338 killings of gays, lesbians and transsexuals in Brazil that took place in 2012. Two of these killings include two Brazilian transsexuals in Italy.

March 3, 2013

Caribe Afirmativo, a group that champions gay rights in Colombia's Caribbean region, documented 25 homophobic deaths in the region last year

A Caribbean-based gay watchdog group has reported 25 violent deaths of LGBT people in 2012, up from 21 reported in 2011.

Caribe Afirmativo, based in the Caribbean region of northern Colombia, reports that between 1 January and 31 December 2012 over two LGBT people died every month from violent or discriminatory causes.

According to Colombian newspaper El Universal, the group identified 21 homicides, two suicides and two deaths from surgical procedures that involved gay, bisexual or transgender individuals from the region.

December 21, 2012

The Court of São Paulo ruled that state notaries are now required to register same-sex marriages without first getting court approval

São Paulo state notaries are now obliged to recognize same-sex marriages.

According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, this court ruling permits gay couples to obtain a marriage certificate without needing prior approval from a court.

This week's court order also means that same-sex couples already registered in a civil union do not need court approval to convert their status into marriage.

December 10, 2012

Almost 100 gay and lesbian couples had their unions legalized in symbolic ceremony

Almost 100 gay and lesbian couples took part in a mass 'wedding' in Rio, Brazil, yesterday (9 December).

The 92 same-sex couples joined the ceremony which legalized their unions just short of marriage status, reported AFP.

However, the service at the Rio courthouse was mainly symbolic and participants will have to take their vows again in front of a judge today (10 December).

November 19, 2012

Tens of thousands pour on to Copacabana beach for carnvival themed LGBT pride

An estimated one million people hit Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana beach yesterday (18 November) for the Brazilian city's annual gay pride celebrations.

Fifteen floats blaring music lined Avenida Atlantica, while many revellers came dressed in colorful carnival costumes.

As well holding a carnival-like party, organizers Grupo Arco-Iris (Rainbow Group) hoped this year's event would also send a powerful political message.

'The main thing is to fight for the criminalization of homophobia,' pride marcher Ester Silveir told France 24.

October 24, 2012

Fifteen activists from Curitiba, state capital of Paraná, Brazil report they have been receiving constant death threats

Fiften activists from Curitiba, Brazil have revealed today that they have been receiving constant death threats since the last week of September.

All the threats are of a homophobic nature and characteristic of hate crimes expressing a high degree of cruelty.

They have been being received by telephone at home and at work, by mobile phone, e-mail and social media since the last week of September.

The phone calls are being made from public telephones.

October 17, 2012

Gay Star News speaks to Esteban Paulón, president of the Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT), about how the LGBT rights group is bringing marriage equality, gay parents' rights and transgender rights to your home country

Is same-sex marriage not yet legal in your country?

Consider coming to Argentina, where since May 2012, gay couples from abroad can legally wed in four provinces including the capital city of Buenos Aires.

All you need is a copy of your passport and the address of your hotel.

Be forewarned, because your marriage will likely not be recognized when you go back home.

October 5, 2012

The attorney general of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil annulled an anti-discrimination law protecting LGBT people. Campaigners demand a new law to be introduced as soon as possible

The attorney general of the state of Rio de Janeiro annulled a law that protected LGBT from discrimination.

The attorney general cancelled on Tuesday (2 October) anti-discrimination law that has been in-force for over 12 years, stating that it was introduced in an unconstitutional manner.

The law was introduced in 2000 by the then legislator and state deputy, Carlos Minc, who now serves as the Rio de Janeiro state minister of the environment. It was voted and passed by the state’s assembly.

October 4, 2012

LGBT association Equality Italia launches a campaign to get more gays and lesbians to 'adopt' a child living in poverty abroad

The LGBT Italian association Equality Italia has launched a campaign to encourage single gays or lesbians, or same-sex couples to 'adopt' a child living in poverty abroad.

The campaign is called ‘Io ce l’ho grande il cuore’ or ‘My heart is very big’ and it's thought to be the first of its type to target LGBT people.

Many Italians use 'long distance adoption' to support a child living in poverty in another country - though the 'adoption' does not, of course, make them the legal parents or guardians of the child.

September 19, 2012

A trans woman became the latest victim in a spate of trans murders in state of state of São Paulo, Brazil

A 20 year-old trans woman was murdered in the early hours of Sunday (16 September) in the city of Votuporanga, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The body was found near a dumpster in a rural region of the city. The victim’s genitals and one ear were found to have been cut off.

The Brazilian military police, who are investigating the case, suspect that the trans woman, who was a sex worker, was possibly taken to the remote location and murdered by a client.

The police still has no clues as to the identity of the murderer.

September 1, 2012

A Brazilian gay father will become the first to receive the same parental leave as a woman after a Brazilian court found that it was discriminatory that a same-sex couple should receive less combined parental leave than a heterosexual couple

A gay Brazilian man has become the first man to be given equal parental leave to a mother after he and his civil union partner adopted a baby.

Normally Brazilian fathers are only given five days off work after becoming parents, while mothers receive four months off, but a Brazilian court found that it was discriminatory for a gay couple to receive less combined parental leave than a heterosexual couple.

As a result Lucimar da Silva will become the first Brazilian man to receive the same parental leave as a woman.

August 16, 2012

Five years ago, the media in Vietnam regular reported on the social evil of homosexuality, now the government are looking into legalizing same-sex marriage, Gay Star News talk to the man who made it happen

Earlier this month the news that Vietnam might become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage made headlines around the world. The news appeared to come out of nowhere, as no-one expected the socially conservative one-party state to be so progressive.

In an interview with Gay Star News Le Quang Binh, the director of the first LGBT rights organization in Vietnam, reveals the five year story behind this month’s headlines.