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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.

June 21, 2012

The city of Teresina in Brazil has issued a formal warning to a bar which banned a lesbian couple 

The city of Teresina, Brazil has issued a formal warning this week to a bar that banned a lesbian couple from attending its Valentine’s Day party.

The warning, given on 18 June, was issued by a municipal commission that investigated a complaint by the lesbian couple that the bar violated the city's anti-discrimination law.

June 5, 2012

Movilh has launched a campaign encouraging family members to share responsibility and act against homophobia and transphobia

Chile's leading sexual minority organization has launched a new anti-discrimination campaign.

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) is encouraging families to support their LGBT relatives and friends with a campaign themed: 'When families advance, society stops discriminating.'

June 1, 2012

A report shows the chances of a gay man being murdered in Brazil are 800% more likely to occur than in the US

Sex-rights groups in Peru and Brazil announced the number of homosexual killings in 2011.

Brazil's Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB) documented 266 murders of gays, lesbians and transvestites in Brazil last year, six more than in 2010.

According to Professoe Luiz Mott, an anthropologist at the Federal University of Bahia and founder of the GGB: 'The underreporting of these crimes is striking, indicating that the number represents just the tip of an iceberg of cruelty and blood.

May 28, 2012

GSN explores who's bucking trends and making waves to elevate the profile of LGBT communities in Mexico, the Carribean, Central and South America 

It's not Facebook's fault. Don't blame the drag queens.

But Latin America is becoming gayer.

Gay, bi and trans communities in Latin America have always existed, albeit quietly. With gay rights issues gaining prominence around the world, LGBT communities in Latin America are making themselves known to their neighbors, politicians and the world.

'It's not that there are more gays and lesbians living in Latin America,' wrote Javier Corrales, political science professor at Amherst College and editor of the book The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America.

May 25, 2012

Politicians in Brazil have made a small step to recognizing same-sex partnerships but the courts are still far ahead of them

Brazil’s politicians have made a small step to catching up with their judges and legalizing same-sex marriage.

A proposal to allow same-sex civil unions has been before Brazil’s Congress for 16 years.

But yesterday (24 May) the human rights committee in Brazil’s Senate approved a change in the law to say a civil union is between two people, without saying they have to be opposite genders.

However even that stops short of full gay marriage. And the bill still has to pass through other senate committees before it can get to a full vote and become law.

May 15, 2012

British-based LGBT media calls on readers to take part in same-sex marriage consultation

Britain’s leading gay media have appealed for their readers to take part in the government’s consultation on same-sex marriage before it’s too late.

It is just a month to go before the consultation on how to introduce same-sex marriage equality ends.

Most people in Britain support the change but the so far it seems the biggest response has come from religious opponents to equality.

The joint statement reads:

February 10, 2012

Bill to prevent gay freedom of speech could spread throughout Russia

The U.S. State Department on Thursday expressed its opposition to a proposed anti-gay law in St. Petersburg, Russia by reiterating part of a speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave to the United Nations in December: 'Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.'