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November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 22, 2013

Binational couples are celebrating after a Court of Appeal overturns a decade old agreeement between France and Morocco allowing same-sex couples from those two countries to marry

A French-Moroccan gay couple have won the right to marry in France today (22 October).

Dominique, 55 and Mohammed, a younger visiting student, were victorious at the Court of Appeal in Chambery allowing them to stay married.

The couple, who obtained a PACS civil union in March and were originally married in September, had their marriage overturned by a local court.

October 17, 2013

The first gay Frenchman and Moroccan to try and get married have been refused over a decades old agreement between the two countries

A French-Moroccan couple have been banned from marrying in France.

The couple, only identified as Dominique, 55, and Mohammed, a younger student visiting from Morocco, hoped to get married in Chambery on 11 October.

When France legalized gay marriage in May, agreements were signed with several countries banning any ex-patriots from several countries from marrying under the new law.

These were Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

July 2, 2013

LGBT people from 10 countries, who could potentially travel to France to get married, would be barred from doing so

Over 15 million LGBT people are banned from same-sex marriage in France, it was revealed today (2 July).

France has signed agreements with several countries saying any ex-patriots would be banned from marrying under the new ‘Marriage for All’ law.

The 10 countries are Algeria, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

June 27, 2013

Gay marriage between Moroccan and French citizens is ‘impossible’ and ‘threatens public order’ says Morocco’s Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid

Morocco will not accept gay marriage, stated its Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid.

Ramid said that Morocco is radically opposed to revise a legal agreement with France that says any marriage between two nationals of the country would mutually recognized.

The minister said that if a same-sex Moroccan and French couple were to marry there would be no way the country would not accept their gay marriage as legal.

June 27, 2013

Gay marriage between Moroccan and French citizens is ‘impossible’ and ‘threatens public order’ says Morocco’s Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid

Morocco will not accept gay marriage, stated its Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid.

Ramid said that Morocco is radically opposed to revise a legal agreement with France that says any marriage between two nationals of the country would mutually recognized.

The minister said that if a same-sex Moroccan and French couple were to marry there would be no way the country would not accept their gay marriage as legal.

June 26, 2013

The Council of Europe has called upon Morocco to repeal its law banning same-sex acts  

The Council of Europe (CoE) told Moroccan lawmakers to decriminalize a law banning and severely punishing gay sex.

The statement came as part of CoE’s bi-annual resolution evaluating Morocco’s reforms law reforms as required by its status as a ‘partner of democracy’ in the CoE, published yesterday (25 June).

CoE’s assembly expressed ‘serious concern that the Penal Code criminalizes consensual sexual relations between persons of the same sex, with penalties of between six months and three years in prison.’

June 26, 2013

The Council of Europe has called upon Morocco to repeal its law banning same-sex acts  

The Council of Europe (CoE) told Moroccan lawmakers to decriminalize a law banning and severely punishing gay sex.

The statement came as part of CoE’s bi-annual resolution evaluating Morocco’s reforms law reforms as required by its status as a ‘partner of democracy’ in the CoE, published yesterday (25 June).

CoE’s assembly expressed ‘serious concern that the Penal Code criminalizes consensual sexual relations between persons of the same sex, with penalties of between six months and three years in prison.’

May 8, 2013

Two Moroccan men who were caught having gay sex have been arrested and their trail is expected to draw large crowds

Two young Moroccan men, were arrested and after police ‘caught’ them ‘in action’ having gay sex.

The men were arrested during the weekend while ‘practicing sodomy’ in car stationed next to a park in Témara, a suburb of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, reported the daily Assabah.

The two who were caught appeared before a Court of First Instance in Temara, on Monday (6 May) and accused by the state prosecutor of ‘sodomy’ and ‘undermining public morality’.

May 8, 2013

Two Moroccan men who were caught having gay sex have been arrested and their trail is expected to draw large crowds

Two young Moroccan men, were arrested and after police ‘caught’ them ‘in action’ having gay sex.

The men were arrested during the weekend while ‘practicing sodomy’ in car stationed next to a park in Témara, a suburb of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, reported the daily Assabah.

The two who were caught appeared before a Court of First Instance in Temara, on Monday (6 May) and accused by the state prosecutor of ‘sodomy’ and ‘undermining public morality’.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.

February 11, 2013

Would you cope if you were attacked on holiday? Jujitsu classes came into their own for one gay couple who were bashed in Marrakesh, Morocco

My friend Simon Powell is the club sensei at Ishigaki Jujitsu Club - an LGBT martial arts club in central London.

He emailed me the other day suggesting that I meet up with Rainer Bohlin, one of his jujitsu students, who had just returned from a fairly horrific experience in Marrakesh (Marrakech), Morocco. Bohlin and his boyfriend had been walking along the street when they had been jumped on by a couple of local guys.

September 28, 2012

A Kyrgyzstan court has banned a film about gay Muslims being shown at a human rights  festival in the capital Bishkek

A documentary about a gay Muslim will no longer be shown at a film festival after a Kyrgyzstan court decision.

The film, ‘I am Gay and Muslim’, was due to be shown at the Bir Duino (One World) Human Rights film festival in the country’s capital Bishkek, today (28 September).

Mufti Rakhmatilla Egemberdiev, Kyrgyzstan chief cleric, said the film presented Islam ‘in a bad form, by using examples of people who have nothing to do with the religion.’

July 1, 2012

A ship carrying 2,000 gay holidaymakers says it was told it would not be allowed to dock in Casablanca but the country's Tourism Minister disputes this and says the ship is still welcome to visit

A war of words has erupted over what was to be the first ever visit by an all-gay cruise to a majority Muslim country, with cruise organisers claiming Moroccan officials would not let them dock in Casablanca.

Cruise organiser RSVP Vacations told over two thousand holidaymakers onboard the Holland-America Line’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam that their July 1 visit to Casablanca would not go ahead.

July 1, 2012

A ship carrying 2,000 gay holidaymakers says it was told it would not be allowed to dock in Casablanca but the country's Tourism Minister disputes this and says the ship is still welcome to visit

A war of words has erupted over what was to be the first ever visit by an all-gay cruise to a majority Muslim country, with cruise organisers claiming Moroccan officials would not let them dock in Casablanca.

Cruise organiser RSVP Vacations told over two thousand holidaymakers onboard the Holland-America Line’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam that their July 1 visit to Casablanca would not go ahead.

June 6, 2012

Italian MP Massimo Polledri, Lega Nord, says that 'homosexuals have to go to the psychologist to feel better'

‘A gay son? It would be worse than my daughter wanting to be a nun or to marry someone from Morocco.’

That's the comment from Italian MP Massimo Polledri, of Lega Nord Party, who also said that a gay son ‘would be the worst thing it could happen to me.’

Interviewed by the radio programme La Zanzara, on Radio 24 on Monday (4 June), the Italian politician, also a psychiatrist, added that ‘homosexuals are not happy. They go to psychologist and that’s the only way to feel better.’

May 11, 2012

Activists think a LGBT rally in the current political climate in Malaysia would be unwise

LGBT rights activists in Malaysia say they will not be holding a IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - event next week because of ‘security concerns’.