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September 30, 2014

Rainbow Families Hong Kong was set up by LGBTI parents seeking to connect and network with one another. Two of the parents involved talked to GSN about the group and expat life in the city

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most unique – and densely-populated – cities. Between 1842 and 1997, it was operated under British colonial rule, but is now an autonomous region of China.

Generally, residents have enjoyed a more liberal standard of living when compared to elsewhere in China. The region has acted as a magnet for big business and corporate-employed expats – including LGBTI people.

Reflecting trends elsewhere, same-sex parents are becoming more commonplace.

September 30, 2014

He was fined $65 but his local partner is still on the run

A Vietnamese man arrested for gay sex in Burundi has been released after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was released on 19 September, 76 Crimes reported, citing Burundian human rights group Movement for Individual Liberties (MOLI).

He was the first person convicted under the African country's 2009 anti-gay law, which punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 29, 2014

Court postpones ruling on a case seeking to repeal the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act for a second time

A Nigerian court last week postponed the ruling on a case seeking to repeal of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act for a second time.

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

Man arrested for gay sex faces three months to two years in prison

A man is in hiding after he escaped police who wanted to arrest him on gay sex charges.

The arrestee, whose name has not been released, is a Burundi man who was found with his Vietnamese telecommunications worker partner.

Richard Nzokirantevye, the governor of Karuzi Province, told AFP the Vietnamese man is being held by police.

The Burundian partner escaped and is being sought by the authorities, the governor said.

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 24, 2014

The Marriage Equality Bill has been stalled since October

Six Taiwanese gay couples have had their marriage registrations rejected on Saturday in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

The four gay and two lesbian couples and several LGBTI rights groups brought the required documents to register a marriage to the Household Registration Office, the Liberty Times reported.

However, staff said because of a problem with the adminstrative system only marriages between men and women could be registered.

September 23, 2014

Thousands of political prisoners were 're-educated' in the island jail

The Croatian government has received a controversial proposal to turn a former gulag into a gay resort.

Only a few abandoned prison buildings stand on the uninhabited island of Goli Otok, which translates to the Barren Isle.

Between 1949 and 1956, 13,000 political prisoners were sent to the gulag for 're-education' when Croatia was part of Communist Yugoslavia. About 400 of them died there.

September 23, 2014

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the country

A Vietnamese man was arrested last week in Karuzi in northern Burundi for gay sex.

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the African country.

Burundi adopted a new penal code in 2009 that punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

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 19, 2014

Uganda’s President Museveni is struggling to find accommodation during a trip to Texas where he is seeking to encourage tourism and investment in his country despite its persecution of LGBTI people

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is struggling to find a hotel to stay in as he prepares to meet with potential investors in his country this weekend in Irving, Texas.

President Museveni had been due to stay at the Irving Four Seasons hotel. However the hotel cancelled the booking after a blog post in the Dallas Voice noted his country’s record of persecuting LGBTI people and attempts to pass draconian laws to silence them.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

September 18, 2014

Whoever you are, whomever you love, you will forever be fabulous in W Hong Kong’s eyes!

What makes a hotel fabulous?

A sexy bellhop? Michelin-star meals? A take-home moisturizer you will never be able to buy back home?

W Hotel Hong Kong is redefining what it means to have a fabulous hotel stay with its DARE TO BE FABULOUS package for couples.

‘W Hong Kong has always been supportive to all communities. This time, we’ll be taking our support even further with the DARE TO BE FABULOUS room package. Everything from rooms, food, romantic surprises and even spa treatments will be covered.’

September 17, 2014

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere has been arrested, evicted and beaten in his home country

A prominent Ugandan gay activist for more than 17 years has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today.

John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, co-founder of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, has been in the US since February and filed for asylum in May.

In Uganda, Wambere was outed as gay by newspapers, harassed by strangers, received death threats from anonymous phone calls, arrested, evicted from his home and beaten up.

September 15, 2014

Officials are surprised by the backlash to the country's now-overturned anti-gay law

Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.

The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country's reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

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 11, 2014

The Court of Final Appeal has ended a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests

Hong Kong's highest court yesterday dismissed a police appeal against a ruling in favor of LGBTI activists who danced at an anti-homophobia rally in 2011, putting an end to a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests.

Three out of five judges ruled in favor of the activists, who staged a dance performance at an International Day Against Homophobia rally in May 2011. 

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 4, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga wants to bring back the anti-gay law

The speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been cut from a business forum in London due to her homophobic views.

She was meant to speak later this month at the fourth Ugandan Investment Forum, which promotes the country as a favored investment destination. Other speakers include the vice president and several ministers and business leaders.

Kadaga vowed to pass the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2012, which would have made gay sex punishable by death or life imprisonment, and last month she re-tabled the bill.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 26, 2014

An advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan gay bar has taken out a bronze award at a regional advertising competition despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing

A controversial advertising campaign for a gay bar in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan is causing controversy despite winning a regional advertising award.

Posters for Almaty gay bar Studio 69 show Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing passionately and have been the subject of official complaints – though homosexuality has not been illegal in the country since 1998.

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.