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October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 20, 2014

He slammed a government proposal to protect the rights of cohabiting gay couples

An unidentified man delivered an anti-gay rant after Saturday afternoon Mass at a cathedral in Hong Kong.

He also handed out sample letters that he encouraged people to send to the Equal Opportunities Commission to protest proposed revisions to the anti-discrimination law.

A note printed on top of the letter said it was also posted online 'for people to copy and paste' and reminds people to change some of the wording to reduce the risk of the EOC treating cloned letters the opinion of a single group.

October 17, 2014

The company's director says she will file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee

A Kazakh court has upheld a fine imposed an advertising agency over a contraversial gay club poster.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

A court in Almaty last month found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan' and fined the company and director a total 314,000 tenge ($1,700).

The judge said, 'The court of the first instance gave the correct assessment based on available proof.'

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 16, 2014

Police suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton became angry when he found out the victim was transgender

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton yesterday was charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude, 28, was found dead on Sunday with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. An autopsy report found she died due to strangulation and drowning.

Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim when they checked into the hotel after meeting in a nearby bar.

October 15, 2014

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’

Kyrgyzstan lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a law that will punish 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

Earlier today (15 October), the bill passed its first reading with a vote of 79 to 7.

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.

October 15, 2014

Can you see same-sex marriage from your house, Sarah Palin?

A remote Arctic town has hosted Alaska's first ever legal same-sex marriage.

In an outpost that cannot be reached by road, a loving lesbian couple have been allowed to wed three days before their ceremony could technically be held.

Kristine Hilderbrand, 30 and Sarah Ellis, 34, obtained their marriage license on Monday afternoon. As they were unable to have their friends and family fly out to them later that week, magistrate Mary Treiber waivered the three-day waiting period.

October 15, 2014

Eight Pacific countries still have anti-gay laws

The Pacific island nation of Palau has decriminalized gay sex in a revision of its penal code.

The new criminal laws came into force at the end of July but were only announced today.

At Palau’s last Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, France, Norway and Spain all made recommendations that the country repeal its anti-gay laws, which were accepted by the government.

This new criminal code was passed by the Palau National Congress and signed into law by President Tommy Remengesau Jr in April.

October 14, 2014

The video by Chinese girl group SNH48 shows two girls caressing and embracing

Korean media is speculating that a music video for Chinese girl group has been banned in the country because of several intimate scenes between two of the girls.

The MV for the song Uza shows two girls from 16-member group carressing and embracing.

The video was removed after less than three days online.

SNH48 is the Chinese sister group of the hugely popular Japanese group AKB48.

The video was shot in South Korea and directed by Hong won-ki, who is also responsible for videos by K-pop groups Girls Generation, Super Junior, F(x) and T-ara.

October 14, 2014

The US Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic has warned the central government in Bishkek that it would be a backwards move for the former Soviet state to pass a Russia style ban on public discussion of LGBTI issues

The Embassy of the United States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan has issued a strong statement against the Kyrgyz Government passing laws that would curtail freedom of speech by banning the expression of ‘positive attitude[s] to untraditional sexual relations among minors or in mass media.’

‘The US Embassy notes with deep concern the advancement in the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz parliament) of legislation that fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan’s democratic gains and constitutional guarantees,’ the statement reads.

October 13, 2014

Governor Sean Parnell: 'I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution'

Same-sex couples began getting married in Alaska today but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor who is up for reelection next month.

Governor Sean Parnell is vowing to fight a ruling issued Sunday (12 October) by a federal judge which struck down the state's 1998 ban on gay marriage.

October 13, 2014

Park Won-soon says the constitution permits same-sex unions

The liberal mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, has said he hopes South Korea becomes the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage.

While on a recent trip to the US, Park told the San Francisco Examiner, 'I personally agree with the rights of homosexuals.

'But the Protestant churches are very powerful in Korea. It isn't easy for politicians. It's in the hands of activists to expand the universal concept of human rights to include homosexuals. Once they persuade the people, the politicians will follow. It's in process now.'

October 10, 2014

Neil Peng says Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has a 'special relationship' with his closest aide

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday found Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng not guilty of defamation for his repeated calls for President Ma Ying-jeou to admit his 'special relationship' with his closest aide.

Ma's aide, National Security Council Secretary-General King Pu-tsung, filed the claim and said he would appeal the ruling.

The author also called King a 'fool,' 'bitch,' 'prostitute' and 'scum.'

October 9, 2014

The men were the first to be arrested on homosexuality charges in seven months

Seven men arrested for gay sex in the Cameroon have been released.

Donatus Sembe, the police officer in charge of the case, told AP that four of them were freed on Wednesday due to lack of evidence and the other three were released earlier in the week.

The men were arrested in the capital Yaoundé last week in a raid on a house where police said they were engaging in prostitution and gay sex.

October 9, 2014

The country’s MPs voted narrowly in favour of the historic bill that grants gay couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts

Members of the Estonian Parliament today voted in favour of a gender-neutral civil partnership bill.

The bill was first introduced back in the spring by 40 MPs drawn from three of the four parties in the Parliament, known as the Riigikogu.

October 8, 2014

60 people were injured at last year's event, the first ever LGBTI celebration in the country

Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack.

The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November.

Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community.

But hundreds of hooligans started throwing stones and bottles, leading to the police using tear gas against them. Around 60 people were injured.

October 7, 2014

Similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, the European Union has described Kyrgyzstan's new gay propaganda bill as one of the most sweeping homophobic draft laws in the world

A Central Asian country has taken just four minutes to agree on an anti-gay bill that makes Russia look tame.

A key education committee in Kyrgyzstan, which used to be in the Soviet block and is still influenced by Russian politics, has approved the language of their 'gay propaganda' legislation.

On Thursday, the bill will receive its first reading. If the lawmakers approve it, then it will be signed into law by the president.

Now it has emerged that it has taken just four minutes for the committee to decide to approve the bill.

October 6, 2014

The 69-year-old will spend the next four months sleeping on the floor of an overcrowded cell

A UK man has been jailed for four months in Morocco for ‘committing homosexual acts’, his family said.

Ray Cole, 69, a retired magazine publisher from Deal, Kent traveled to Marrakech to meet Jamal Jam Wald Nass who he met online.

They were arrested on 18 September on a bus on suspicion of homosexuality.

Moroccan authorities failed to notify Cole's family or the British Consulate of his arrest, which they only found out about after they lost contact with him for a week.

October 3, 2014

The men were the first to be arrested on homosexuality charges in seven months

Seven men were arrested in Cameroon yesterday on homosexuality charges in a raid on a house where police said they were engaging in prostitution and gay sex.

Neighbors told police that effeminate men often visited the house in the capital Yaoundé. Police had been tailing the men for some time and waited until the group was gathered in the house, then broke down the door and found men engaged in gay sex.

The owner of the house escaped to the roof and avoided arrest.

October 3, 2014

More than 30 musicians claim the company 'offended the honor and dignity' of the composer in the poster

The Kazakh advertising agency responsible for a contraversial gay club poster has been sued for the third time in six weeks.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and sparked outrage in the Muslim country.

A judge in Almaty began initial proceedings in a case brought against Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan by 34 employees of the national conservatoire and an orchestra named after the composer.

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

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.