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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 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

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

July 21, 2014

LGBTI activists in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan are calling for help from the international community to fight their country’s proposed ban on so-called gay propaganda and have suggested five ways they can help

LGBTI activists in Kyrgyzstan have called on the global LGBTI community to come to their aid before they are silenced by a bill before the parliament that would go even further than Russia’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda to children’ by banning any public discussion of LGBTI issues.

June 22, 2014

With shows opening in Australia next month, singer now claims 'very religious' husband who has a 'tough attitude' towards gays is responsible for posting the anti-gay rant last year

A Georgia-born opera singer is under fire for an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gay people as 'fecal masses', and welcomed violent attacks against a pride parade.

Tamar Iveri, who is currently in Sydney for rehearsals for Opera Australia’s Otello, has denied responsibility for a viciously anti-gay letter which made the news headlines in Australia on Friday.

June 18, 2014

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

A Kyrgyzstan human rights group has passed a ‘gay propaganda’ bill in parliament.

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.

This means it will be a crime for anyone to discuss anything related to LGBTI people in public spaces either through the media, or by organizing public events to discuss human rights.

Those found guilty will be punished with fines and up to six months in prison.

June 9, 2014

Read reports on plight of gay and trans people around Caribbean. Youths say: ‘Our generation is impatient for change and the time to do it is now’

Young Caribbean LGBTI youths are not prepared to wait for equality and have told politicians to stop talking and start delivering.

That was the message from a unique summit in Trinidad on the weekend.

It saw young LGBTI people from around the region coming together in the capital, Port of Spain, under the banner ‘Generation Change’.

‘We have heard fine words from some of our prime ministers and people with the power to make change happen but so far we see nothing being done,’ said Jeremy Steffan Edwards, one of the event organizers.

May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.

April 17, 2014

The Namibian Government plans to deny refugee status to gay and lesbian Ugandans fleeing persecution from their homelands and Namibia’s gay community is not happy about it

Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga has said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

‘Our domestic refugee law does not have a provision granting refugee status for being gay. And we will never do that,’ Mushelenga said in comments reported by the Namibian Sun newspaper.

‘We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use.’

April 1, 2014

Members of the European Parliament have expressed their concern over a proposed Russian style ban on so-called propaganda of ‘non-traditional relationships’ in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan

The European Union has expressed its concern over a proposed ban on so-called propaganda of non-traditional relationships in Kyrgyzstan – similar to Russia’s ban on any positive discussion of LGBTI issues in the public sphere.

On 26 March the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action aimed at creating ‘a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations’ – a euphemism for same-sex relationships.

March 25, 2014

LGBTI friendly information technology giant Google has announced it will be official partners with the 2014 Korea Queer Festival – which starts with a street parade on 7 June and runs until 15 June

Google will be one of the biggest corporate partners of the 2014 Korean Queer Festival in June as the event celebrates its 15 year.

Begun in 2000, the event, held in the South Korean capital of Seoul, has grown into one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Asia and organizers are expecting 20,000 to take part this year.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Love Conquers Hate,’ and following the 7 June opening parade will be a week-long calendar of exhibitions, performances, parties and an LGBTI film festival.

February 18, 2014

The Muslim Association of Malawi has called for homosexuality to be made a capital crime in the face of efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in the Southeast African nation

The Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) has called for the introduction of the death penalty for homosexuality as the country debates whether to decriminalize homosexuality.

Malawian President Joyce Banda pledged to decriminalize homosexuality on taking office in May of 2012 but later backtracked – saying it was up to the people of her country to decide the issue.

January 13, 2014

A poll commissioned by the Catholic Church in Malta has found that 80% of the Maltese people remain opposed to adoption by same-sex couples but the church has withheld the results on how many support civil unions
 

A survey of the Maltese people carried out by a market research company on behalf of the Catholic Church in Malta has found four out of five people still oppose same-sex couples having the right to adopt.

The poll was carried out by research firm Misco and found that 81% of Maltese people aged 25 to 64 opposed same-sex couples adopting but opposition was lower among those aged 24 and under where 53.5% were opposed.

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.