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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.

December 5, 2013

Fiji will be the first ever Pacific island nation to host an LGBTI themed short film festival when the inaugural A Night OUT at the Movies screens in Suva tomorrow night

The Pacific islands region will get its first ever LGBTI short film festival A Night OUT at the Movies when it screens on Friday 6 December at the Fiji School of Medicine’s Pasifika Auditorium in Suva, Fiji.

The event has been organized by the Drodrolagi Movement (droMo) with support from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, at the Fiji National University.

November 25, 2013

The XX, with two out of three gay members, is to sue a Croatia anti-gay marriage group for using their music without permission

Gay British band The XX is to sue homophobic Croatia campaigners for using their music without permission.

In The Name Of The Family, a Christian anti-gay group, decided to release the commercial calling for a ban on gay marriage.

A referendum on banning marriage equality will take place on 1 December.

The Christian group chose to use The XX’s ‘Intro’, a track that has been the score of many TV shows and films, for their anti-gay campaign.

October 29, 2013

Politicians reach cross-party agreement on LGBTI change to Constitution as the country also gets ready to pass same-sex civil unions

The government and opposition in Malta have agreed to change the country’s Constitution to protect LGBTI people.

The decision comes as the politicians prepare to vote for lesbian and gay civil unions, offering similar rights and responsibilities to marriage, which also have cross-party support.

The civil unions legislation is expected to pass as early as this week. But the constitutional changes may take a little longer.

October 18, 2013

The Montenegrin Government has pledged to deploy more than two thousand police officers to ensure public safety during Sunday’s Podgorica Pride Parade after the country’s first ever pride march was violently attacked by hundreds of thugs in the resort town of Budva in July

Montenegro will deploy more than two thousand police to protect the first ever pride march in the capital Podgorica on Sunday

The Montenegrin Government pledged the police presence after an earlier pride march was attacked by hundreds of people throwing rocks and bottles in the seaside resort town of Budva in July.

October 14, 2013

The former Eastern Bloc country of Moldova has decided to repeal its ban on the so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in the hopes of building greater ties with the European Union

Moldovan lawmakers have voted to repeal that country’s Russia style ban on so-called homosexual propaganda despite the country’s Orthodox Church and Communist Party joining forces against them.

October 4, 2013

The LGBT community in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro has vowed to march again to test the authorities’ resolve to protect them after the country’s first LGBT pride march was violently attacked in July

The LGBT community in Montenegro has pledged to march through the streets of the capital Podgorica after the country’s first pride march was attacked by hooligans in the coastal town of Budva on 24 July.

Organizers hope the Podgorica LGBT pride march on October 20 will be a test of Montenegrin authorities’ sincerity when it comes to protecting their rights.

October 4, 2013

Suriname, the only Dutch speaking country in South America, is to hold its third LGBT pride festival in October

Suriname, the smallest country in South America, is to hold its third annual LGBT OUT@SU pride march and festival this month, with a launch event tonight in the city of Paramaribo at Lounge One and Club Nightfever.

This year’s theme is Sexual Diversity in the Workplace and the launch will be followed by an outreach event in Commewijne on Saturday and a forum on sexuality in the workplace on Sunday which will be attended by representatives of unions, business leaders and the Suriname Ministry of Labour.

September 13, 2013

LGBT Azerbaijanis have held their first gay pride march in the majority Muslim former Soviet state with no attempts to suppress the event reported

A group of gay friends marched through the Azerbaijan capital Baku last Saturday with a rainbow flag in what is believed to be the country’s first ever LGBT pride celebration.

No arrests were made and there were no reports of violence or harassment.

Azerbaijani language news site Gay.Az reports that the event was organized by Ruslan Baluxin and a group of friends and followed a ‘mini rally.’

August 19, 2013

Politicians in the former Soviet state want to follow in Mother Russia's footsteps in banning Gay Pride, LGBT-friendly clubs and 'disgusting relations'

Kazakhstan could be following in the footsteps of Russia and planning ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

According to local media, members of parliament (MPs) believe the former Soviet country needs a law to ban gay clubs and pride festivals.

Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament), has filed a request to ban ‘gay propaganda’.

August 16, 2013

Two free events by US evangelist Franklin Graham have sold out in Iceland – but not for the reasons he would have hoped for

Pro-LGBT Icelanders have booked hundreds of tickets to see anti-gay US evangelist Franklin Graham – but few have any intention of actually going to see him.

Graham will be in Iceland for events on 28 and 29 September for the evangelical Christian Festival of Hope but many Icelanders have expressed concern about his homophobic views.

In May of 2012 Graham released a statement accusing US President Barack Obama of shaking ‘his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage.’

July 31, 2013

Spiraling violence against LGBT men in Haiti began when anti-gay Christians marched against fictional same-sex marriage bill

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal.

Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention.

Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses have been burned down or looted.

The series of attacks follows a march by anti-gay Christians in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti on 19 July.

July 31, 2013

Departure of anti-gay Archbishop Victor Bakot who alleged young men couldn’t get jobs unless they had gay sex with government officials

The Pope has replaced Archbishop Simon Victor Tonye Bakot of Yaoundé, Cameroon who fought LGBT rights and called gay marriage a ‘crime against humanity’.

The decision to replace him came in the same week Pope Francis indicated a softer stance on LGBT issues, saying ‘who am I to judge?’ gay people.

Bakot, aged 66, has been Archbishop of the Cameroon capital of Yaoundé since November 2003.

He was described as 'very homophobic' by LGBT rights campaigners in Cameroon, speaking to Gay Star News today (31 July).

July 24, 2013

As the world is in shock over the brutal murder of gay rights activists Eric Lembembe, the court readies to free two men convicted of homosexuality

Cameroon has found two men guilty of having gay sex, a lawyer has revealed.

As the world is shocked over the brutal murder of Cameroonian gay activst Eric Lembembe, it was revealed two men had been jailed for homosexuality.

Nicolas Ntamack, 19, received a one year jail sentence, with Joseph Omgbwa, 48, imprisoned for two years. Seraphin Ntsama, a third suspect, was acquitted.

July 18, 2013

As Cameroon remains one of the worst places in the world to be gay, the US government promises to support LGBT rights activists around the world

The United States government has condemned the ‘brutal murder’ of a gay Cameroon activist, who had his neck broken and face burned with an iron.

On 16 July, it was revealed Eric Ohena Lembembe was found tortured to death in his home in Yaoundé.

One of the leading figures for gay rights in one of the worst places in the world to be LGBT, Lembembe has been called an ‘inspiration’ for human rights activists everywhere.

July 16, 2013

Human Rights Watch has accused the authorities of failing to do anything, sending a message gay people can be murdered without consequence

A Cameroon gay activist was tortured and killed, it was revealed today (16 July).

Eric Ohena Lembembe’s body was discovered by his friends at his home in the capital Yaounde on Monday evening after he had unreachable for two days.

According to the Human Rights Watch, the friends found his front door padlocked on the outside but could see Lembembe’s body lying on his bed through the window.

According to one friend, Lembembe’s neck and feet appeared to have been broken, and his face, hands, and feet had been burned with an iron.

June 7, 2013

International human rights organization speak out against new media regulations in Singapore, as petition is launched and protest is planned

Human Rights Watch today called for Singapore to withdraw new media regulations that will censor news websites and further restrict coverage of LGBT issues.

'Singapore’s new licensing requirement casts a chill over the city-state’s robust and free-wheeling online communities, and will clearly limit Singaporeans’ access to independent media,' said Cynthia Wong senior internet researcher at Human Rights Watch. 'Websites will be forced into the role of private censors on behalf of the government.'

May 28, 2013

Deputy president of central Asian nation calls for re-criminalization of homosexuality

Deputy president Aldan Smayyl 'ranted' against homosexuality in Kazakhstan's parliament last week, describing it as 'amorality of the highest degree'.

'A law should be adopted which would allow [homosexuals] to be considered criminals against humanity,' said Smayyl of the ruling Nur Otan party.

'In [Kazak capital] Almaty there are already 20 gay clubs; in Astana four clubs! What sort of disgrace is this?'

May 27, 2013

George Reginald Freeman, a Sierra Leone LGBT activist narrowly escaped a murder attempt after a local tabloid outed him, which he blames for inciting violence

A Sierra Leonean gay rights activist narrowly escaped death when two unidentified assailants attacked him in his car.

George Reginald Freeman, executive director of Pride Equality, had his car destroyed as he was being beaten by two men on a motorbike who intercepted him while driving in an isolated suburb of the capital, Freetown, late last week.

The incident happened on the same day a local tabloid, Exclusive Newspaper, ran a feature on Freeman, entitled, ‘I was born a gay’, the first time local media ran a story about an openly gay person.

May 23, 2013

The European Parliament have advised countries joining the EU to adopt legislation against discrimination of LGBT citizens

Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been told they should improve LGBT rights ahed of joining the European Union.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of reports encouraging Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina to enforce legislation defending the rights of LGBT citizens.

April 23, 2013

Horacio Cartes, described as having potential to give South American country a ‘fresh start', apologizes to those who were offended

The newly elected president of Paraguay has apologized for the anti-gay remarks that plagued his campaign.

At a press conference on Monday, Horacio Cartes said: ‘I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage.’

The millionaire businessman has previously said being gay is ‘not normal’, comparing gay people to ‘monkeys’, and saying marriage equality would usher in ‘the end of the world’.