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August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 25, 2014

A new bill in California aims to ensure future birth certificates reflect the fact that modern families don’t always have one mother and one father

Following lawmakers in California ruling earlier this summer that same-sex couples have the right to marry, steps are now being taken to simplify the way in which same-sex parents complete the birth certificates of their children.

At present, birth certificates in the US state have space for a ‘mother/parent’ name and a ‘father/parent’ name, forcing same-sex couples to add their names to these two fields regardless of their gender identity. A new bill will allow them the option of stating their relationship to the child: ‘father’, ‘mother’ or, simply, ‘parent’.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

June 20, 2014

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year

Uganda’s officials have said they will not be blackmailed by the US to appeal its laws against gay people.

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year.

Aid will be cut and redirected, and visas will be banned for any official responsible for introducing the anti-gay law to Uganda.

April 28, 2014

Draft legislation would ban foreign non-government organizations from helping LGBTI people

Uganda is to draft a new anti-gay law banning non-governmental organizations promoting gay sex as the situation for LGBTI people shows no sign of getting better.

This draft legislation would ban foreign non-government organizations from helping LGBTI people.

The law passed in February made it illegal to promote homosexuality and introduced life sentences for having gay sex.

April 11, 2014

Denmark will celebrate its third time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest by marrying three Russian gay couples as it also marks 25 years since it legalized same-sex civil unions

The City of Copenhagen will celebrate the Eurovision song contest being held in Denmark by marrying three gay Russian couples in what organizers say is an act to ‘strike a blow for diversity.’

This is the third time that Denmark will host the contest and this year is also the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to formally recognize same-sex couples with civil partnerships.

April 3, 2014

The legislation also includes a measure that adds  the national motto 'In God We Trust' in Mississippi's state seal

Governor Phil Bryant announced he will sign Mississippi's  Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a proposal many argue allows public businesses to deny services to LGBTI customers.

March 14, 2014

Uganda warns cutting health budget will mean they cannot buy HIV kits and antiretroviral drugs, medicine that half a million Ugandans rely on

The United States has suspended some of its reported $400 million in aid to Uganda.

This is the first move after President Barack Obama warned passing the law would ‘complicate’ the African country’s relationship with the US.

A senior US government official told Reuters that a portion of the US Centre for Disease Control’s agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health had been put on hold.

Uganda now says it can no longer afford to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits, medicine that some members of the Ugandan LGBTI community relies on.

February 7, 2014

Dutch prime minister and Russian president meet despite extreme tension between the two countries following assaults and humiliation

President Vladimir Putin has told the world the Olympics is not the place to discuss Russia’s treatment of gay people.

In a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Russian president demanded politics and sport should not mix.

‘I know you always give much attention to humanitarian issues and adherence to human rights,’ Putin said, according to Reuters.

‘We are always open to discussion.’

January 16, 2014

Gay figure skater says he wouldn't boycott any Olympics even if they were in North Korea

Johnny Weir says he has come under much 'hate and scutiny' due to publicly speaking out against boycotting the Olympics in Sochi because of Russia's anti-gay laws.

"I've been called so many names and been hated on so many fronts, and been called a Russian spy and all of these wild and outlandish things,' the openly gay figure skater tells Reuters. 'I definitely feel in the crossfire.'

January 2, 2014

Two HIV patients believed to have been cured after a bone marrow transplant have relapsed and are back on antiretroviral treatment

Scientists on the hunt for an AIDS cure say despite a major setback, they are more inspired than ever.

Last month, two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured after bone marrow transplants had relapsed and was back onto antiretroviral treatment.

But with the obvious disappointment, comes a huge leap forward.

‘It’s a setback for the patients, of course, but an advance for the field because the field has now gained a lot more knowledge,’ Steven Deeks, a professor and HIV expert at the University of California, told Reuters.

December 13, 2013

Leading members of India’s ruling Congress party say they will fight the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law as the party explores the best options to move forward with towards reform

The Indian Government has indicated that it will move to re-decriminalize homosexuality despite Indians going to the polls in five months for general elections.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi spoke out Thursday against the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the country’s colonial era Section 377 buggery law the day before – and several other prominent voices within the party have now joined her.

September 22, 2013

Earlier this month, conservative Christian Kevin Swanson told his listeners to 'tell gay couples to die on their wedding day'

Kevin Swanson, the conservative Christian who wants his followers to 'tell gay couples to die on their wedding day,' is certain the deadly floods in the US state Colorado are due to 'decadent homosexual activity.'

August 27, 2013

Putin painted wearing slip and brushing hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

An art gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been shut down and several of its paintings seized by authorities - including one depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in women's underwear.

The satirical painting shows Putin brushing the hair of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who is also in lingerie. Another painting features St Petersburg deputy Vitaly Mironov's face combined with the LGBT rainbow flag.

August 15, 2013

Emma Green-Tregaro, a high jumper, risks arrest by choosing a discreet way of protesting against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws

A Swedish athlete participating in the Moscow Athletics World Championships has painted her nails rainbow to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

High jumper Emma Green-Tregaro chose her own way to protest the federal laws banning ‘gay propaganda’.

‘It felt right,’ Green-Tregaro told journalists, and as reported by Reuters, showing off her nails painted red, yellow, gold, blue and purple.

‘I wouldn’t say it was a protest, more of a statement of what I think.’

August 9, 2013

'We don't understand all the details because of probably a difficulty in translation'

The International Olympic Committee today asked Russia for 'further clarification' on how its anti-gay propaganda law will be applied during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a news conference that they have received 'reassurances' from Deputy Prime minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak who is in charge of the organization of the Games in Sochi.

July 6, 2013

The southeast town of Bisbee approved a measure this week that legalizes same-sex unions, with a lesbian couple becoming the first to apply

Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier became the first gay couple in Bisbee, Arizona to obtain a civil union certificate.

According to Reuters, a guideline approving same-sex civil unions originally introduced in April went into effect this past Friday.

After being together for 21 years, Sowden and Grier paid $76 (€59) for their civil union certificate that affords them legal protections including access to medical rights like hospital visitations.

City Attorney John MacKinnon told Reuters: ‘These delegations of authority would be applicable anywhere.’

June 19, 2013

Ipsos poll finds that 52% of over 12,000 questioned support gay marriage, 60% support gay couples adoption rights and 64% said gay couples are just as likely as straight couples to be good parents

A new poll of adults in 16 developed countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific found that most are in favor of gay marriage (52%) and of gay couples adopting children (60%).

The survey of 12,484 adults by leading research company Ipsos for Reuters found that only 14% objected to gay marriage or any kind of legal recognition for gay couples.

A majority - 60% - said they thought gay couples should be allowed to adopt children and 64% said gay couples are just as likely as straight couples to raise children well.

June 3, 2013

Investigators have arrested suspects in the second violent gay murder in less than a month

Police have arrested three suspects in the murder of a 39-year-old airport senior administrator.

According to Reuters, the three men in a village on the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia's eastern coast stabbed and trampled a man to death before putting his body in a car and setting the vehicle on fire. The unidentified victim is believed to be a local deputy director of Ozyornaya airport.

May 18, 2013

San Francisco LGBT activists declared Bradley Manning as the People’s Grand Marshal, protesting against the city’s Pride leaders’ decision not to honor him

LGBT activists and allies held a San Francisco rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) by declaring Bradley Manning the People's Grand Marshal of city’s Pride.

Manning is the gay U.S. Army Private accused of divulging a massive amount of government documents to WikiLeaks and has been spending nearly three years in jail without trial.

May 16, 2013

Same-sex wedding officially planned for 7 September, but won't be legally binding

South Korean film director Gwang-soo Kim Jho yesterday announced his plans to marry his boyfriend in a symbolic ceremony to bring attention to LGBT rights.

'We wanted to convey the message that all sexual minorities should be given rights equally in a beautiful way,' Kim Jho said at a press conference, where he and his boyfriend were dressed in tuxedos and kissed for the cameras, Reuters reports.

May 8, 2013

UK news agency Reuters have uncovered an 18 year-old article where Ferguson said Keynes was inspired by his attraction to Carl Melchior

A Harvard professor, who had to apologize for saying economist John Maynard Keynes helped cause the recession because he was gay, has previously accused him of being biased at Versailles because he had a crush on a German diplomat.

April 19, 2013

French president has condemned the recent rise in homophobic attacks, saying while he believes everyone must be heard 'the law must be respected'

French President Francois Hollande has warned those behind a rise in homophobic violence will be punished.

As the National Assembly prepares for a final vote on the ‘Marriage for All’ law, the once peaceful protests have become more violent.

In one attack, four men broke into a gay bar in the northern city of Lille and three employees were assaulted.

April 16, 2013

After an uprising in homophobic violence, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois says legalizing marriage equality will lead to more

France’s top Catholic bishop has warned legalizing marriage equality will breed more violence in the country.

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois told a meeting of French bishops the law, which has been passed by both the National Assembly and the Senate, was a sign society had lost its capability to respect different views.

The archbishop of Paris said the difference between the sexes was a basic human trait and denying it by legalizing marriage equality and adoption for same-sex couples would weaken society further.