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April 15, 2015

Guam may have just become the first of the US’ five overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after the island’s Attorney General issued a directive to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians

The United States Pacific territory of Guam may be about to become the first of its overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson issued a directive to the island’s Department of Public Health and Social Services instructing it to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

However the department is pushing back so far, saying it will not be accepting any applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples ‘until further notice.’

January 30, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have promoted openly lesbian Marianne Ryan as commander of the Alberta province Mounties – making her the first LGBTI person to lead the province’s police force

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), affectionately known as the Mounties, have appointed the first openly lesbian woman to lead the police force for the province of Alberta

Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan assumed the command of the RCMP in Alberta on Wednesday after a handover of responsibilities from Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan.

‘I can’t think of a greater privilege than to lead such a dedicated team of employees who are truly committed to public safety in this dynamic and progressive province,’ Ryan said yesterday.

September 19, 2013

As men in white coats offer to take her away... Mizulina, a key player in introducing the ‘gay propaganda’ law, admits bid to remove children from Russian gay parents won’t pass

A champion of Russia’s anti-gay laws has admitted a bill designed to take away children from lesbian and gay parents will fail.

State Duma (parliament) Deputy Yelena Mizulina is head of the Family, Women and Children Duma Committee which debated the law today.

But she admitted the probability of it passing is ‘almost zero’.

It came as a small group of protestors, dressed as staff from a mental hospital, protested outside parliament suggesting Mizulina should be incarcerated for her crazy attitudes on LGBT rights.

September 11, 2013

Alexei Zhuravlev views Europe as Sodom and Gommorah, calls gay people 'thieves' and 'sinners' and would rather a child become an orphan than be raised by a gay woman 

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a bill to take children away from gay parents.

Alexei Zhuravlev, the deputy of the Russian State Duma, has proposed amendments to the Family Code. And now he is trying to gain support.

Under the new bill, having a ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’ will be a basis for denying custody to gay people.

Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity and abuse.

April 12, 2013

Macky Sall, Senegal’s president, says there is no way his country will legalize gay sex

There is no question of decriminalizing same-sex acts in Senegal, affirmed the country’s president Macky Sall.

In a statement released today (12 April) by the presidency, he ‘firmly stressed that the state has never considered such an option and it is totally excluded under my presidency’, reported the BBC.

The Senegalese president also stated: ‘The African basic roots of our cultural values can not allow to accommodate an option to decriminalize homosexuality’.

January 25, 2013

Another million Russians banned from ‘promoting homosexuality’ as national anti-gay law comes back on agenda at the State Duma

Russia’s State Duma, or parliament, is set to debate and vote on a law against ‘gay propaganda’ at 5pm Moscow time today (25 January).

The debate comes as news breaks that Kaliningrad region, with a population of almost a million, passed a similar law yesterday (24 January).

It’s the 10th Russian region to pass the law which forbids ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors which it links to pedophilia.

Similar legislation already exists in St Petersburg, Ryazan, Arkangelsk, Kostroma, Magadansk, Samar, Bashkortostan, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk.

August 25, 2012

Disease prevention boss Shih Wen-yi suggests testing civil service applicants on their stance on homosexuality

The first senior official to support same-sex marriage in Taiwan says people should prove that they do not discriminate against gays before they can become officials.

Shih Wen-yi, deputy director-general of the Centers for Disease Control, believes discriminatory civil servants cannot be of service to fairness and justice, and gays will only witness more unfair treatment.

April 13, 2012

Greens leader Bob Brown retires after 25 years in politics

Australia’s first openly gay MP and first gay party leader, Bob Brown announced today he was retiring from politics. He will handover the leadership of the Greens party to his deputy Christine Milne and will step down from his senate seat in June.

February 8, 2012

Second reading of homophobic bill due in St Petersburg’s parliament today

European diplomats met with the initiator of the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ bill due to have its second reading in parliament in St Petersburg today.

United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov brought the bill to the city’s parliament last November, saying: ‘We do not infringe on civil rights and freedoms. We are only talking about propaganda as this information about sexual deviations affects our children.’