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Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights

A report from the “This Just In” news blog of the GLBT News Network. Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights The leader of one of Namibia’s political parties has spoken out for gay rights and gone head-to-head with … Continue reading

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Tunisia politician guilty of gay sex; prison term nears end

Gay Star News reports: Mounir Baatour, a political party leader and lawyer, was found guilty of ‘sodomy’ with a 20-year-old man. Baatour was sentenced to three months in prison by the court of first instance in Tunis. The judge found … Continue reading

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Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most … Continue reading

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Will Europe pressure Ukraine to reject anti-gay bills?

Human rights activists are urging the European parliament to delay a move to ease requirements for visas for travel to and from Ukraine until that country drops efforts to curtail human rights of LGBT people. A vote on whether the … Continue reading

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Uganda’s slow progress toward LGBT rights

Insightful commentary in Gay Star News from Jamaican (and international) LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson about slow progress in Uganda: Though clearly delusional in his denial of ongoing LGBT abuses in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni’s recent statement nevertheless signals his support … Continue reading

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Update on ‘gay man stoned to death’ in Somalia

Many people remain skeptical about the recent story of a man being stoned to death in Somali for homosexual rape of a teenage boy, but the Associated Press has gathered enough supporting evidence to warrant publishing an article about it. … Continue reading

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3 men in hiding after attack by anti-gay mob in Nigeria

Three gay men are reportedly in hiding for their own protection after being seized, stripped and beaten by a mob in northern Nigeria on Jan. 14. Police have no plans to take action against members of the mob, Gay Star … Continue reading

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Rosier outlook for 12 Libyans jailed after militia’s gay raid

Twelve allegedly gay men arrested by a Libyan militia  reportedly will be turned over to the Libyan Ministry of Justice, according to an article today in the Libya Herald. They reportedly face charges of disturbing the peace, not of homosexual … Continue reading

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Activists: Zimbabwe media make up anti-gay stories

Did police in a suburb of the Zimbabwean city of Kadoma arrest a suspected gay couple on charges of sodomy?  Zimbabwe’s official newspaper, The Herald, reported it. But LGBT activists say that story was apparently an invention of the state-controlled … Continue reading

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Iranian thugs, not gays, sentenced to hang for rape?

Activists promoting the rights of gays and lesbians suspect that a recent news story about four Iranians sentenced to death misrepresented the crime they were convicted of committing. An Iranian activist said the actual crime was rape, not consensual sodomy. … Continue reading

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