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uganda bar raids homophobia lgbtiq police

Police in Uganda have arrested around 120 LGBTIQ people in a raid on a bar known as a safe haven for the queer community in the African country. The raid happened at the RAM Bar late on Sunday night in Uganda’s capital Kampala, during a weekly LGBTIQ gathering at the venue. Armed police herded bar …

california catholic high school students protest walk out discrimination

Two hundred students at a California Catholic school staged a walkout to support a lesbian classmate after staff allegedly threatened to out her to parents. Senior student Magali Rodriguez said she’s one of two openly LGBTIQ students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School. The other student is her girlfriend. The pair started dating and they …

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Hundreds of far-right homophobes swarmed a cinema in Georgia to protest the premiere of new gay romance film And Then We Danced. The Swedish-Georgian co-production is a coming-of-age story filmed in the former Soviet republic and billed as a “gay romance” between two young male Georgian ballet dancers. A handful of Georgian cinemas scheduled screenings …

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An appeals court in the Cayman Islands has sided with the government and overturned a landmark court ruling on same-sex marriage in the country. Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush (pictured above) went to court after they were refused permission to marry in the British Overseas Territory last year. The couple argued the …

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A British gay couple arrested after an online vigilante “paedophile hunters” group wrongly accused them say they’ve been “traumatised” by the false allegations. The couple, known only as Jordan and Ben, live south of London. The pair have spoken out after online vigilante group Yorkshire Child Protectors mistakenly targeted them. The bungled sting occurred when …

malaysia Indonesia's Aceh province caned whipped islam

Five men in Malaysia have been jailed, fined and will be whipped for “attempting” gay sex in the Muslim-majority country. Selangor Shariah High Court, near capital city Kuala Lumpur, sentenced four of the men to six months jail, a fine and six strokes of the cane, local media reported. Their crime was “attempting intercourse against …

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The Portuguese man known as “the Lisbon patient” who was the oldest known person living with HIV has died after reaching his 100th birthday. The man’s real name was not made public, but researchers gave him the pseudonym Miguel in case studies. Miguel died last month aged 100, CTV News reported. He died peacefully in …

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Europe’s first permanent transgender flag-coloured road crossing has been unveiled in the Dutch city of Almere in Holland. The new pink, blue and white installation – the colours of the transgender flag – was unveiled next to the city’s existing rainbow crossing during their Winter Pride Walk event. Local Social Democrat MP Jerzy Soetekouw said …

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Politicians in the Cook Islands have backtracked on decriminalising homosexuality in the Pacific nation, reportedly under pressure from church leaders. Two years ago, the Cook Islands Parliament was praised for removing “indecent acts between men” and “sodomy” from a draft Crimes Bill. But last weekend the chairman of a committee, Tingika Elikana, said the government …

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Germany’s Health Minister has unveiled a draft law to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” on children under 18. “Conversion therapy” refers to debunked and harmful practices to change or suppress an individual’s sexual orientation or transgender identity, using psychological or spiritual means. Germany’s draft bill would punish those carrying out conversion therapy on under-18s, or …

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