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Missing Plane Captain Investigated For Support Of Leader Jailed for Homosexuality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:19 PM March 17, 2014
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The Captain of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is being investigated for his support of a political leader who was jailed for homosexuality hours before the plane went missing.

Eric Ethington

Scott Lively And Rick Warren’s PR Campaign To Whitewash The Right’s Anti-Gay Uganda History

by Eric Ethington ● 1:25 PM March 7, 2014
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Anti-gay religious extremists behind Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, which became the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB), are now in full public-relations campaign mode trying to disavow their involvement. And it seems to be working.

2014 Winter Olympics

Rainbow Flame Will Be Ignited Tomorrow As Olympic Flame Is Lit

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:06 PM February 6, 2014
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Tomorrow, as the Olympic Flame is ignited, LGBT protesters in Berlin will simultaneously light a “Rainbow Flame” as a reminder of persecuted LGBT Russians.

Casey Michel

LGBT Leader Dies From Apparent Suicide, Hanging Himself With Rainbow Flag

by Casey Michel ● 8:56 AM January 25, 2014
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Isa Sahmarli, a leader of the LGBT human rights movement in former communist Azerbaijan, succumbs to anti-LGBT sentiment and rejection by his family.

Celebrities

Elton John Calls Out Vladimir Putin On Russia’s ‘Propaganda Law’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:08 PM January 23, 2014
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Elton John has offered to introduce President Vladimir Putin to gay citizens who have been tortured because of the climate created by Russia’s “Propaganda Law”

Families

Lesbian Couple Issued A ‘Fiance’ Visa Marries, After Ten Years Living Apart

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:17 PM January 5, 2014
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Another result of the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling is that gay Americans with filipino partners can now apply for “fiance” visas

International

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Urges Uganda’s President to Refrain from Signing Anti-Gay Bill

by Tanya Domi ● 2:00 PM December 27, 2013
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The UN High Commissioner’s Office in Geneva issued a statement today urging President Moweri Museveni to not sign the parliament’s recently passed anti-gay bill

Analysis

Croatia’s Anti-Gay Voters Yield to a Xenophobic Tilt in Eastern Europe

by Tanya Domi ● 12:12 PM December 24, 2013
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Croatian voters recently passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that reflects consistent regional anti-gay attitudes, but also gives credence to a rise in extreme right-wing xenophobia in Europe according to co-authors Reuf Bajrovic and Tanya Domi   When Croatia became the newest member of the European Union on 1 July 2013, its entry—the first [...]

International

Human Rights Campaign Goes Global — Will They Actually Help Or Just Be The Ugly American?

by Tanya Domi ● 1:31 PM December 21, 2013
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The Human Rights Campaign announced last month a new global initiative, but will the priorities and expertise of America’s largest domestic LGBT organization translate internationally?

International

On Our Radar – The Rainbow Over Rome

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:18 AM December 15, 2013
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The new mayor of Rome ran for office pledging to bring civil unions to Rome. This Christmas, he sent a sign to the gay community that he has not forgotten his promise. Today, Mayor Ignazio Marino is On Our Radar.

Families

Merry Christmas Northern Ireland! Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Together

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:28 AM December 11, 2013
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The Supreme Court of Northern Ireland has found no merit to the Health Department’s challenge of an Appeals Court ruling that will allow same-sex couples to adopt.

2014 Winter Olympics

The German President Is The First Head Of State To Boycott The Sochi Games

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:10 AM December 9, 2013
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German President Joachim Gauck has informed the Kremlin that due to Russia’s human rights abuses, including their “gay propaganda” law, he will not be attending the Sochi Olympic Games.

International

Let’s Cheer Our Own! A World First – Two Openly Gay Men Will Lead A Country

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:30 PM December 5, 2013
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Luxembourg has elected an openly gay Prime Minister and then selected another gay man to serve as Vice Prime Minister. They promise marriage equality within a year.

International

Moscow Man Nails Testicles To Red Square Cobblestone Street To Protest Putin’s Crackdown

by David Badash ● 12:01 PM November 11, 2013
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A Moscow man drove a large nail through his testicles into a cobblestone street to protest Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on civil rights — and the Russian people’s own apathy.

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