Why the Middle East matters to LGBT Americans

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:45am

Americans tend to ignore news about people who don’t look or sound like us. Here’s why that needs to change I suspect most Americans are watching events in the Middle East with one eye closed and the other on the latest sports event. In other words, we don’t care unless it involves Americans. I don’t […]

Trans teen killed by mob in Jamaica

Posted on 12 Aug 2013 at 9:34pm

Dwayne Jones, 16, confided in a  friend he was attending a party as a girl for the 1st time DAVID McFADDEN  |  Associated Press MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the […]

Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics, sports minister says

Posted on 02 Aug 2013 at 9:42am

LAURA MILLS | Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Thursday, appearing to contradict assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee. Russia’s contentious law was signed […]

Pope Francis: ‘If someone is gay … who am I to judge?’

Posted on 30 Jul 2013 at 8:31am

NICOLE WINFIELD  |  Associated Press ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has […]

Pope lashes out in face of marriage gains

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 at 11:40am

Benedict XVI uses one of his most important speeches of the year — the Christmas address — to push so-called traditional family values NICOLE WINFIELD  |  Associated Press VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Dec. 21, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their […]

Up to 58 Iraqi ‘Emos’ killed in anti-gay hate crimes (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 at 3:43pm

Young people who identify themselves as so-called Emos are being brutally killed at an alarming rate in Iraq

Bolivian department considers marriage equality

Posted on 19 Jul 2011 at 11:57am

Marco Carrillo While several countries in South America have already embraced marriage equality, Bolivia may be following the U.S. piecemeal model. Legislation has been proposed in one departmental (state) legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. According to the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, a group of LGBT nonprofit groups presented a proposal to the Cochabamba Departmental Assembly […]

UN passes historic resolution in support of LGBT equality

Posted on 19 Jun 2011 at 3:30pm

FRANK JORDANS  |  Associated Press GENEVA—  The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries. The declaration was cautiously worded, expressing “grave concern” about abuses because […]

Ugandan lawmakers hold hearings on anti-gay bill

Posted on 10 May 2011 at 12:00pm

Supporter says death penalty provision is ‘something we have moved away from,’ but measure expected to pass if it’s voted on this week GODFREY OLUKYA | Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan parliament committee on Monday held a second day of hearings on a controversial anti-gay bill that attracted international condemnation for its harsh […]

Death penalty provision likely to be removed from anti-gay bill in Uganda

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 at 10:41am

Measure still carries life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexual acts JASON STRAZIUSO  |  Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda — The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-gay bill that attracted worldwide condemnation said the most controversial part of the legislation — the death penalty provision — is likely to be dropped from the bill. David Bahati said […]