St. Lucia decries attack on 3 gay US tourists

Posted on 15 Mar 2011 at 3:33pm

Michael Baker, left, and Nick Smith   GUY ELLIS | Associated Press CASTRIES, St. Lucia — A robbery and assault on three gay American tourists at their vacation cottage has St. Lucia officials scrambling to assure visitors that the southern Caribbean island is safe and welcoming for LGBT tourists. Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet issued an [...]

Gay Polish soccer fans want separate seating

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 at 1:22pm

Associated Press WARSAW, Poland — A group of gay Polish soccer fans has called on the organizers of the 2012 European Championships to set aside separate seating for gays and lesbians to protect them from harrassment and violence. But other gay rights activists criticized the proposal Wednesday, saying it would single gay fans out and [...]

Model confesses to castrating, murdering gay Portugese TV journalist

Posted on 10 Jan 2011 at 4:23pm

Renato Seabra, 20 From wire reports NEW YORK — A male model has confessed to torturing, castrating and bludgeoning to death his “sugar daddy” — a celebrity Portugese TV journalist — at a Times Square hotel on Friday, Jan. 7 Renato Seabra, 20, told police he killed 65-year-old Carlos Castro “to get rid of demons, [...]

U.S. seeks to restore gays to U.N. genocide protections

Posted on 20 Dec 2010 at 4:40pm

Sexual orientation was deleted from resolution condemning unjustified killing of minority groups; final vote set for Tuesday ANITA SNOW  |  Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — A culture war has broken out at the United Nations over whether gays should be singled out for the same protections as other minorities whose lives are threatened. The battle [...]

LGBT group demands apology from FIFA

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 at 4:37pm

President of soccer’s governing body said gays attending World Cup in Qatar in 2022 should refrain from sex STEVE DOUGLAS  |  AP Sports Writer LONDON — A leading international gay rights group demanded an official apology from FIFA on Tuesday, Dec. 14 following Sepp Blatter’s comment about homosexual fans traveling to Qatar for the 2022 [...]

Panic among Kenya’s gays after PM’s arrest threat

Posted on 01 Dec 2010 at 7:50am

Remarks seen as setback to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts TOM ODULA | Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya — An official with Kenya’s largest gay rights organization said there is panic among its members following remarks made by Kenya’s prime minister that homosexuals should be arrested. The office of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya received calls [...]

Pope says condoms OK for some groups, including male prostitutes

Posted on 22 Nov 2010 at 12:22pm

NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D’EMILIO  |  Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to act responsibly. It’s a stunning comment for a pontiff who has blamed condoms for [...]

Police break up gay rally in Russian capital

Posted on 22 Sep 2010 at 5:01pm

Associated Press MOSCOW — Police dispersed a gay rally Tuesday, Sept. 21 and detained at least a dozen protesters in the Russian capital. The two dozen demonstrators had been protesting the policies of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called homosexuals “satanic” and thwarted attempts to hold a gay pride rally in the city. Police [...]

Pope meets with abuse victims as thousands protest

Posted on 20 Sep 2010 at 10:43am

NICOLE WINFIELD and VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Associated Press LONDON — Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday, Sept. 18 to five people who were molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking his church, as thousands of people angered at the Vatican’s response marched in central London in [...]

Russian gay activist says he was seized by agents

Posted on 20 Sep 2010 at 10:26am

Nikolai Alexeyev safe in Moscow after he says agents abducted him at the airport last week, demanded that he drop human rights complaints JIM HEINTZ  |  Associated Press MOSCOW — A prominent Russian gay rights activist who vanished from a Moscow airport last week said Saturday, Sept. 18 that he was back in the capital [...]