Rights abusers win coveted UN rights posts

UN Watch

GENEVA —  UN Watch has called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, rights commissioner Prince Zeid, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and the EU’s Catherine Ashton to condemn yesterday’s UN election of slave-holding Mauritania, misogynistic Pakistan, gay-bashing Uganda and repressive Zimbabwe to its 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a top U.N. body that regulates human rights groups, shapes the composition of [...]

Thousands march in Taiwan in 12th annual Pride parade

Taiwan Pride

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei Saturday for Asia’s largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognizing same-sex marriage. Supporters from Taiwan and abroad waved placards reading “equal marriage rights” and “support gay marriage” as they marched through the capital for the 12th [...]

Gay couple ordered off London bus over public display of affection

Route 89

LONDON — When Jack James, 23, received a peck on his lips from his boyfriend while riding a No. 89 bus near Blackheath, Southeast London last August, probably the last thing he was expecting was to be ordered off the bus. But that is exactly what happened and has just now come to light in [...]

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament passes draft anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law


The Kyrgyzstan National Assembly has undertaken an initial vote to pass new harsh anti-LGBT legislation during its first reading.  According to Radio Free Europe, 79 members of the Kyrgyz parliament voted in favor of the legislation, while seven voted against it.  Two more parliamentary votes are required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President [...]

For one gay Turkish couple, a honeymoon fraught with death threats

Ekin Keser and Emrullah Tüzün

Compared to its Muslim neighbors, Turkey can seem like an oasis of tolerance. While legal protections for members of the LGBT community are virtually non-existent, Turkey also has a firmly established history of individual liberties that prevents, say, public hangings and other acts of barbarism to be directed toward members of the sexual minority. But [...]

Seoul’s mayor champions gay marriage

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon

SOUTH KOREA — The mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul has become the first mainstream politician in the country to endorse marriage between same-sex couples, reports GayAsiaNews.com. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon told the San Francisco Examiner that he hoped South Korea would become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. “I personally [...]

World Council of Churches: ‘HIV and AIDS – an issue churches in West Africa should not ignore’

Rev. Godson Lawson at the WCC headquarters in Geneva

GENEVA — “HIV and AIDS is not just a public health issue. It is a multi-layered social issue – an issue churches in West Africa should not ignore,” says Rev. Godson Lawson, a pastor in the Methodist Church in Togo, a country where 110,000 people are living with HIV and 6,600 lives have been lost [...]

Seismic shift in Rome: New Catholic document praises same-sex ‘partnerships’


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today commended Catholic leaders meeting in Rome for using new, inclusive language in referring to the LGBT community. The preliminary but potentially ground-breaking document released today by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops asserted that LGBT people have “gifts and talents to offer the Christian community,” and, for the first time, [...]

Turkey gets its first umbrella LGBTI organization to fight homophobia

Turkey Pride

TURKEY — A new umbrella organization has been established to fight homophobia and transphobia in Turkey,  the Islamic country that straddles Europe and Asia, reports GayAsiaNews.com In existence less than two months, Turkey LGBTI Union was created in order to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, LGBTI Web sites and LGBTI organizations, Burçin Bordanacı [...]

Thailand entices gay men for HIV testing through parties


BANGKOK — Thai authorities are raising awareness about HIV and are encouraging testing among gay men and transgender people by embarking on new and novel campaigns that include bare-chested male models in a glitzy ballroom dancing to house music while dozens of young gay men get their blood tested, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The party for gay [...]

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