New poll shows most Germans ready to support marriage equality

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According to a new poll, the majority of Germans are ready for same-sex marriage to be the law of the land. The survey by YouGov published on Thursday shows over two-thirds of Germans want gay marriage to be legalized, reports The Local de. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union said they were for legalization and with […]

Incitement to anti-gay killings in Malawi draws concern of UN human rights office

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NEW YORK — The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern over recent developments in Malawi, after the spokesperson of one of the country’s main political parties recently called for gay and lesbian people to be killed, describing them as “worse than dogs.” The spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for […]

Russia rejects bill that would have criminalized coming out

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According to the RBC News Agency, the Russian Duma’s Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building has rejected a bill which would have made coming out to young people and same-sex couples kissing in public punishable with jail sentences. The bill, introduced by Ivan Nikitchuk, a Communist party MP, would have punished people with a 5,000 ruble […]

Russia wants to ban public displays of affection among gay men

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Next week, Russia’s State Duma will decide on whether to ban people from coming out as gay. GayStarNews reports that two senior Russian Communist MPs Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev have presented a bill calling for people who come out as LGBTI to serve up to 15 days behind bars. Any public displays of affection […]

‘The Danish Girl’ banned in Qatar

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The movie The Danish Girl, which has received international acclaim, with multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations has been banned in Qatar. Situated on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula bordering  Saudi Arabia, the Islamic nation of Qatar has not taken well to the Tom Hooper film. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and trans people aren’t […]

In first, Chinese court to hear same-sex marriage case

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Voice of America (VOA) announced Wednesday that a 20-something gay man has filed a lawsuit against a civil affairs bureau in Hunan province. “Sun Wenlin, 26, filed a lawsuit December 16 against the Furong district civil affairs bureau in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China. His lawsuit challenged the bureau’s refusal to […]

Uber suspends driver for attempting to eject lesbian couple from car

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LONDON — Ride share company Uber has suspended one of its London drivers for attempting to eject a lesbian couple from his car for kissing. PinkNews reported that one of the women tweeted Uber about the driver’s behavior asking the company to, “… please do advise how you would deal with this?” An Uber spokesperson […]

Estonia’s gay partnership law takes effect, but not really!

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Friday, a law allowing gay partnerships took effect in Estonia  but … not really as same-sex couples are being advised to hold off on getting hitched until a series of legal issues have been worked out, reports The Huffington Post. The confusion arose when the Estonian Chamber of Notaries said there are legal uncertainties related […]

Pride Radar – a growing number of Prides around the world!

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Since InterPride started its Pride Radar initiative in 2012, almost 800 Pride celebrations have been identified around the world. InterPride’s Vice-President and author of the 2014 and 2015 Pride Radar report Frank van Dalen and his team are discovering new Prides on a weekly basis. “With the global Pride movement growing, we see new Prides […]

Dutch advertising watchdog defends gay cruising ads

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Ads from a gay cruising site will not be banned in The Netherlands. Despite a number of complaints against the gay app Squirt, the Dutch Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has ruled in favor of the site and will allow the campaign to continue reports Pink News. Squirt had put up the large signs and posters […]

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