Jail, 450 lashes for Saudi man who used Twitter to befriend gay men

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SAUDI ARABIA —  A man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for using his Twitter account to meet gay men, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The 24-year-old unnamed was arrested after he posted several Tweets calling for same-sex relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, [...]

Anti-gay laws threatening HIV fight, South Asians tell AIDS conference

"20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), Melbourne, Australia."

Melbourne, Australia — Criminalization of groups such as gay men, sex workers and transgender people are threatening progress in the global effort to fight AIDS, South Asian participants told the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia, reports GayAsiaNews.com India gay rights activist Ashok Kavi told the biennial five-day meeting gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists [...]

AIDS pioneer Joep Lange among dead in Malaysia Airlines crash

Joep Lange

Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, was among those killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine. According to the Washington Post the identities of the victims have not been officially confirmed by the airline. But Lange’s office in Amsterdam confirmed in a statement that [...]

Czech views on ‘social acceptability’ of homosexuality mixed


Jan Adamec , a historian and political scientist who specializes in the histories of the USSR, Hungary and Czechoslovakia after 1945, has released his annual findings of Czech opinions on the social acceptability of homosexuality. The Public Opinion Research Centre of the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Centrum [...]

Gay consciousness on the rise in India’s outermost state


Assam, an Indian state of some 30 million people located in the country’s Northeastern corner, is known for many things. It has been designated as one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world, is the last refuge for a number of threatened species including the Bengal Florican, the white-rumped vulture and the one-horned rhinoceros [...]

Singapore court deliberating if anti-gay law is unconstitutional


SINGAPORE — Singapore’s highest court is hearing the case of a gay couple appealing against the dismissal of their challenge that the anti-gay ‘Section 377A’ law is unconstitutional, reports GayAsiaNews.com. A two-day hearing before a three-judge panel began July 14 as lawyers for Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim argued that the ban, first adopted under [...]

Trailer of upcoming gay Indian movie ‘My Son Is Gay’ released with call for funds (VIDEO)

My Son is Gay

INDIA — The trailer of India’s upcoming independent crowd-funded Hindi film called My Son is Gay has been released with a call for funds, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The film, directed by Lokesh, an independent film maker explores the emotional journey of a mother who gets to know that her son is gay and struggles to come [...]

Moving forward with USAID’s LGBT vision for action

demonstrator_holding_a_rainbow_flag_in_slovakia_by Samuel Kubani

From the White House blog comes this post by Todd Larson. With June’s Pride month celebrations behind us, I reflect on the reasons I celebrated. Reverberations continue from President Obama’s ground-breaking Memorandum of December 2011, which outlined the U.S. Government’s commitment to the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folks around the world. [...]

LGBT Malaysians face rising threats from a more militantly religious government


For years, Malaysian transgenders and gender-fluid individuals were a staple of society often found doing makeup for brides at rural weddings. For others, be they gay, lesbian or bi-sexual, life was OK. It wasn’t the oasis of freedoms and protections found in many, if not most, Western democratized nations, but if you didn’t shove your [...]

LGBT Ukrainians face new challenges despite country’s European tilt

Kiev Pride

It was supposed to be the gay pride parade they had hoped for last year when the country’s first ever celebration of Pride was overshadowed by a media focused on anti-gay rhetoric. But for most members of the burgeoning LGBT Ukrainian community, Saturday’s festival was a secretive affair marred by security concerns, the politics of [...]

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