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France Legalizes Gay Marriage

AP | LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 06.23.2013 | Gay Voices

PARIS — France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and ...

Protesters Deem Gay Marriage Law 'Threat To Social Fabric' In France

AP | By GREG KELLER | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices

PARIS -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards on Sunday to protest the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing ga...

WATCH: New Zealand MP Delivers EPIC Gay Marriage Speech

Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Video footage of a New Zealand lawmaker's jovial, though nonetheless poignant, gay marriage speech is making the blogosphere rounds. Maurice Willi...

Bad News For France's Gay Marriage Opponents

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - French police arrested dozens of protesters against same-sex marriage on Monday as left-wing lawmakers brought forward t...

A Huge Step Forward At USAID For The LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

USAID is developing and refining a training package for workers around the world, to help them understand the various languages and cultures that surround local LGBT communities. In many nations the issues that the training brings up have never been discussed openly.

France's Fight For Gay Marriage Turns Violent

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices

By Tara Oakes PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) - A gay man beaten up in Paris this month is using a photo of his injuries to fuel a growing ...

Putin: Gay Russians 'Enjoy The Same Rights And Freedoms As Everyone Else'

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM, April 8 (Reuters) - Russia does not discriminate against homosexuals, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Amsterdam on Mon...

Gay Rights Advocates Await Russian President's Arrival

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and TOBY STERLING | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM — Vladimir Putin faced hundreds of protesters ranging from gay rights activists to a topless feminist group during his visit to German...

The Next Latin American Country To Legalize Gay Marriage?

AP | PABLO FERNANDEZ | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay's Senate on Tuesday voted to legalize gay marriage by approving a single law governing matrimony for heterosexuals...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Russian Gay Activist Beaten By Neo-Nazi Group

Posted 03.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Shocking footage of a Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist being beaten by a group of alleged neo-Nazis is making the...

LGBT Rights Debate Unfolds At The UN (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

For decades the word "gay" was almost never heard in formal meetings at the UN. Today, after a series of recent diplomatic breakthroughs, awareness of the gravity and extent of homophobic violence and discrimination -- and the need to tackle it -- is widespread and growing.

Report Reveals Shocking Fact About Cameroon's Gay Community

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 03.21.2013 | Gay Voices

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Suspected homosexuals in Cameroon say they have been tortured and raped in prison, according to a report released Thursday by ...

Lesbian Moms Threaten To Overshadow Turkish PM's Dutch Visit

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents said on television in Turkey t...

Venezuela's Interim President: If I Were Gay, I'd 'Shout It To The Four Winds'

Posted 03.15.2013 | Gay Voices

If Venezuela's interim president were gay, he would "shout it to the four winds." Nicolas Maduro, who took over as the nation's interim president ...

Globally Gay: Americans Should Use Their Privileges to Push Harder for International Gay Rights

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

These marriage wins are something to celebrate, but it's important to remember that it's still a rare privilege to live in a country where marriage equality is even being discussed. Over 72 counties still have laws on their books outlawing homosexuality.

Mexico Makes Landmark Move On Anti-Gay Language

Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices

In what's already been hailed as a landmark case, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that anti-gay slurs were not protected under the country's freedom of s...

Puerto Rico's Gay Rights Battle Slowly Heats Up

AP | By DANICA COTO | Posted 03.05.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The advance of gay rights across the United States is spreading into Puerto Rico, making the island a relatively gay-friendly...

How A New Dutch Law Could Benefit Gay Parents

SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG/Worldcrunch | Benjamin Dürr | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM - We all know that families today are no longer only made up of Mom and Dad and the kids. This has led the Netherlands to work on legislatio...

A Day in a Queer Life in France: An Ordinary Day

Olivier Steiner | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Olivier Steiner

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgHonestly, I hardly know what homophobia is anymore. Even my parents have worked through it. Everyone around me knows, and I live in a bubble of kindly indifference to homosexuality where it is no more an issue than the color of my hair. But I do remember.

It's Time For A Gay Revolution In Italy

Marcello Signore | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcello Signore

We lack a true LGBT leader in Italy. Our civil rights ship is missing its Han Solo. All we've got is B-level personalities. They're old and bald and preach like pastors. They have no relevant ideas, they are not brave, and they don't think forward. In other words, they're a lot like our politicians.

Rome's Gay Community Toasts Pope Benedict XVI's Departure

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices

* Vatican helped prevent single-sex partnership law in Italy * Gays criticise pope's influence in developing world * Cam...

A Day in a Queer Life in the UK: Being Peter Tatchell

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter G Tatchell

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI go to sleep every night with a siren alarm, a fire extinguisher and a rope ladder beside my bed, in case of another attack. During my 46 years of LGBT and human rights campaigning, I've upset a lot of dictators, fascists, homophobes and racists. Hate mail and death threats are a regular part of my life.

Why This Gay Man Is Determined To Challenge Jamaica's Anti-Sodomy Laws

Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices

A gay Jamaican man is planning to "aggressively agitate for change" to his country's anti-sodomy law after allegedly being kicked out of his home beca...

Great News For France's Gay Community

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices

PARIS — France's lower house of parliament approved a sweeping bill on Tuesday to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt chil...

Uganda To Deport Gay Play Producer

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices

By Philippa Croome KAMPALA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Ugandan authorities said on Monday they plan to deport a British theatre producer who w...