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UN Approves Benefits For Spouses Of Gay Staff Members

Posted on 24 March 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. will now give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married after Russia and other opponents of same-sex marriage failed Tuesday in an attempt to scuttle the plan by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of […]

Gay Journalist’s ‘Personal View’ New In Homophobic Serbia

Posted on 24 March 2015

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent. So it’s perhaps […]

U.S. Marine On Trial For Transgender Murder In Philippines

Posted on 23 March 2015

MANILA (AP) – A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel went on trial in a Philippine court Monday. U.S. security escorts brought Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, wearing handcuffs, into a heavily secured courtroom in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, for the […]

Caribbean Court Hears Suit Against Nations’ Anti-Gay Laws

Posted on 19 March 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – A Caribbean court on Wednesday heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed. Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican gay rights activist who is a legal adviser with New York-based AIDS-Free World, […]

D&G, Elton John Debate Over Gay Rights Heats Up Twitter

Posted on 17 March 2015

MILAN (AP) – On Twitter, it’s a playing out as battle of the hashtags: #boycottdolcegabbana vs. #boycotteltonjohn. But gay rights activists say there is more at stake than Dolce&Gabbana’s brand image and bottom line. They charge that the fashion designers’ comments expressing skepticism about conceiving children through in vitro fertilization and bearing them through surrogates […]

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