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Turkey’s Violent Homophobia – The Daily Beast

Thousands in Istanbul peacefully celebrated a gay-pride march yesterday, but LGBT individuals in Turkey often face terrible physical danger. John Beck reports on their struggle. For a brief moment, Istanbul’s Taksim Square was transformed yesterday. The riot police, clouds of tear gas, and barricade-building protesters that characterized the past month’s …

Dozens arrested at gay pride rally in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally Saturday that was declared illegal under a new law against “gay propaganda.” Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that the rally, which took place in a space designated for public demonstrations, violated …

Why Is Russia So Homophobic? – Olga Khazan – The Atlantic

Communist-era justifications for bigotry don’t make sense anymore. What’s behind lawmakers’ opposition to gays? The Russian Duma unanimously approved a law on Tuesday that prohibits the distribution of homosexual “propaganda” to minors. Holding gay pride events, speaking in defense of gay rights, or equating gay and heterosexual relationships can now …

Indian gay rights parade demands greater tolerance

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi on Sunday to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in India’s deeply conservative society. Dozens of demonstrators carried a nearly 15-meter- (50-foot-) long, rainbow-colored banner and waved placards demanding that the government extend …

Christian group backs away from ex-gay therapy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the country’s best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is trying to distance the group from the idea that gay people’s sexual orientation can be permanently changed or “cured.” That’s a significant shift for Exodus International, the 36-year-old Orlando-based …

Mr Gay World comes to Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After Mr. Gay Ethiopia entered the Mr. Gay World contest, his father cut off all communications. Mr. Gay Zimbabwe withdrew, fearing the publicity was making life difficult for his mother. But Mr. Gay Namibia’s family accompanied him to the airport for a warm send-off when he left …