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S. Korea's Top Court Overturns Convictions of Gay Soldiers

S. Korea's Top Court Overturns Convictions of Gay Soldiers

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Apr 21, 2022

South Korea's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a military court ruling that convicted two gay soldiers for having sex outside their military facilities, saying it stretched the reading of the country's widely criticized military sodomy law.

Shanghai Reports First Deaths in Current COVID-19 Outbreak

Shanghai Reports First Deaths in Current COVID-19 Outbreak

Apr 18, 2022

Shanghai authorities on Monday reported the first COVID-19 deaths in the latest outbreak in China's most populous and wealthiest city.

WNBA Players Say Life in Russia Was Lucrative but Lonely

WNBA Players Say Life in Russia Was Lucrative but Lonely

By Doug Feinberg | Apr 17, 2022

For the elite athletes in the WNBA, spending the offseason playing in Russia can mean earning more money than they can make back home — sometimes even two or three times as much.

Germany OKs Raising Rainbow Flag at Government Buildings

Germany OKs Raising Rainbow Flag at Government Buildings

Apr 13, 2022

Germany's Interior Ministry said Wednesday it has authorized raising the rainbow flag at federal government buildings on some occasions, a move meant to end discussions about unclear rules and signal acceptance of diversity.

Chanel Restricts Sales to Russians Abroad Amid Ukraine War

Chanel Restricts Sales to Russians Abroad Amid Ukraine War

By Thomas Adamson | Apr 6, 2022

Luxury fashion brand Chanel says it has stopped selling its clothes, perfumes and other luxury goods to Russian customers abroad if they plan to take the products back home — a bold response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

EU Starts Process to Cut Funding to Hungary Over Rule of Law

EU Starts Process to Cut Funding to Hungary Over Rule of Law

Apr 6, 2022

The European Commission will launch proceedings to suspend support payments to Hungary for breaching the 27-nation bloc's rule-of-law standards, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday.

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Massacre, City Strewn with Bodies

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Massacre, City Strewn with Bodies

By Oleksandr Stashevskyi and Nebi Qena | Apr 3, 2022

Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area.

Qatari Official: Rainbow Flags May be Taken to Protect Fans

Qatari Official: Rainbow Flags May be Taken to Protect Fans

By Rob Harris | Apr 2, 2022

Rainbow flags could be taken from fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from being attacked for promoting gay rights, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament told The Associated Press.

UK Leader Boris Johnson Backs Away from Reversal on 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

UK Leader Boris Johnson Backs Away from Reversal on 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

By Kilian Melloy | Apr 1, 2022

Boris Johnson called in the past for a ban on so-called "conversion therapy." Then he changed his mind. Now he's backtracked again...but not completely.

UK Conservative Lawmaker Praised for Coming Out as Trans

UK Conservative Lawmaker Praised for Coming Out as Trans

By Jill Lawless | Mar 30, 2022

A lawmaker from Britain's governing Conservative Party has been praised across the political spectrum for coming out as transgender, the first U.K. member of Parliament ever to do so.

Finnish Court Acquits Lawmaker in Freedom of Speech Case

Finnish Court Acquits Lawmaker in Freedom of Speech Case

Mar 30, 2022

A Finnish court on Wednesday acquitted a Christian Democrat lawmaker and former interior minister of alleged incitement against gay people, in a case considered an important precedent on the limits of freedom of speech in the Nordic country.

Elton John Reveals 2009 Ukrainian Adoption Denial Because He Is Gay

Elton John Reveals 2009 Ukrainian Adoption Denial Because He Is Gay

By Emell Adolphus | Mar 28, 2022

Speaking to Dua Lipa about childhood on her new podcast, "Dua Lipa: At Your Service," the singer revealed that he never thought about having a family with his husband until they visited an orphanage in Ukraine.

J.K. Rowling Slams Vladimir Putin After Defending Her Against 'Cancel Culture'

J.K. Rowling Slams Vladimir Putin After Defending Her Against 'Cancel Culture'

By Emell Adolphus | Mar 26, 2022

J.K. Rowling slams Russian President Vladimir Putin after he defends her against "cancel culture."

Brittney Griner Seen by US Consulate in Russian Detention Facility

Brittney Griner Seen by US Consulate in Russian Detention Facility

Mar 24, 2022

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that a U.S. Embassy official has visited with WNBA star Brittney Griner, who remains detained near Moscow, to check on her condition.

Venezuelan Same-Sex Couples Still Wait for Right to Marry

Venezuelan Same-Sex Couples Still Wait for Right to Marry

By Regina Garcia Cano | Mar 23, 2022

Venezuela remains on a shrinking list of South American countries that do not allow same-sex marriages.

Rights Group Denounces Violence Against LGBT People in Iraq

Rights Group Denounces Violence Against LGBT People in Iraq

By Mariam Fam and Samya Kullab | Mar 23, 2022

A report by Human Rights Watch accuses armed groups in Iraq of abducting, raping, torturing, and killing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people with impunity.

Google Pulls Malaysia's Gay Conversion App

Google Pulls Malaysia's Gay Conversion App

By Emell Adolphus | Mar 20, 2022

Google has pulled a gay conversion app from the Malaysian government from its Google Play store. The app claimed that it could help LGBTQ people "return to nature."

Putin Appears At Big Rally As Troops Press Attack In Ukraine

Putin Appears At Big Rally As Troops Press Attack In Ukraine

By Cara Anna | Mar 19, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a huge flag-waving rally at a packed Moscow stadium Friday and lavished praise on his troops fighting in Ukraine, three weeks into the invasion that has led to heavier-than-expected Russian losses.

War in Ukraine is Center Stage at Hungary's Election Rallies

War in Ukraine is Center Stage at Hungary's Election Rallies

By Justin Spike | Mar 16, 2022

Two mass rallies held by opposing political forces filled the streets of Hungary's capital on Tuesday in mutual displays of strength before the country's April 3 election.

Guatemala Shelves Newly-Passed Anti-Marriage Equality, Anti-Abortion Law

Guatemala Shelves Newly-Passed Anti-Marriage Equality, Anti-Abortion Law

Mar 16, 2022

Guatemala's Congress voted Tuesday to shelve a controversial new law stiffening penalties for abortion, prohibiting same-sex marriage and banning discussion of sexual diversity in schools.

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