Transgender prisoner badly beaten in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Graphic images have emerged of a badly beaten transgender prisoner amid reports police 'pulverized' her face, forced her to strip and shaved her head.

Pictures show Veronica Bolina lying partially naked on the ground in front of a group of officers and other prisoners in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 25-year-old had previously been arrested over an alleged attack on her 73-year-old neighbour.

How to help victims of the Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, killing more than 1,800 people. As the rescue and recovery efforts get underway, many charities and NGOs are sending teams, essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that you can assist.

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Jiraiya creates homoerotic art for cross-cultural fans

Jairiya is a Japanese Manga artist who transcends the cultural boundaries of the gay Asian culture and hopes to do the same for the rest of the world.

The artist is well-known for his depictions of big, beefy men either naked or alone, engaging in typical Manga sexuality. The cross-cultural company InterTrend is exposing the artist's work to the United States, and hopes that the usual images of gay Asian culture will forever be changed.

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Obama addresses lack of LGBT rights in Jamaica, cites Angeline Jackson's advocacy | UPDATED!

President Barack Obama continued building his legacy as the most gay-friendly leader of the free world by meeting on Thursday with LGBT activists and young leaders in Jamaica, known as one of the most homophobic places on Earth.

Gay orgies and 'murder' scandals engulf Vatican

The Vatican has been embroiled in two separate, highly embarrassing, scandals.

In one, a north Italian priest has been removed from office after allegations emerged that he had been surfing the internet to find gay lovers and had been involved in gay orgies.

The other, which has generated – if possible – even more lurid press coverage in Italy, alleges a priest in the south of the country is under investigation on suspicion of murdering one of his parishioners.

Guam rejects lesbian couple's marriage license application

HAGATNA, Guam -- Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory.

A Department of Public Health and Social Services clerk refused to accept an application filed by Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero, both 28 and both registered foster parents.

"It doesn't mean I'm not sympathetic, but the law is going to prevent me from issuing a marriage license," department director James Gillan said.

Under Guam law, a marriage license is only issued to a couple of the opposite sex, he said.

Baja California's first gay married couple robbed at gunpoint at their salon

MEXICALI, Baja California, Mexico -- An LGBT couple who fought for same-sex marriage rights in a Mexican state were beaten and robbed by assailants. The couple was the first to marry in the state of Baja California, on Jan. 17, and became known throughout Mexico for their fight to marry in the state.

Tokyo ward Shibuya becomes first in Japan to recognize gay partnerships

TOKYO, Japan -- The Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first place in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships.

It passed an ordinance allowing officials to issue certificates to same-sex couples this summer.

The documents are not legally binding but the ward is calling on businesses to recognize the certificates and accord equal treatment.

Japan remains a conservative country but is seeing social shifts on issues such as gay rights. Though the country remains tolerant of homosexuality, same-sex couples do not get legal protection.

Gay killers tie the knot behind bars in Britain's first known same-sex prison wedding

An infamous killer who strangled a gay man has married a fellow murderer in the first known same-sex marriage inside a British prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov was locked up in 1997 for the murder of Salford man Adrian Kaminsky who he had met through a gay chat line before luring him to his home in Moston.

The case made headlines at the time as Gallatinov – a convicted child sex offender – was being monitored by police as part of an undercover operation and officers were sat outside his house on Ebsworth Street, Moston, at the time of the killing.

BREAKING! Did Australia's Senate debate gay marriage?

CANBERRA, Australia -- A much anticipated debate on gay marriage in Australia's Senate was postponed indefinitely on Thursday, March 26.

The private bill proposed by Senator David Leyonhjelm of the minority Liberal Democrat Party was put off because the majority Liberal Party refused to allow a conscience vote. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who leads the Liberals, has stubbornly refused to allow a conscience vote and ignored the polls that show overwhelming support for marriage equality.

The Labor Party, also in the minority in the Senate, is largely in favor of marriage equality.