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Horrific and uplifting stories about being gay in Putin's Russia

On January 25, Kremlin-friendly journalist Anton Krasovsky invited a bunch of drag queens on his show on KontrTV, a Kremlin-owned channel. It was his personal protest against a proposed law in the Russian parliament, the Duma, which would ban distributing “gay propaganda” to minors. The law’s broad definition of “propaganda” would prohibit publicly discussing gay relationships, comparing them to heterosexual ones, or calling them “normal.” That is, it would effectively criminalize the process of coming out—so often the driving force for wider social acceptance of gays.

Puerto Rico debates gay issues amid protests by anti-gay activists

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Amid noisy protests today from anti-gay religious groups and their supporters, Puerto Rico’s lawmakers continued conducting public hearings designed to tackle LGBT issues affecting the U.S. territory often called our “51st state.”

Puerto Rico Pro Family and other anti-gay activists demonstrated outside the capitol and vowed to seek constitutional amendments to ban same-gender marriage and prevent schools from educating students about gender and LGBT issues.

Seattle man beaten in alleged anti-gay hate crime | VIDEO

(Editor's note: This post was originally published by SDGLN media partner HuffPost Gay Voices.)

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department is reportedly investigating the Aug. 5 beating of a local gay man as a hate crime.

Second Gay Pride parade held in Uganda

KAMPALA, UGANDA — On Saturday, August 3, Uganda’s homosexual community stepped out of the shadows in red wigs and glittering stilettos.

The country’s second gay pride parade, held on a sandy beach in Entebbe, drew over a hundred people eager to tell the world that they are out, they are proud and they are not afraid to show it.

Last year’s parade, the first ever in Uganda, was broken up by police, and several people were arrested. But the fact that they were able to pull it off at all has given the community newfound confidence, says activist Kelly Mukwano.

Who inspires you? Nominations open for 2014 David Kato Vision & Voice Award

The Secretariat of the David Kato Vision & Voice Award is calling for nominations for the 2014 award.

The award celebrates the life and work of Ugandan human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his Kampala home in January 2011. To honor David’s legacy, the award was founded to recognize leaders who work to uphold the sexual rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.

Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views prompt "Ender's Game" movie protest

Author Orson Scott Card's controversial stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights has prompted an online protest ahead of the November release of "Ender's Game," the big-budget Hollywood movie based on his famed 1985 novel.

After the Arab Spring, no bloom for Arab LGBT rights

Mounir Baatour, the leader of one of Tunisia’s secular opposition parties, was arrested in March for having sex with a man.

The Tunisian authorities subjected Baatour to a “rectal examination” to verify the charges purported by staff at a Tunis hotel that he had committed the “illegal act” in the hotel spa. He was sentenced to three months in prison for breaking the law against sodomy, and the prosecution has since appealed for an even longer sentence.

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COMMENTARY: Reading the tea leaves on SCOTUS rulings on marriage

(Editor's note: Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at University of Chicago and wrote this blog on Huffpost Gay Voices.)

What did the Supreme Court do in its decisions on same-sex marriage?

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It got better: 10 things that happened immediately after the Supreme Court gay rights rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two landmark gay rights rulings on Wednesday, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act -- a federal law that forbade the government from recognizing same-sex marriages -- and dismissing a suit from supporters of California's Proposition 8 gay marriage ban.

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Gay imam spreads the good news | VIDEO

CAPETOWN, South Africa – Muhsin Hendrick is not your typical imam. The 46-year-old South African is also openly gay, and he preaches that gay Muslims can believe in the Koran and Islam without fear of condemnation.

He recently spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which conducted a question-and-answer session titled Islam can be reconciled with homosexuality - S.African gay imam.

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