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Swiss Film Fest Fires Egyptian Journalist for Role in Bathhouse Raid
December 27 2014 2:45 PM ET

Swiss Film Fest Fires Egyptian Journalist for Role in Bathhouse Raid

Thom Senzee

Journalist Mona Iraqi is accused of setting up a raid on a gay bathhouse in Cairo that has 26 men now facing prison sentences.

Taiwan Removes Surgical Barriers to Trans Citizens' Legal Recognition
December 27 2014 2:10 PM ET

Taiwan Removes Surgical Barriers to Trans Citizens' Legal Recognition

Mitch Kellaway

With Taiwan's celebrated decision, the number of countries worldwide that require proof-of-surgery to change legal gender now drops to 28.

Filipina Trans Woman's Alleged U.S. Marine Murderer Granted Trial Suspension
December 27 2014 1:00 PM ET

Filipina Trans Woman's Alleged U.S. Marine Murderer Granted Trial Suspension

Mitch Kellaway

During the 60-day delay, Filipino advocates have high hopes for a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement, which has allowed the U.S. to remain involved in U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton's custody.

26 'Gay' Men Arrested at Cairo Bathhouse Caged for Court Appearance
December 24 2014 4:08 PM ET

26 'Gay' Men Arrested at Cairo Bathhouse Caged for Court Appearance

Thom Senzee

The men who were arrested December 2 appeared in court Sunday, weeping and asking for belief in their innocence.

China: Court Rules 'Gay Conversion' Clinic Must Pay Victim
December 24 2014 3:29 PM ET

China: Court Rules 'Ex-Gay' Clinic Must Pay Victim

Thom Senzee

LGBT advocates are hailing a court decision in favor of a victim of 'conversion therapy' as a victory for the community.

Zimbabwe: 35 Injured in Attack on LGBT Group's Holiday Party
December 24 2014 2:13 PM ET

Zimbabwe: 35 Injured in Attack on LGBT Group's Holiday Party

Thom Senzee

A gathering of LGBT people in Zimbabwe's capital city of Harare was attacked by armed men over the weekend, sending many to the hospital.

3 Arrested in Latest Surge of Gambia's Antigay Witch Hunt
December 23 2014 5:17 PM ET December 23 2014 9:23 PM ET

U.S. Suspends Some Aid as Gambia's Antigay Witch Hunt Intensifies

Thom Senzee

Gambia's notoriously homophobic head of state who said in May, 'I will kill them,' has LGBT Gambians on the run. Now the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Gambia.

Amnesty Disappointed with Ireland's New Trans Bill
December 21 2014 8:00 AM ET

Amnesty Disappointed with Ireland's New Trans Bill

Thom Senzee

Though happy it's being delivered before the end of the year as promised, Amnesty International says Ireland's gender-recognition bill will need amendments to make it good.

WATCH: Partner of Sydney Siege Hero Tori Johnson Remembers His 'Soulmate'
December 19 2014 6:34 PM ET

Sydney Siege Hero's Partner Remembers His 'Soulmate'

Thom Senzee

Australians and the world are hearing from the long-term partner of Tori Johnson, being called a hero of Tuesday's café hostage situation in Sydney, and in the process learning that some heroes are gay.

Ireland Will Ask Its Voters for Marriage in May
December 19 2014 3:02 PM ET

Ireland Will 'Pop the Question' to Voters in May

Thom Senzee

Ireland appears poised to follow Scotland and may soon become the 18th country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland
December 19 2014 8:00 AM ET

Op-ed: How Tom Saved Finland

Jukka Kurttila

The art of Touko Laaksonen, or Tom of Finland, may have played a role in the recent passage of marriage equality in his Nordic motherland.

Venezuelan LGBT Advocate Murdered in Caracas
December 19 2014 6:00 AM ET

Venezuelan LGBT Advocate Murdered in Caracas

Thom Senzee

Givineth Soto was a psychologist, LGBT advocate, mother, and wife. Her widow won't be recognized as such by the government.

Leaked 'The Interview' Scene Puts James Franco in Bed With Kim Jong-Un
December 18 2014 7:57 PM ET

Maybe Kim Jong-Un Was Mad About The Interview's Gay Scene

Advocate Contributors

James Franco finds a way to end up in bed with a guy — that guy being Kim Jong-Un.

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