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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.

WATCH: Report Finds Russian Police Ignore Anti-LGBT Violence
December 17 2014 4:30 PM ET December 18 2014 1:56 PM ET

WATCH: Report Finds Russian Police Ignore Antigay Violence

Thom Senzee

Complete with a video exposing the unbearable violence and harassment LGBT Russians endure, an 85-page report reveals more than a year of suffering under a nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda.

WATCH: Gay Hero of Sydney Siege Wrestled With Gunman
December 16 2014 2:45 PM ET

WATCH: Gay Hero of Sydney Siege Wrestled With Gunman

Thom Senzee

Although they note that Tori Johnson is survived by a 'partner,' few mainstream media reports mention that he was a gay man who gave his life for others during a hostage situation in Sydney.

Scotland's Marriage Equality Starts Today
December 16 2014 1:49 PM ET

This Week: A First for Marriage Equality in Scotland

Thom Senzee

It took decades of struggle, campaigning, and coalition-building by equal marriage activists and supporters to reach today's historic celebrations and nuptials.

Jamaican Pastor Angers Congregation by Washing Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors
December 15 2014 3:51 PM ET

Jamaican Pastor Washes Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors

Thom Senzee

Honoring a tradition established by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, a pastor in Jamaica is getting major push-back from his flock after controversial foot-washings.

Philippine Government Charges U.S. Marine With Murder of Trans Woman
December 15 2014 3:09 PM ET

Philippine Gov't Charges U.S. Marine With Murder of Trans Woman

Mitch Kellaway

After being turned over to Filipino authorities in October, U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton now officially faces murder charges for the brutal strangulation of Filipina national Jennifer Laude.

Indian Government May Offer Welfare Benefits Specific to Trans Citizens
December 15 2014 2:41 PM ET

Indian Gov't May Offer Welfare Benfits to Trans Citizens

Mitch Kellaway

India's government is considering how to aid its disenfranchised trans citizens with educational incentives and pensions in a new welfare proposal draft.

Seoul's Mayor Apologizes for Nixing Gay Rights Charter
December 14 2014 4:17 PM ET

Seoul's Mayor Apologizes for Nixing Gay Rights Charter

Thom Senzee

Mayor Park Won-soon and LGBT activists in South Korea have reached an agreement after the mayor previously caved to religious groups who decried LGBT inclusion in a human rights charter.

WATCH: Saved from Slaughterhouse, Ireland's Gay Bull Finds Sanctuary
December 14 2014 3:28 PM ET

WATCH: Ireland's Gay Bull, Benjy, Finds Sanctuary

Thom Senzee

A cocreator of The Simpsons paid thousands to buy and transport to a U.K. sanctuary an Irish bull that was headed to the slaughterhouse because the animal would not mate with female cows.

PHOTOS: 'Thousands' of Gambians Attend Antigay Rally
December 12 2014 3:45 PM ET

PHOTOS: 'Thousands' of Gambians Attend Antigay Rally

Thom Senzee

Declaring that homosexuality is against Islam, supporters of Gambia's new 'jail-the-gays' law gathered en masse to celebrate legalized homophobia.

Another 'Gay' Man Thrown From Building, Stoned to Death by ISIS
December 11 2014 1:43 PM ET

Another 'Gay' Man Stoned to Death by ISIS

Thom Senzee

Gruesome photos have emerged of an allegedly gay man being murdered by terrorists in Islamic State-controlled territory.

PHOTOS: Activists Stage Kiss-In at Spanish Burger King That Ejected Gay Couple
December 10 2014 5:39 PM ET

Kiss-In Follows Spanish Burger King's Gay Ejection

Thom Senzee

A Spanish security guard's decision to throw out a gay couple for kissing in a Madrid Burger King sparked a kiss-in by dozens of same-sex couples.

Egyptian Police Arrest, Humiliate 'Gay' Men at Cairo Bathhouse
December 09 2014 5:17 PM ET

Scores of Men Arrested at 'Gay' Bathhouse in Egypt

Thom Senzee

A late-night raid of a Cairo bathhouse included a humiliating march in the nude to police vans outside.