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Read the latest updates about LGBT issues around the world. The Advocate is an international source for developments pertaining to gay world news, politics, Prides, politicians, and rights that affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Learn about antigay laws, human rights violations, landmark victories, and failures of governments to protect the rights of its citizens. From Asia, to North America, to South America, to Europe, to Africa, The Advocate provides transcontinental coverage of the issues that matter to our readers.
Op-ed: Why I Quit My Job at the United Nations
November 24 2014 6:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Why I Quit My Job at the United Nations

Mala Kumar

A trip to central Africa and the passing of a mentor were enough to make one writer realize that being closeted wasn't worth it.

In Gambia, Being LGBT Now Means Torture, Life in Jail
November 21 2014 5:36 PM ET

In Gambia, Being LGBT Now Means Torture, Life in Jail

Thom Senzee

The west African nation has been cracking down on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people — and will now throw away the key for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality."

It Gets Worse: Russia's Kremlin Targets LGBT Youth Support
November 21 2014 5:05 AM ET

Russia's Kremlin Targets LGBT Youth Support

Thom Senzee

Youth face losing their last online refuge to express what it's like to be LGBT in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Those We've Lost in 2014
November 20 2014 4:05 AM ET

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Those We've Lost in 2014

Mitch Kellaway

Today we pause to remember the beautiful lives needlessly lost to antitrans violence this year.

WATCH: 'Wicked' Sing-along Heals Manchester After Antigay Attack
November 19 2014 7:19 PM ET

WATCH: Wicked Sing-along Counters U.K. Antigay Attack

Thom Senzee

Tram passengers and LGBT choir members joined forces this week to prove that Manchester is a place #SafeToSing after a violent antigay attack earlier this month.

Does Botswana Court Win Mean Better Days for LGBTs in Africa?
November 17 2014 2:03 PM ET

Botswana: High Hopes for African LGBTs After Court Win

Thom Senzee

Although same-sex relations remain illegal in Botswana, a high court judge has ruled that an LGBT lobbying group has a constitutional right to challenge the country's antigay laws.

Op-ed: The U.N.'s Collective Gasp When Addressing Conversion Therapy
November 17 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: The U.N.'s Collective Gasp on Conversion Therapy

Samantha Ames

Last week the United Nations demanded to know how the United States could permit conversion therapy.

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa
November 17 2014 5:00 AM ET

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa

Thom Senzee

Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people.

Colin Farrell: It's 'Insane' That My Gay Brother Left Ireland to Marry
November 16 2014 9:27 PM ET

Colin Farrell: It's 'Insane' That My Gay Brother Left Ireland to Marry

Lucas Grindley

The actor is encouraging Ireland to vote for marriage equality in a national referendum next year.

Nicolas Sarkozy Wants to Reverse Marriage Equality in France
November 16 2014 1:06 PM ET

Nicolas Sarkozy Wants to Reverse Marriage Equality in France

Lucas Grindley

Just because same-sex couples are already marrying, that hasn't stopped a campaign to rid the country of equality.

Toronto Trans Man Strip-Searched By Police, Files Human Rights Complaint
November 16 2014 11:00 AM ET

Trans Man Strip-Searched, Files Human Rights Complaint

Mitch Kellaway

Boyd Kodak faced three days of horror, he says, when he was detained by police and placed in women's facilities where he was stripped, forced to wear women's clothing, and humiliated by other inmates.

Saudi Arabia Just Jailed Another Gay Man
November 13 2014 6:49 PM ET

Saudi Arabia Just Jailed Another Gay Man

Thom Senzee

A Saudi man has been given a sentence of three years in prison, plus a hefty fine for posting nude photos of himself on social media.

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