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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.
WATCH: Irish Ad Looks to Inspire Youth to Say 'Yes' to Marriage Equality
November 12 2014 4:00 PM ET

WATCH: Inspiring Irish Ad Asks Youth to Vote 'Yes Equality'

Thom Senzee

Ahead of an anticipated referendum on marriage equality next May, LGBT advocates in Ireland are asking youth to register to vote by November 25, and say 'Yes Equality' next year.

PHOTOS: Hong Kong Pride Sparks Rainbow 'Umbrella Revolution'
November 11 2014 6:32 PM ET

PHOTOS: Hong Kong Pride Sparks Rainbow 'Umbrella Revolution'

Thom Senzee

Hong Kong Pride attendees added umbrellas to the standard mix of rainbow flags, clothing, and face paint as a nod of support for pro-democracy demonstrators.

Love Finds a Way For Russia's Second Legal Same-sex Wedding
November 11 2014 1:47 AM ET

Meet Russia's Newest Legally Married Lesbians 

Thom Senzee

A second same-sex couple has found a way to wed by using Russia's draconian antigay laws to exchange their vows in legally binding matrimony.

Malaysian Judge Strikes Antitrans Ban on Gender Expression
November 10 2014 2:53 PM ET

Malaysian Judge Strikes Antitrans Ban on Gender Expression

Thom Senzee

A Malaysian appeals court overturned a ban on men and trans women wearing women's clothing.

Op-ed: Why We're Telling the U.N. That Conversion Therapy Is Torture
November 10 2014 5:16 AM ET

Op-ed: Why The U.N. Must Consider The Cruelty Behind Ex-Gay Therapy

Samantha Ames

Conversion therapy isn't just snake oil. It's poison.

Pope Francis Looks to U.S. Leaders on Marriage, Demotes Antigay Cardinal
November 09 2014 2:17 PM ET

Pope Francis Looks to U.S. Leaders on Marriage, Demotes Antigay Cardinal

Michelle Garcia

The Vatican prepares for a busy week.

Latvia's Foreign Minister Comes Out
November 07 2014 8:46 PM ET

Latvia's Foreign Minister Comes Out

Thom Senzee

Perhaps inspired by Apple CEO Tim Cook's coming out, the Baltic state's top diplomat tweets that he's '#ProudToBeGay.'

U.K. Gay Choir's 'Wicked' Response to Antigay Attacks
November 07 2014 3:45 PM ET

U.K. Gay Choir's Wicked Response to Antigay Attack

Thom Senzee

In response to a brutal attack that began on a Manchester public transit line, a local gay chorus is using the Wicked songbook to beat back homophobia.

N. Ireland Bakery Refuses to Apologize for Denying Gay Bert and Ernie Cake
November 06 2014 5:30 PM ET

Belfast Bakery Won't Apologize for Denying Gay Bert and Ernie Cake

Thom Senzee

A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to bake a cake adorned with the Sesame Street pals and the words 'support gay marriage' has been ordered to make things right.

Op-ed: Gay Rights Spread Slowly in Nepal, But Queer Women Suffer
November 05 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Gay Rights Spread Slowly in Nepal, But Queer Women Suffer

Nicola Desouza

Lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender men are left behind in Nepal's fight for LGBT equality, but one group is working to close the gap.

WATCH: Conchita Wurst Takes the U.N. 'Like a Phoenix'
November 05 2014 6:30 AM ET

WATCH: Conchita Wurst Takes the U.N. 'Like a Phoenix'

Thom Senzee

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stopped by the U.N. offices in Vienna to meet with and take in a performance by Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.

Russia Promptly Destroys Steve Jobs Memorial After Tim Cook Comes Out
November 04 2014 3:22 PM ET

Russia Promptly Destroys Steve Jobs Memorial After Tim Cook Comes Out

Alex Panisch

Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' strikes again as the group that installed a memorial to Steve Jobs has removed the statue in St. Petersburg after Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay.

Men Beaten for Singing 'Wicked' Tune in Latest U.K. Gay Bashing
November 03 2014 5:04 PM ET

Men Beaten for Singing Wicked Tune in Latest U.K. Gay Bashing

Thom Senzee

A pair of friends singing show tunes on Manchester's public transit say they were viciously attacked by passengers shouting antigay slurs, leaving one victim 'scarred for life.'

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