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WATCH: Coming Out Day Arrests Are Proof Putin Wants to Turn Back Time

NCOD Arrests Prove Putin Wants to Turn Back Time

Recent arrests of LGBT activists and political overreactions in Russia signal a disconcerting trend that harkens back to the days of the USSR. 

Gay And Lesbian Couples (Almost) Equal to Straight Ones in Estonia

Former Soviet Nation Gives Same-Sex Couples More Rights

Estonia just became the first former Soviet nation to offer legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Op-ed: Where Coming Out Is Dangerous

Op-ed: Where Coming Out Is Dangerous

This National Coming Out Day on Saturday, celebrate your identity, but also remember the LGBTs around the world who must still hide behind the closet door.

Kenyan Trans Woman Wins Recognition in Landmark Victory

Kenyan Trans Woman Wins Landmark Victory

Audrey Mbugua's high-profile lawsuits have not only won her the right to change her school records: They've drawn national attention to the push for transgender equality.

PHOTOS: Antigay Wing Won't Give Up in France, Hosts Huge Rally

PHOTOS: Antigay Wing Won't Give Up in France, Hosts Huge Rally

Ultra-rightists in France are crying vive la difference over parental rights for straight versus same-sex couples.

Gay U.K. Partners Denied Housing for Not Being a 'Regular Couple'

Gay U.K. Partners Denied Housing for Not Being a 'Regular Couple'

Olympian Greg Rutherford tweeted his disgust after a gay friend encountered housing discrimination.

100 Lashes: New Law Reveals Indonesia's Split Personality on LGBT Rights

100 Lashes: Indonesia Punishes Violaters of Sharia Law

Aceh province in the world's largest Muslim-majority country has a new law that calls for 100 lashes for same-sex activity.

Study Puts 'Beginning of HIV/AIDS' in 1920s Africa, Dispels Myths

Study Puts 'Beginning of HIV/AIDS' in 1920s Africa, Dispels Myths

A landmark new study finds that HIV actually emerged in Congo in the 1920s. Check out three debunked HIV-origin theories of the past.

Live Grindr Conversations Put on Display — for Art

Live Grindr Conversations Put on Display — for Art

Identities are obscured in the outdoor art installation, but critics are still angry.

PHOTOS: Kazakh Poster Is Latest of 6 Same-Sex Kisses That Created a Stir

PHOTOS: 6 Kisses That Created a Stir

A poster depicting a fictional gay kiss between a 19th century composer and a beloved Russian poet has Kazakhstan up in arms, and filing lawsuits.

In Russia, Judas Priest's Gay Lead Singer Told to Tone It Down

In Russia, Judas Priest's Gay Frontman Told to Tone It Down 

Performers in Russia have repeatedly been faced with threats for speaking in favor of LGBT equality.

WATCH: Carmen Carrera and Geena Rocero Want You to Be 'Gender Proud'

WATCH: Carmen Carrera Wants You to Be 'Gender Proud'

A new PSA draws attention to a truly global issue: strict requirements for updating one's legal identification.

5 Times the U.N. Resolved, Then Failed, to End Homophobia Worldwide

5 Times the U.N. Resolved, Then Failed, to End Homophobia

As the United Nations Human Rights Council last week passed another resolution condemning discrimination against LGBT people, it's time to ask whether past efforts have made a difference.

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