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Ahead of Next Year’s Expected Vote, Vast Majority of Irish Support Marriage Equality
August 24 2014 2:37 PM ET

Could Ireland Have Marriage Equality Next Year?

Thom Senzee

Ireland has come a long way toward LGBT equality, and could embrace marriage equality early next year, according to a new poll by the Sunday Times.

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides
August 22 2014 5:48 PM ET

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides

Thom Senzee

Because one bride identifies as androgyne, Russian authorities were forced to let the couple marry or recognize her nonbinary gender and forbid the marriage.

With Queen's Decree, Alan Turing Is Now Officially Pardoned
August 22 2014 2:06 PM ET

With Queen's Decree, Gay Hero Is Now Officially Pardoned

Thom Senzee

Following a lengthy process, Alan Turing, the scientist who broke the Nazi's Enigma code machine during World War II, was formally pardoned by the British monarch Tuesday.

Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus for Promoting Lesbian Sex
August 22 2014 1:25 PM ET

Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Over Lesbian Sex

Jase Peeples

Miley Cyrus is twerking hard for the money, but the Dominican Republic government isn’t having it.

Top Filipino Singer-Actor Comes Out as a Transgender Man
August 20 2014 3:10 PM ET

Top Filipino Singer-Actor Comes Out as a Transgender Man

Mitch Kellaway

Aiza Seguerra recently became the most prominent out trans man in the Philippines.

WATCH: Step Into an Illegal Gay Wedding in Uganda
August 19 2014 5:01 PM ET

WATCH: Step Into an Illegal Gay Wedding in Uganda

Thom Senzee

Before Uganda's draconian antigay law was overturned earlier this month, a brave same-sex couple wed in a covert ceremony near Kampala.

Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony, But Not For Antigay Attacks
August 19 2014 1:59 PM ET

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony

Thom Senzee

Notorious Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was sentenced to five years in a penal colony, but prosecutors didn't even mention his well-documented violent attacks on men presumed to be gay.

40 Under 40: Filmmaker Fan Popo Screens Hope for LGBTs in China
August 19 2014 6:00 AM ET

Filmmaker Fan Popo Screens Hope for LGBTs in China

Daniel Reynolds

The Fighters: Meet Fan Popo, an activist filmmaker and director of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, an underground film event that is pushing for LGBT equality in China.

40 Under 40: Omar Sharif Jr. Carries Weight of the World With Substance, Dignity
August 19 2014 5:00 AM ET

Omar Sharif Jr. Carries Weight of Arab World

Thom Senzee

The Fighters: Grandson of two famous actors, Omar Sharif Jr. follows in their footsteps on screen, but also works to improve lives of LGBT people in the Arab world.

40 Under 40: JoCasta Zamarripa and Carlos Menchaca Make Immigration a Local Issue
August 19 2014 4:00 AM ET

JoCasta Zamarripa and Carlos Menchaca Make Immigration Local

Trudy Ring

The Fighters: Two out lawmakers know that ignoring immigration reform would greatly harm LGBT citizens and noncitizens alike.

Thai Government Stops Same-Sex Couple at Border With Surrogate Baby
August 18 2014 5:18 PM ET

Thai Gov't Stops Same-Sex Couple at Border With Surrogate Baby

Mitch Kellaway

In the wake of two highly publicized scandals, the Thai government has banned commercial surrogacy and blocked foreign couples with surrogate children from leaving the country indefinitely.

Four Questions Reveal Horrifying Situation for LGBTs in Kenyan Refugee Camps
August 16 2014 12:00 PM ET

How to Help Mitigate LGBT Refugee Horrors in Kenyan Camps

Thom Senzee

Kuchu Diaspora Alliance founder Victor Mukasa needs help housing, providing health care for, and protecting Ugandan LGBT refugees in Kenya.

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