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WATCH: Lesbian's Muslim Dad is Inspiring Example of Love, Acceptance
November 29 2014 6:39 PM ET

WATCH: Muslim Dad Shows Example of Love, Acceptance

Thom Senzee

A new video challenges the idea that Islam and tolerance are incompatible. It's the latest in a string of recent international headlines about Muslim acceptance of LGBT people.

167 Indian Trans Women 'Arbitrarily' Jailed, Protestors Demand Justice
November 28 2014 1:31 PM ET

167 Indian Trans Women 'Arbitrarily' Jailed

Mitch Kellaway

The day after Bangalore's pride parade, 167 hijra were detained under an anti-begging law in a move advocates consider a targeted assault against the women's gender identities.

Marriage Equality Comes to Finland
November 28 2014 12:42 PM ET November 28 2014 2:22 PM ET

Marriage Equality Comes to Finland

Sunnivie Brydum

In a vote of 105 — 92, Finland’s parliament granted equal marriage rights to same-sex couples Friday.

U.S. Issues First Response to Gambia's New 'Jail-the-Gays' Law
November 27 2014 11:00 AM ET

U.S. Issues First Response to Gambia's New 'Jail-the-Gays' Law

Thom Senzee

The State Department says it's "disappointed" in President Jammeh.

Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays — Again
November 26 2014 6:58 PM ET

Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays

Thom Senzee

Recalling a promise made by another parliamentarian in 2012, a Ugandan legislator says the nation will get a new 'jail the gays' act just in time for Christmas.

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.

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