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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.'

Irish Trans Woman Settles Decades-Long Gender Recognition Battle
November 03 2014 4:38 PM ET

Irish Trans Woman's Gender Recognition Battle Finally Ends

Mitch Kellaway

Dr. Lydia Foy received a game-changing settlement from the Irish government after the High Court found that her human rights have been violated for over 20 years.

WATCH: Sodomy Charges Dismissed as Activists Say Ugandans Not Really Homophobic
November 02 2014 5:06 PM ET

WATCH: Activists Say Ugandans Aren't Truly Homophobic

Thom Senzee

Two Ugandan LGBT rights advocates, one whose criminal charges for sodomy were just dismissed, say their fellow Ugandans can become more accepting.

Egypt: Men in ‘Gay Wedding’ Video Will Spend 3 Years in Prison
November 01 2014 2:18 PM ET

Egypt: Men in ‘Gay Wedding’ Will Spend 3 Years in Prison

Sunnivie Brydum

The men, who previously ‘tested negative’ for homosexuality, have been sentenced to three years in jail for ‘spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery.’

Indian Woman Uses Spycam to Have Husband Arrested for Gay Sex
October 31 2014 5:52 PM ET

Indian Woman's Spying Gets Husband Arrested for Gay Sex

Thom Senzee

A 32-year-old Indian man was arrested for homosexuality, despite judicial assurances that reinstatement of a Colonial-era antigay law wouldn't cause arrests.

WATCH: Is Canadian Transgender Surgical Care Really Accessible?
October 31 2014 1:59 PM ET

WATCH: Is Canadian Gender-Affirming Surgery Really Accessible?

Mitch Kellaway

Trans residents of British Columbia are rallying this weekend to draw attention to their province's years-long wait lists for state-covered gender-affirming surgeries.

WATCH: Meet the Gay Couple Who Challenged Singapore's Sodomy Ban
October 31 2014 3:00 AM ET

Meet the Couple Who Challenged Singapore's Sodomy Ban

Thom Senzee

In a prosperous, West-leaning land of contradictions and paradoxes, Singapore's Supreme Court just let an archaic antigay sodomy law stand.

Russian Pol Calls for Lifetime Ban on Tim Cook
October 30 2014 1:02 PM ET

Russian Pol Calls for Lifetime Ban on Tim Cook

Daniel Reynolds

The writer of the original 'gay propaganda' law says the newly out CEO could present a health threat to Russia.

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