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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.
Crimean Leader Promises Brutal Crackdown on LGBT Organizers
September 04 2014 1:28 PM ET

Crimean Strongman Gives LGBT Activists 3 Minutes to Go Straight

Thom Senzee

Crimea's thuggish new leader tells media LGBT people have no place in the former Ukrainian province, where a harsh crackdown is under way.

Op-ed: Countries That Criminalize Homosexuality Don't Just Hurt Adults
September 04 2014 7:15 AM ET

Op-ed: Countries That Criminalize Homosexuality Don't Just Hurt Adults

Abongwa Victor

The social stigma that antigay laws create trickle down to harming our children around the world.

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Backfires
September 03 2014 7:34 PM ET

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Conchita Wurst Backfires

Thom Senzee

If these two Russian politicians were hoping to drown out the Austrian drag queen's voice, they may want to check the volume on their bigotry. 

WATCH: Mexican Border State Approves Marriage Law
September 03 2014 2:23 PM ET

WATCH: Mexican Border State Approves Marriage Law

Thom Senzee

The Mexican state of Coahuila's legislature Monday voted 19-1 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

WATCH: Trans Refugee Finally Finds Safety in New Zealand
September 03 2014 2:06 PM ET

WATCH: Trans Refugee Finally Finds Safety in New Zealand

Mitch Kellaway

After months of being rejected for asylum because she had not undergone any gender-confirming surgeries, trans refugee Eliana Rubashkyn says she can finally live as herself in New Zealand.

Denmark Passes Groundbreaking Gender 'Self-Determination' Law
September 03 2014 12:56 PM ET

Denmark Passes Groundbreaking Gender 'Self-Determination' Law

Mitch Kellaway

This week, Denmark became the first country to allow a legal gender change without a medical statement — but advocates say the law isn't perfect.

Italian Lesbian Couple Win Right to Legally Adopt Daughter
September 02 2014 1:28 PM ET

Italian Lesbians Win Adoption Victory

Mitch Kellaway

Despite its refusal to support same-sex couples through marriage equality, an Italian court conceded that stable, loving parents, LGBT or not, may be in a child's best interests.

BREAKING: The WHO Might Finally Rule Homosexuality is Not a Mental Disorder
September 01 2014 9:48 AM ET

WHO Might Finally Rule Homosexuality Not a Mental Disorder

Diane Anderson-Minshall

After decades of keeping five mental health disorders classified as related to homosexuality, a panel of experts urges the international community to make swift changes.

BBC Personality's Affair Sparks Headlines in British Press
August 31 2014 2:26 PM ET

BBC Personality's Affair Sparks Headlines in British Press

Lucas Grindley

Paul Ross is taking time off from his role at BBC after the affair made headlines.

Jamaican Who Challenged Buggery Law Bullied Out of Supreme Court
August 30 2014 12:20 PM ET

Jamaican Who Challenged Buggery Law Bullied Out of Supreme Court

Thom Senzee

A man has withdrawn his Supreme Court case against Jamaica's antigay law out of fear for his safety.

Swiss Gay Fathers Granted Parental Recognition in Landmark Surrogacy Ruling
August 30 2014 9:01 AM ET

Gay Dads Recognized in Landmark Swiss Surrogacy Ruling

Mitch Kellaway

While surrogacy remains illegal in Switzerland, two gay fathers fought — and won — precedent-setting parental rights by crossing their homeland's borders.

13 Russian Kids Reunited with Families Blocked by Anti-LGBT Adoption Laws
August 30 2014 8:17 AM ET

13 Russian Kids Finally Reunite with Parents

Mitch Kellaway

With Russia still banning adoptions by couples from any country that supports equal marriage, 13 families finally found a closure that continues to elude thousands.

WATCH: Explaining U.K.-Scotland Relationship as Gay Romantic Comedy
August 29 2014 5:52 PM ET

WATCH: Explaining U.K.-Scotland Relationship as Gay Romantic Comedy

Thom Senzee

A British director envisions the ongoing debate over the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom as the relationship of a pair of bickering boyfriends. 

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