Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Jul 16, 2017

Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Chechnya's strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that the Russian republic has tortured and killed gay men, denying that there are even any homosexual men in his region. Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring ...

Jul 1, 2017

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

China issued new regulations on Friday for online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese internet. Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are ...

Germany passes same-sex marriage law

/ Jun 30, 2017

Germany passes same-sex marriage law

Germany legalized same-sex marriage on Friday, joining many other Western democracies in granting gay couples full rights, including adoption. The election-year bill was pushed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's leftist rivals, who pounced on a U-turn she made Monday — a maneuver that left many of ...

/ Jun 25, 2017

Pakistan issues first transgender passport

Pakistan has issued its first third-gender passport to a transgender activist, who hailed the move as a step forward for the marginalized community in the deeply conservative South Asian country. Farzana Riaz, a transgender in the northwestern city of Peshawar, said the new passport would ...