War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

World / Social Issues Jun 24, 2019

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kiev's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday, the biggest-ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine. The participants, waving rainbow and Ukrainian flags and sporting colorful costumes, marched through the center of ...

Brazil's top court makes homophobia a crime

World / Social Issues Jun 14, 2019

Brazil's top court makes homophobia a crime

Brazil's top court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes in a ruling that comes amid fears the country's far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme Federal ...

U.S. considers more options for detaining transgender migrants

World / Social Issues Jun 14, 2019

U.S. considers more options for detaining transgender migrants

About 300 migrants who identify as transgender have been booked into the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since Oct. 1, marking the highest number since officials began keeping track in 2015. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering opening a second permanent facility where transgender ...

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

World / Social Issues Jun 13, 2019

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Ecuador's highest court on Wednesday approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in the traditionally Catholic and conservative South American country. The Constitutional Court said same-sex marriage had been approved in a five-to-four vote of its nine judges in a closed hearing. Ecuador, where the church ...

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case

World / Crime & Legal Jun 11, 2019

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case

Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday in a landmark case for Africa when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code punishing same-sex relations with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom ...