homosexuality

Anti-gay bill "inspired by American pastors"

The Ugandan parliament is currently discussing legislation about how best to "fight homosexuality". The bill in question will see all homosexuals jailed, along with those who refuse to out them. According to one Ugandan pastor, the project was strongly influenced by religious extremists from the US. Read more...

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A far from Catholic calendar

A Madrilenian LGBT group has just published what it describes a "non-religious" calendar. Quite. The images enclosed have caused something of a controversy in Spain, where 79% of the population consider themselves Catholic. Read more...

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Time Out upsets both Muslim and LGBT communities

A cover from Israel's Time Out magazine, showcased at last week's Gay Pride parade, has caused quite a scandal. The image is a photograph, taken from behind, of Muslims kneeling to pray, along with the title "You see here a threat, we see here an opportunity" (we decided not to publish it, you can see it here). Have they gone a step too far? Read more...

Gay teenagers, hold your tongue

Eight thousand schools in the US held a national "day of silence" on Friday. The unspoken message: stop the bullying of gay and lesbian pupils. One of the participants tells us why there's need for protest. Read more...

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Morocco’s gays come out of the shadows

Going against the advice of the authorities, a Moroccan association is organising a conference on homosexuality in Marrakesh. Read more...

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Being gay no longer a 'mental illness'

Gay and lesbian activists from Beijing got together on Valentines Day for a mass pretend wedding. The police didn't disturb the festivities - a sign that Chinese society, however conservative, is beginning to tolerate its gay community. Read more and see the wedding photos...

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Gay marriage outlawed anew in California. Are Mormons to blame?

Since same-sex marriage was banned in California last Tuesday, gay activists have rallied against the vote with daily protests, blaming the Mormon Church for swaying the electorate with a cash-crammed campaign. One blogger is calling for a "boycott of the State of Utah" and all business owners who donated to the cause. Read more...

Could a French policy lead to a ban on gay marriage in California?

A group of Californian campaigners is using France as a model society on the evolution of the family. Their aim: to get gay marriage banned in a referendum on Tuesday, US election day. And yet, it seems that they misinterpreted the findings of a French report. Read more and watch the campaign clips...

UPDATE (6 Nov. 08 10am): Proposition 8 was passed after 52% of voters supported the ban on same-sex message. As a result, over a thousand gay-rights activists demonstrated in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Anti-gay ad?

UPDATE (30 July 08 - 4.30pm): Mars has announced the advert has been withdrawn from British television. Until now it has only been shown on UK TV and not broadcast in the US except for at the Superbowl. The UK's Advertising Standards Authority only received two complaints about it, but the ad was pulled anyway because of controversy in the US.

One of our Observers in Washington, blogger John Aravosis has alerted us to a seemingly homophobic advert from chocolate bar brand Snickers. This is the second time in 18 months that Snickers, who was forced to withdraw a gay-offensive ad last February, has faced criticism for homophobic advertising. Read more and see the ad...

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"I find gay marriage bizarre"

On 16 June California became the second American state to give the green light to gay marriage. We asked our Observers, from China to Ghana, if there's a chance of seeing the same thing happen in their own countries. Read more...

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