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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Voters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island's reputation as a rights trailblazer.

Costa Rica center-left easily wins presidency in vote fought on gay rights

Carlos Alvarado Quesada will be the youngest president in the modern history of the Central American country.

Oscars so scandalous: leading movies hit with backlash

This year's contenders have been plagued by accusations of plagiarism, sexual misconduct, and criticism from gay and African-American communities.
February 27, 2018 | 08:06 am GMT+7

Gay Western couple win Thai surrogacy battle for baby Carmen

A gay couple from the United States won an appeal on Tuesday for parental rights over a baby born through a Thai surrogate mother in a high-profile case that came to light before Thailand banned commercial surrogacy last year.
April 26, 2016 | 04:02 pm GMT+7

Suspected Islamists kill Bangladeshi gay activist working for US embassy

Suspected Islamist militants hacked to death a leading Bangladeshi gay rights activist employed by the U.S. embassy and a friend in an apartment in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, police said.The killings took place two days after a university professor was slain in similar fashion on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State.Five or six assailants went to the apartment of Xulhaz Mannan, 35, an editor of Rupban, Bangladesh's first magazine for gay, bisexual and transgender people, and attacked him and a friend with sharp weapons, Dhaka city police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sordar said.They entered the apartment disguised as couriers, he said, quoting witnesses.The assailants also wounded a security guard. Witnesses said the attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest)" as they fled the scene.Mannan was employed by the U.S. embassy, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Depertment in Washington said.State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States was "outraged" by the "barbaric attack." He called Mannan, "a beloved member of our embassy family and a courageous advocate for LGBTI rights - human rights, actually.""LGBTI" stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex.A spokesman for the White House's National Security Council, Ned Price, said the United States strongly urged the Bangladeshi government to ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice.Other attacks took place in the country on Monday, but it was not immediately clear whether those assaults were carried out by Islamist militants.Two men on a motorcycle shot dead a former prison guard in front of Kashimpur jail, on the outskirts of Dhaka, said Khandakar Rezaul Hasan, chief of the local police station.A teacher was hacked to death in the southwestern district of Kustia, police said.The M
April 26, 2016 | 09:06 am GMT+7
 
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