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South Africa's traditional leaders want gay rights constitution clause changed

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Traditional leaders in South Africa have appealed to lawmakers to remove a clause in the country's constitution that protects gays and lesbians against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Daniel Zamudio: Neo-Nazi killing of gay man prompts UN to urge Chile to toughen laws (VIDEO)

Daniel Zamudio, 24, was savagely beaten on March 3 by four neo-Nazi suspects. He died after 25 days of induced coma from "surgical trauma."

Karen Atala: Lesbian judge wins landmark custody case in Chile

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a judicial entity of the Organization of American States, ruled that Chile must pay $50,000 in damages to Atala, in addition to $12,000 in court costs. Atala herself will also receive $20,000 for her suffering as a result of the experience, and $10,000 for medical and psychological expenses. Her children will each receive $10,000 for "intangible damages."

Nobel peace prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defends law criminalizing homosexuality (VIDEO)

Liberian president and Nobel peace prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defended a law criminalizing homosexuality in her country, while former UK prime minister Tony Blair dodged the issue altogether.

Russia: Saint Petersburg becomes 4th city to ban 'gay propaganda'

The law allows authorities to fine individuals up to 5,000 rubles ($170) and companies up to 500,000 rubles ($17,000) for "the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors."

LGBT rights window closing in Egypt

CAIRO — A year into the revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s LGBT community has stepped back out of the public eye, their high hopes for a more open, accepting society put on hold as the ruling military continues to govern and socially liberal revolutionaries have largely failed to secure positions in the legislature.

Tyler Clementi suicide: Trial of his roommate Dharun Ravi began today

Questions linger about what drove Clementi to commit suicide. His roommate had filmed him kissing another man before his death.

State Department makes sea change on LGBT rights

A few months into her tenure, Clinton for the first time extended a host of services and benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of foreign service employees stationed around the world.
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