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Uganda president to sign anti-gay bill into law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign into law Monday a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, despite international pressure, a government spokesman said. The Ugandan anti-gay bill cruised through parliament in December after its architects agreed to drop an extremely controversial death penalty clause, although the bill still says that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays.

Men, women represented equally among gay characters on US TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The total number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters remains steady on U.S. television for a second year, but is represented more equally between males and females, gay rights group GLAAD said on Friday. There will be 112 LGBT characters in regular or recurring roles on scripted television shows across the United States in 2013-2014, and half are played by women, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said, adding that it indicates networks are making more effort to diversify storylines.

Russia passes bill against 'gay propaganda'

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a law introducing stiff fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual "propaganda" to minors, a measure critics fear will be used to justify the repression of gays amid rising homophobia. The State Duma or lower house of parliament approved the controversial measure by 436 votes to zero with one abstention, clearing the way for its expected passage by the upper house of and signature by President Vladimir Putin. zak/as/txw

France's Hollande blasts 'homophobic' violence

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hit out at "homophobic" acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar. Interior Minister Manuel Valls asked protest organisers to throw out members of far-right organisations who have been involved in the violence, as opposition intensifies ahead of the bill's expected final approval. There were even scuffles inside parliament itself.

France's Hollande blasts 'homophobic' violence

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hit out at "homophobic" acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar. The interior minister asked protest organisers to throw out members of far-right organisations who have been involved in the violence, as opposition intensifies ahead of the bill's expected final approval. "Homophobic acts, violent acts have been committed. The right to protest is recognised by our constitution and accepted by the French. But no protest must degenerate," Hollande said.

French government says anti-gay marriage violence must stop

By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's government called on Thursday for an end to violent protests against a same-sex marriage bill being debated in parliament, warning those behind a rise in homophobic assaults would be punished. Hollande's initiative to allow same-sex couples to tie the knot - the most significant social reform undertaken since France banned the death penalty in 1981 - has split the nation and sparked huge protests both for and against the law.

Romania anti-gay activists stop show

Several dozen Romanian activists halted a show organized by a group defending the rights of homosexuals, triggering a sharp rebuke from the anti-discrimination body Thursday. Brandishing Romanian flags, the anti-gay protesters booed and sang the national anthem and religious songs as the movie "The Kids Are All Right", telling the story of two moms living together, was about to start, witnesses said. The policemen present in the hall did not intervene, so the screening was stopped, Irina Nita, head of the Accept rights group, told Mediafax news agency.

Most Americans say Boy Scouts should drop gay ban -poll

Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America has delayed its vote until May but a national poll released on Wednesday showed the public has made up its mind, saying the youth group's ban on gay members must end. By a margin of 55 percent to 33 percent, respondents to the telephone poll by Quinnipiac University said the century-old youth organization should drop its policy against openly gay members.

Adam Lambert, 'Smash,' 'Wallflower' among GLAAD award nominees

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which monitors media depiction of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people, announced more than 150 nominees for its 24th annual awards in categories ranging from film and theater to journalism and music.
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