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Saskatchewan reviews human rights code on sex discrimination against renters

REGINA - Saskatchewan's justice minister is reviewing part of the province's Human Rights Code that allows some landlords to turn away renters because of their sexual orientation. Gord Wyant says he has concerns as to whether the decades-old section of the code is still valid. The code allows landlords to reject certain renters if an owner or owner's family is living on one side of a two-unit building. For example, if an owner lives in one side of a duplex, he or she can turn away a tenant for the other unit based on sex or sexual orientation.

Same-sex marriages expected to boost travel, hospitality industries

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Growing acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers, experts say.7

Top American football prospect announces he's gay

A university American football star, Michael Sam, publicly revealed that he is gay, placing him in the unprecedented position of likely becoming the first openly homosexual player drafted by an NFL team. In interviews on Sunday with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and The New York Times, Sam said he was going public with information that was already known to his teammates and coaches at the University of Missouri. "I am an openly, proud gay man," Sam, a 24-year-old defensive lineman who was the Southeast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, told ESPN.

Google makes colorful statement about Russian anti-gay law with Winter Games-themed 'Doodle'

SAN FRANCISCO - With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating against a rainbow-colored backdrop.

New gay rights party to stand in S. African elections

A new party that will defend gays and lesbians against violence and persecution will stand in South Africa's elections this year, its spokesman said Saturday. "We need a voice in parliament to protect women from being raped because people want to cure them from being lesbians," Michael Herbst of the Equal Rights Party told AFP. "We need someone in parliament when boys are bullied at school because they are thought to be gay," said the retired professor of health studies at the University of South Africa.

Chinese come out against sexuality change therapy

A wire connected to his genitals, a Chinese man says doctors administered repeated electric shocks as he watched a pornographic film -- part of treatment he hoped would eliminate his sexual attraction to men. "I thought I'd try and see if there was a chance I could become a normal person," said the 25-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his surname Zhang. "I didn't want to cause my family trouble, or disappoint them."

Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality a 'defect'

Pope Francis' newly chosen Spanish cardinal, 84-year-old Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, came under harsh criticism Monday for describing homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment. "A lot of people complain and don't tolerate it but with all respect I say that homosexuality is a defective way of manifesting sexuality, because that has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation," Sebastian told the Malaga newspaper Sur.

Ugandan lesbian refugee faces deportation from S. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) -- A Ugandan lesbian refugee faces possible deportation from South Korea after losing her case at a local appeals court, court officials said Monday. The Seoul High Court overturned a lower court's decision to grant the 28-year-old woman a refugee status, citing a lack of evidence backing up her claim of credible fear of persecution in her native country on the basis of her sexual orientation, according to the officials.

Uganda leader wants law against 'abnormal' gays shelved

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - The Ugandan president has said he wants an anti-gay bill shelved for further study but described gays as abnormal and said some lesbians may be victims of "sexual starvation", according to a letter he sent to the speaker of parliament. Uganda's parliament passed a law on December 20 that makes some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison and sent it to President Yoweri Museveni for signing. Under law, he has 30 days to sign a bill or return it to be amended or scrapped.

Laws on homosexuality in African nations

Many African countries, with the notable exception of South Africa, have laws that ban or repress homosexuality. According to a report by rights group Amnesty International in June, homosexuality was illegal in 38 out of 54 countries in the region, and punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia. Following are some of the countries which have adopted repressive laws against homosexuals:
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