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UN conference provokes heated gay rights debate

INTERNATIONAL | By Edith M. Lederer | Sunday Apr 20, 2014
Many countries at this week’s U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

A newly wed couple rest on the Pont des Arts in Paris, Wednesday April 16, 2014

Paris... City of Love, or City of Locks?

INTERNATIONAL | By Jamey Keaten | Apr 20
Concerns about scenery are clashing with sentimentality in this reputed City of Love over a profusion of padlocks hitched by lovers on bridges as symbols of everlasting "amour" - locks that some decry as an eyesore.

Norwegian Plumber Sentenced for Stabbing Coworker 10 Times for Gay Jokes

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 19
A plumber from Norway has been sentenced to time in a mental care facility, in lieu of jail, after he stabbed a coworker ten times for making jokes about him, implying the plumber is gay.

UK KFC Apologizes for Allegedly Booting Lesbian Couple for Kissing

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 18
A lesbian couple were allegedly kicked out of a KFC in Bath, England, after other customers complained about the women’s "heavy petting."

Moska drink

Australia Bans Energy Drink that Causes Erections

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 18
Australian health officials banned an energy drink, which calls itself "natural," after it was discovered that it contains a prescription drug used for erectile dysfunction at levels above the recommended dosage.

Secretary of State John Kerry

US Decries Anti-Semitic Leaflets in Ukraine

INTERNATIONAL | By Matthew Lee | Apr 18
The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences.

Iulian Capsali

Romanian Millionaire Priest Running for Euro Parliament on Anti-Gay Platform

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Apr 17
Iulian Capsali, a former U.S. lawyer turned Romanian Orthodox priest worn €1.6 m has gathered over 120,000 signatures to be registered as an independent candidate for a Member of European Parliament to represent "traditional family values."

Gay rights groups are protesting Namibia’s refusal to grant asylum to Ugandans

No Refugee Status for Gay Ugandans, Says Namibia

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 17
Namibia’s Commissioner for Refugees Nkrumah Mushelenga said that gay and lesbian Ugandans will never be granted refugee status in his country.

Edward Snowden, displayed on television screens.

Snowden Questions Putin on Surveillance Policies

INTERNATIONAL | By Laura Mills | Apr 17
Several hours into Vladimir Putin’s televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers’ questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Gay British Man Says He’s a Kardashianphobe

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 17
A lot of people really, really, dislike Kim Kardashian, but a gay British man has raised the bar to a new level.

Peter LaBarbera

Bill and Pete’s Not So Excellent Adventure: Hate Group Leader Back on American Soil

INTERNATIONAL | By EDGE | Apr 17
After a whirlwind tour of Saskatchewan that started with a prolonged detention at the Canadian border and ended in a jail cell, anti-gay hate group leader Peter LaBarbera, is back on American soil looking for cash to pay his legal bills.