gay rights

Most Croats would accept a gay doctor, but stereotypes worry experts

More than 90% of Croatians would accept a gay person as their general practitioner but experts are concerned about 7-9% of people having a negative attitude to homosexuals due to unyielding stereotypes and instilled discriminatory behaviour that are difficult to change, shows a study published in the Croatian journal Collegium Antropologicum.

Malta becomes first country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta's human rights commission on Tuesday hailed parliament's decision to ban gay conversion therapy, the first country in the world to do so.

Thousands urge Taiwan lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage rights

More than 10,000 people rallied outside Taiwan's parliament Monday to demand quick legislative action that would clear the way for Taiwan to become the first Asian nation to recognize same-sex marriage.

Mexican parliament rejects nationwide legalization of gay marriage

The Mexican parliament has rejected Wednesday a government initiative to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

Tens of thousands march to support gay rights bill in Taiwan

Over 80,000 supporters of gay rights and marriage equality marched in the 14th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride rally in Taipei City on Saturday afternoon in support of a marriage equality bill that could make Taiwan the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Poll: Most fans would support gay players at clubs

The majority of football fans in Britain would have no issues with their club signing a gay player, according to a BBC Radio 5 live survey published Wednesday.

Northern Ireland Christian bakers lose appeal in row over "gay cake"

A Northern Irish bakery lost its appeal against a court ruling that said it discriminated against a gay man by refusing to bake a cake supporting same-sex marriage, the Press Association reported Monday.

Singapore Speakers' Corner rules seen as threat to popular LGBT rally

Foreign entities including companies and non-governmental organizations will have to apply for a permit to fund or support activities at Singapore's Speakers' Corner, a move seen as an attempt to cull support for annual gay rally Pink Dot.

Protest in Paris against same-sex marriage draws thousands

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Paris on Sunday against same-sex marriange.

Indonesian police arrest gay couple over amorous Facebook photos

Two men were arrested in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province after one of them posted photos on Facebook showing them kissing in bed, police said Thursday. 

Pope says he invited transsexual to Vatican, urges mercy towards gays

Pope Francis said Sunday he has made outreach gestures towards gays throughout his career within the Catholic clergy and even invited a transsexual for a private chat at the Vatican.

Indonesia seeks to block gay dating apps

Indonesia is seeking to block gay-friendly mobile applications, an official said Friday, adding to a series of measures targeting sexual and gender minorities in the country.

Planned popular vote on gay marriage ignites debate in Australia

The Australian government has proposed a date for a compulsory plebiscite on same-sex marriage, as concerns over expense and funding fuel opposition to the plan.

Tens of thousands protest against gay marriage in Mexico

Ten of thousands of people across Mexico have Saturday taken part in protests against a government plan to legalize same-sex marriage.

Legislator blasts US over comments on Indonesia's treatment of gays

An Indonesian lawmaker has warned the United States against meddling in his country's affairs after Washington criticized Jakarta's treatment of sexual and gender minorities, a report said Saturday.

Human Rights Watch: Gay rights under attack in Indonesia

Sexual minorities are under attack in Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo's silence has raised questions about his stated commitment to diversity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Italy celebrates first gay unions as landmark reform comes into force

Civil unions between two homosexual couples were celebrated in Milan on Friday, in one of the first applications of a landmark reform on gay rights approved by the Italian parliament almost three months ago.

Thousands march in Jerusalem pride parade under peak security

Thousands marched Thursday in Jerusalem's annual gay parade amid unprecedented security following the fatal stabbing of an Israeli teen at last year's event.

UN to appoint gay rights observer despite Muslim states' opposition

The UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday to appoint a UN observer on discrimination against homosexual and transgender people, despite efforts by China, Russia and several Muslim countries to block the measure.

Catholics should be able to boycott gay marriages, pope says

Public officials who are Catholic should not be obliged to celebrate gay marriages or civil unions, Pope Francis said Tuesday, his first public remarks on the issue since same-sex partnerships were legalized in Italy last week.

Italy's parliament approves gay unions bill in historic vote

Italy's lower assembly granted Wednesday final parliamentary approval to a landmark bill that is due to end the country's status as the last Western European nation not allowing gay unions.

Italy set for "historic step," leader of gay rights group says

The gay unions bill on the brink of parliamentary approval in Rome stops short of legalizing same-sex marriage, but is still a major breakthrough for homosexuals, says Arcigay, Italy's main lobby for gay rights.

Italian parliament expected to approve landmark gay unions bill

The Italian parliament was expected Wednesday to give its final seal of approval on a landmark bill which is set to end Italy's status as the last Western European nation not allowing gay unions.