European court: Russia’s ban on LGBT rallies violates rights

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PARIS (AP) | The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Nov. 27, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to introduce “systemic measures” to remedy the breaches to the European Convention of Human Rights that the Russian Federation became a signatory to in 1996.

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Autopsy: Trans Honduran woman who died in ICE custody was beaten

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The Transgender Law Center on Nov. 26 released the results of an autopsy that shows a transgender Honduran woman with HIV was beaten before she died while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

Roxsana Hernández, who was from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, was among a group of trans women who were part of a 300-person caravan that traveled to the U.S. border earlier this year.

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Gay man sentenced for deliberately spreading HIV

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EDINBURGH, Scotland | A Scottish hairdresser whom police said deliberately tried to infect 10 men with HIV has been jailed for at least 12 years, The Scotsman reports.

Daryll Rowe became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus after meeting men on Grindr. Branded “grotesque” and a “sociopath” by his victims, the 27-year-old was convicted this month of 10 charges: five of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so, The Scotsman reports.

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Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendum

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ABOVE: A referendum on whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Taiwan failed on Nov. 24. Photo courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association

A referendum on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights in Taiwan failed Nov. 24.

Voters by a 67-33 percent margin rejected a question on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights through Taiwan’s civil code. Voters by a 66-34 percent margin rejected a question on whether the island’s Gender Equity Act should include LGBTI-inclusive school curricula.

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Costa Rica lawmakers ordered to legalize same-sex marriage

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The Costa Rica Supreme Court on Nov. 14 formally released its ruling that says lawmakers have 18 months to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“Acts of open discrimination, whether they are expressed or implied, cannot be justified in any way in a democratic society that respects fundamental rights,” reads the ruling.

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SAGE opens Puerto Rico chapter

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An organization that advocates on behalf of LGBT seniors has opened a chapter in Puerto Rico.

SAGE CEO Michael Adams is among those who attended the ceremony in San Juan on Oct. 24 that marked the official establishment of SAGE Puerto Rico. Wilfred Labiosa and Grissel Bonilla, co-founder of Waves Ahead, a group that is helping LGBT Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria that devastated the U.S. commonwealth on Sept. 20, 2017, also attended the event.

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Taiwan marriage activists receive support from Evan Wolfson, HRC

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The founder of Freedom to Marry and two of his former colleagues are working with same-sex marriage activists in Taiwan ahead of next month’s referendum on the issue.

Evan Wolfson, Cameron Tolle and Thalia Zepatos are working with the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, an organization that is campaigning in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on the island.

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Jair Bolsonaro elected Brazil’s next president

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SÃO PAULO | Jair Bolsonaro will become Brazil’s next president after he won the second round of the country’s presidential election on Oct 28.

Bolsonaro defeated former São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Workers’ Party by a 55.1-44.9 percent margin. Bolsonaro will take office on Jan. 1.

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Tens of thousands gather in Taiwan for Pride ahead of same-sex marriage decision

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) | Tens of thousands of people gathered in Taiwan’s capital Oct. 27 for the city’s annual gay pride parade ahead of referendums next month that will determine whether same-sex marriages will be recognized on the island.

In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in May 2017, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies. Authorities were given two years to either enact or amend relevant laws, failing which same-sex couples could have their marriages recognized by submitting a written document.

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Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) | Uruguay’s Congress has approved a law that guarantees rights to the South American country’s transgender community.

Lawmakers in the lower house voted in favor of the measure Oct. 18. It had already been approved by the Senate.

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Women tie the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage

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BERLIN (AP) | Two women have tied the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage, months after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled to legalize it.

Vienna’s city government said the wedding took place Oct. 12 at a registry office in the capital. Austrian media reported that the women who married at a private ceremony were one of the couples whose case prompted the court ruling in December.

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Central America gov’ts reiterate concern over Trump immigration policy

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The president of Honduras on Thursday reiterated his government’s concern over the separation of migrant children from their parents after they entered the U.S.

Juan Orlando Hernández in remarks that he gave at the State Department during the opening of the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America said his government has “a solution for the 119 Honduran children who have been separated from their parents here in the United States.”

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