Bangladesh police arrest suspect in gay activist’s killing

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested a suspected Muslim militant for his alleged involvement in the killing last month of a gay rights activist and his friend in the capital.

Police identified the suspect as Shariful Islam Shibab, a former member of a banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad who joined another militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, in mid-2015.

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Gay rights activist and magazine editor stabbed to death in extremist attack

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New Delhi (AP) – Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.

Police said they suspected radical Islamists in the attack, which occurred two days after a university professor was hacked to death. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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Watermark Year in Review: December 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Orlando Philharmonic executive director David Schillhammer takes a bow, exiting after 15 years. He made some big moves during his tenure, moving operations to the Plaza Live (they’re in the middle of renovating as we write this) and securing impressive new music director Eric Jacobson. We can’t wait to hear Schillhammer’s next release.

High five, Orlando and St. Petersburg! Both cities earned perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign annual Municipal Equality Index, which scores cities on LGBT inclusion and equality. Tampa did well, too, earning a solid 95 percent.

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Sex abuse case settlement denied for gay rights activist

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A judge isn’t letting Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean settle a teen sex abuse case out of court.

The Register-Guard reports 66-year-old Bean and his ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Kiah Lawson, have pleaded not guilty and are being tried Aug. 11 on felony sex abuse charges.

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Writer Larry Kramer turning 80 but “the fight’s never over”

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NEW YORK (AP) — He refuses to go quietly into that good night. Larry Kramer continues to rage.

The playwright and activist turns 80 June 25 and neither recent illness nor the glow of a new marriage has softened the urgency of his demands.

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Caribbean Court hears challenge of anti-gay laws in Belize, Trinidad and Tobago

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Kingston, Jamaica (AP) — A Caribbean court on March 18 heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed.

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican gay rights activist who is a legal adviser with New York-based AIDS-Free World, argues that obscure immigration rules barring entry to homosexuals in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize violate freedom of movement rights under a key Caribbean Community treaty.

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Cameroon gay rights activist tortured and killed

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A prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon was tortured and killed just weeks after issuing a public warning about the threat posed by “anti-gay thugs,” Human Rights Watch said.

Friends discovered the body of Eric Ohena Lembembe at his home in the capital, Yaounde, on Monday evening after he was unreachable for two days, the rights group said in a statement Tuesday.

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