Countries use registration laws to hinder LGBTI advocacy

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Russian LGBT Sports Federation President Alexander Agapov holds a rainbow flag during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. Russia is among the countries that use registration laws to hinder LGBTI advocacy efforts. (Photo courtesy Agapov)

A new report indicates governments around the world are using registration laws to target LGBTI advocacy groups.

The report, which OutRight Action International released on Tuesday, indicates 28 percent of the 194 countries surveyed have LGBTI groups that “cannot legally register as LGBTIQ organizations.”

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2 teen girls in Morocco acquitted of homosexuality charges

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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) – A Moroccan judge has acquitted two teenage girls put on trial for homosexuality, charges that angered LGBTQ rights groups who have long argued that same-sex relationships should not be a crime.

The girls, ages 16 and 17, had faced up to three years in prison according to a law forbidding “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” One of their mothers reported the two to police in October.

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French court allows marriage between French, Moroccan men

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Paris (AP) – France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013 but a 1981 agreement between France and Morocco says marriages between French and Moroccans are subject to the law of their respective countries.

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Morocco’s transgender dancer courts acceptance

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CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) – It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.

Then a car pulled up and out stepped Noor Talbi, Morocco’s most famous belly dancer. The photographers went wild. Darling of the jet set and a fixture for any society party or hotel opening, Noor’s statuesque six feet frame was clothed in a spangled, off-the-shoulder ballgown slit up the side to reveal her long legs.

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