International News

Harassment widespread in Europe

A European Union report released on March 31 showed that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals face widespread harassment, bullying and discrimination across Europe.

Life sentence in antigay slaying

A 20-year-old Liverpool man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an 18-year-old gay man who was brutally beaten and left in the street to die.

Israeli granted maternity leave

Israel’s National Insurance Institute authorized the country’s first-ever maternity leave for a male couple on March 12.

Sydney celebrates Mardi Gras

Revelers decked out in sequins, feathers, wigs and leather danced through the streets of Sydney last weekend to the cheers of more than 300,000 people at the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Gay couple granted asylum

A gay couple who fled Iran in 2005 to escape arrest and a possible death sentence for homosexuality have been given asylum in Canada.

Lawyers discuss LGBT rights

Gay-rights activists and lawyers from 11 countries recently met in South Africa for a four-day workshop on legal strategies for promoting LGBT rights in Africa.

Iceland swears in lesbian PM

Earlier this week, Iceland swore in its first openly gay head of government — as well as its first female leader — when the new Social Democratic Alliance chose Johanna Sigurdardottir to be prime minister.

Iceland may appoint lesbian PM

The fall of Iceland’s government could pave the way for the world’s first lesbian prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir.

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