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Australia to keep religious ‘freedom’ protections

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reportedly given her word to religious groups that they will have the “freedom” under a new rights bill to discriminate against gay people and other people deemed sinners.

Italy’s PM: Gay marriage up to Parliament

Italian Premier Mario Monti, who is being backed by the Vatican in his bid for re-election, says gay-rights issues, including gay marriage, should be decided by Parliament, not his government, if he wins.

Uganda’s antigay bill advances

Uganda’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill was approved by a parliamentary committee Nov.

Transgender woman first to win office in Cuba

A woman elected as a local government delegate has become the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba.

Parental rights to be extended for LGBT families in the Netherlands The government in the Netherlands is looking to change the law to take into account its 25,000 LGBT families, and issues faced by stepparents or sperm donors.

Russian antigay law was “about pedophilia”

A press spokesperson for the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Kozak has said his recent comments calling for a national law similar to the one being proposed in St.

India celebrates second annual Pride

Two of India’s largest cities held Pride events Nov.

Australia’s Mardi Gras re-brand draws ire

Some of Mardi Gras’ biggest long-time supporters are incensed that Sydney Mardi Gras’ new name and look doesn’t include the words “gay” or “lesbian.

Australian PM to allow vote on gay marriage

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed she will allow Labor MPs a free vote on gay marriage, but it is not believed the bill will succeed.

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