International News

Costa Rica leader raises gay Pride flag

Costa Rica’s new president on May 16 raised a gay pride flag next to the country’s national flag at the presidential residence as part of an antidiscrimination celebration.

French lesbian couple banned from adoption

A lesbian couple in France has been barred from adopting a child despite one of them being his birth mother.

Paramedic arrested for killing gay men in Pakistan

A 28-year-old paramedic, who wanted to eliminate the “evil” of homosexuality from the Pakistani society, has been arrested there for allegedly killing five gay men he befriended on a social-networking site.

Whippings held in Nigeria

Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment March 6 in an Islamic court in Northern Nigeria, a human-rights activist said.

Senegal sentences gay men to prison

A judge in Senegal sentenced two men to six months in jail in a rare conviction of a gay couple on criminal charges.

Gay Russian protester detained at Olympic relay

A gay Russian protester was detained Jan.

Germany gets first out lesbian cabinet minister

In low-key fashion, Germany’s new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out recently in a newspaper interview, making her the country’s first openly lesbian cabinet member.

Pope ‘shocked’ by gay-adoption bill

Pope Francis was reportedly “shocked” by proposed legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children in Malta.

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