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  • Sep 17, 2014
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Gay rights

Italian pasta maker Barilla feels heat from gays over 'family' remark

Gay rights activists in Italy have launched a boycott of the world's leading pasta maker after its chairman said he would only portray the "classic family" in his advertisements and, if people objected, they should feel free to eat a different kind of pasta.

Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 3:10am

Tchaikovsky's sexuality downplayed in biopic under anti-gay laws

Russia's legislation banning "gay propaganda", which has already cast a cloud over the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has now reportedly prompted local filmmakers to self-censor their portrayal of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who is widely believed to have been homosexual.

27 Aug 2013 - 3:11am

US journalist pulled off Russian TV after pro-gay rant

Russian government-funded TV channel RT faced a new controversy yesterday after taking an American journalist off air for launching into a diatribe against Russia's anti-gay legislation.

23 Aug 2013 - 2:50am

No political motive behind podium kiss, says Kseniya Ryzhova

A Russian athlete denied on Tuesday that she had intended to show her disapproval of her country’s “anti-gay propaganda” law when she kissed a teammate on the lips on the winners’ podium at the Moscow world championships.

20 Aug 2013 - 10:54pm

Gay rights campaigner tortured and killed in Cameroon

A gay rights campaigner in Cameroon has been found dead in his home after being tortured. Eric Lembembe's body was discovered in the African nation's capital, Yaounde, on Monday and his body showed he had been extensively tortured, Human Rights Watch said.

18 Jul 2013 - 3:20am

Gay pride raring to break out in Singapore

The conservative city state of Singapore convicted men for homosexual behaviour as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change - the prime minister's advice has been to just let things be.

3 Jul 2013 - 2:17am

Millions march in US to hail Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage

Dancing, cheering and toting placards, gay rights supporters took to the streets in huge numbers at annual gay pride parades across the United States, with attendance boosted by recent Supreme Court rulings in support of same-sex marriage.

2 Jul 2013 - 3:34am

Changsha gay parade inspires war veteran to appeal 1969 male rape conviction

Inspired by gay rights activists, a war veteran from Hunan has said he wants to clear his name more than 40 years after he was convicted of raping 11 men, a crime he said he did not commit. 

28 May 2013 - 11:59am

France's gay marriage law draws thousands of protesters to Paris

One of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges, the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption was voted into law last Saturday after months of protests across a country that has been bitterly divided over the issue.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Policeman's suspicious death brought change in attitudes, but discrimination against gays persists

Before Inspector John MacLennan was found with five gunshots to the chest in 1980, he knew he was about to be interviewed by the Special Investigations Unit - a specialist police unit charged with investigating homosexuals.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am