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Australian police probe surrogate boy abused by dads

Australian police Wednesday described as "depraved" the case of a six-year-old boy obtained by his gay male parents via a surrogate and then sexually abused by them and others.

Australian police probe surrogate boy abused by dads
Gays celebrate landmark US marriage rulings
Gays celebrate landmark US marriage rulings

Gays and lesbians across the United States erupted in celebration Wednesday after the Supreme Court passed two landmark rulings on same-sex marriage in their favor.

Gays celebrate landmark US marriage rulings
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Host suspended for asking if Australia PM's partner gay

An Australian radio presenter has been suspended after pressing embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard on air whether her hairdresser boyfriend Tim Mathieson is gay.

Host suspended for asking if Australia PM's partner gay
Daring lesbian love story wins Cannes top prize
Daring lesbian love story wins Cannes top prize

A sexually graphic lesbian love story, "Blue is the Warmest Colour" by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, clinched the top prize Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a pivotal year for gay rights.

Daring lesbian love story wins Cannes top prize
US Boy Scouts to allow gay youths, not leaders
US Boy Scouts to allow gay youths, not leaders

The Boy Scouts of America agreed for the first time Thursday to allow openly gay youths to join the organization, but will maintain a ban on gay adult leaders.

US Boy Scouts to allow gay youths, not leaders
Thousands protest after gay man's murder in Manhattan
Thousands protest after gay man's murder in Manhattan

Thousands of New Yorkers -- including mayoral candidate Christine Quinn -- marched Monday to protest the shooting death of a gay man in the neighborhood that was the cradle of the modern US gay rights movement.

Thousands protest after gay man's murder in Manhattan
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Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted

Lebanon has a reputation as the most liberal country in the conservative Middle East, but even a night on the town for gays can end in arrest and humiliating sexuality "tests".

Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted
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Being gay in America: a 50-year love story

The love between John Darby and Jack Bird has been on solid ground for more than half a century. It is the social landscape around the gay couple that has shifted.

Being gay in America: a 50-year love story
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Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law

With its gay bars and same-sex couples publicly displaying affection, the Tanjong Pagar district offers a glimpse of a Singapore whose outlook contrasts with its more conservative image.

Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law
James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film
James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film

Hollywood star James Franco has lashed out at Australia for banning the US gay-themed film "I Want Your Love", calling the decision embarrassing.

James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film
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Sydney set to sparkle for gay pride parade

Up to 300,000 spectators were Saturday expected to brave the rain to watch Sydney's annual Mardi Gras gay pride parade, with an emphasis on the political as the nation prepares for elections.

Sydney set to sparkle for gay pride parade
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe

Ania and Yga have been inseparable for the last 17 years, living together as a couple in the Polish capital Warsaw but their love is seen as second class in this deeply Roman Catholic country.

Gay rights mostly out of reach in central, eastern Europe
Gays who come out are less stressed: Canada study
Gays who come out are less stressed: Canada study

Gays and lesbians who come out about their sexual orientation are less stressed than those who remain in the closet, and often more relaxed than heterosexuals.

Gays who come out are less stressed: Canada study
Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill
Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill

Russia's parliament has given initial backing to a bill banning homosexual "propaganda" among children that could lead to gays being fined for demonstrating or kissing in public.

Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill
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Lesbian country music star Chely Wright expecting twins

Chely Wright, the first major American country music star to come out publicly as gay, said Wednesday she and her same-sex spouse are expecting twins this summer.

Lesbian country music star Chely Wright expecting twins
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Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships

The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate.

Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships
Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold
Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold

A US court put on hold Friday a new Californian law banning a form of therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of minors, pending a further appeal.

Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling

Mexican gay rights groups voiced hope Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling against an Oaxaca state law that banned same-sex marriages will lead to similar decisions across the nation.

Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris
Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris

Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalise gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday.

Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris
Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix
Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix

Techno music was thumping as tens of thousands hit the streets in Rio Sunday for the annual Gay Pride Parade, which organizers insisted was both a party and political.

Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix