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Teen Girls Face Prison Over a Stolen Kiss

2 men also arrested in Morocco after having sex in parked taxi

(Newser) - Two teenage Moroccan girls face between six months and three years in prison after being caught hugging and kissing on the roof of a house in Marrakech last Thursday. Someone took a picture of the girls, showed their families, and a family member informed police, a human rights group says,... More »

'Turing Law' Will Pardon 65K Convicted for Being Gay

Most of the victims of Britain's anti-gay laws are dead now

(Newser) - Approximately 65,000 gay and bisexual men—only 15,000 of whom are still living—convicted under Britain's "gross indecency" and "buggery" laws will be pardoned, USA Today reports. According to the Independent , the pardons, which were announced Thursday, come as an amendment to the Policing and... More »

Gay Men Attacked in Ivory Coast Blame US Embassy Photo

They say they were outed as gay by the embassy

(Newser) - Gay men in Ivory Coast are being attacked by angry mobs and forced from their homes, and they blame the US embassy. The AP reports the US embassy recently published on its website a photo of six men signing a "condolence book" at the embassy in Abidjan for victims... More »

Judge: Kenya Can Use Anal Probes to Determine Homosexuality

Being gay is punishable by prison time in the African country

(Newser) - A Kenyan court on Thursday upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect's sexual orientation, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment, the AP reports. "I find no violation of human dignity, right to privacy, and right to freedom of the... More »

More of Us Are Knocking Boots With the Same Sex

More Americans approve of homosexual encounters, too

(Newser) - The 2010s, baby. More Americans are opening up to the idea of same-sex experiences—and trying them out, according to a survey of 30,000 adults that's been ongoing since 1972. A year after the survey began, just 11% of participants thought homosexual sex was A-OK. By 1990, that... More »

For Gay Men Who Suffered Under Paragraph 175, Justice

Germany to lift convictions handed out in post-war years

(Newser) - Paragraph 175 died in 1994, but it's taken another 22 years for those who suffered under it to find justice. Germany has announced that the tens of thousands of gay men convicted under Paragraph 175 will see that conviction annulled and may receive compensation. The Guardian has a timeline... More »

Manny Pacquiao Sorry for Comparing Gays to 'Animals'

Born-again boxer-politician walks back comments ahead of Senate election

(Newser) - World champion boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao is being called a "hypocrite" and "false prophet" after inflammatory statements he made about gay couples, the BBC reports. Pacquiao, who's in the Philippines' house of representatives and is running for a senate seat in May, was talking to local... More »

Study Sees Roots of 'Gay Lisp' in Boyhood

It may explain the stereotype, says researcher

(Newser) - A documentary that's new on Netflix called Do I Sound Gay? explores the controversial topic of how some gay men sound, well, stereotypically gay. When it comes to the gay voice, Medical Daily notes that "as a society we associate" a lisp with being gay, though the lisp... More »

Vatican Fires Priest Who Announced He's Gay

'I am a happy and proud gay priest'

(Newser) - "I have to say who I am," Krzysztof Charamsa told a Polish newspaper Saturday. "I am a happy and proud gay priest." Reuters reports that admission, also made to an Italian newspaper, cost the 43-year-old monsignor his position at the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine... More »

Gay Veterans: Upgrade Our Discharges to 'Honorable'

After being kicked out of military, gay veterans fight for recognition

(Newser) - Kicked out of their units, rejected by their churches, denied veterans' benefits and job opportunities after being interrogated about the most personal details of their lives. This was the plight of many of the estimated 100,000 gay US service members discharged between World War II and 2011, when the... More »

Duke Freshmen Refuse to Read Graphic Novel on Sexual Identity

Say Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home' goes against personal, religious beliefs

(Newser) - Alison Bechdel's Fun Home , a "family tragicomic," is a graphic memoir about the cartoonist's relationship with her distant father growing up and her coming of age as she grappled with her sexual identity. But although the committee tasked with giving incoming freshmen at Duke University a... More »

29% of Young Americans Are Some Degree of Bisexual

British youths are even more fluid with their sexuality

(Newser) - Gay, straight, or in between? When asked to place themselves on a sexuality scale, almost a third of young Americans—and nearly half of their British counterparts—consider themselves some degree of bisexual, reports polling website YouGov , which states the results indicate an "increasingly open-minded approach to sexuality."... More »

Woman Files Federal Suit Against All Gays

She asks federal judge in Nebraska to decide whether homosexuality is a sin

(Newser) - The gay-marriage question before the Supreme Court isn't the only court case involving homosexuals making headlines. This one's a little less weighty, though: In Nebraska, a woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all gay people because she believes them to be sinners. In her seven-page petition written... More »

Video Begs Chinese Parents to Reunite With LGBT Kids

'Coming Home' film short goes viral in a society that stigmatizes homosexuality

(Newser) - Fang Chao is a young man who's made his parents proud, getting into one of the best schools in China and always "[playing] the role of 'good child.'" That's how the subtitled narrative for the film short Coming Home begins, before diving more into... More »

Huckabee: Being Gay a Lifestyle Like Drinking, Cursing

He does not agree with any of the 3

(Newser) - As Mike Huckabee feels out a 2016 presidential campaign, he's evidently not suddenly going after the gay vote: The former governor of Arkansas tells CNN today that, as a Christian, asking him to accept gay marriage is akin to "asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped... More »

Michael Sam: 'I'm Not the Only One' in the NFL

He tells Oprah Winfrey 'a very few' others thanked him for coming out

(Newser) - Michael Sam may be the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, but he tells Oprah Winfrey in a new interview that he's not the only gay man in the league, the Washington Post reports. After he came out, Sam says in an interview airing on... More »

Man Sues Clinic After Homosexuality Labeled 'Chronic' Problem

Gay man asked for removal of offensive designation a year ago

(Newser) - Matthew Moore wasn't pleased to find his status as a gay man described as a "chronic condition" on his medical records after a routine checkup in 2013. But even more offensive to the LA man is the fact that the health organization he's now suing didn't... More »

Faith Groups to Obama: Let Us Discriminate Against Gays

They want Obama to grant them a 'robust' exemption in executive order

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling , another faith-based issue for President Obama: Religious group leaders—including Michael Wear, the man who led the president’s faith-outreach initiative in 2012—are spearheading an effort that seeks a "robust" exemption for religious organizations from Obama’s still-unsigned anti-bias executive... More »

Rick Perry: Being Gay Like Being an Alcoholic

Perry's comment 'drew murmur of disbelief'

(Newser) - Rick Perry met with the Commonwealth Club of California yesterday and spoke on everything from Eric Cantor's defeat to homosexuality—in particular, sharing his belief that the latter can be overcome. "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability... More »

NYC, Boston: Banning Gays at St. Pat Parades 'Obscene'

It's long past time, writes Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - The New York City and Boston St. Patrick's Day parades have received quite a bit of negative publicity this year for not allowing openly gay groups to march—a practice that Michael Tomasky calls "grotesque," "obscene," and "an abominable disgrace." In 2014, it'... More »

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