Self-described “missionaries” are now approved to perform a widely discredited psychological treatment meant to make people heterosexual, angering Brazil's health and rights communities who pushed to ban it.
Instead of a binding referendum or a vote in Parliament, Australia is holding a nonbinding, voluntary, postal plebiscite to determine whether Australians support same-sex marriage legalization. For many young Australians, who support marriage equality by large margins, a vote that seems designed to limit their participation is having the opposite effect.
"We don't see one concrete fact either about hackers or about some secret probes into election meddling in almost every Western country, or on the issue of accusations of rights abuses of LGBT representatives in Chechnya," Sergei Lavrov told journalists.
There's some opposition, including from a Massachusetts anti-gay organization. But supporters in Taiwan say they have the endorsement of a bipartisan group of almost half of parliament. And marriage equality has the backing of President Tsai Ing-wen, who campaigned on the issue.
Barack Obama ended the policy of preventing gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military. For many, it was too little, too late. But remembering what it did could make our future decisions better.
Forty-three transgender people have been killed in Turkey since 2008, the highest number in Europe, according to the group Transgender Europe. But most killings of LGBT members in Turkey go unreported.
It's tough being gay in Russia. That's why an anonymous Russian exchange student sought asylum in the US on the basis of his sexual orientation. Though nobody was supposed to know about his application, an American official recently outed the teen in a piece for the New York Times.
Jennifer was once named Edward, a hard-boiled Army sergeant and career soldier in the infantry. But now that her service is done and she's transitioned to being a woman, DOD policies keep her from taking full advantage of veterans benefits unless she reveals that she has transitioned from the other gender.
On October 11, transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude was found dead after checking into a motel with a US Marine. The handling of the case, which is being carried out by American investigators, has sparked protests and demands to change military agreements between the US and the Philippines.
After serving in the military as a man for nearly two decades, Caroline Paige became the Royal Air Force's first openly transgender officer in 1998. She says her colleagues have accepted her like any other officer, and she wants to help lift bans on transgender people serving in places like the United States.
When Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, publicly revealed that he was gay, it was met largely with support and, frankly, little surprise. Cook hadn't been in the closet, he just hadn't talked about it publicly. But one place where the announcement was panned was Russia, and in response a Russian university took down a memorial that been erected to Apple's founding CEO, Steve Jobs.
Vladimir Linderman once published a Playboy-like magazine that pushed for LGBT rights and put porn on Soviet newstands. Now he's trying to ban "gay propaganda" in the former Soviet republic of Latvia. So why did he switch sides?
Red envelopes are a traditional gift in Chinese societies during the Lunar New Year, often given out by married couples to their single family members, but that tradition can be awkward for LGBT couples, who aren't widely accepted. Now a Hong Kong group is using red envelopes for a different purpose.
"You have to think about where you invest your time and your energy and your love, because you don’t want to waste it," says Omar Solis, a gay American student in Mexico trying to figure out how to live openly. "But that’s what it takes."
In 1980s Britain, where anti-gay prejudice was widespread and accepted, a group of gay and lesbian Britons reached out to support the UK's striking miners. Their story, the subject of a film released last year, has much to teach today's Internet-based activists, says the screenwriter of "Pride."