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Gay sauna fights HIV with test vending machine

Gay sauna fights HIV with test vending machine

London – An innovative vending machine for HIV tests being piloted in Britain aims to help in the fight to end the epidemic by encouraging more people to find out whether they have contracted the virus as a first step to seek treatment, a doctor said. Installed at a gay sauna in the southern seaside […]

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Ireland’s first gay prime minister enters office

Ireland’s first gay prime minister enters office

Dublin – Leo Varadkar promised a “republic of opportunity” Wednesday after he became Ireland’s youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay. The Dublin-born politician’s Indian immigrant father and Irish mother were in parliament to watch as the 38-year-old was formally confirmed as taoiseach. Varadkar, who won the leadership of the ruling centre-right […]

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Indonesian men to be caned for gay sex

Indonesian men to be caned for gay sex

Banda Aceh – Two Indonesian men will Tuesday be publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community. The pair, aged 20 and 23, were last week found guilty of having broken sharia rules in conservative Aceh province – the […]

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Indonesian police make mass arrests over ‘gay party’

Indonesian police make mass arrests over ‘gay party’

Jakarta – Indonesian police have detained 141 men who were allegedly holding a gay party at a sauna, an official said today, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country. Officers late last night raided a building in the capital Jakarta called Atlantis that houses a sauna and a gym, and […]

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Foreigners barred from Singapore gay-pride rally

Foreigners barred from Singapore gay-pride rally

Singapore – Foreigners will be barred from attending Singapore’s annual gay-pride rally, its organisers said, as the city-state tightens rules against the involvement of non-Singaporeans in protests. Singapore’s Pink Dot rally, which started in 2009, has attracted crowds of up to 28,000 despite a backlash from conservative groups in a state where protests are strictly […]

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Qantas gay marriage pie protester charged with assault

Qantas gay marriage pie protester charged with assault

Sydney – A devout Christian who smashed a pie into Qantas chief Alan Joyce’s face to protest gay marriage was charged Thursday by Australian police with assault, trespassing and damage. The 67-year-old — who local media identified as former farmer Tony Overheu — walked on stage at a business breakfast event in Perth Tuesday and […]

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8 men face jail over gay party in Indonesia

8 men face jail over gay party in Indonesia

Surabaya – Indonesian police have arrested eight men for allegedly holding a “gay party” in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, police said Monday. Officers busted 14 men holding the party in two hotel rooms in Surabaya, the second biggest city in Indonesia, around midnight on Sunday. Some of the men were watching gay porn […]

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Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia’s Chechnya

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia’s Chechnya

Moscow – Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia’s Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life — because he is gay. “In Chechnya, I had no choice but to lie or die,” says the 20-year-old. He is now hiding out […]

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Indonesian gay couple arrested over Facebook photo

Indonesian gay couple arrested over Facebook photo

Jakarta – An Indonesian gay couple has been arrested after a photo on Facebook of the men kissing sparked anger, police said Friday, in the latest move against the country’s homosexual community. There has been a growing backlash against gay people in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country this year, with government ministers and religious […]

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Gay pride: China activists fight ‘conversion therapy’

Gay pride: China activists fight ‘conversion therapy’

Chongqing – Telling his wife he was gay was never going to be easy. But Yu Hu never thought it would see him committed to a mental hospital and fed a cocktail of drugs to “cure” him. Yu’s wife readily agreed to a divorce, but his own family were nowhere near as tolerant. They arranged […]

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