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Chile: Gay marriage bill to be introduced Wednesday

SANTIAGO, Chile -- President Michelle Bachelet campaigned, in part, on a progressive platform that included support for marriage equality. And on Wednesday, lawmakers will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage in Chile.

The Civil Marriage Act currently defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the new bill would amend the law to define marriage as between two people.

The bill will be introduced in the House of Deputies. Back in October, the Senate passed a bill that would legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Bisexual millionaire cleared in murder of his wife

The revelation that British millionaire Shrien Dewani was a secret bisexual, who cavorted with male prostitutes, was intended to be the prosecution’s trump card.

But when the defense team beat them to the sucker punch, by introducing the evidence as part of Dewani’s own witness statement, it completely undermined the state's case.

Prosecutors in South Africa believed revealing details of his double life would demonstrate the all-important motive for why a husband would want to kill his wife on their honeymoon.

Egypt: 25 men arrested in bathhouse raid in Cairo and humiliated publicly

CAIRO, Egypt -- Police raided a bathhouse in downtown Cairo on Sunday night, arresting 25 men for suspicion of homosexuality and dragging them naked outside the hammam to public humiliation as a local TV personality taped the sequence.

A security official told the Associated Press about the raid.

Scott Lively loses bid to dismiss crime-against-humanity lawsuit

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Rabidly anti-gay activist Scott Lively will still face trial for crimes against humanity for his meddling in the politics in Uganda.

Uganda: Activist worries anti-gay bill will leaves thousands "homeless and jobless"

Thousands of homosexual Ugandans will be homeless and jobless if a new anti-gay bill is signed into law, a human rights activist has warned.

According to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Frank Mugisha, who is executive director of Uganda's umbrella organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a new bill expected to be passed by the parliament before Christmas will criminalize anyone supporting homosexuality.

"This bill is not just about homosexuality, it could criminalize anyone working on LGBT issues," he told IBTimes UK.

China: Four in five agree gays deserve equal rights in workplace

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from Nov. 21-26 with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

Australia looks set to get its first out gay territory leader

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia looks set to have its first out gay territory leader, as the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Katy Gallagher, stepped down today.

Treasurer Andrew Barr now looks like a safe bet for the position, and if he takes the step up from Deputy Chief Minister.

The 41-year-old has fought towards having same-sex marriage for all Australian citizens, and was a key player in pushing forward legislation which legalized it in the territory last year. The ACT’s same-sex marriage law was overturned by the country’s High Court.

Bisexual man gets life sentence for beating boyfriend to death

CHELL HEATH, England -- A bisexual father who beat his boyfriend to death with a table leg before calmly watching an England football match while paramedics desperately tried to save his partner's life has been jailed.

Steven Mutch, 45, subjected his lover Mark Everard, 49, to a "brutal and sustained" beating at their home in Chell Heath, Staffordshire, after a drink and drug-fuelled evening.

He used a table leg as a weapon and threw punches and kicks at his lover of five years, inflicting 99 separate injuries including 15 broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a tear to his liver.

Jamaica: Lesbians targeted by men who want to "straighten them out"

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A recent study has shown that 47% of lesbian and bisexual women in Jamaica have faced threats of sexual violence, actual sexual violence and/or sexual harassment by men, with the intention, in some cases, to "straighten them out."

The study, which was carried out by local human-rights advocacy group Quality of Citizenship Jamaica (QCJ), was conducted online this year. Of 103 respondents surveyed, 23% indicated that the sexual violation happened after they came out as lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Lesbian couple told to stop kissing at "family restaurant"

LONDON, England -- A lesbian couple claim they were told to stop kissing one another in a fashionable London eatery by the manager because it is a "family restaurant."

Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her partner Rubyyy Jones went to Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank in London for dinner during a break from work.