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Kenya urged to allow rights groups to register

Human rights groups, including LGBT rights groups, should be able to register and carry out their work in Kenya, Human Rights Watch says.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (NGLHRC) application to register was denied in 2013 because the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board deemed the group’s name “unacceptable.”

In a new Human Rights Watch video, Kenyan lawyers describe how these restrictions keep them from serving some of Kenya’s most vulnerable populations.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

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This anti-gay candidate's message is bigger in Moscow than Massachusetts

Even though he's running to be the governor of Massachusetts, Scott Lively makes no secret of his extreme anti-gay views. The evangelical pastor, who's being sued by gay-rights groups for his involvement in Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, has gotten flack on the campaign trail for his beliefs, even encountering some raucous booing at a gubernatorial forum earlier in the year.

Marine on San Diego-based ship accused of killing transgender Filipino woman

SUBIC BAY, Philippines -- A U.S. Marine aboard the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu has been detained in the Philippines in connection with the slaying of a transgender woman in Olongapo City.

The Marine's name has not been released, but the Navy Times reported that he is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The USS Peleliu and the USS Germantown, which is homeported in Sasebo, Japan, were in the Philippines to participate in the recently completed Amphibious Landing Exercise.

Bombshell! Catholic bishops alter attitude toward the gays

VATICAN CITY -- Heeding the conciliatory tone of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic bishops today opened their arms to the gays in a stunning thawing of the Church's attitude toward the LGBT community.

Meeting at the Vatican as part of a two-week summit on family issues that was called by the pontiff, the bishops issued a preliminary document that, by the Church's conservative standards, is considered revolutionary.

The bishop said that gays had "gifts" to offer the Church and that there were "positive" aspects to a gay couple living together without being married in the Church.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

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Beyond marriage equality, what's next for gay rights?

Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

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Nevada: Tears, cheers as gay couples get married in Vegas

Daniel Carroll and Dayvin Bartolome stood on the steps of the marriage license bureau on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada researching where they might tie the knot after 14 years together.

They ran through the options and joked about whether an Elvis Presley or Celine Dion impersonator would be available to perform the ceremony.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

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A gay Russian teen wrongly outed as he seeks asylum in the U.S.

There are many groups facing threats and harassment in Russia right now, but gay people may be at the top of the list. That’s why a 17-year-old Russian exchange student is seeking asylum in the U.S. on the basis of his sexual orientation, after being wrongly outed.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

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"Big Brother" star Zach Rance sets record straight on Frankie Grande showmance

Zach Rance, who set America's tongue wagging with his Zankie showmance with castmate Frankie Grande, sets the record straight in an interview with Out magazine.

Yes, he confirmed once again that he is straight but sees nothing wrong with his flirtation with Frankie on the reality-TV show that concluded last month. His comments proved to be heartwarming and inspiring:

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

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Australia: Chef kills transgender wife, cooks body parts, then kills self

A transgender woman who was brutally hacked to death by her husband in a tragic murder-suicide in Brisbane, Australia has been identified as Mayang Prasetyo of Indonesia.

Parts of the 27-year-old's body were found strewn across a Teneriffe apartment - in the Queensland capital's inner-city - and some had been cooked up by her chef husband, Marcus Peter Volke, on a stove.

Uganda president warns of economic impact of anti-gay bill

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president on Friday signalled he is having second thoughts over tough anti-homosexuality legislation, arguing the east African nation needed to consider the impact on trade and economic growth.

In an editorial carried by a leading national daily, veteran President Yoweri Museveni said he only signed off on a controversial anti-gay law earlier this year because he wanted to protect children and stop people being "recruited" into homosexuality.

But he said that although Uganda could endure aid cuts, it would be badly hit by a trade boycott.

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