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In Russia, St. Petersburg passes homophobic law to silence LGBT people

The law, which has been rushed through the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, prohibits so-called propaganda of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors." The bill was introduced by Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

In the Philippines, gay people shot in drive-by

Gay men in Cebu City in the Philippines reportedly have been shot with pellet guns by men in moving vehicles, part of a rise in hate crimes against the LGBT community.

South Africa denies asylum to Congolese albino gay man

A gay, albino Democratic Republic of Congo refugee has been refused asylum in South Africa in what advocates say is an increasing pattern of refusals for LGBT asylum seekers.

VIDEO: Is "Shish va Pish" Iran's first gay movie?

Mohammad Reza Golzar and Amin Hayati, two hugely popular actors in Iran, star in the "buddy movie" that has stirred up controversy and been condemned by one imam for "promoting Hollywood-style homosexuality."

In Russia, St. Petersburg proposes anti-gay law

The proposed law, introduced by Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, prohibits so-called propaganda of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors."

Why is Sweden deporting asylum seekers back to Syria?

Sweden is continuing to try to remove Syrian asylum seekers, despite the appalling human rights situation in that country. The attempted removals have led to protests by opposition Social Democrats.