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Why is Mexico persecuting gay lawyer Jaime López Vela?

A Mexican lawyer and gay activist is facing 14 months in prison for defending a victim of homophobia. Jaime López Vela was the first to be married in Mexico City after the city approved same-sex marriage in 2010 and is planning to run to be a member of Parliament on the list of the PRD.

WikiLeaks bombshell! Uganda's first lady is behind "Kill The Gays" bill

"President Museveni is 'quite intemperate' when it comes to homosexuality, but that the President will likely recognize the dangers of passing the anti-homosexuality legislation. He said First Lady Janet Museveni, who he described as a 'very extreme woman,' is ultimately behind the bill." - U.S. Ambassador Jerry Lanier

UN reports on violent attacks on LGBT people in Iraq

"It is clear that LGBT persons in Iraq have nowhere to turn. Hunted by religious extremists, ignored by the police and unable to ask their families for help, many have sought to resettle outside of the country. While reports of violence have subsided for the time being, LGBT individuals still face daily persecution."

Uganda lawmakers quietly reviving "Kill The Gays" bill

Despite international outcry from LGBT advocates and human-rights activists, Uganda's parliament could put the "Kill The Gays" bill up for a vote within a fortnight.