Barack Obama calls for stop to gay 'conversion' therapies

US President Barack Obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapies that seek to change sexual or gender orientation of young homosexuals or transgenders.

US `unwavering` in protecting gay rights: Kerry

 Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday the United States was "unwavering" in its commitment to protecting homosexuals worldwide, as he introduced Washington`s first envoy for gay rights.

Sec 377 damaging psychological well-being of homosexuals: Justice Shah

The existing laws pertaining to gay sex are damaging the psychological well-being of homosexuals in the country, Law Commission Chairman Justice AP Shah said on Monday.

Intolerance, extremism on the rise across EU: Official

A senior European commissioner warned on Monday about rising levels of extremism and intolerance across the 28-nation bloc, targeting Jews, Muslims, homosexuals and even women.

Belgian bishop distances himself from gay rights award

A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to "respect" divorced people and homosexuals.

Goa's reputation unaffected by controversies: Minister

Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.

Malaysia must stop abuse of transgenders: Rights group

Malaysia`s transgender population faces systematic repression, harassment and mistreatment, and the government must immediately repeal laws that criminalise their lifestyles, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Majority of Americans now support gay marriage: Survey

Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey.

Uganda newspaper names 200 `homos` after anti-gay law signed

A Ugandan newspaper listed Tuesday 200 people it accused of being gay, a day after the President called homosexuals `mercenaries` and signing one of the world`s toughest anti-gay laws.

Virginia gay-marriage ban unconstitutional: US judge

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Thursday that the state`s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, on the heels of two similar rulings in other US states.

SC refuses plea to review gay sex ban; LGBTs to take fight forward

Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community said they were not disappointed with the Supreme Court`s refusal to review its judgement on Section 377 as they had seen it coming.

Putin says gays at Olympics must `leave children alone`

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said gays need not fear persecution at the Winter Olympic Games, but stood by a controversial ban on promoting homosexuality to children.

Gay couples are church`s new educational challenge: Pope

Pope Francis considers that the different realities in today`s society, like children living with gay couples, represent a new educational challenge for the Catholic Church, above all when preaching the gospel.

Rahul Gandhi focussed on welfare of homosexuals, not Muslims: Azam Khan

Attacking Rahul Gandhi, UP Minister Azam Khan has said that instead of effectively addressing the issue of Muslim backwardness, the Congress leader was focusing on the welfare of the homosexual community.

Judge strikes down Utah`s same-sex marriage ban

A US judge has struck down Utah`s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

Baba Ramdev gets defamation notice for calling Congress workers `homosexuals`

MP Congress Committee`s General Secretary Pramod Kumar Dwivedi sent a defamation notice on Thursday to yoga guru Ramdev for his controversial remarks against fellow party workers on the issue of homosexuality.

New Mexico becomes 17th state to back gay marriage

New Mexico`s Supreme Court has backed same-sex marriage rights, making the southwestern US state the 17th to back gay weddings.

Arrest same-sex partners of US diplomats: Yashwant Sinha

After taking a slew of steps to reduce the privileges enjoyed by American diplomats in a retaliatory measure, reports suggested that the government can now mull action against gay US diplomats who bring along their same-sex partners.

Homosexuality is `imported disease`, says VHP

Terming as "historic" SC decision upholding legal provision against same sex relations, VHP said homosexuality was an "imported disease" which needed treatment.

Nepal`s gay community disappointed with Indian SC verdict

The gay community in Nepal has expressed their disappointment over the recent Indian Supreme Court`s verdict that holds same gender consensual sex as a legal offence.