Germany grants refuge to gay man from Russian Muslim province

Malaysia drops gay ‘prevention’ category from video competition

Wide support for gay marriage as Israel celebrates pride

 

Germany grants refuge to gay man from Russian Muslim province

 

Germany has granted a humanitarian visa to a gay man from Russia’s Chechnya region and is considering four more requests, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

 

Authorities in the North Caucasus region have been jailing and torturing homosexual men, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported in March.

 

It said that over 100 gays had been arrested in the Muslim-majority region and that their families had been told to kill them to “cleanse their honour”.

 

The German foreign ministry said that, in the case of one gay man, “a visa was issued and the person was able to come to Germany on June 6,” while four more cases were under consideration.

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in early May urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to investigate the reports of an anti-gay purge and to ensure the safety of gays and lesbians.

 

https://www.thelocal.de/20170608/germany-grants-refuge-to-gay-man-from-russian-muslim-province

 

Malaysia drops gay ‘prevention’ category from video competition

 

The Malaysian government has removed a category on “preventing” homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists.

 

They had said it could increase hatred and violence against LGBT people.

 

The health ministry has replaced the “gender identity disorder” category with one on gender and sexuality.

 

The contest for 13- to 24-year-olds is offering prizes of up to $1,000 (£780) for the best videos.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40198581

 

Wide support for gay marriage as Israel celebrates pride

 

Ahead of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade on Friday, a poll has shown that 79% of Jewish Israelis support the establishment of same-sex marriage or civil unions for gay couples.

These latest figures demonstrate the wide support for some form of state-recognized union for homosexual couples.
In the survey, those polled were asked, “Do you think same-sex couples should be permitted to marry or have civil unions in Israel?”

The poll was conducted on June 5 and 6 on a sample of 500 Jewish Israeli adults and has a margin of error of 4.5%.

 

The support for gay marriage has been on the rise over the last decade.

 

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Wide-support-for-gay-marriage-as-Israel-celebrates-Pride-496348

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