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International Russian Police Detain Several Gay Activists

Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a gay rights group, was detained by police as he left his home to hold a one-man picket in front of the Hermitage Museum. READ MORE.

China Gay Couple Holds Informal Marriage To Push For Union

A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony July 2 to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.The union of Li Tingting and Teresa Xu came six days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to validate same-sex marriages in the United States, and four months after Li was detained in China for her women's rights activism. READ MORE.

German Parliament's Upper House Pushes For Gay Marriage

BERLIN (AP) - The German Parliament's upper house is calling on the government to embrace full-fledged marriage for gay couples, an attempt to step up pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party. READ MORE.

Over 100,000 At Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, Regions Biggest

JERUSALEM (AP) - Thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels, women in colorful balloon costumes and others partied at Tel Aviv's annual gay pride parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the region. READ MORE.

Gay-rights Activists Attempting Demonstration In Moscow Clash With Opponents, Police Detain 15

MOSCOW (AP) -- Police in the Russian capital have detained 15 people after a clash broke out between gay-rights advocates and opponents. READ MORE.

Kazakhstan 'Gay Propaganda' Measure Deemed Unconstitutional

MOSCOW (AP) - A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional. READ MORE.

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Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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