Italy: 14-year-old commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying

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Spurring Italian politicians and influencers into action was the death of a fourteen-year-old. Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying, and struggles with finding acceptance of his sexuality.

After causing cuts to his arms and groin, the teenager killed himself after 2am on Friday by throwing himself from a balcony. It was the third case in Rome in less than a year of a young gay person taking their own life.

The teenager joins many others around the world and here in the UK who have committed suicide because of bullying.

South Africa: Gay couple hope their traditional wedding will inspire the black community

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A gay couple in South Africa married in a wedding ceremony uniting Zulu and Tswana traditions, which they hoped would send a message to others that “Being gay is as African as being black.”

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithole, both 27, met several years ago while studying in Durban.

Former UKIP MEP reveals she is the UK’s first transgender Parliamentarian

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MEP Nikki Sinclaire came out as Britain’s first “sex change parliamentarian” after writing about her gender reassignment journey in a new autobiography.

In her new book entitled ‘Never Give Up,’ the 45-year-old We Demand A Referendum Now MEP wrote about her “great secret” known only to her closest friends and family.

Russian anti-gay law causes international outcry

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After the June passage of a law in Russia to ban the promotion of homosexuality to minors there was an international outcry, and debate around whether to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics in February. While the law has been widely condemned by international bodies, a boycott of the games has been generally taken off the table by most officials, and human rights activists.

Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that the Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia

Pope Francis elected and softens stance on homosexuality

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In November, US President Barack Obama said he had been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.

Speaking to reporters in July during a plane journey back to the Vatican following his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.

Update: PinkNews notes that Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has since said that Pope Francis was “shocked” by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.