Moscow authorities have turned down a request to conduct a gay parade on May 25 and a gay rights rally on May 26. Sokolniki park, a newly designated venue for popular political events, has also refused to host the event.
A 23-year-old man in Russia's southern city of Volgograd was tortured and killed after revealing he was gay during a drinking session last Thursday night, investigators said, taking a rare step by linking a murder to homophobia.
About 12,000 people joined a parade Sunday to kick off Tokyo Rainbow Week.
The council overseeing Brazil’s judiciary has ruled that notary publics cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, a decision that opens the way for gay couples across Latin America’s largest country to marry.
New Zealand has become the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage.
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