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  1. Dark Times for LGBT Rights around the World

    This Wednesday, Hawaii became the latest state in the U.S to legalize same sex marriage. Yet these are not good times for LGBT rights worldwide. Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation has laden the winter Olympics with controversy, but Africa — where homosexuality is still a crime in 38 countries — takes the shame cake.  On Thursday, five gay women were charged in Senegal as part of a broader homophobic movement that spreads through countries like Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. In Uganda, a nation strongly influenced by American evangelical activism, 96 percent of citizens say homosexuality is unacceptable. Pride marches shouldn’t shift to victory parades just yet,

    Sources: Al-Jazeera, The GuardianGlobal Post, NPR

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