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Protesters wearing masks of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin take part in a demonstration against the country’s ‘anti-gay’ laws outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, February 2014. Reuters/Neil Hall

Homosexuality and the Olympic movement: towards better Games

Sport remains “one of the last bastions of cultural and institutional homophobia” in Western societies. But there is progress.
Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, grabs a photographer’s lens at his home. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's father has denounced homosexuality, while many say Mateen secretly grappled with his own sexuality. Here's what the research says on the relationship between parents' attitudes, being closeted and being homophobic.
Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and his family escaping from the doomed city guided by an angel, circa 1615.

Friday essay: The Qur’an, the Bible and homosexuality in Islam

For Muslims generally, as for conservative Christians, homosexual acts are sinful. Christian gays and lesbians have had to work hard for a measure of recognition among fellow-believers; their Muslim counterparts are just beginning that struggle.
Gay men are sharing pictures of themselves kissing in an act of defiance in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Twitter/‏@barbarosansalfn

Why are we still scared of seeing two men kissing?

On screen or in public, why does the sight of men kissing continue to provoke controversy, censorship and even violence?
In Malawi men who have sex with men can access healthcare services but they do not always get adequate treatment, care and support. shutterstock

Why men who have sex with men have problems with health care in Africa

Malawi and Tanzania have created programs to provide sexual and reproductive health services and HIV interventions. But men who have sex with men say it's still difficult to access care.
Sexual contact between men remains the main route of HIV transmission. Aristocrats-hat/Flickr

Five reasons why HIV infections in Australia aren’t falling

Despite health promotion campaigns and a concerted effort to make antiretroviral therapy more accessible, the number of new HIV cases in Australia has remained stable over the last three years.

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