Sun Wenlin (L) and his partner Hu Mingliang during their wedding ceremony in Changsha city, Hunan province May 17, 2016. The city government rejected their application for a marriage license. (EPA)

Gay rights in China [program]

Homosexuality may not be illegal in China, but LGBT people in the world's most populous country often live their lives in the shadows. By one...
A gay couple including a man wearing an Arab Keffiyeh kiss during the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Israel, Aug. 1, 2013.  (EPA/Abir Sultan)

Gay rights in the Arab world

One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment...
Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Aug. 5, 2015.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Francis effect

Next week is an historic one for Pope Francis. He’ll make his first trip to the United States since becoming pope in March 2013. He’ll visit...
Pope Francis waves as he celebrates Mass in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Is Pope Francis a radical?

The pope has changed the Catholic Church's tone, if not its doctrine. He's been variously described as “the great reformer,” the “most...
People attend a gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Gay rights in Latin America

This summer, the United States Supreme Court will make a decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. But some countries in Latin America...