The ban on foreign gay couples adopting has underscored a growing rift with the West over gay rights under President Vladimir Putin.
Refugees and asylum seekers face a host of challenges when crossing borders, but the obstacles are particularly pronounced for LGBTI persons.
France's gay rights activists have reported that verbal and physical assaults on gays have surged amid debate over a Bill allowing same-sex marriage.
Uganda has deported a British theatre producer charged with staging a play about homosexuality, says the British high commission.
Rights activists have hailed anti-poverty and Aids activist David Kuria as a pioneer despite an aborted election campaign.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu argues that the anti-homosexuality legislation Uganda is considering is an instrument of oppression similar to apartheid.
Transgender sex workers in the Cote d'Ivoire have increasingly become the target of violence since President Alassane Ouattara came into power.
In Cameroon, if you are gay or if others believe you are gay, you can be charged with a crime and punished with up to five years in prison.
Victoria John's report on the murder of Thapelo Makhutle made for shocking reading, writes Melanie Judge.
Horrific attacks on LGBTI people require context, not shrill headlines, if they are to be understood and prevented, writes Melanie Judge.