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Man Faces 155 Years in Prison for Gay Sex Slave Prostitution Ring Run from Miami Home

VassAndras Janos Vass, a Hungarian national, was convicted of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday for imprisoning young gay men in a north Miami home and forcing them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours each day, the Miami Herald reports:

According to authorities, the ringleaders met two victims in Hungary through a website called GayRomeo.com. Another victim was “living with gypsies” as a male prostitute in Hungary when he met one company representative through Facebook.

The three victims testified during the four-day trial in Miami-Dade. Jurors deliberated just 30 minutes.

In 2012, the company flew the three victims — in their early 20s — to New York City, where they lived in a cramped one-bedroom apartment while performing sex acts around the clock, sometimes with johns, other times on live web cameras, according to the arrest warrant.

The trafficking ringleaders held travel documents and threatened the families of the young men, the paper reports. Vass faces from 21 to to 155 years in prison. The sentencing is June 2.


Gay Wedding Video of the Day: István and Tamás

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István and Tamás were married last year in a ceremony in Budapest, Hungary, and they have this video, which feels more like an ad for Chanel, to remember it by!

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Court Overrules Police, Orders Budapest Gay Pride to Proceed

As it did last year, the Budapest Municipal Court has overruled police and said that a Gay Pride parade planned for this summer should proceed, the WSJ reports:

BudapestThe Hungarian arm of Amnesty International, civil rights group Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and organizations of homosexual activists welcomed the court’s decision. The organization expect some 1,500 people to show up at the march on July 7.

Like in recent years, the police refused to grant permission for the Budapest Pride, saying the march would restrict commuters’ right to free movement. The court said, however, that traffic can be diverted from a road that otherwise frequently hosts marathons and bicycle rides.


Hungarian LGBT Rights Groups Protest 'Family Defense' Bill That Excludes Gays

LGBT rights groups in Hungary are complaining to the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Europe about a bill that excludes gay couples from the definition of a 'family', Politics.HU reports:

HungaryThe draft stipulates that families are solely based on heterosexual marriage or common-law partnerships.

The human right groups noted that the European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that all co-habiting couples constitute a family, regardless of sexuality.

Christian Democrat chairman Tamás Lukács told Magyar Hírlap on Monday that Parliament’s human rights committee had ruled that the bill was “fit for general debate”. The national society of large families also welcomed the bill, saying it could increase family stability in Hungary.

Activists say the bill would put thousands of gay couples in legal jeopardy.


Will Hungarian Men Achieve Pole Dancing Equality?

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The WSJ looks at competititive pole dancing in Hungary, and a new interest in it from men:

With its roots in strip clubs and bedrooms, pole dancing has been dismissed as a misogynistic playground in which women contort themselves for the viewing pleasure of men. But lately some women have fought to transcend titillation by rebranding it as fitness. Some have even petitioned the International Olympic Committee to make it an Olympic sport.

But a lingering taboo surfaces when men seek to slide onto the pole, too.

"When I tell people what I do, there is shock, 'No! pole dancing is for women," said the "poler" Mr. Shields, who is also a student nurse. "Pole dancing, he says, "can be masculine, too."

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Hungary Bans Same-Sex Marriage in New Conservative Constitution

Hungarian lawmakers approved a new Constitution Monday which bans same-sex marriage and includes a number of other socially conservative tenets, the AP reports:

Hungary Hungary's political opposition and human rights groups including Amnesty International say other measures are attempts to limit freedoms.

The constitution protects the life of a fetus from the moment of conception, a move seen as opening the possibility for a future ban or restrictions on abortion.

Same-sex couples may legally register their partnerships but marriage is restricted to heterosexual relationships.

A ban on discrimination does not mention age or sexual orientation, and the constitution allows lifetime prison sentences for violent crimes without the possibility of parole.

Approximately 3,000 people, including gay rights activists, reportedly attended a rally on Friday opposing the new document.


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