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McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s first sitting governor to attend LGBT pride

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) at Virginia Pridefest, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday became the first sitting governor of the state to attend Virginia’s annual LGBT Pridefest. “It’ a new day in Virginia, I can tell you that folks,” said McAuliffe, speaking in front of thousands of enthusiastic and LGBT Virginians and allies. “I was the first elected official in the south to come out to come out for marriage ...

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Imagine thinking that all it takes to eradicate love is to say, ‘I’m gay.’

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
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It is very difficult to accurately describe the terror, trepidation and insecurity that accompanies a “coming out” moment. Especially if that “moment” is to a parent. The only way I can describe it is: Imagine all the things your parents love about you, all the things they admire and all the things they are proud of when they talk about you to their friends. And imagine feeling that there are two words you might say that could destroy all of that.

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Del. school board member opposes teaching definition of gay

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
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GEORGETOWN, Del. -- A school board member in downstate Delaware is opposed to a new health curriculum that includes definitions for terms including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Indian River School District Board of Education member Shaun Fink spoke at a meeting this week about his opposition to the curriculum. He says schools in the...

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Fifth Circuit to hear same-sex marriage appeals from Louisiana, Texas

| Friday, September 26, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday said it will hear the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. Equality on Trial reports that the two cases will be heard on the same date and by the same panel, although the date for oral arguments has not yet been scheduled.

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Egypt sentences six alleged gay men to two years in jail for ‘debauchery’

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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CAIRO -- Six alleged gay men were sentenced in an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in jail with labor for "committing debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for engaging in homosexual activity.

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

| Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks the UN Office of the High...

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Walmart sued for denying health coverage for lesbian employee’s spouse

| Friday, September 26, 2014
Jacqueline Cote (right) and her spouse Diana Smithson.
Legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has filed a discrimination charge against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a lesbian worker who for six years was denied health coverage for her same-sex spouse.

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Freedom to Marry launches national TV ad declaring ‘It’s time’ for marriage

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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A new national television advertisement released by Freedom to Marry will begin airing on Sunday morning network news shows in Washington, D.C. The 30-second spot, which will later be broadcast on cable news programs next week, declares, “It’s time” for the freedom to marry and tells the stories of same-sex couples and their families in 31 ...

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Discharge petition to force U.S. House vote on ENDA has stalled

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A discharge petition to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have stalled after only 190 Democrats have signed their names to it. The petition, filed last week by openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) seeks to force a vote on a version of ENDA that contains ...

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Teen files EEOC complaint against Taco Johns for alleged anti-gay harassment

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
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An openly gay South Dakota teen has filed a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was harassed and humiliated while working for Taco Johns, and forced to wear a name badge containing a homophobic slur. Tyler Brandt, 16, of Yankton, S.D., says the harassment by a night manager began...

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