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Parents of transgender teen who committed suicide: ‘We loved our son’

| Friday, January 2, 2015
Leelah Alcorn
The parents of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who identified as female and who committed suicide on Sunday, are speaking out, and in statements ignoring Leelah's gender identity, say they loved their "son."

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Queen Elizabeth bestows honors to anti-gay politician, five LGBT rights advocates

| Friday, January 2, 2015
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, in her annual honor roll of Britons who have made a contribution to the United Kingdom, has bestowed honors on a politician who blamed gay people for Hurricane Katrina, as well as several LGBT rights advocates.

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Luxembourg becomes latest European country to legalize same-sex marriage

| Friday, January 2, 2015
Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber with Luxembourg Mayor Roberto Traversini (center).
Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first same-sex couple to marry in Luxembourg, and despite the public holiday Thursday, the Differdange town hall opened for the ceremony, officiated by mayor Roberto Traversini.

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Utah prosecutors weighing hate crime charges in beating of two gay men

| Friday, January 2, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he takes seriously allegations that the two men were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and is reviewing the assault case.

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Ex-college football player charged with stalking billionaire David Geffen

| Thursday, January 1, 2015
Jamie Kuntz
Jamie Kuntz, who in 2012 was kicked off his team after kissing an older man, has been ordered to return to court on charges he repeatedly violated an order to stay away from entertainment mogul David Geffen.

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Ind. Knights of Columbus Council relents, will allow gay couple’s reception

| Thursday, January 1, 2015
Taylor Butcher and Ale Shields
A Knights of Columbus Council in southern Indiana has reversed course and will allow a wedding reception for a same-sex couple after previously refusing to host the event at its venue.

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Teen arrested in October slaying of transgender woman in East Hollywood

| Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Aniya Parker
Two additional people are sought in connection with the Oct. 2 killing of Aniya Parker, 47, who was slain in what police described as a “robbery gone bad.”

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Openly gay civil rights attorney to lead Calif. employment, housing department

LGBT Weekly | Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Kevin-Kish
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed openly gay civil rights attorney Kevin Kish to lead the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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Disturbing video shows anti-gay hate crime in heart of Midtown Atlanta

| Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Atlanta
New video of a violent hate crime in Atlanta last year shows an unknown suspect allegedly yelling homophobic slurs at a gay couple before assaulting one of the men, sending him into oncoming traffic.

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Florida-based supermarket chain to offer benefits to married, same-sex couples

| Tuesday, December 30, 2014
publix
Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefit plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence.

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