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Fla. teen accused of having sex with underage girlfriend accepts plea deal

| Thursday, October 3, 2013
Kaitlyn Hunt
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida teen facing charges of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with her underage girlfriend has accepted a plea deal

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LGBT History Month profile: Playwright Edward Albee

Equality Forum | Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Edward Albee
Edward Albee is a celebrated playwright who won three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” his first Broadway play, helped establish Albee as one of America’s greatest playwrights.

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Montana: Legally married same-sex couples may not file joint state tax return

| Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Montana state capitol in Helena, Mont.
HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's state Revenue Director said Tuesday that same-sex couples legally married in other states may not file joint state income-tax returns.

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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Zackie Achmat

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Zackie Achmat is a South African activist whose work has focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, the gay community and combating apartheid. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a recipient of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.

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Nepal opens up national elections to members of ‘third gender’

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Nepal government's Election Commission said Monday that LGBT and inter-sex Nepalis are able to register as “third gender” for the first time in the country's history, and will be able campaign openly for legislative seats in the upcoming November 19 national elections.

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SPLC files lawsuit against Miss. town for denying business license for LGBT bar

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Shannon, Miss., its mayor and its aldermen for denying a business license to a bar catering to the LGBT community.

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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in W.Va.

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national gay rights organization is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

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Caribou Coffee apologizes after erasing window art by local gay-straight alliance

| Monday, September 30, 2013
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NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- The Caribou Coffee chain is apologizing after a Chicago-area store erased window art completed by a local high school's gay-straight alliance.

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Christie appealing same-sex marriage ruling to N.J Supreme Court

| Monday, September 30, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration has told New Jersey's top state court that it is appealing last week's lower-court ruling that the state must allow gay couples to marry.

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Ohio lawmaker to introduce hate crimes bill following attacks outside gay bar

| Monday, September 30, 2013
Nickie Antonio
CLEVELAND — An Ohio state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill next week that would make crimes targeting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability a hate crime.

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