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Nickelodeon, YouTube star Lucas Cruikshank comes out

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lucas Cruikshank, the 19-year-old comic actor who created the character Fred Figglehorn, and the associated Fred series for his YouTube channel, which he parlayed into a film series for Nickelodeon, confirmed publicly on Tuesday that he is gay.

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San Antonio councilwoman breaks silence, stands by inflammatory remarks

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Embattled San Antonio city councilwoman Elisa Chan, secretly recorded during a staff meeting describing homosexuality as “so disgusting,” "crazy" and “against nature,” said in a press conference Tuesday that “political correctness will not win the day” and stood by her inflammatory remarks.

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Fla. teen accused of sexual relationship with underage girl jailed until trial

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
TCPalm.comKaitlyn Hunt
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A judge on Tuesday revoked bond for Kaitlyn Hunt, a Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend.

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Mo. town prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Nearly two months after a tougher anti-discrimination law was narrowly defeated in Kirksville, the mayor of the northeast Missouri town has changed his vote and the measure passed.

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Filmmaker Lee Daniels on growing up gay, why black men ‘can’t come out’

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Openly gay filmmaker Lee Daniels, in a recent interview with Larry King, said it is his belief that gay men in the black community just "can't come out."

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Amusement park cancels wedding contest rather than include gay couples

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky, Ohio
SANDSUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion because it excluded same-sex couples.

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The ‘protest’ kiss seen around the world: Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MOSCOW — Quick kisses exchanged by four Russian female sprinters, exuberant after winning a relay race at the world championships in Moscow over the weekend, set off a flurry of speculation in the blogosphere that they were protesting Russia's new controversial law against gay "propaganda."

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Pa. court to hear case against county for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Matt Rourke, APEllen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland pose for photographs with their marriage license at a Montgomery County office on Wednesday, despite a state law banning such unions.
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania court will hear arguments next month on the governor's attempt to stop a county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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Gay rights pioneer Jose Julio Sarria, founder of Imperial Court System, dies

LGBT Weekly | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Monday morning at 7:02 a.m. He was 90. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

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Kazakhstan lawmaker to introduce bill modeled after Russia’s anti-gay law

| Monday, August 19, 2013
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- A lawmaker in Kazakhstan's parliament says he will introduce a bill modeled after Russia's anti-gay law that will shut down gay clubs, end pride parades, and prohibit all forms of "homosexual propaganda."

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