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LGBT History Month profile: Historian and playwright Martin Duberman

Equality Forum | Thursday, October 17, 2013
Martin Duberman is a historian, a playwright, an LGBT activist and the founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School. He is an acclaimed author of more than 20 books.

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S.C. mayor: I don’t want ‘queer’ marriage ‘rammed down my throat’

| Thursday, October 17, 2013
Linda Oliver
WEST UNION, S.C. -- A small town mayor in South Carolina has come under fire for a Facebook rant in which she derided gay rights and marriage equality, and repeatedly referred to gays as "queers," using the term in a derogatory manner.

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Oregon to begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

| Thursday, October 17, 2013
SALEM, Ore. -- The state of Oregon will now recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed out of state, according to a report by the Willamette Week.

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Portland Trail Blazers first NBA team to support marriage equality

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
APPortland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have become the first NBA team to publicly support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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Democrat, longtime LGBT ally Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate election in N.J.

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor.

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Sacramento city council committee advances transgender rights ordinance

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento city council committee on Tuesday voted to advance a measure that would add gender identity to the city's non-discrimination law.

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LGBT History Month profile: Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo

Equality Forum | Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Elio Di Rupo
Elio Di Rupo is the prime minister of Belgium and head of the Socialist Party. He is the first openly gay man to lead a nation.

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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2013

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fourth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.

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Christie says he would love his gay child, but not support that child’s right to marry

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
New Jersey governor Chris Christie said Tuesday that if one of his children came out as gay, he would “grab them and hug them and tell them I love them," but that "Dad believes that marriage is between one man and one woman."

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LGBT History Month profile: Journalist Anderson Cooper

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper is an award-winning news anchor, author and talk show host. Born in New York City to a prominent family, Anderson Hays Cooper is the son of Wyatt Emory Cooper and heiress and entrepreneur Gloria Vanderbilt.

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