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Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs landmark transgender student rights bill

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the School Success and Opportunity Act into law, a landmark bill to ensure transgender youth have equal opportunities to fully participate and succeed in schools programs across the state.

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Russia’s Interior Ministry says anti-gay law will be enforced during Olympics

| Monday, August 12, 2013
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MOSCOW – Russia's Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, said Monday that the country's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" law will be enforced during the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

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Composer, lyricist Stephen Sondheim receives lifetime achievement award

| Sunday, August 11, 2013
Henny Ray Abrams, AP  (File)Stephen Sondheim
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is being awarded one of the top honors in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

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Influential Russian news anchor: Gays ‘unsuitable for a continuation of life’

| Sunday, August 11, 2013
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MOSCOW -- The influential news anchor of Russia's news program "Vesti," appearing Thursday on Kremlin-controlled Russia 1 television, said Russia's law against "gay propaganda" doesn't go far enough.

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Gospel singer delivered from ‘curse’ of homosexuality removed from D.C. concert

| Sunday, August 11, 2013
Donnie McClurkin
WASHINGTON -- A gospel singer who says God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality, was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after a request from Washington's mayor.

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Social Security begins processing retirement claims for same-sex spouses

| Saturday, August 10, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Friday it has begun processing, and paying, some retirement spouse claims for married, same-sex couples.

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U.S. Supreme Court denies Cuccinelli’s request for stay on Va. sodomy law

| Saturday, August 10, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to put on hold a lower court ruling that nullified a sweeping anti-sodomy state law.

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Pastor to gay Scouts: ‘No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God’

| Saturday, August 10, 2013
Rev. Jerry Prevo
Three more Boy Scout troops are looking for new meeting spaces after the Christian organizations that help support them have ended their relationships over the national organization's decision to lift its long standing ban on openly gay youth.

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Young ‘X-Men’ actor, YouTube celebrity Troye Sivan comes out as gay

| Saturday, August 10, 2013
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Troye Sivan, the 18-year-old Australian actor who played young James in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and who has amassed more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers by posting weekly videos, has come out as gay.

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Obama: ‘I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics’

| Friday, August 9, 2013
Jacquelyn Martin, APPresident Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama on Friday said he does not support boycotting the Olympics in Sochi due to Russia's "gay propadanda" law, and instead said that he hopes to see openly gay athletes winning medals at the Winter Games.

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