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Russia persuaded to alter ‘Olympic Truce’ to preclude anti-LGBT discrimination

| Sunday, September 15, 2013
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
NEW YORK -- Following lengthy negotiations with United Nation representatives, Russian diplomats have reworded Russia's version of the symbolic "Olympic Truce" statement to include wording that would preclude anti-gay discrimination.

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WWII, Vietnam vets marry in veterans home first same-sex wedding

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
John Banvard (left) and Gerard Nadeau
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Two U.S. military veterans married this week when a senior living facility for military veterans held its first ever same-sex marriage.

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USAF lesbian couple first to receive ‘Join Spouse’ assignment

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ryan Conroy, U.S. Air ForceTech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk, and Master Sgt. Angela Shunk.
Just three months after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a lesbian couple in the U.S. Air Force has learned they will receive an assignment together under the service’s Join Spouse program, the first same-sex couple to obtain the joint assignment.

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N.M. county clerk raises nearly $30K for gay marriage defense fund

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations.

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Los Angeles Dodgers to host first annual ‘LGBT Night Out’

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Mark J. Terrill, APLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first annual LGBT Night Out on Sept. 27.

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Sara Gilbert: Ex-boyfriend, co-star Galecki helped her embrace her sexuality

| Friday, September 13, 2013
Sara Gilbert
Actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert on Thursday credited former "Roseanne" co-star and ex-boyfriend Johnny Galecki with helping her embrace her sexual orientation while they were still in a relationship.

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Idaho Falls city council approves partial protections for LGBT residents

| Friday, September 13, 2013
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The city council in Idaho Falls, Idaho, has passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT residents in the areas of housing and employment.

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Cher: ‘I immediately said no’ to performing at Olympics in Russia

| Friday, September 13, 2013
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In a new interview in Canada's weekly news magazine Maclean's, actress and singer Cher said she declined an invitation to open the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of the country's anti-gay laws.

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Topeka city council to consider proposal on anti-LGBT discrimination

| Friday, September 13, 2013
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The city council in Topeka, Kan., has scheduled a vote on an anti-discrimination proposal that would amend responsibility of the city's Human Relations Commission to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

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Settlement reached with bridal shop that denied service to transgender bride

| Friday, September 13, 2013
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- The owner of a Canadian bridal shop has agreed to make donations to two local charities as part of a settlement mediated by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to resolve a complaint that it refused service to a transgender woman.

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