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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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Daniel Baer sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to OSCE

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Daniel Baer was sworn in Wednesday as the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe.

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Teacher fired from Catholic school after 18 years because she is gay

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
KARE-TVKristen Ostendorf
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Another employee of a suburban Minneapolis Catholic high school was fired after it was disclosed that the individual is gay and in a same-sex relationship.

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Lithuania Parliament to consider five anti-LGBT bills

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Five anti-LGBT bills are scheduled to be considered by Lithuania's parliament before the end of the year.

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N.C. teacher suspended for showing students ‘Same Love’ music video

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. -- A middle school teacher in North Carolina has been suspended for showing a group of students a music video for a song that supports same-sex marriage.

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White House, HHS to hold joint briefing on Obamacare and LGBT community

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday will host a joint briefing on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on LGBT Americans.

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Transgender teen selected finalist for school’s homecoming queen

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Cassidy Lynn Campbell
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A transgender student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists for her school's Homecoming Queen.

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Mich. lawmakers postpone vote on bills allowing ‘moral’ disapproval of adoption

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors adjourned Wednesday without voting on two bills currently before the committee which would allow adoption agencies the ability to deny an adoption placement based on that agency's moral or religious beliefs.

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