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Activists stage protest as Olympic flame handed over to Russian organizers

| Saturday, October 5, 2013
Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- A few dozen activists staged a peaceful protest Saturday against Russia's law banning gay propaganda as the Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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LGBT History Month profile: Cuban author, poet Reinaldo Arenas

Equality Forum | Friday, October 4, 2013
Reinaldo Arenas
Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist and essayist whose work focused on political and social injustices. He was born into poverty in the Cuban countryside. He wrote his first poems by carving words into tree trunks.

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Texas dad gives his son a lesson in humiliation as punishment for bullying

| Friday, October 4, 2013
Bully-Killeen-Texas
KILLEEN, Texas -- A Texas boy who has been in trouble at school several times for bullying, has learned a lesson in humiliation after spending an afternoon announcing to passers-by that he is a bully.

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Report outlines harm facing transgender immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees

| Friday, October 4, 2013
transgender
WASHINGTON -- On the heels of the U.S. House introduction of an immigration proposal and ahead of the "National Day of Dignity and Respect" -- a day of action scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 -- the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has issued a new report outlining the barriers and harms transgender immigrants face while navigating the U.S. immigration system.

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U.S. Senate conducts hearing for possible fifth openly LGBT ambassador

| Friday, October 4, 2013
US Embassy, via APJames "Wally" Brewster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday conducted a confirmation hearing on the appointment James “Wally” Brewster to serve as the country’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

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LGBT History Month profile: Transgender hero Gwen Araujo

Equality Forum | Thursday, October 3, 2013
Gwen Araujo
Gwen Araujo was a transgender teen who was the victim of a brutal murder. Her attack brought national attention to the issue of violence against transgender people.

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Ole Miss students, football team disrupt ‘Laramie Project’ play with gay slurs

| Thursday, October 3, 2013
Austin McAfee, AP
OXFORD, Miss. -- An audience consisting of mostly University of Mississippi students, including an estimated 20 Ole Miss football players, disrupted the University's theater department production of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday night, heckling cast members and shouting anti-gay slurs.

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Fla. teen accused of having sex with underage girlfriend accepts plea deal

| Thursday, October 3, 2013
Kaitlyn Hunt
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida teen facing charges of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with her underage girlfriend has accepted a plea deal

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LGBT History Month profile: Playwright Edward Albee

Equality Forum | Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Edward Albee
Edward Albee is a celebrated playwright who won three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” his first Broadway play, helped establish Albee as one of America’s greatest playwrights.

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Montana: Legally married same-sex couples may not file joint state tax return

| Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Montana state capitol in Helena, Mont.
HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's state Revenue Director said Tuesday that same-sex couples legally married in other states may not file joint state income-tax returns.

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