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In Moscow, U.S. runner Nick Symmonds dedicates medal to gay friends

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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MOSCOW -- U.S. middle distance runner Nick Symmonds on Tuesday dedicated silver medal at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends back home, becoming the first athlete to openly criticize Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" law while on Russian soil.

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Bar association: ‘Gay panic’ defense should be curtailed by legislation

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Association voted Monday in favor of a resolution urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation restricting the availability and effectiveness of the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses by criminal defendants.

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over the weekend.

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Lansing, Mich., votes to end ‘sister city’ relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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LANSING, Mich. -- The city council in Lansing, Mich., on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for an end to its "sister cities" relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia, over country's anti-gay "propaganda" law.

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Canada says it will favor refugee claims by gay Russians

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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SURREY, British Columbia -- Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Monday that the country's refugee board will favorably review asylum claims by LGBT people fleeing persecution in Russia.

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Transgender candidate from Minn. announces run for U.S. Congress

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Paula Overby
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A transgender woman from Minnesota has announced her bid for a seat in the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

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Gang member sentenced in brutal anti-gay beating, torture of three men

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Nelson Falu
NEW YORK -- A Bronx gang member has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a brutal beating and torture of a new recruit he thought was gay, and two other men in separate, gruesome assaults in October 2010.

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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
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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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