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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Zackie Achmat

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Zackie Achmat is a South African activist whose work has focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, the gay community and combating apartheid. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a recipient of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.

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Nepal opens up national elections to members of ‘third gender’

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Nepal government's Election Commission said Monday that LGBT and inter-sex Nepalis are able to register as “third gender” for the first time in the country's history, and will be able campaign openly for legislative seats in the upcoming November 19 national elections.

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SPLC files lawsuit against Miss. town for denying business license for LGBT bar

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Shannon, Miss., its mayor and its aldermen for denying a business license to a bar catering to the LGBT community.

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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in W.Va.

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national gay rights organization is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

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Caribou Coffee apologizes after erasing window art by local gay-straight alliance

| Monday, September 30, 2013
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NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- The Caribou Coffee chain is apologizing after a Chicago-area store erased window art completed by a local high school's gay-straight alliance.

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Christie appealing same-sex marriage ruling to N.J Supreme Court

| Monday, September 30, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration has told New Jersey's top state court that it is appealing last week's lower-court ruling that the state must allow gay couples to marry.

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Ohio lawmaker to introduce hate crimes bill following attacks outside gay bar

| Monday, September 30, 2013
Nickie Antonio
CLEVELAND — An Ohio state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill next week that would make crimes targeting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability a hate crime.

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Pa. lawmaker yanks support for LGBT protections over ‘bathroom issue’

| Monday, September 30, 2013
John Galloway
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker has withdrawn his support for a proposed amendment to the state's Human Relations Act, citing "concerns" regarding use of public facilities for transgender people.

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Countries call on U.N. member states to end anti-LGBT discriminiation

| Monday, September 30, 2013
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UNITED NATIONS -- A group of 11 countries called on U.N. member states to repeal laws that discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people, in the world organization's highest-level meeting on the issue ever.

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Renowned gay equestrian killed by unknown gunman as he sat with partner

| Saturday, September 28, 2013
Ross Reisner
EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. -- A renowned openly gay New York equestrian riding instructor died earlier this week after an unknown gunman fired multiple rounds into the victim's home, killing him as he sat next to his partner of 26 years.

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