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For Carlos Vigil, whose fate could have been my own… Rest in peace, my friend

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
Carlos Vigil
Initially I could not understand why Carlos Vigil's story had elicited such a strong emotional response from me. Perhaps it was our shared interest in government and public policy? Maybe it was the clear articulation of his frame of mind that day through a posting I had read on his Twitter account? Or perhaps it was my empathy for his family and what they must be going through during this harrowing moment in their lives? As I pondered these questions I quickly came to the realization that selfishly, my feelings had little to do with Carlos or his family. It was because of me...

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Gay rights activists arrested after Calif. city rescinds pride month proclamation

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- Three gay rights activists are facing charges Wednesday morning after protesting a city council vote to reject a proclamation passed by the mayor last month that declared June as LGBT Pride month in Porterville.

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Bullied N.M. gay teen posts suicide note online before taking his own life

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Carlos Vigil
LAS LUNAS, N.M. -- An openly gay New Mexico high school student who spoke out against bullying died Tuesday after his family removed him from life support following a suicide attempt over the weekend.

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EEOC ruling a key victory in battle over anti-transgender discrimination

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Mia Macy
WASHINGTON -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee who claimed she had been verbally and physically harassed at her job with a federal contractor and had been denied a position at a laboratory of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in California.

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Ill. coalition launches statewide campaign to build support for same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Marriage equality supporters in Illinois are launching a $2 million statewide campaign aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage.

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MLB to strengthen policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation

| Monday, July 15, 2013
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

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‘Former’ homosexuals cancel ‘ex-gay pride’ event over ‘anti-ex-gay extremism’

| Monday, July 15, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Organizers of the first ever "Ex-Gay Pride" month have cancelled its gala event, blaming "anti-ex-gay extremism" and "security threats," and said its event would be moved and postponed to an undisclosed location in September.

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‘A perfect day’ – Terminally ill patient marries partner on airport tarmac

| Sunday, July 14, 2013
From left, Jim Obergefell, Paulette Roberts and John Arthur
John Arthur is bedridden with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. On June 26, as he watched news that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, John knew what would be that one "perfect day" before he took his last breath.

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Children of gay parents speak out in support of LGBT families (Video)

| Saturday, July 13, 2013
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In a new video from the Family Equality Council's "Outspoken Generation," young people from around the country who were raised by LGBT parents share their experiences of growing up in happy, healthy families.

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Latest polls mixed on marriage equality, discrimination, religious freedom

| Saturday, July 13, 2013
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The latest polls released this week affirm growing support for marriage equality in several states around the nation, as well as growing support for LGBT-inclusive workplace protections. But another poll suggests religious freedom should trump discrimination laws.

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