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Hawaii same-sex marriage ceremonies could start Nov. 18

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
HONOLULU -- Hawaii could begin issuing licenses and performing ceremonies for gay couples on Nov. 18 if a bill passes during a special session that begins next week.

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Transgender woman commits suicide after being fired by Russian employer

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
VK.comDasha Stern
EKATERINBURG, Russia -- LGBT activists claim that a 22-year-old transgender woman is the first victim of Russia's so-called anti-gay "propaganda" law.

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N.M. Supreme Court hears arguments on legalizing same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's highest court stepped into the fray over same-sex marriage on Wednesday, hearing arguments in a case expected to give counties across the state uniform policies on the matter.

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Three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC for Sochi

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Elaine Thompson, APIn this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, Johnny Weir performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.
NEW YORK -- Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth.

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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Simon Nkoli
Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement.

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Texas judge splits from GOP because he can ‘no longer tolerate’ anti-gay party

| Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Carlo Key
SAN ANTONIO --- A Texas judge announced Monday he is leaving the Republican party because he can "no longer tolerate" a party that demeans people for their sexual orientation.

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British lawmaker to introduce bill to ban conversion therapy in the U.K.

| Monday, October 21, 2013
Geraint Davies
LONDON -- A British parliamentarian from Wales has announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight reparative therapy in the United Kingdom.

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LGBT History Month profile: ‘Hip-Hop’s First Lady,’ Queen Latifah

Equality Forum | Monday, October 21, 2013
Queen Latifah
Known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," Queen Latifah is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

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Family of transgender student targeted by harassment hoax speaks out

CRISTAN WILLIAMS | | Monday, October 21, 2013
I’d like to introduce you to a 16-year-old high school student who I’m going to refer to as “Jane Doe.” I’m calling her “Jane” because, after an ex-gay organization orchestrated an international smear campaign against her, numerous individuals have stated that she should be beaten and killed....

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Same-sex couples file federal lawsuit in Tenn. seeking marriage recognition

| Monday, October 21, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Four legally married same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Nashville, challenging Tennessee laws that prevent the state from recognizing their marriages and treating them the same as all other legally married couples in Tennessee.

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