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‘Advocate’ names Pope Francis ‘most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people’

LOS ANGELES — The Advocate, the oldest and largest gay-interest magazine in the U.S., on Monday announced it has selected Pope Francis as “the single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” ...

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Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples. ...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination ...

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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. ...

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Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis urges protest of Russian anti-gay laws

WASHINGTON --- Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Friday urged American Olympians to dedicate their performances at February's Winter Games in Sochi to their gay friends and relatives as a means of protest against Russian anti-gay laws. ...

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N.J. senate panel approves transgender birth certificate bill

N.J. state capitol in Trenton.
A New Jersey state Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender ...

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Mother says gay son tortured, killed in Honduran prison after illegal deportation

LOS ANGELES -- The United States illegally deported a gay asylum-seeker to months of torture and death in a Honduran prison, his mother claims in court. ...

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Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

TOKYO -- Japan's Supreme Court this week ruled that a toddler born to a transgender man and his wife through artificial insemination shall be regarded as their legitimate child. ...

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Russian television star says gay people should be burned alive

APIvan Okhlobystin
MOSCOW -- A popular Russian actor said he wants to burn gay people alive because they pose a danger to his children, reports the Moscow Times. ...

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Ind. bishops: God is author of marriage, not within State’s power to redefine

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s six Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, asserting that the well-being of children, the family, and society are at stake. ...

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