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Calif. judge rules against opponents of transgender students’ rights law

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A judge in Sacramento has ruled that elections officials in 30 California counties do not have to turn over records that would help supporters of a failed ballot referendum challenge the invalidation of thousands of voter signatures. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Woman gets life in prison for murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Friday, April 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son who she believed was gay. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Lance Black

College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

Friday, April 18, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation. [ Read more → ]
Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe president threatens to expel diplomats who promote gay rights

Friday, April 18, 2014
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Moore

S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Friday, April 18, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]
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School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser." [ Read more → ]
Wayne Besen

‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

Friday, April 18, 2014
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing > [ Read more → ]
Illinois

Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]
Naya Taylor

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thursday, April 17, 2014
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom. [ Read more → ]
Missouri

Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.

Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. [ Read more → ]
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Chicago man receives email from Sprint addressing him as ‘gay sissyboy’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CHICAGO -- A Chicago man says he received an email from mobile phone carrier Sprint addressing him as a "gay sissyboy" after calling the carrier's customer service line. [ Read more → ]
Anita-Hill

Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening. [ Read more → ]
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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]
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GaymerX says no more LGBT gamer conferences, citing lack of sponsorhip

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Organizers of the GaymerX conference for LGBT gamers and developers have announced that this year's conference in San Francisco will be its last for the foreseeable future, citing a lack of sponsorship. [ Read more → ]
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Bay County, Mich., approves policy change to protect LGBT county workers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county's personnel policy on Tuesday, April 15, protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender county workers from employment discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Brunei

UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence L. Featheroff

Ohio man gets prison time for trying to ‘push the gay out’ of disabled brother

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
LANCASTER, Ohio — An Ohio man who was caring for his disabled younger brother has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for punching him and threatening to slice off his genitals to “push the gay out of him.” [ Read more → ]
Jadee-Dennis

A journey from daughter to son: A transgender teen’s story

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California transgender teen is sharing his story to encourage acceptance of other LGBT kids like himself. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.

Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized. [ Read more → ]
Pastor Javier Soto

Pastor says God sparked massive fire in Chile over same-sex civil unions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A Chilean pastor said God sparked a massive forest fire in the coastal city of Valparaíso over the weekend in response to lawmakers' consideration of a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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