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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

Monday, July 28, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. [ Read more → ]
Mike Priefer

Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

Sunday, July 27, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ... [ Read more → ]
Jason Combs is arrested for illegally towing cars during Florida's annual Gay Days last month.

Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days

Sunday, July 27, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities have arrested a Florida towing company operator they say illegally towed cars during Orlando's 2014 Gay Days celebration. Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual Gay Days festivities draw tens of thousands to the area. [ Read more → ]

A Mormon mom’s story of unconditional love for her transgender son

Saturday, July 26, 2014
From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described "sheltered, Utah Mormon boy," and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: "I assumed (Grayson) would say 'I have a boy brain.' But he didn't. He said 'I have a boy's soul.'" [ Read more → ]
Andreja Pejic

Acclaimed ‘supermodel’ Andreja Pejic comes out as transgender

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Bosnian-born supermodel Andreja Pejic, known for her striking androgyny, has come out as transgender, announcing on social media Thursday that she’s transitioned from male to female, and that doing so has saved her life. The acclaimed model, who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, announced that she.. [ Read more → ]
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

Saturday, July 26, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ... [ Read more → ]

Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

Friday, July 25, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ... [ Read more → ]
David Tyree

N.Y. Giants defend hiring of David Tyree despite history of anti-gay remarks

Thursday, July 24, 2014
The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against... [ Read more → ]

‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

Thursday, July 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS. [ Read more → ]

Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

Thursday, July 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships... [ Read more → ]
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