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Out actress Ellen Page took the stage at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to advocate, actress, writer, and producer Laverne Cox.

Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox honored with GLAAD Media Awards

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Jennifer Lopez and Laverne Cox were honored with GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, saluting what GLAAD calls fair, accurate and inclusive representation in media of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. [ Read more → ]
Douglas Spady

Police identify suspect they say raped, robbed Canadian visitor he met on Grindr

Saturday, April 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Police in Philadelphia have identified the man they say sexually assaulted, beat and robbed a Canadian tourist after the two men met on Grindr. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon City high school students protest Day of Silence with anti-gay t-shirts

Friday, April 11, 2014
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- On this national Day of Silence, designed to call attention to anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools, some students at an Oregon high school staged their own protest to tell others that "gay is not OK." [ Read more → ]
Tim Cook

Apple CEO tweets U.S. House to pass ENDA on Civil Rights anniversary

Friday, April 11, 2014
Apple chief executive Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to remind the U.S. House of Representatives that on this 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s not too late to pass workplace protections for LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
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Harvey Milk stamp to be dedicated at White House ceremony on May 22

Friday, April 11, 2014
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk "Forever" stamp will take place at the White House May 22, the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

Friday, April 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House. [ Read more → ]
Laura Jane Klug

School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

Friday, April 11, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian visitor assaulted, beaten, robbed after meeting man on Grindr

Friday, April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A Canadian man visiting Philadelphia for an education conference says he was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed after meeting another man on the gay hookup app Grindr. [ Read more → ]
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Annual ‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to ‘silencing effect’ of anti-LGBT bullying

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of schools around the world on Friday will participate in GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 19th annual "Day of Silence" by taking a vow of silence to draw attention to the anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools. [ Read more → ]
Mike Schlossberg

Pennsylvania lawmaker to introduce same-sex ‘divorce equality’ bill

Thursday, April 10, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. — While lawsuits challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage make their way through state and federal courts, a state lawmaker says he plans legislation to grant same-sex couples the right to divorce. [ 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 Utah gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold separate rulings by two federal judges that threw out same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. [ Read more → ]
Geoff McGrath

Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana

Louisiana poll: Slight increase in support for gay marriage, big drop in opposition

Thursday, April 10, 2014
A new poll finds that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana has increased slightly over the past year, however a plurality of voters still oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States. [ Read more → ]
University-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services. [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment. [ Read more → ]
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.

Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal: Announcement ‘very soon’ on a Ga. marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Almost every week, a new one appears. Marriage equality lawsuits have been filed now in all but five states in the nation -- the final five that remain out of the game are North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and, finally... Georgia, the most populous state of the remaining five. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014.

Minn. governor signs LGBT-inclusive ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying bill into law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after clearing the Minnesota state House, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law. [ Read more → ]
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Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]
North-Carolina

Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Mike-Huckabee

Mike Huckabee: ‘I’m not homophobic … this is the right side of the Bible’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday told an Iowa audience that he is not a hater, not homophobic, and is merely standing on the "right side of the Bible." [ Read more → ]
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Study: Simply talking to people about gay marriage makes them more tolerant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It turns out that good old fashioned human-to-human conversation really can change people's minds. VOX reports that a new study from professors at UCLA and Columbia University found that simply talking about marriage equality with those who oppose it can help to shift their perspective... [ Read more → ]
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