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YMCA

Oklahoma City YMCA opens family membership to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 5, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma City chapter of the YMCA has announced a policy shift to allow same-sex couples to sign up for family membership. The YMCA said the policy change was not in response to any particular incident, but rather representative of the “changing landscape of households in Oklahoma.” [ Read more → ]
Slovakia

Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the Christian Democrats. [ Read more → ]
Texas-GOP

Draft of Texas Republican Party platform endorses ‘gay cure’ therapy

Thursday, June 5, 2014
The first draft of the Texas Republican Party platform finds some changes to the party's position on homosexuality with the removal of some anti-gay language, and the addition of a new statement supporting "gay cure" therapies. [ Read more → ]
Nike

Nike updates collection of #BETRUE footwear, apparel for Pride Month

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Just in time for LGBT Pride Month, Nike is launching its #BETRUE collection of uniquely designed footwear and apparel inspired by the LGBT community. Nike says the #BETRUE collection features rainbow colors as a reflection of the diversity within sports and Nike’s support for the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
salsa-dancers

John & Andrew: Same-sex salsa couple sizzle on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Two men, one gay and one straight, teamed up Tuesday night to perform a fast and fierce salsa dance on "America's Got Talent." John Narvaes, who is straight, and Andrew Cervantes, who is gay, showed judges they didn’t need an opposite-sex partner to give a sizzling performance. [ Read more → ]
AC360

The RidicuList: Happy Birthday, Anderson Cooper

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
From Tuesday night's AC360 on CNN: "How is this for a birthday surprise? Anderson thought he was reading tonight's RidicuList on a bear sleeping in a hammock, but that's when some of the biggest names in news delivered unforgettable birthday messages." [ Read more → ]
Florida

Two Fla. municipalities extend healthcare coverage to workers’ same-sex spouses

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Two Florida municipalities have voted to extend healthcare coverage to their workers' same-sex spouses. The city of Lakeland voted 5-2 to add workers' same-sex spouses to its insurance plan, and Highland County defeated motions by two commissioners who sought to revoke existing coverage for same-sex spouses of county workers. [ Read more → ]
Pete Cahall (center), flanked by D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (left) and council member David Catania.

D.C. high school principal comes out during school’s Pride Day assembly

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A D.C. high school principal came out as gay on Wednesday, breaking 50 years of silence in an emotional address to the student body at a Pride Day assembly. Stand next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and openly gay council member David A. Catania, Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall said he has been inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly. [ Read more → ]
Janet Napolitano

Univ. of Calif. president Napolitano forms advisory group on LGBT issues

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. -- University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday the formation of a President’s Advisory Group on LGBT issues to advise her on how best to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff across the UC system. [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

Settlement reached in suicide of teen who endured years of anti-gay bullying

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- The mother of a Central California teenager who committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying has reached a $750,000 settlement with her son's school district. Wendy Walsh, whose 13-year-old son, Seth, committed suicide in 2010, accused the Tehachapi Unified School [ Read more → ]
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