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Michael Sam survives first training camp cuts with Rams

Outsports.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Michael Sam was not among the cuts the St. Louis Rams made Tuesday, Sam's agent Cameron Weiss confirmed with Outsports. That ensures Sam will have one final preseason game in which to make the team's roster.

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Crist seeks nomination as Democrat after lifetime in GOP

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A campaign supporter displays a sign as former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist makes a campaign stop Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in North Miami, Fla., as Crist tries to get his old job back as a Democrat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.

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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Medically necessary procedures related to a person's gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati's health insurance starting next year. Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change. ...

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Tempe voters to consider adding protections for LGBT city workers

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The city of Tempe could become the first city in Arizona to include sexual orientation as a protected class from workplace discrimination if voters approve a landmark city ordinance on Tuesday. Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville says the amendment has been a longtime coming for LGBT residents of Tempe, but it's up to the voters to pass.

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One year later, family, friends seek justice for transgender woman’s murder

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Islan Nettles
NEW YORK -- One year since the murder Islan Nettles, a group of advocates and supporters gathered at the site where the transgender woman was beaten to death in a bid to keep the case in the public eye.

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Miss Spain becomes first openly lesbian national beauty queen

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Patricia Yurena
Miss Spain has revealed she is in a lesbian relationship, becoming the first openly gay national beauty queen. Patricia Yurena, 24, revealed in an Instagram photo that she is in a relationship with singer Vanesa Cortes. The image was captioned "Romeo and Juliet."

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HRC report examines World Congress of Families’ anti-gay influence, extremism

| Monday, August 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Monday released a new report examining what it calls one of the most influential groups in America promoting and coordinating the exportation of anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology, and legislation abroad: the Rockford, Ill.-based World Congress of Families.

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Anti-gay activist qualifies as candidate for Mass. governor

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Scott  Lively
BOSTON -- Scott Lively, the anti-gay pastor who has dedicated much of his professional life to combating what he calls the “evil Satan inspired homosexual agenda," has submitted the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify as an independent candidate for governor of the state of Massachusetts.

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All-female college adopts new policy to admit transgender students

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Transgender students who identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College in Oakland. The announcement makes Mills the first of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have an official policy for transgender applicants.

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Nashville mayor first in Tenn. to publicly support marriage equality

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Karl Dean
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville mayor Karl Dean has joined the national group "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry," becoming the first mayor from Tennessee to publicly support marriage equality. Dean signed on to the coalition of nearly 500 mayors from around the U.S. advocating for full marriage equality nationwide.

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