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Magdo Haro

N.M. mom charged with abuse, hate crime attack on lesbian daughter

Thursday, July 17, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sheriff's deputies in Doña Ana County, N.M., have arrested the mother of a 17-year-old girl on charges of physical and sexual abuse in reaction to learning of her daughter's sexual orientation. Sheriff’s officials have enhanced the charges because they say the incident qualifies as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Chelsea Manning

Military to begin initial gender identity treatment for Chelsea Manning

Thursday, July 17, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identify condition. The military will instead begin the initial treatment for her. [ Read more → ]
Key West plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones

Florida judge overturns gay marriage ban; ruling applies only to Florida Keys

Thursday, July 17, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla -- . A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended ... [ Read more → ]
Mia Henderson

Slain transgender woman was NBA player’s sibling

Thursday, July 17, 2014
BALTIMORE -- A transgender woman found slain in Baltimore on Wednesday morning was the sibling of an NBA player Reggie Bullock of the Los Angeles Clippers. Baltimore police say 26-year-old Mia Henderson was found dead early Wednesday morning in an alley in northwest Baltimore. Police have not identified any suspects or established a motive... [ Read more → ]
St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam, left, and his partner Vito Cammisano arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Michael Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY Awards on Tuesday. Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay, teared up throughout his speech and his voice faltered at times as he accepted the award, named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting HIV from a ... [ Read more → ]
Robert Garcia

Garcia takes office in Long Beach, becomes city’s first gay, Latino mayor

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Robert Garcia took office as the 28th mayor of Long Beach, Calif. on Tuesday, making him both the first openly gay person and first Latino ever to serve as the Southern California city's chief executive. California Attorney General Kamala Harris read Garcia his oath in a public ceremony. [ Read more → ]
David Garcia

First Mississippi mayor announces his support for marriage equality

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WAVELAND, Miss. -- Waveland mayor David Garcia has announced his support for same-sex marriage, marking the first time a sitting mayor in the state of Mississippi has publicly supported marriage equality. Garcia has added his name to "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry," a nationwide effort consisting of more than 450 U.S. mayors advocating for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Macedonia to consider constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Macedonia's parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendments to effectively ban same-sex marriage. Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to begin the amendment process proposed by the governing conservatives, who with their political allies already have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to approve the change... [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Civil rights groups, lawmakers step up pressure on Obama over executive order

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dozens of civil rights organizations and a group of Democratic lawmakers have signed letters this week asking President Barack Obama not to exempt “religiously affiliated contractors” from a planned executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The letters come as the debate over religious liberty intensifies in the wake of a recent ... [ Read more → ]
Jeffrey Leveque

Former St. Louis cop gets one year probation for harassing LGBT couple

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
SAINT LOUIS — A one-time St. Louis police officer will spend a year on supervised probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for harassing and intimidating an LGBT couple. Jeffrey Michael Leveque, 45, was charged with felony harassment in January after police said he and another man parked outside the home of Meg Hensley, 27, and her transgender ... [ Read more → ]
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