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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the military

| Monday, February 23, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks with U.S. military personnel at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 22.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender individuals should not be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity.

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Graham Moore’s Oscar‑worthy acceptance speech for ‘Imitation Game’ – #StayWeird

| Sunday, February 22, 2015
Graham Moore accepts the award for the best adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Graham Moore, who on Sunday won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” took the opportunity to give a powerful acceptance speech calling awareness to teen suicide and depression, recalling his own attempt at suicide at age 16.

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Animus on display – why Arkansas SB 202 deserves a veto

American Civil Liberties Union; ACLU of Arkansas;
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal;
National Center for Lesbian Rights | Sunday, February 22, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Last week, after a series of lightning-fast votes, the Arkansas legislature delivered SB 202 to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law.

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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

| Sunday, February 22, 2015
An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur.

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Among the Navajos, a renewed debate about same-sex marriage

The New York Times | Sunday, February 22, 2015
Tradition reigns on the Navajo reservation, but the national debate over same-sex marriage is prompting some to re-examine a 2005 tribal law called the Dine Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex unions on the reservation.
(The New York Times)

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HUD issues guidance on equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday released long-awaited guidance to ensure equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters that receive federal funding.

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Alberta makes it easier for transgender individuals to change birth documents

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Alberta government is making it easier for transgender people in the province to make changes to their personal documents without undergoing sex reassignment surgery.

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GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Republican lawmaker Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that proposes amending the Constitution so that only marriages between one man and one woman are legal.

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Jeb Bush to name openly gay man as Communications Director

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
Tim Miller
Likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush plans to name Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, as his top communications aide, according to a report Friday by POLITICO.

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Thailand bans foreigners, same-sex couples from seeking surrogacy services

| Saturday, February 21, 2015
Thailand’s parliament has passed legislation passed a law banning foreigners and same-sex couples from seeking surrogacy services.

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