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Building Bridges: One gay Mormon who’s found his voice

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rand Irons
Rand Irons looks ready for a black name tag and matching conservative grey suit. But you won’t see him walking door to door with Mormon Church pamphlets in hand, nor will he get his chance to travel the world in the name of his faith spreading the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...

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In this family of Seahawks fanatics, coming out must wait for the commercial

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Robbie Macaraeg
"My mom's in her uniform -- her jersey, her Seahawks jersey -- screaming at the TV, 'Go, Hawks! No! No!' Just screaming. And I walk in just crying, and she just stops everything, literally goes into mama-bear mode and is like, 'What happened? Oh, my gosh! What's going on? Are you OK? Oh, my God!' Hugs me, hugs me, hugs me. And I'm like, 'Mom, I'm gay!' ...

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Next stop for Ariz. couple who challenged gay marriage ban: visiting a wedding planner

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors are lead plaintiffs in Majors v. Horne, Lambda Legal's challenge to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban.
PHOENIX -- Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something that they never thought ...

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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fifth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. Now observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected...

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Couple gets ‘do over’ wedding, this time without the homophobic hecklers

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Gary Jackson and Oscar de Las Salas renew their vows at a "do over" wedding ceremony in Coronado, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
CORONADO, Calif. — The first wedding of Oscar de Las Salas and Gary Jackson was interrupted by hecklers yelling homophobic slurs. Now, two months later, the renewal of their vows was attended by some 300 strangers at an exclusive waterfront hotel near San Diego -- and not a heckler in sight.

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Some Mormons pushing church to become more accepting of gay members

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City on June 8, 2014. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

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Today is National Coming Out Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day -- the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement.

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Rabbi of prominent D.C. synagogue tells congregation: ‘I am a gay man’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
WASHINGTON -- The rabbi of a prominent synagogue in Washington D.C. is telling his congregants that he's gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years are divorcing. The Washington Post reports Rabbi Gil Steinlauf sent an email Monday to the 1,400 households of Adas Israel Congregation, saying he could no longer deny his homosexuality.

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Gay law student puts reparative therapy counselor in his place

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Scott Blair
You would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an "ex-gay" counseling group in an effort to help turn their son straight. Scott agreed to meet with the counselor if his parents agreed to be more open-minded.

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