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Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.

Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized. [ Read more → ]
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6th annual gay pride parade takes over Florida’s South Beach

Sunday, April 13, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Pride week in south Florida culminated Sunday on the streets of South Beach for the 6th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival. [ Read more → ]
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The path of acceptance vs. the path of rejection

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Eric Thomas and his friend Felix were both young gay men living in the Bronx. The difference that set their lives on different paths came from their homes and churches... [ Read more → ]
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Advocate for homeless LGBT youth calls on Pope to end religion’s anti-gay messaging

Sunday, April 13, 2014
NEW YORK -- Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world's religious communities in bringing an end to the "grave moral failure" by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families. [ Read more → ]
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Annual ‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to ‘silencing effect’ of anti-LGBT bullying

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of schools around the world on Friday will participate in GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 19th annual "Day of Silence" by taking a vow of silence to draw attention to the anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools. [ Read more → ]
Art Smith, who served as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, is among those from the LGBT community who have signed up for the fall 2014 CookOUT/RockOUT event.

New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs, food luminaries

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country - CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries. [ Read more → ]
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Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment. [ Read more → ]
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UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball. [ Read more → ]
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Why I identify as ‘Queer’

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Jaime-Jin describes why "being an Asian American, being female, being a transracial adoptee, being a Southerner who was growing up in a religious household" she identifies as "queer." [ Read more → ]
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Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Sunday, April 6, 2014
NEW YORK — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms. [ Read more → ]
Cortesy: Mikel Razo, Mexican Wedding Photography (AP)Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson, seen here during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 1, 2013, are among five winning couples in a wedding contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACLU announces winners in national same-sex marriage wedding contest

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. [ Read more → ]
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‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish reveals she’s in a same-sex relationship

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kristen Kish, the 2012 winner of Top Chef and only the second female in the show’s history to win the title, has come out, revealing in a New York Times profile that she is in a relationship with another woman. [ Read more → ]
Ahn Young-joon, APDr. Kim Seok-Kwun talks with an unidentified patient at Dong-A University Hospital in Busan, South Korea. Dr. Kim is a pioneer in slowly changing views on sexuality and gender in the country, where many have long considered even discussions of sexuality a taboo.

Sex change surgeon in conservative South Korea: ‘I correct God’s mistakes’

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BUSAN, South Korea -- As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings. [ Read more → ]
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Sara Gilbert of ‘The Talk,’ ‘Roseanne,’ marries rock musician Linda Perry

Monday, March 31, 2014
Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’ “The Talk,” married rock musician Linda Perry on Sunday, her colleagues announced Monday. [ Read more → ]
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NCAA college football defensive end Mitch Eby comes out as gay

Monday, March 31, 2014
ORANGE, Calif. -- Mitch Eby, a junior defensive end at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has come out as gay, delivering a moving coming-out speech to his teammates on March 18 that sent them into applause. [ Read more → ]
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Gender transition gives HIV+ transgender man reason to live

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Teo was in an abusive relationship with a woman, which lead him to be infected with HIV. It was his diagnosis, however, that pushed him to want to finally go through gender transition and lead a more fulfilled life. [ Read more → ]
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Elton John, David Furnish to exchange vows again to celebrate UK gay marriage

Saturday, March 29, 2014
LONDON -- Elton John and David Furnish say they plan to exchange vows for a second time to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
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Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace on transition, new album

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW YORK -- Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding. [ Read more → ]
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The real, true story about how parents adopted out their child when he came out as gay

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Corey did not have an easy life. He was a popular jock guy in high school, but by the age of 15, he had been handed more than his share of abuse. His parents were conservative, religious, on welfare and dabbled in narcotics. His birth father beat Corey at times, and neglected him at others... [ Read more → ]
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Neon Trees’ lead vocalist Tyler Glenn comes out as gay

Monday, March 24, 2014
Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
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Coming out as an undocumented immigrant, and as a queer man

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Carlos was brought to the United States by his family when he was 2 years old. After excelling in school, he had to explain to a teacher that he couldn't apply for a college scholarship because he is an undocumented immigrant, all while preparing to tell his mom that he's gay. [ Read more → ]
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High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

Thursday, March 20, 2014
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light." [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, APMissouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, center, dances as he jokes with teammates during pro day for NFL football representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri’s pro scouting day

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day. [ Read more → ]
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Rosa’s journey from ‘all gays should go to hell’ to loving her lesbian daughter

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Imagine you have a husband, two infant girls, a house, and a marriage. Then your husband abandons you because he's gay. That's what happened to Rosa Manriquez. "I really hated him. And it followed that I hated anyone who was gay." [ Read more → ]
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Brooklyn Nets sign Jason Collins for remainder of the season

Saturday, March 15, 2014
NEW YORK -- Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA's first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him. [ Read more → ]
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