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Tempe voters to consider workplace protections for LGBT community

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tempe
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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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
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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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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Anti-gay activist qualifies as candidate for Mass. governor

| Monday, August 25, 2014
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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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Marriage equality advocates deliver more than 3,000 petitions to Wis. AG’s office

| Friday, August 22, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Marriage equality advocates on Thursday dropped off more than 3,200 petitions at the Wisconsin Attorney General's office, hoping to assert some last minute influence ahead of Tuesday's hearing on the state's same0sex marriage ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Attorneys in Ore. same-sex marriage case awarded legal fees

| Friday, August 22, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge has approved more than $133,000 in legal fees to one group of lawyers in Oregon's gay marriage case. The money goes to three Portland lawyers who filed the first lawsuit challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender.

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Someone on Capitol Hill making transphobic edits to Wikipedia articles

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- An anonymous user with an IP address originating from the U.S. House of Representatives has repeatedly made edits to Wikipedia articles on topics related to the transgender community. Business Insider reports that the edits generally are critical of transgender individuals, and other users have called the changes "hate speech."

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