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Egypt prosecutor orders seven men detained, examined for homosexuality

| Saturday, September 6, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for homosexual activity, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party, the state news agency reported.

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Billie Jean King talks tennis, LGBT athletes, keys to a successful career

| Saturday, September 6, 2014
Billie Jean at the hospitality pavilion at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York  on Sept.4, 2014.
NEW YORK -- Billie Jean King is so busy attending events during the U.S. Open, she hardly has time to watch matches at the venue that bears her name. However, King still has plenty of opinions on tennis and other topics. She believes Serena Williams can win "tons" more Grand Slam titles and Michael Sam "made history" despite not making the roster of an NFL team.

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New York City reports three cases of meningitis in HIV-positive gay men

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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NEW YORK -- New York City's Health Department says it's investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks. The department says Friday it's recommending meningitis vaccinations for all men who regularly have intimate contact with other men. It says men with HIV are at a greater risk of acquiring meningitis.

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Starkville to allow unmarried partners or ‘plus-1′ adult on city insurance plan

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Starkville-MS
JACKSON, Miss. -- A north Mississippi city is revising its health insurance plan to let municipal employees buy coverage for one other adult, including a same-sex partner. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Friday that the new insurance plan is an attempt to save money - not to make a political statement.

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The NFL is still not ready for an openly gay player

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam smiles as he speaks to reporters after team practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
If history is any guide, Michael Sam should be getting ready for his first NFL game. Instead, he's stuck on the practice squad with the Dallas Cowboys. The league, it would seem, isn't quite ready for its first openly gay player. We're not talking about his teammates, either. There was never any indication that Sam was a distraction in the St. Louis locker room, as so many had predicted...

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Delay in allowing same-sex civil unions draws protests in Greece

| Friday, September 5, 2014
A lesbian couple Christina, left, and Ioanna hold a banner that reads ''Same taxes, same rights'' during a protest outside Greece's Parliament in Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights protesters have gathered outside Greece's parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, despite a recent European court ruling against the country on the issue. About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens Friday, held while lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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Groups deliver 18K (first) names of gay marriage opponents to Utah governor

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents of same-sex marriage have given Gov. Gary Herbert's office a list of 18,600 names of people who signed online petitions supporting traditional marriage and Utah's defense of its gay marriage ban. Representatives from the nonprofit conservative groups United Families International and the Sutherland Institute delivered the names ...

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Plaintiffs file appeal notices of Louisiana same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, September 5, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS -- Marriage equality supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban.

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HRC president delivers apology to transgender community for past divides

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Chad Griffin
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin has delivered a public apology to the transgender community for past mistreatment by the HRC, and "for the times that the transgender community has been underrepresented or unrepresented" by his organization. Speaking Friday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, one of the nation’s largest conferences for the transgender ...

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Justice Dept. names openly gay attorney to No. 3 position

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Stuart Delery
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Justice Department's Civil Division has been promoted to the department's No. 3 job, becoming the highest ranking openly gay official to ever serve in the department. Stuart Delery, who argued on behalf of the federal government in a 2012 appeals court case that ultimately led to a Supreme Court decision overturning a key section ...

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