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Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
"In Brazil, even regular prisoners are an invisible to society at large. Transgender prisoners are doubly invisible . and vulnerable," said Claudio Nascimento, who heads the Rio Without Homophobia advocacy group.
Brazil's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates. But advocates say few prisoners are as vulnerable as transgender people. ...

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It’s Official: Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

Monday, July 27, 2015
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The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. ...

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Steve Grand confronts everyone who criticized his “immodest” swimwear

Monday, July 27, 2015
Steve Grand faced a fair degree of criticism (and a lot of staunch praise_ for posting this photo to his Instagram account two weeks ago.
"I’m not looking for everyone’s approval all of the time." ...

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Rainbow flag removed from Reno city hall after controversy

Monday, July 27, 2015
In a statement, the City of Reno said it wants to apologize to anyone offended by the flag's brief disappearance.
The American flag was lowered over the weekend, replaced temporarily with the LGBT pride flag. By Sunday evening, the pride flag had been removed. ...

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Missouri “Courage Scholarship” raises $12K in 12 Days for LGBT, ally students

Monday, July 27, 2015
The donations and support will fund two annual Courage Scholarships that will acknowledge, affirm, and reward the courage of a graduating senior from Salem High School, and a graduating senior from another part of Missouri.
The scholarship has raised 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage -- receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. ...

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Gloucester County transgender student granted trial after hearing in Norfolk

Monday, July 27, 2015
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At a hearing today, Gavin Grimm, 16, went before a Federal District judge to fight for his right to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with. ...

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Here are 13 heart-breaking stories of amazing people thrown out of the Scouts simply for being gay

Monday, July 27, 2015
This weekend, Scouts for Equality have been Tweeting the personal touching stories of men and women who've been fired from the BSA.
Get to know some of the countless men and women who've been fired from the Boy Scouts of America for being gay. ...

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Gay teacher’s honesty inspires student to come out

Monday, July 27, 2015
Drama teacher Emma Baldry's admission that she's gay inspired one of her students to come out, too.
The student wrote an extremely moving coming out letter, which you can read here. ...

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Lawyer: School that blocked gay speech didn’t discriminate

Monday, July 27, 2015
Twin Peak Charter School senior Evan Young reads his valedictorian speech on May 31, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. The Twin Peaks Charter Academy that barred Young, a gay valedictorian from coming out during his commencement speech denies it discriminated against the teen, but says no discussion of sexual orientation is appropriate for a graduation ceremony.
Eighteen-year-old valedictorian Evan Young was blocked this spring from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay. ...
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