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Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits for same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A leading LGBT advocacy group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of last year's U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Labor Department extends employment protections to transgender workers

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying that sex discrimination includes gender identity and transgender status of individuals who work for federal contractors and subcontractors. The news follows a June announcement by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez that the department is updating enforcement protocols and ...

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Family of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi receives gay pride award

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
From left: Jane and Joseph Clementi, co-founders of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and son James Clementi.
NEWARK, N.J. -- The mother and brother of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide days after his roommate publicized details of his relationship with another man have received a gay pride award. NJ.com reports Jane and James Clementi received the Pride Award on Tuesday from New Jersey’s Essex County as part of its LGBTQ Pride Month celebration.

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Duggar mom records robocall against Ark. non-discrimination ordinance

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Michelle Duggar, matriarch of the Duggar clan in TLC's reality series "19 Kids and Counting," recorded a robocall that is urging Fayetteville, Ark., residents to oppose an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. The call was placed to area residents Monday urging them to speak out against the ordinance, which is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday evening by city council members...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $182 million, new jobs to Fla. economy

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Florida would generate an estimated $182.2 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate as many at 2,600 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 48,496 ...

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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights. Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next...

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‘Will and Grace’ memorabilia joins Smithsonian LGBT history collection

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The  Smithsonian National Museum of American History is acquiring several pieces of history from the LGBT community, including items from the TV show “Will and Grace.”
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of LGBT people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace." Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History...

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To Be Takei: George Takei, Brad Altman open up about their 27-year love story

Via: Oprah Winfrey Network | Monday, August 18, 2014
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Twenty-seven years ago, Star Trek actor George Takei was in a gay running club in Los Angeles and noticed the best runner in the club, a man named Brad Altman. "I went up to him and asked him to train me for my first marathon," he says. "And before long, we became partners."

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AT&T donates to campaign of Texas AG who opposes marriage equality

| Monday, August 18, 2014
AT&T headquarters in Dallas.
Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T has contributed $75,000 to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor. Lone Star QA reports that, according to campaign finance reports obtained by the Texas Ethics Commission, AT&T’s Texas political action committee gave $50,000 to Abbott’s campaign in January, and another $25,000 in June...

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