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Gay teen’s viral video drives funding for Atlanta LGBT homeless shelter

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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ATLANTA -- A non-profit organization in Atlanta will convert a more than century-old midtown building into a homeless center for LGBT teens, according to the organization's director. The Lost N' Found organization focuses on helping LGBT teens overcome homelessness. [...]

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‘Richmond is Out’ campaign targets LGBT travelers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- "Richmond is out!" That's the message of a new tourism campaign aimed at LGBT travelers. The goal is to let them know the city is open, accepting and a great place to visit. The campaign is set to run through October 31 to correspond with the pride [...]

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Brian Brown to participate in training session for anti-LGBT activists

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014.. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.`
Brian Brown, president and co-founder of the anti-LGBT group National Organization of Marriage (NOM), will be traveling to France next week to participate in Manif Pour Tous’ “Summer University” training session. The Human Rights Campaign reports that Manif Pour Tous is the largest French anti-LGBT organization formed in 2013 to [...]

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Gay rights groups scoff at NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A decision by organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday. Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, [...]

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Mugabe says China aid doesn’t require Zimbabwe to ‘embrace homosexuality’

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe told a Chinese TV interviewer that he resents Western international aid because it always depends on conditions such as accepting homosexuality. The Telegraph reports that Mugabe praised Beijing for being “very constructive” in its assistance towards Zimbabwe, remarking that aid from Europe and America “always attach [...]

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio praises St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has praised the decision to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time at New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But he has not made a commitment to marching in the parade himself. De Blasio said [...]

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Louisiana decision contradicts more than 20 consecutive federal court rulings

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON – Today U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled to uphold Louisiana’s ban on marriage equality. Until today, no state marriage ban had survived a federal court ruling since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage decision in United States v. Windsor last summer. In response to [...]

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Emergency motion seeks recognition of deceased man’s surviving spouse

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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PHOENIX -- A gay rights legal advocacy group on Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. District Court in Arizona to order the State of Arizona to provide a death certificate naming a deceased man's spouse as his survivor. Lambda Legal filed the motion on behalf of Fred McQuire [...]

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Federal judge upholds Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling Wednesday broke a string of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. [...]

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Michael Sam signs with Dallas Cowboys

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Michael Sam (46) jogs on the field during team practice Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
IRVING, Texas -- Michael Sam's second chance in the NFL will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football [...]

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