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First magazine for gays and lesbians in Bangladesh launched

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of gays who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the publication's editor said on Sunday.

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George Michael to release new album, ‘Symphonica’

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Francois Mori, APGeorge Michael
LONDON — After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album. Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, "Symphonica," is due for release March 17.

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For ‘Same Love,’ Mary Lambert says, ‘I was sort of a last resort’

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards at on Aug.  25, 2013. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same sex anthem featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for song of the year at the Jan. 26, 2014 Grammy Awards.
In just six hours, Mary Lambert's life changed drastically. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had written and produced a song called "Same Love," but they needed a special hook to finalize the emotional track. Like the rap duo, Lambert is from Seattle, though she had never met them before.

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Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough.

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Va. Assembly tables bill to repeal gay marriage ban as lawsuits move forward

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Scott Surovell
RICHMOND, Va. — While two federal lawsuits challenging Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are moving forward, a House committee voted Monday to table the only bill aimed at repealing the ban, effectively ending the fight from the legislative front in this session.

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Bass documentary ‘Kidnapped for Christ’ spotlights abusive boarding schools

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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Lance Bass is hoping his new documentary, "Kidnapped for Christ," will put the spotlight on unscrupulous boarding schools that abuse children in the name of rehabilitating them.

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Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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The day that Arkady Gyngazov's plane landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York, thugs and hooligans hired by the owner of the building in Moscow where the gay nightclub he helped managed is located, ripped an entire portion of the roof off the building, heating and air conditioning units, exposing the club to the harsh Russian winter.

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Newly selected Catholic cardinal calls homosexuality a bodily ‘defect’

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Most Rev. Fernando Sebastian Aguilar
MADRID -- Spain's newly chosen Catholic cardinal has described homosexuality as a "defect" within ones body, akin to high blood pressure, that can be corrected with treatment.

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Republican leaders put the heat on GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim attacks

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Dave Agema
LANSING, Mich. — As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing committeeman Dave Agema for repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

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Malawi court hears appeal on three men convicted of homosexuality

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi's top court is considering an appeal of the conviction of three men who are serving long jail terms for homosexual acts.

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