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Three gay rights advocates arrested outside North Carolina LGBT fundraiser

Monday, November 24, 2014
North-Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three gay-rights advocates are charged with damaging property after confronting protesters outside a North Carolina fundraiser celebrating same-sex marriage and other social changes.

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Tax filings reveal funding for anti-LGBT NOM has dropped by over 50%

Monday, November 24, 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.`
WASHINGTON -- The rapid advancement of marriage equality from 19 states to 35 in a matter of weeks has not translated into financial success for an organization whose self-proclaimed sole purpose is to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”

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Austin police department has its first openly transgender officer

Monday, November 24, 2014
Greg-Abbink
AUSTIN, Texas — The city of Austin, Texas now has it’s first openly transgender police officer. KXAN-TV reports that officer Greg Abbink has been on the police force for ten years, but it wasn’t until this year that he says he began transitioning.

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Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over ‘dubious sexuality’

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Winnie the Pooh
TUSZYN, Poland -- Authorities in the Polish town of Tuszyn have blocked a plan to have famed children's character Winnie the Pooh used as the public face of a local playground because the bear is of "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriately dressed" for children because he is "half naked".

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Straight for Equality: The evolution in LGBT rights did not happen in a vacuum

Sunday, November 23, 2014
AP
The revolution in equality for people who are gay and lesbian did not happen in a vacuum. For every person in the community who bravely came out and fought, there were people outside the LGBT community – our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors – who were watching. Many of them saw what our courage meant and chose to stop watching and be part of the fight. The progress that happened would not have occurred without them. Now’s the chance for us to do the same.

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No silence of the trans: Bigoted shouts losing ground in march toward equality

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ernest Istook
Former Oklahoma GOP Congressman Ernest Istook, a broadcaster and lawyer before entering Congress, has returned to broadcast and print journalism for the conservative press with a recent two-part analysis of the transgender community. He is not happy with the community’s social progress.

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Transgender woman presented as male for her open casket funeral

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Jennifer Gable
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Friends of a transgender woman who died last month from an aneurysm say they were shocked when family members presented her as a man for her open casket funeral.

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Why I want Pope Francis to write a requiem for Gabriel Fernandez, the boy tortured to death for appearing gay

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
There is a story that I have felt compelled to write for three months. I have not written it because I have found it difficult to find the words. I have the words. I have the exact words. I have written them before. The story that has nagged at me is the mourning of Gabriel Fernandez, and the requiem of his death. He was eight years old. I know the words to say to Gabriel, because I wrote them in April to a little boy named Zachary...

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Where Arkansas same-sex marriage cases go from here

Saturday, November 22, 2014
A demonstrator, far left, holds a sign in support of same sex marriage during a Nov. 19, 2014, rally held held by people who want the state's ban on same sex marriage upheld at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Judges in two Arkansas courtrooms are reviewing challenges to the state's gay marriage ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Challenges to the state's ban on gay marriage are being fought in both federal and state courtrooms in Arkansas, but such unions could come to the state by other means. No decisions were issued after the state Supreme Court and U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in separate but similar lawsuits Thursday.

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Ninth Circuit sets schedule for Montana AG’s appeal of gay marriage ruling

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Attorney General Tim Fox (R-Mont.)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Opening arguments from Montana's attorney general are due Feb. 27 in his appeal of a federal court order that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Attorney General Tim Fox has said it's his sworn duty to uphold Montana's Constitution, which voters amended in 2004 ...

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