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Jason Collins reflects on growing up gay, and how ‘it got better’

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Jason-Collins
From the producers of "Web Therapy" and the "It Gets Better" project, comes a new series sharing LGBT celebrities' personal stories of struggle and success. In this video, Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, recalls that it was around age 16 that he realized he was [...]

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Body of murdered transgender woman found in Baltimore field

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Police said Wednesday that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman identified as 40-year-old Kandy Hall, but that details surrounding her death remained scarce. [...]

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Sex abuse lawsuit dropped against former TV executive

Thursday, June 5, 2014
David Neuman
HONOLULU -- A former aspiring actor and model withdrew his lawsuit alleging a former TV executive sexually abused him during trips to Hawaii in 1999. Attorneys for Michael Egan III filed papers Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu voluntarily dismissing the case against David Neuman. [...]

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Private youth treatment center accepts jailed transgender teen

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A 16-year-old transgender girl detained without criminal charges at an adult women's prison in Connecticut for the past two months has been accepted into a private treatment center for youths in Massachusetts, the top child welfare official in Connecticut said Thursday. [...]

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Washington state reinforces insurance parity requirement for gay spouses

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Washington state officials are reminding companies in the state that health benefits must be provided to same-sex spouses if they are provided to heterosexual spouses. The state issued a joint letter Thursday to the state's employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding health care benefits for same-sex married couples. [...]

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Oklahoma City YMCA opens family membership to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma City chapter of the YMCA has announced a policy shift to allow same-sex couples to sign up for family membership. The YMCA said the policy change was not in response to any particular incident, but rather representative of the “changing landscape of households in [...]

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the [...]

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George Takei sees movement toward gay pride beginning in Japan

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Actor George Takei, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe toast during a reception at Kennedy's official residence Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Tokyo.
TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a [...]

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Draft of Texas Republican Party platform endorses ‘gay cure’ therapy

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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The first draft of the Texas Republican Party platform finds some changes to the party's position on homosexuality with the removal of some anti-gay language, and the addition of a new statement supporting "gay cure" therapies. [...]

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N.Y. eases birth certificate change policy for transgender individuals

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state will no longer require transgender people to offer proof of surgery when they ask to change the gender on their birth certificate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Thursday, though the change won't apply to certificates issue in New York City. [...]

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