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GLAAD study finds studio movies lagging in LGBT roles

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chris Rock in a scene from "Top Five," which GLAAD says was among the worst offending films in 2014 to present outdated, defamatory stereotypes of LGBT individuals.
An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, despite a slight improvement over the last year. [...]

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Texas lawmaker delays hearing on transgender school ‘bathroom bill’

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
A highly anticipated hearing on a bill limiting transgender students' use of Texas school bathrooms and locker rooms has been delayed after a veteran Republican told the author to soften his language. [...]

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Transgender man leads ‘Men’s Health’ magazine cover model competition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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When transgender vlogger and activist Aydian Dowling entered Men's Health's Ultimate Guy Search for a shot at being on the cover, he never imagined he'd receive such an outpouring of encouragement. [...]

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Hillary Clinton supports Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples to marry across the nation, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday. [...]

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Cory Booker delivers impassioned speech on Senate floor to underscore need for marriage equality

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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The N.J. Senator took to the Senate floor to underscore the importance of nationwide marriage marriage equality, and to tell the story of Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in one of six cases to be heard by the Supreme Court. [...]

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Guam attorney general orders territory to allow same-sex marriages

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Guam's attorney general on Wednesday directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex-marriage applications, putting the island on course to be the first U.S. territory to allow same-sex marriage. [...]

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Jake Tapper grills Marco Rubio on marriage equality: ‘You’re the candidate of yesterday’

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) - who on Monday formally announced his candidacy for president - appeared on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to discuss where he stands on a number of issues. [...]

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Louisiana lawmaker says he’ll make changes to divisive religious objection bill

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Rep. Mike Johnson says his bill will be clarified in the hopes of addressing concerns it could lead to discrimination against LGBT individuals and other minorities. [...]

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Indiana GOP rejects extending civil rights protections to LGBT residents

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
Republicans in the Indiana House have turned aside an attempt to extend protections for LGBT residents under the state's non-discrimination laws in response to the uproar over the new religious objections law. [...]

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Arkansas governor selects 3 justices to hear same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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A former Supreme Court justice who helped strike down Arkansas' ban on gay foster parents and an ex-legislator who tried to reinstate that prohibition were appointed Tuesday to help decide a case related to the challenge over same-sex marriage. [...]

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