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High school says lesbian couple not eligible for homecoming royalty

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty must be made up of a male and female pair.

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Gay couple shot by BB gun-wielding homophobe outside Minneapolis gay bar

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man is facing charges after harassing customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar, and after yelling gay slurs, allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and fired at a same-sex couple.

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Report: Discriminatory laws drive higher rates of poverty for LGBT Americans

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A new report released Tuesday paints a stark picture of the added financial burdens that LGBT Americans face because of anti-LGBT laws at the national, state, and local levels. The report finds that such laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes...

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Court hearing scheduled for three charged in Philadelphia gay bashing

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Three young adults charged with beating a gay couple in Philadelphia are due in court Dec. 16 for a preliminary hearing. Police accuse the two men and a suburban police chief's daughter with taking part in an assault that left one man with a wired jaw.

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Transgender teacher who fought N.J. school boards dies

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Lily McBeth at her home in Tuckerton, N.J. in 2006.
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. -- Lily McBeth, the teacher whose battles with school boards in conservative areas of New Jersey made her a reluctant symbol of the transgender rights movement, has died. She was 80. McBeth died Sept. 24 near her home in Little Egg Harbor after a long illness, her daughter Maureen said. "She was very much at peace with her life...

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New surveys: 9.5 million U.S. adults are LGBT, 124K gay couples are married

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — Two new studies released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, review findings from four recent large, national, population-based surveys to derive estimates of the size of the LGBT community and same-sex married and unmarried couple families. Estimates across the surveys analyzed imply that between 5.2 and 9.5 million ...

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University of California to add gender neutral restrooms

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

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Deal proposed to recognize gay marriages performed before Pa. ban was struck down

| Monday, September 29, 2014
Matt Rourke, APEllen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland pose for photographs with their marriage license at a Montgomery County office on Wednesday, despite a state law banning such unions.
PHILADELPHIA -- The fate of 27 same-sex couples who married in Pennsylvania before a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban could be resolved through a legal settlement. Their marriages would be recognized under the proposed deal, but their legal anniversary would move to May 20, 2014, the day Pennsylvania's ...

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Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...

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Poll: Majority of Utahns say gay marriage will have no impact on their own lives

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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A new poll finds that while Utahns remain split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a strong majority of respondents say that even if gay couples are allowed to marry, it would have no impact on their own marriage and family. The statewide poll found that a plurality of Utahns – 49 percent in favor versus 48 percent opposed – agree that...

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