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Country music singers Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman come out as gay

Friday, November 21, 2014
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In separate announcements Thursday, country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay. Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His announcement inspired Gilman to do go public as well in a You Tube video posted just a few hours later.

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.

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Author and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg is dead at 65

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Leslie Feinberg, the author best known for the 1993 novel "Stone Butch Blues," died Saturday at home in Syracuse, N.Y., of "complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections," according to Feinberg's partner and spouse, Minnie Bruce Pratt, a poet and professor at Syracuse University. Feinberg was 65.

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Large study of gay brothers suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

Monday, November 17, 2014
Julio Cabrera (pictured) and his brother Mauricio are among almost 800 gay brothers nationwide who donated blood or saliva to help scientists search for genetic clues about the origins of homosexuality. Both are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican heritage.
CHICAGO -- A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong enough to prove it. Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their results bolster previous evidence pointing to genes on the X chromosome.

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Loyalty unrewarded?

Saturday, November 15, 2014
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A year ago, Col. Cynthia Millonzi was looking forward to retiring from the Army National Guard. She planned to do so when she passed the 30-year mark in her military career and the 25-year mark in her civil service career. Now, one year short of retirement she faces uncertain future after charges could jeopardize her benefits...

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The family who launched Army captain Max Lenox’s amazing journey

Friday, November 14, 2014
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Max Lenox was born to a crack-addicted black mother and raised by two white gay fathers who helped shape him into the much-admired captain of Army basketball.

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At 92, Rupert Starr still advocates for gay service members, veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again - this time as an...

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‘The Son God Gave Me’

Sunday, November 9, 2014
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My child's struggle to figure out who he was called everything I believed into question. With my strong faith and lots of soul-searching, the answers finally became clear...

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Religious institutions struggle to find their place amid advances in LGBT rights

Sunday, November 2, 2014
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WENHAM, Mass. -- D. Michael Lindsay thought he was on safe political ground when he signed the letter. President Barack Obama was about to expand job protection for gays employed by federal contractors. Under the proposed changes, faith-based charities with federal grants worried they could lose the right to hire and fire according to their religious beliefs...

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic.

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