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National Institutes of Health awards Vanderbilt $1.4 million for AIDS research

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The National Institutes of Health has given Vanderbilt University a $1.4 million grant to continue its research into the treatment and the development a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS.

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New study says marijuana may help stop the spread of HIV

| Saturday, February 15, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new study by researchers at Louisiana State University finds that THC (a main component of marijuana) given to monkeys over a 17-month clinical trial period decreased damage to immune tissue of the gut — an important site of HIV infection — by acting at the gene level.

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Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay: ‘I’m tired of lying by omission’

| Friday, February 14, 2014
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Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page announced Friday at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas that she is gay.

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Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Noah Berger, APFacebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to "Trans Woman."
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- You don't have to identify as male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

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Little by little, traditional macho stereotypes lose ground

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Scott Erskine, APIn this 2006 file photo, Jim Gilbert rides his quarterhorse, April, as snow falls in Battle Creek, Mich. Gilbert, 61, who is gay, considers himself a lifelong cowboy - still competing in rodeos.
NEW YORK — Traditionally, the American male was measured against the stoic hero who shook off all doubts, vanquished all foes and offered women a muscular shoulder to cry on.

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Speech by Ireland’s top drag performer fuels Irish gay rights debate

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Rory O'Neill as Miss Panti Bliss
DUBLIN -— Ireland's top drag performer, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.

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Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game.

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Study: Steroid use much higher among gay and bisexual teen boys

| Monday, February 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.

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The Adventures of Ivan and Thor: A Coming Out story

IVAN CRUZ (and Thor) | Friday, January 31, 2014
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I never imagined the day I'd come out. For a long time, I lived in the same fear that many others currently live in. With the help of my best-four-legged-friend, Thor, I decided to make this video and share my coming out story...

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Barneys highlights lives of transgender models in spring ad campaign

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Courtesy: Barney's New York
NEW YORK -- Barneys New York, an American retail chain of luxury department stores, has partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the New York LGBT Community Center to feature the lives and stories of 17 transgender models and their family members as part of its Spring advertising campaign.

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