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LGBT Arab-Americans find a place of their own in New York City

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bashar Makhay in his apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Makhay, who is Iraqi-American, Catholic and gay, said he created Tarab, a series of parties, beach gatherings and other events for LGBT Arabs and Middle Easterners in New York City. The Tarab program will celebrate its second anniversary with an event May 10.
NEW YORK -- With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic "Atshana" — or "I'm Thirsty" — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

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Ill. student leads dorm with goal of gender and diversity inclusion

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Brandon Rohlwing of West Dundee leads the Gender and Diversity Inclusive Living Community dorm floor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
As the son of a special-education teacher and an Illinois State Police officer Brandon Rohlwing says he tried to come across as just another typical suburban sports-loving, heterosexual boy during his middle-school years in West Dundee, Ill., but "some students saw through that and saw the real me," he says.

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Coming Out in the Brazilian culture

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Kelvin-IFD
Culturally in Brazil, coming out as gay is "a shock." ... "I grew up hearing, 'Oh, I don't care about gay people, they're fine, but if my son was gay, it would be a different story.' So I always knew it was going to be a hard time to come out."

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Designers Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent marry at iconic NYC public library

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
NEW YORK -- Designer and American Dream Builders host and author Nate Berkus, 42, married designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent, 29, Saturday at the New York Public Library, reports People magazine.

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First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Bishop Gene Robinson
NEW YORK -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.

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For transgender people, a massive new resource: ‘Trans Bodies, Trans Selves’

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Trans-Bodies,-Trans-Selves
NEW YORK -- As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them — a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters.

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Facebook status outs gay Eagle Scout, ends leadership opportunities

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Garrett Bryant
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- For 19-year-old Garrett Bryant, a Boy Scout since he was a small boy, summers meant Boy Scout Camps, and this year, a job to help pay his college tuition -- that is, until a "relationship" status on Facebook forever altered his plans and his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.

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Japan’s First Lady joins thousands marching in Tokyo LGBT pride parade

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Tokyo-Pride
TOKYO -- Thousands gathered in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya business and shopping district for LGBT Pride on Sunday.

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Alabama photography exhibit explores dynamics of youths’ sexual identity

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Foster Noone, 17, of Pelham, Ala., looks at a personal photo in a new exhibit featuring images of young people with varied sexual identities and preferences during the installation of the work in Birmingham, Ala. Self-identified as gender fluid, Noone is among a dozen young people who posed for photos in the exhibit, which opened Wednesday, April 23, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. A photography exhibition that opened at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the Deep South.

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‘I think it’s really weird that some people don’t think that bisexuals exist’

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rachel-IFD
Rachel is bisexual, and for the first time, she was confronted with an issue that has plagued people like her for a long time: biphobia...

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