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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
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
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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Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robina Asti
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision.

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Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)
LOS ANGELES -- Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love."

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Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dick Swaab
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay.

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Kenyan author comes out as gay in response to anti-laws in Africa

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BBCBinyavanga Wainaina
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Binyavanga Wainaina, the African author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has announced he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent.

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