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For all these reasons and for every season… equality matters: ‘Bridegroom’

| Saturday, October 26, 2013
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The year was 2005. It was a modern twist to the age-old fairy tales: boy meets boy and they fall in love. But unlike the fairy tales of old, this story had a very tragic ending...

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LGBT History Month profile: Sally Ride, first female American astronaut in space

Equality Forum | Friday, October 25, 2013
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On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She later became the only person to serve on the presidential commissions investigating both of the nation’s space shuttle tragedies — the Challenger explosion (1986) and the Columbia disaster (2003).

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LGBT History Month profile: Blues singer, recording artist Ma Rainey

Equality Forum | Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Ma Rainey, called the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American blues singers and recording artists. She is recognized as one of the great female blues vocalists.

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More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jeff Chiu, APJamison Green, a transgender man who owns Jamison Green & Associates, a transgender benefit consulting firm, says part of the reason more companies don’t offer transgender benefits is that many are not aware that the insurance they’ve purchased excludes treatments for transgender employees.
WASHINGTON -- When Koset Surakomol decided to have a sex change operation, the company she worked for told her co-workers that the man they'd labored alongside for a dozen years should be addressed as a woman going forward.

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Gambia gays face discrimination in exile

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jane Hahn, APAlhaji, 21, whose last name has been withheld for his safety, looks out over Dakar as he poses for a picture near the African Renaissance Monument, in Dakar, Senegal. Alhaji fled his home in neighboring Gambia last year after being beaten, tried, and persecuted for being gay.
Alhaji, a 21-year-old gay man, knew there was trouble when he heard that an uninvited guest was snapping photos in the middle of his poolside birthday party in Gambia's capital. That photographer turned out to be a member of Gambia's feared National Intelligence Agency, and accused Alhaji of throwing "a gay party" in violation of Gambian law.

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Doctors have convincing evidence baby born with HIV may be cured

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus - a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.

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LGBT History Month profile: First out black writer Bruce Nugent

Equality Forum | Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Bruce Nugent was a writer and artist during the Harlem Renaissance. He was the first out black writer.

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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement.

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LGBT History Month profile: ‘Hip-Hop’s First Lady,’ Queen Latifah

Equality Forum | Monday, October 21, 2013
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Known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," Queen Latifah is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

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Once bullied gay teen starts anti-bullying coalition to help other bullied kids

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
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TIPTON, Iowa -- NBC Nightly News on Sunday profiled 17-year-old Jake Stallman, a once bullied gay teen from eastern Iowa who decided he no longer could suffer in silence and now helps other kids who are bullied.

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