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Thousands gather in West Hollywood for annual LA Pride parade

Monday, June 9, 2014
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Thousands of participants, spectators and marchers gathered along the famed Santa Monica Blvd., in West Hollywood on Sunday for the annual LA Pride parade. Organizers said prior to the event they expected more than 400,000 participants, making it the largest ever gathering of LGBT people and [...]

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Brian and Toby: A same-sex couple’s wedding story

Sunday, June 8, 2014
In this Jan. 1, 2013 photo, Toby Sowers, right, hugs Brian Rubin as they pose for a photo during a New Year's party in New York. In the late 1990s, Brian said his father was dismayed to learn that his son was gay. Now, he enthusiastically hosted a dinner for members of the wedding's inner circle.
From their first date, it took Brian Rubin and Toby Sowers only days to fall in love and barely seven months to get engaged. Then the pace of their love story slowed. They spent 20 more months planning their wedding, a three-day flurry of celebrations and ceremonies in New York [...]

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Jason Collins reflects on growing up gay, and how ‘it got better’

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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From the producers of "Web Therapy" and the "It Gets Better" project, comes a new series sharing LGBT celebrities' personal stories of struggle and success. In this video, Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, recalls that it was around age 16 that he realized he was [...]

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Calif. couple shares story of 5-year-old’s transition: ‘Our amazing son’

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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A couple in San Diego, Calif., is sharing the story of their transgender child who became a boy at just five years old. Jeff and Hillary Whittington were honored at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast last week and they shared a video of Ryland's female-to-male transition. [...]

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge gets married

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53-year-old Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, on Saturday. [...]

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Thousands celebrate at Cyprus’ first ever LGBT pride parade

Saturday, May 31, 2014
A participant dances as other people smile while taking part in the first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views. [...]

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TIME examines transgender rights as ‘America’s next civil rights frontier’

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Transgender activist and "Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox graces the cover of TIME this week as the magazine examines "the radical rise in awareness of transgender Americans and how this movement is reshaping our definitions of gender." [...]

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Storme DeLarverie, lesbian activist who took part in Stonewall riots, dies at 93

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that si widely credited as the start of the gay rights movement in the United States, has died. She was 93. [...]

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For a lost soldier…

Monday, May 26, 2014
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Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls [...]

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Pride around the world: Scenes from the International Carnaval of Maspalomas

Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Scenes from LGBT Pride at the International Carnaval of Maspalomas on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria on Saturday, May 24, 2014. [...]

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