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Civilization on the move? A weekend’s memorable LGBT moments

Monday, May 12, 2014
Shon DeArmon, right, puts his arm around his partner James Porter while holding a flag outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. The state's largest county began issuing gay marriage licenses following a judge's ruling overturning Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
It was an eventful weekend: An openly gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; same-sex marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded drag performer won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world. [...]

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Lesbian rapper shares a tribute to her gay uncle

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Monique-IFD
What is it about gay uncles that makes them almost universally awesome? For Monique Contreras, front lead rapper for a duo called Icy Lytes, it was the fact that her gay uncle was someone she could confide in. [...]

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Hallmark introduces Mother’s Day cards for partners and kids with two moms

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Hallmark
Hallmark has introduced new Mother’s Day cards, one for children with two mothers and one for “my partner”, citing the release of the new card as “a sign of the times.” [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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