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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

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Today is National Coming Out Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day -- the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement.

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Rabbi of prominent D.C. synagogue tells congregation: ‘I am a gay man’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
WASHINGTON -- The rabbi of a prominent synagogue in Washington D.C. is telling his congregants that he's gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years are divorcing. The Washington Post reports Rabbi Gil Steinlauf sent an email Monday to the 1,400 households of Adas Israel Congregation, saying he could no longer deny his homosexuality.

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Gay law student puts reparative therapy counselor in his place

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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You would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an "ex-gay" counseling group in an effort to help turn their son straight. Scott agreed to meet with the counselor if his parents agreed to be more open-minded.

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Facebook apologizes to drag performers, LGBT community over ‘real names’ flap

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Drag performers Lil Ms. Hot Mess, left, and Sister Roma, right,are among those sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names. Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site.
NEW YORK — Facebook is apologizing to drag performers and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. The world’s biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to self-described drag queens...

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Divorce laws make ‘uncoupling’ difficult for many in same-sex marriages

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Cori Jo Long, 31, and Brooke Powell, 30, did everything right before they married. They fell in love slowly, based on years of friendship stretching back to high school. They planned their nuptials carefully for about a year, choosing to travel from Texas to New Hampshire in 2010 as same-sex marriage spread. Sadly, bad times set in ...

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Gay student learns a valuable lesson about bullying, being true to himself

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Joseph Barden
By the time Joseph Barden began his freshman year in high school, he not only knew that he was gay, he also knew how to cover up that fact about himself. One day, while Joseph was sitting with a group of upper classmen girls he had recently befriended, an openly gay student came by. "David was very flamboyant to put it mildly," says Joseph....

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In many countries, hook-up apps expose gay men to blackmail, arrest, violence

Sunday, September 28, 2014
High-tech gay dating apps and social media services have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and partners in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace exposes them to the risks of blackmail, arrest and violence.
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace can expose...

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Rights of same-sex military spouses still vary by state

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jessica Huskey
Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if...

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Report: Bisexual youth face skepticism, harassment, struggle for acceptance

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON - A new report released Tuesday finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed by the organization identify as bisexual -- and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

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