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Financial tips for same-sex couples: plan ahead, know your local laws

Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Gay and lesbian individuals are less prepared financially for retirement than their straight counterparts, according to an exclusive analysis by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. LGBT adults are likely to have less in retirement savings and have less access to Social Security benefits from spouses. [...]

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Scores of gay Russians seek asylum in U.S. due to hostility back home

Saturday, November 29, 2014
In this Oct. 18, 2014, photo provided by Michael Knaapen, Andrew Nasonov, right, and Igor Bazilevsky, pose for a photo after the couple was married at Meridian Hill Park in Washington. They both came to the U.S. from Russia in July, and are preparing to file an application seeking asylum in the U.S.
NEW YORK -- Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling in to a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering. Instead, he faces an uncertain future in New York City as one of scores of Russian gays seeking [...]

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Christian parents of gay kids challenging church views on homosexuality

Friday, November 28, 2014
Linda and Rob Robertson point out a quote on the headstone of the grave of their son, Ryan, in Issaquah, Wash. The couple, evangelical Christians, brought their son to "reparative therapy" when he came out to them as gay. His sexual orientation didn't change, and he became addicted to drugs and eventually died of an overdose. The Robertsons are now dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children.
Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered "reparative therapy," met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and [...]

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Country music singers Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman come out as gay

Friday, November 21, 2014
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In separate announcements Thursday, country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay. Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His announcement inspired Gilman to do go public as well in a You Tube video posted just a few hours later. [...]

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. [...]

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Author and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg is dead at 65

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Leslie Feinberg, the author best known for the 1993 novel "Stone Butch Blues," died Saturday at home in Syracuse, N.Y., of "complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections," according to Feinberg's partner and spouse, Minnie Bruce Pratt, a poet and professor at Syracuse University. Feinberg was 65. [...]

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Large study of gay brothers suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

Monday, November 17, 2014
Julio Cabrera (pictured) and his brother Mauricio are among almost 800 gay brothers nationwide who donated blood or saliva to help scientists search for genetic clues about the origins of homosexuality. Both are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican heritage.
CHICAGO -- A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong enough to prove it. Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their [...]

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Loyalty unrewarded?

Saturday, November 15, 2014
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A year ago, Col. Cynthia Millonzi was looking forward to retiring from the Army National Guard. She planned to do so when she passed the 30-year mark in her military career and the 25-year mark in her civil service career. Now, one year short of retirement she faces uncertain future [...]

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The family who launched Army captain Max Lenox’s amazing journey

Friday, November 14, 2014
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Max Lenox was born to a crack-addicted black mother and raised by two white gay fathers who helped shape him into the much-admired captain of Army basketball. [...]

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At 92, Rupert Starr still advocates for gay service members, veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret. Not until [...]

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