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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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Blind, gay man realizes he’s not alone after first encounter with homophobia

Sunday, September 21, 2014
George Ashiotis
George Ashiotis started going blind when he was 5 years old. When he was a teenager, he worked at Lighthouse as an assistant counselor, helping younger visually impaired teens. After helping his sister dye her hair black, he ended up going to work with black fingernails, leading to his first experience of homophobia...

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Drag performers dress down Facebook over ‘real names’ policy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Drag performers (from left) Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco drag performers are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and ...

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Online web filter ending longtime block on mainstream gay websites

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with adult content, blocking both from web surfers using ...

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Apple reveals long-anticipated ‘smartwatch’ and new, larger iPhones

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that aims to put many of the functions of a smartphone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length from the wearer's eyes. The Apple Watch, the company's first completely new product in four years and its first wearable device, is also Apple's...

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Puerto Rico partners on U.S. project to develop HIV vaccine

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor says the island's largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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