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Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on May 26, 2013, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Major League Soccer OKs steps to protect gay players from discrimination

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Soccer has agreed to new measures to protect gay players from discrimination and harassment following similar steps by Major League Baseball and the NFL. [ Read more → ]
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‘Game of Thrones’ actor Kristian Nairn comes out as gay

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kristian Nairn, the Irish actor best known for his portrayal of “Hodor” on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” said Tuesday that he is gay, telling an interviewer for WinterIsComing.net that he’s been waiting for someone to ask the question, because “it’s not something you just blurt out.” [ Read more → ]
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Report: Schools are failing LGBT youth and funneling them into prison

Monday, March 10, 2014
Hostile school climates pave the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth to spend less time in school and more time on the streets, thus increasing the likelihood of entering into the school-to-prison pipeline. [ Read more → ]
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After struggling with homelessness, Angela makes a better life for herself

Sunday, March 9, 2014
After being kicked out of her home at 17, Angela Louis struggled with homelessness, abusive relationships, sex work, and depression, all while transitioning, but nothing could stop her from finding her own path and earning her diploma. [ Read more → ]
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Notre Dame’s Matt Dooley: The hardest person to tell he is gay was himself

Friday, March 7, 2014
Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself. "Saying gay for the first time was extremely tough, almost choking, because you know your life will never be the same. That was the hardest part, to move forward from there," the 22-year-old senior said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Scientists: Gene therapy may one day help control HIV without use of drugs

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure. [ Read more → ]
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Studies show big promise for HIV prevention injections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game.

Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal to play for Brooklyn Nets

Monday, March 3, 2014
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APBillie Jean King

Billie Jean King talks Sochi Olympics, LGBT rights, openly gay athletes

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She had just returned from a whirlwind three days at the Sochi Games, part of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony chosen by President Barack Obama. She watched the gold-medal men's hockey game won by Canada, went up the mountain for bobsled, greeted U.S. athletes and met a Russian gay teenager... [ Read more → ]
LM Otero, AP(From left) Erick Izquierdo, Josiah Spear, 12, and Cole McSorley, 12, look at a Trail Life handbook during a gathering of members in North Richland Hills, Texas. Trail Life USA says it has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel the century-old organization has lost its way.

For those no longer loyal to Scouts, Trail Life offers a ‘no gays’ alternative

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
From left: Dennis Shepard, Jason Collins, Judy Shepard, and Logan Shepard.

Jason Collins, who wears #98 in honor of their son, meets Matthew Shepard’s family

Friday, February 28, 2014
DENVER — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.

Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Jason Collins had already spent 12 years in the NBA by the time the world knew he was gay. He's a well-regarded Stanford graduate who just attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and has made friends around the league — and particularly inside the Nets' organization. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, left, battles for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard MarShon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Collins breaks ground as first openly gay player in professional U.S. team sports

Sunday, February 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins became the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association, breaking ground in major professional U.S. team sports as the country's growing acceptance of gay rights continues. [ Read more → ]
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Jason Collins signs with Brooklyn Nets, becomes 1st openly gay NBA player

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. [ Read more → ]
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Michael Sam just wants to be known as a football player whose sexuality isn’t news

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Michael Sam needed no introduction. He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isn't a national story... [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.

Illinois’ same-sex couples look forward to pride month, celebrating their big day

Saturday, February 22, 2014
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois' Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014. [ Read more → ]
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Study: Shorter life expectancy for gays living in high prejudice communities

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals living in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities, according to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

Monday, February 17, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce. [ Read more → ]
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National Institutes of Health awards Vanderbilt $1.4 million for AIDS research

Monday, February 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The National Institutes of Health has given Vanderbilt University a $1.4 million grant to continue its research into the treatment and the development a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS. [ Read more → ]
Marijuana

New study says marijuana may help stop the spread of HIV

Saturday, February 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A new study by researchers at Louisiana State University finds that THC (a main component of marijuana) given to monkeys over a 17-month clinical trial period decreased damage to immune tissue of the gut — an important site of HIV infection — by acting at the gene level. [ Read more → ]
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Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay: ‘I’m tired of lying by omission’

Friday, February 14, 2014
Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page announced Friday at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas that she is gay. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APFacebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to "Trans Woman."

Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- You don't have to identify as male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. [ Read more → ]
Scott Erskine, APIn this 2006 file photo, Jim Gilbert rides his quarterhorse, April, as snow falls in Battle Creek, Mich. Gilbert, 61, who is gay, considers himself a lifelong cowboy - still competing in rodeos.

Little by little, traditional macho stereotypes lose ground

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
NEW YORK — Traditionally, the American male was measured against the stoic hero who shook off all doubts, vanquished all foes and offered women a muscular shoulder to cry on. [ Read more → ]
Rory O'Neill as Miss Panti Bliss

Speech by Ireland’s top drag performer fuels Irish gay rights debate

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
DUBLIN -— Ireland's top drag performer, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk. [ Read more → ]
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1st openly gay NFL player to face challenges most other rookies don’t

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL. [ Read more → ]
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