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Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dick Swaab
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay. [...]

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Kenyan author comes out as gay in response to anti-laws in Africa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BBCBinyavanga Wainaina
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Binyavanga Wainaina, the African author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has announced he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent. [...]

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Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

Monday, January 20, 2014
Arkady-Gyngazov-cropped
The day that Arkady Gyngazov's plane landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York, thugs and hooligans hired by the owner of the building in Moscow where the gay nightclub he helped managed is located, ripped an entire portion of the roof off the building, heating and air conditioning units, [...]

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Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [...]

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Global LGBT rights: Anti-gay laws, attitudes hold sway in many regions

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Binsar Bakkara, APA gay rights activist with multicolored paint on her face and matching umbrella participates in a 2012 protest demanding equality for LGBTQ people in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. In heavily Muslim Indonesia, gay sex is not criminalized, and many young, urban Indonesians are relatively tolerant of homosexuality, but most citizens consider it unacceptable.
While gay-rights activists celebrate gains in much of the world, their setbacks have been equally far-flung, and often sweeping in scope. Globally, the contrasts are striking... at least 76 countries retain laws criminalizing gay sex, including five where it's punishable by death. [...]

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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to marry long-time partner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.
WASHINGTON -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas. [...]

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Lily Tomlin marries partner of 42 years on New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 6, 2014
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin married writer Jane Wagner, her partner of 42 years, on News Years Eve, reports Liz Smith. [...]

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Don Lemon on why it’s still important for famous people to publicly come out

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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CNN's Don Lemon ended the "OutFront" broadcast on Monday night by commenting about Robin Roberts' coming out, and why it's important for other famous people to publicly come out as well. [...]

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Michelle Obama, celebrities add to support for GMA’s Robin Roberts

Monday, December 30, 2013
Robin Roberts (left) and Michelle Obama.
LOS ANGELES — Michelle Obama is leading an outpouring of support for Robin Roberts after the “Good Morning America” news anchor’s first public acknowledgement of her 10-year, same-sex relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign. [...]

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Gay in Utah: Hostility and acceptance are both a part of life

Monday, December 30, 2013
Jon Jensen, left, and husband, Jared Reesor said they talked about going elsewhere for their nuptials, maybe Hawaii, but they wanted to be married in their home state of Utah. "We just never expected it to happen so soon.”
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has long been known as a bastion of red-state conservatism with deep roots in the Mormon faith. It's the kind of place that has historically been unwelcoming to gay marriage. [...]

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