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Rising Above: Bullying victims express themselves through art

| Sunday, August 4, 2013
You Will Rise Project FREAK, by Morven Fik
Bullying can happen at home or at school, or both, and each case is unique. Some of the time, bullies themselves have been victimized and opt to use their feelings of hate or frustration and project it on others. Part of the You Will Rise Project’s goal is to create an avenue for expression that prevents kids from continuing that cycle.

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Amsterdam floods pink for annual Gay Pride festival

| Saturday, August 3, 2013
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AMSTERDAM — Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration.

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‘Cosby’ kid, ‘That’s so Raven’ star Raven-Symone comes out on Twitter

| Friday, August 2, 2013
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Raven-Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show," and later starred in the Disney Channel sitcom "That's so Raven," indicated publicly for the first time on Friday that she is a lesbian.

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A momentous day: Gay couples get hitched in Minnesota, Rhode Island

| Thursday, August 1, 2013
Steven Senne, APSupporters of marriage equality celebrate outside City Hall, in Providence, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, the first day same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota.
In public celebrations and intimate ceremonies, gay couples exchanged vows Thursday in Minnesota and Rhode Island as the number of places where same-sex couples can wed grew to more than a quarter of U.S. states.

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As Minn. readies for gay marriage, watch the first gay wedding – from 42 years ago

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
At midnight on Thursday, August 1, when Minnesota becomes the 12th U.S. state where same-sex marriage is legal, at least one Minneapolis couple will not be saying their vows. They already did -- 42 years ago.

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As more states legalize gay marriage, couples consider renewing vows

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Jim Mone, APMaggie George (left) and Rebecca Voelkel pose with their six-year-old daughter Shannon at their Minneapolis home. Maggie and Rebecca have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again - or to simply sleep through it - when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week.
Maggie George and Rebecca Voelkel have married each other twice, first ceremonially in their Minneapolis church in 2006, then legally while visiting San Francisco five years ago. Now the couple is mulling whether to do it all again — or to simply sleep through it — when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota this week.

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Neil Patrick Harris on his most important role: Fatherhood

| Sunday, July 28, 2013
Matt Sayles, APNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Out entertainer Neil Patrick Harris is the subject of a profile in USA Weekend, where he discusses the "magic in everyday life" with his fiance David Burtka and the couple's twin toddlers, daughter Harper and son Gideon, who will be 3 in October.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita marry in New York

| Sunday, July 21, 2013
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APJustin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
NEW YORK -- "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married his partner, attorney Justin Mikita in New York City on Saturday.

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EEOC ruling a key victory in battle over anti-transgender discrimination

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Mia Macy
WASHINGTON -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a transgender federal employee who claimed she had been verbally and physically harassed at her job with a federal contractor and had been denied a position at a laboratory of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in California.

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‘A perfect day’ – Terminally ill patient marries partner on airport tarmac

| Sunday, July 14, 2013
From left, Jim Obergefell, Paulette Roberts and John Arthur
John Arthur is bedridden with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. On June 26, as he watched news that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, John knew what would be that one "perfect day" before he took his last breath.

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