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Gay rights pioneer Jose Julio Sarria, founder of Imperial Court System, dies

LGBT Weekly | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Monday morning at 7:02 a.m. He was 90. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

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WWE’s Darren Young: There was a time when I was ‘terrified’ of being outed

| Friday, August 16, 2013
TMZFred Rosser (a.k.a. "Darren Young) right, with his partner Nick.
World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Darren Young, who become the first active professional wrestling star to come out as gay when he made the casual announcement to a TMZ photographer earlier this week, appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” on Friday.

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Orlando Cruz, first openly gay pro boxer, announces engagement

| Thursday, August 15, 2013
TwitterOrlando Cruz and his fiance Jose Manuel.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rican gay boxer Orlando Cruz has proposed marriage to his partner Jose Manuel after recently announcing he was gay.

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Sailor proposes to his boyfriend at Navy homecoming celebration

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Kristina Young, U.S. NavyIn this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerrel Revel, left, proposes to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner during the homecoming of the USS New Mexico at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., after the ship's inaugural six-month deployment.
GROTON, Conn. -- A Navy sailor returning from a six-month deployment emerged from his submarine, dropped to one knee and proposed to his boyfriend during the homecoming celebration in Connecticut for USS New Mexico.

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Recently appointed openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia weds

| Monday, August 12, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- John Berry, recently appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia, married Curtis Yee, his partner of 17 years, in a private marriage ceremony at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

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Young ‘X-Men’ actor, YouTube celebrity Troye Sivan comes out as gay

| Saturday, August 10, 2013
Troye Sivan, the 18-year-old Australian actor who played young James in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and who has amassed more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers by posting weekly videos, has come out as gay.

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Obama to honor LGBT activist Bayard Rustin, astronaut Sally Ride

| Thursday, August 8, 2013
Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (left) and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will posthumously honor LGBT and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and Dr. Sally Ride, the first known LGBT astronaut, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday.

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AIDS activist Sean Sasser dies

| Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sean Sasser
AIDS activist and educator Sean Sasser has died, according to an announcement Wednesday evening by longtime friends.

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British actor Ben Whishaw comes out as gay, in civil partnership

| Monday, August 5, 2013
Ben Whishaw
LONDON -- British actor Ben Whishaw, who played the role of Q in the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall," has revealed that he is gay, and in a civil partnership.

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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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