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Thousands gather in West Hollywood for annual LA Pride parade

| Monday, June 9, 2014
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Thousands of participants, spectators and marchers gathered along the famed Santa Monica Blvd., in West Hollywood on Sunday for the annual LA Pride parade. Organizers said prior to the event they expected more than 400,000 participants, making it the largest ever gathering of LGBT people and their allies in Southern California.

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Brian and Toby: A same-sex couple’s wedding story

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
In this Jan. 1, 2013 photo, Toby Sowers, right, hugs Brian Rubin as they pose for a photo during a New Year's party in New York. In the late 1990s, Brian said his father was dismayed to learn that his son was gay. Now, he enthusiastically hosted a dinner for members of the wedding's inner circle.
From their first date, it took Brian Rubin and Toby Sowers only days to fall in love and barely seven months to get engaged. Then the pace of their love story slowed. They spent 20 more months planning their wedding, a three-day flurry of celebrations and ceremonies in New York City.

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D.C. high school principal comes out during school’s Pride Day assembly

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pete Cahall (center), flanked by D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (left) and council member David Catania.
A D.C. high school principal came out as gay on Wednesday, breaking 50 years of silence in an emotional address to the student body at a Pride Day assembly. Stand next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and openly gay council member David A. Catania, Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall said he has been inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly.

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Calif. couple shares story of 5-year-old’s transition: ‘Our amazing son’

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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A couple in San Diego, Calif., is sharing the story of their transgender child who became a boy at just five years old. Jeff and Hillary Whittington were honored at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast last week and they shared a video of Ryland's female-to-male transition.

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge gets married

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
Melissa Etheridge, left, and Linda Wallem.
NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53-year-old Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, on Saturday.

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TIME examines transgender rights as ‘America’s next civil rights frontier’

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Transgender activist and "Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox graces the cover of TIME this week as the magazine examines "the radical rise in awareness of transgender Americans and how this movement is reshaping our definitions of gender."

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Storme DeLarverie, lesbian activist who took part in Stonewall riots, dies at 93

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that si widely credited as the start of the gay rights movement in the United States, has died. She was 93.

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
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Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Pride around the world: Scenes from the International Carnaval of Maspalomas

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Scenes from LGBT Pride at the International Carnaval of Maspalomas on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

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‘My religious identity is as important to me as my sexual identity’

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
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John Russell Stanger is the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas. And his path toward being ordained began very, well, gay...

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