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Religious institutions struggle to find their place amid advances in LGBT rights

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Gordon College
WENHAM, Mass. -- D. Michael Lindsay thought he was on safe political ground when he signed the letter. President Barack Obama was about to expand job protection for gays employed by federal contractors. Under the proposed changes, faith-based charities with federal grants worried they could lose the right to hire [...]

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic. [...]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tim Cook
NEW YORK -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The [...]

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Florida marriage plaintiffs lead parade as Fantasy Fest wraps in Key West

Monday, October 27, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, led Saturday night’s procession atop a “wedding cake” float surrounded by 33 other couples in wedding attire.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The elaborate 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking ended Sunday on this subtropical island, following its highlight late-night parade that featured grand marshals who pioneered the Florida Keys' fight for marriage equality. [...]

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Aunt Marianne: When is it going to be okay to call you ‘Albert the Faggot’?

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Albert Eisenberg
Overall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding. [...]

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Jazz Jennings: The new face of transgender youth

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Jazz Jennings
As the debate surrounding transgender children swirls, one girl is sharing her personal story in the hope that she can help others. By age 2, Jazz Jennings began to verbalize her feelings that "she was a girl," and by 5 she was one of the youngest people ever to be [...]

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‘Surprise!’ Abby comes out to her 90-year-old grandfather

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Abby Fink
Abby Fink has always been close to her 90-year-old grandpa. As she began to get older, he started to become a bit more inquisitive about her personal life, making it slightly uncomfortable, since she wasn't out to him. [...]

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Building Bridges: One gay Mormon who has found his voice

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rand Irons
Rand Irons looks ready for a black name tag and matching conservative grey suit. But you won’t see him walking door to door with Mormon Church pamphlets in hand, nor will he get his chance to travel the world in the name of his faith spreading the message of the [...]

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In this family of Seahawks fanatics, coming out must wait for the commercial

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Robbie Macaraeg
"My mom's in her uniform -- her jersey, her Seahawks jersey -- screaming at the TV, 'Go, Hawks! No! No!' Just screaming. And I walk in just crying, and she just stops everything, literally goes into mama-bear mode and is like, 'What happened? Oh, my gosh! What's going on? Are [...]

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Next stop for Ariz. couple who challenged gay marriage ban: visiting a wedding planner

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors are lead plaintiffs in Majors v. Horne, Lambda Legal's challenge to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban.
PHOENIX -- Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, [...]

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