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How being gay affected Sam Champion’s relationship with his father

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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When weatherman Sam Champion announced in 2012 that he was marrying his longtime partner, Rubem Robierb, it was the first time he had discussed his sexuality publicly. Off-camera, however, Sam never hid being gay from his friends or family—even from his late father, a military man whose initial reaction was anything but supportive. "I cannot support this lazy lifestyle choice..."

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Longtime AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending the FDA

| Monday, August 11, 2014
AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves. In the early 1990s, Gonsalves traveled to Washington to confront, provoke and challenge officials at the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, he still travels to Washington, but with a very different agenda: to defend the FDA.
WASHINGTON -- As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group Act Up, which staged protests outside the FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients ...

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Participating in Dyke March as a child gives lesbian confidence later in life

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
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Do you remember your first Pride event? Kayleigh certainly does, along with the impact that participating in Dyke March with her family had on her life. Young Kayleigh took a trip to San Francisco with her extended family. Kayleigh describes this particular trip: "It happened to be Pride in San Francisco. We found ourselves in the route of Dyke March ...

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Brit beats back years of depression by finding gay friends and community

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
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What was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker of Lewes in East Sussex in the United Kingdom, it was illness, death, and filth. Tom recalls an advertisement he saw when he was just five years old: "It was of a stormy, volcanic landscape with lightning in the background and an enormous tombstone, which, I later learned, had the word "AIDS" ...

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Culture wars, gay rights movement transforms the politics of religious liberty

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies carry bright safety triangles, for instance, or bans on hallucinogenic tea in a Native American ritual...

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OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer marries partner in Vienna

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
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Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), married his partner Brian Walsh in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. Baer is the seventh openly LGBT person appointed by President Barack Obama and the first to a multilateral institution.

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Fashion industry, retailers and the challenges faced by the gender binary

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
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A gender binary exists in fashion, and that's a challenge for those who don't conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys' departments or bad fits, while people born male who transition or simply like to dress in femme clothes sometimes don't know what to expect in sizing or from sales clerks...

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Gay bar in rural Missouri hell bent on beating the odds

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Norma Jean's owner, Jamie Gore poses with "Marilyn."
French Village, Mo., is a unique setting for a gay bar. The hour drive down Interstate 55 from St. Louis is a scenic trek – exiting on Highway Y, one must pass through the pastoral green and farmland along the hill-crowned blacktop to the entrance of Goose Creek Lake to reach their destination. Norma Jean’s opened its doors on Friday, July 18, 2014. It was a labor of love...

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Keith Levy on the creation, ups and downs of his drag persona Sherry Vine

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
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What drives a person to perform in drag? Keith Levy, also known as a drag queen by the name of Sherry Vine (check out her YouTube channel here), is here to give us his life story as an answer. For Keith, a single song inspired him to change his life course from acting to drag. It all began with Ella Fitzgerald's "Black Coffee."

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Growing number of American Muslims challenging once-taboo causes

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
Omar Akersim, 26, on his prayer rug at his home in Los Angeles. Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center.
Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females...

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