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Two openly gay youth, two supportive families, two different paths

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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The hot, sticky days of July are often a time of family vacations, summer school, summer jobs, and for others who have just graduated from high school, time spent with family and friends before leaving home for college. For 18-year-old Graeme Taylor, whose academic endeavors have led him to enroll at Kenyon College in Ohio as an incoming freshman...

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Study: Children raised by same-sex couples happier, healthier

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
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A new study conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia finds that children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units. Described as the largest study of its kind in the world, researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing, and found that in general...

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Mathew Shurka on his years in conversion therapy, and forgiving his father

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
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New Yorker Mathew Shurka came out at the age of 16 to his initially supportive father, who promised to love his son no matter what, and to always stay by his son's side. However, his father's thinking became more and more influenced by homophobia and harmful stereotypes surrounding the gay community. Thus began some of the most tumultuous ...

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Season of Pride: LGBT people, allies celebrate Pride around the world

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Participants celebrate LGBT Pride in London on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, June is a month of pride and celebration. Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have focused on a string of victories ...

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Season of Pride: Hundreds marry at Toronto’s Grand Pride Wedding

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Texas residents Bonn Brown (left) and Craighton Cooper (right) were married along with 114 other LGBTQ couples as part of World Pride 2014's Grand Pride Wedding in Toronto, June 26, 2014.
TORONTO -- More than one hundred same-sex couples gathered for a mass wedding on Thursday as part of Toronto's World Pride festivities, which wraps up today with a parade consisting of more than 12,000 marchers and over 200,000 spectators. For many, the highlight of this year's World Pride was the Grand Pride Wedding, believed to be the largest ...

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Five things you should know about the transgender community

| Monday, June 23, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama has quietly done more to advance rights for transgender people than any other president, but they remain among the nation’s most misunderstood minorities. Here are five things to know about transgender America...

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How one gay student stood up to his homophobic counselor

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Nephi-Niven
If you were looking for an example of how to be a horrible college mental health counselor, look no further. Nephi Niven was physically ill and depressed from keeping his sexuality a secret and did what many young gay people do: He sought help. This is Nephi's true LGBTQ story...

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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney marries longtime partner

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sean Patrick Maloney
COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- Freshman U.S. congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has married his longtime partner. The New York Democrat exchanged vows with Randy Gene Florke at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring.

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For gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Gays with Kids founders Ferd Van Gameren (left) and Brian Rosenberg, with their son Levi and daughters Ella and Sadie.
Just in time Father's Day comes two new websites geared toward gay dads and the joys and struggles of fatherhood. Gays With Kids helps gay dads navigate fatherhood − from creating their families to raising them, and The Handsome Father offers advice, assistance and support to other men looking for resources on adoption, surrogacy and raising their family.

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Thousands celebrate in Brooklyn’s annual LGBT pride festival

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Thousands gathered in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood on Saturday to celebrate at the Brooklyn Pride Festival, and its annual parade, led this year by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the event's four grand marshals and the first NYC mayor to lead a pride parade.

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