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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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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
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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
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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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Not too late for Father’s Day… Hallmark has an eCard for two greatest dads

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
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It's not too late to find a Father's Day card for your two dads! Hallmark has the answer for kids with the two "world's greatest dads" -- a special eCard created by transgender artist Kylie Summer Wu. The "I'll Take Two" card depicts a young girl shopping for Father's Day gifts, selecting two of each item...

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WWE legend Pat Patterson comes out publicly after ‘50 years in the closet’

| Friday, June 13, 2014
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WWE legend Pat Patterson has publicly come out as gay, announcing that he's been living as a closeted gay man for the past 50 years. "For once in my life I'm going to be me now," said Patterson, 73, in the finale episode of WWE Network's "Legends' House."

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The 35 most LGBT-friendly U.S. Cities, according to Vocativ’s ‘Queer Index’

VIA: Vocativ.com | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Which U.S. city is most friendly toward LGBT residents? Which big cities don't even make the list? What's the gayest city in "red state" America? Which metro area has the highest percentage of out politicians? Where do same-sex Craigslist hookups happen most frequently?

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