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A Minnesota pastor’s pulpit: Not just your ordinary food truck

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pastor Margaret Kelly runs a food truck ministry she calls "Shobi's Table" where she serving free calzones she makes from scratch and reads some Bible verses to those assembled on the sidewalk on Payne Avenue in St. Paul, on Thursday, August 14, 2014.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There are a couple of clues that the mobile kitchen parked every Thursday at lunchtime on Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side this summer isn't just another food truck. First of all, the food -- hot calzones -- is free. And the person who drives the truck is a young woman in a clerical collar who likes to say, "Peace be with you."

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Gay bathhouses nationwide facing uncertain future

Saturday, August 23, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.

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Las Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Braden Mars, left, dances with Anthony Martinez at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas early in the morning on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Liaison Nightclub, which opened in 2014, is the first gay club inside of a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS -- While same-sex couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a...

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WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

Friday, August 15, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson and posted it on social media. Griner showed a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. In the post, Griner wrote: "Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! ...

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Together 48 years, N.C. couple fights same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Lennie Gerber, left, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, laugh while at their home in High Point, N.C. The couple, who have been together 48 years and legally married in Maine in 2013, have a federal challenge pending against North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman." Lyndon B. Johnson was president. NASA had just landed the first unmanned probe on the moon. "We're still in love, after 48 years," Gerber, better known as Lennie, said recently. "We still can't begin the day without a good cuddle."

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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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