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Calif. mountain climber plants rainbow flag on Uganda’s highest peak

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Neil Gottlieb
Mountain climber Neil Gottlieb of Sausalito, Calif., has reached the summit of Uganda's tallest mountain, where he planted a rainbow pride flag and claimed the peak in the name of LGBT rights.

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‘X-Men’ director calls sex abuse lawsuit a ‘sick twisted shakedown’

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
Bryan Singer
LOS ANGELES — The director of the upcoming "X-Men" film has denied allegations contained in a lawsuit that he raped an aspiring actor and model in 1999 and called the claims a shakedown.

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Bryan Singer accuser sues three more entertainment figures for sexual abuse

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Plaintiff Michael Egan III (right) and his mother Bonnie Mound take questions from the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Egan, who previously accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen, sued former TV programming executive Garth Ancier in Hawaii Monday accusing him of abuse in 1999 when Egan was 17. Egan also sued two other men in separate federal court lawsuits in Hawaii Monday, claiming they also abused him on trips there.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A man who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen has sued three more entertainment industry figures, claiming they also molested him.

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Transgender soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case granted name change

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Chelsea Manning
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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Johns Hopkins Univ. to honor DOMA plaintiff, attorney with honorary degrees

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor (right) and her attorney Roberta Kaplan leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.
BALTIMORE -- Two women involved in a case challenging the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages that went to the Supreme Court are among the people receiving honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University at commencement next month.

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U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

| Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sasse
Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause.

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Franklin Graham: Putin’s doing what’s right for Russia, gays can go to heaven if they repent

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of iconic American preacher Billy Graham, reiterates his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and gay adoption in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Man details abuse claims against ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer

| Saturday, April 19, 2014
Michael Egan
LOS ANGELES -- A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer says he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.

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College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

| Friday, April 18, 2014
Dustin Lance Black
PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation.

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‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

| Friday, April 18, 2014
Wayne Besen
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station.

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