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Miss Universe: Transgender contestants should have their own pageants

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Pavel Golovkin, APGabriela Isler of Venezuela is crowned Miss Universe on Nov. 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.
Gabriela Isler, the former Miss Venezuela who was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday, said she does not believe transgender contestants should be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe pageant.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to headline anti-gay fundraiser

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) announced today that it will host U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at its 2013 Annual Policy Awards Dinner in Orlando on Saturday.

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Vatican ambassador: U.S. bishops shouldn’t preach ideology

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Patrick Semansky, AP
BALTIMORE — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.

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Cory Booker goes to Washington a celebrity and senator

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Cory Booker
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban job discrimination against gay and transgender people, its newest member's first impulse was to yell with joy. Then he remembered where he was.

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Linda Harvey: ‘Trashy’ gay-straight alliances promote ‘disease’

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Linda Harvey
Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey is upset that the Ohio Education Association is helping Gay-Straight Alliance clubs get off the ground, which she warns will lead more students into “sinful deviant behaviors that put young people at great risk of disease and other poor outcomes.”

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Celebrities join t-shirt protest of Russia’s anti-gay law

Monday, November 4, 2013
HRC From left: Jamie Lee Curtis, Wentworth Miller, and Jason Collins
NEW YORK -- Actors Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay "propaganda."

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Manning says gender identity dispute could go to court

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Chelsea Manning
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Imprisoned secret documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder, also called gender dysphoria.

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Va. Lt. Gov. candidate resorts to lying to duck questions about anti-gay rhetoric

Thursday, October 31, 2013
E.W. Jackson
The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia has contorted himself in all sorts of ways to dodge questions about his extremist record, arguing that anyone who simply quotes his past statements is violating the Constitution or persecuting him or misrepresenting him.

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O’Connor performs same-sex wedding at U.S. Supreme Court building

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sandra Day O'Connor
WASHINGTON -- Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

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Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

Monday, October 28, 2013
Bishop Gene Robinson
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church told a Purdue University audience he believes God is leading people to a deeper understanding of homosexuality.

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