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LGBT-inclusive education reform bill, SNDA introduced in U.S. Senate

| Tuesday, June 4, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced legislation Tuesday to re-authorise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes protections for LGBT students.

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Lesbian activist kicked out of fundraiser for disrupting First Lady’s speech

| Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Ellen Sturtz
WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday threatened to walk out on a private Democratic fundraiser after a lesbian activist repeatedly interrupted her speech to demand that President Obama sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Survey: Greater acceptance of homosexuality in more secular, affluent countries

| Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Homosexuality is broadly accepted in North America, the European Union and much of Latin America, but widely rejected in predominantly Muslim nations and Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and Russia, according to a survey of 39 countries released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

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Hacker who turned Manning in takes witness stand

| Tuesday, June 4, 2013
William Hennessy, APIn this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning watches at left as his defense attorney, David Coombs speaks in front of military judge Army Col. Denise Lind on the opening day of his trial.
FORT MEADE, Md. -- A one-time computer hacker who told authorities Pfc. Bradley Manning was giving information to WikiLeaks testified Tuesday the soldier never said he wanted to help the enemy during their online chats.

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Wikileaks trial begins; Prosecutor says Manning dumped info into enemy hands

| Monday, June 3, 2013
Patrick Semansky, APBradley Manning
FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning went on trial Monday for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, including sensitive information prosecutors said fell into enemy hands.

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State legislatures buck Catholic Church on same-sex marriage

| Saturday, June 1, 2013
Frank Ferri made peace with God years ago. Last month, Ferri defeated the Roman Catholic Church. The openly gay state representative led the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in what may be the most Catholic state in the nation's most Catholic region.

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Obama issues proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month

| Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama, declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, saying his administration has been "a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality."

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Polls: Support grows for workplace protections, marriage equality in Calif.

| Friday, May 31, 2013
Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in California, while a majority of voters support laws to prohibit anti-gay discrimination, according to various state and national polls released this week.

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U.S. gay rights cases could trail Obama in upcoming trip to Africa

| Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent.

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Study links LGBT supportive policies to positive business-related outcomes

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES — LGBT-supportive workplace policies are linked to positive business-related outcomes, according to a new study by Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA's School of Law.

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