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Human rights group: LGBT Jamaicans targets of unchecked violence

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
David McFadden, APJamaican churchgoers hold signs while attending an anti-gay rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- LGBT people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequently refused housing or employment in the Caribbean country typically described as the region's most hostile to LGBT citizens, a leading human rights group says in a report released Tuesday.

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Canadian family bullied because of their transgender daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Isabella Burgos
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn't doing enough to stop it. Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside. And that's how she returned to school to start third grade last month -- as a transgender girl.

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Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Coahuila
SALTILLO, Coahuila, Mexico -- The Congress of the Mexican state of Coahuila has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The congress on Monday voted 19-1 to alter more than 40 parts of the state's civil code to make marriage gender neutral, making Coahuila the first state in Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage through its state legislature.

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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety

Friday, August 29, 2014
Javed Jaghai
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men.

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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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Vancouver Catholic school district enacts transgender policy

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Tracey-Wilson
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A Catholic school district has approved a policy to accommodate transgender children, believed to be the first of its kind by a Catholic school in North America. The Vancouver Archdiocese made the move following a human rights complaint by the family of an 11-year-old transgender girl.

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford casts lone vote against LGBT homeless shelter proposal

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Rob Ford
TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford was the lone member of the Toronto city council to vote against a proposal to examine the need for additional shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Toronto. The measure passed by Thursday by a vote of 37-1, reported the CBC.

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Season of Pride: Hundreds marry at Toronto’s Grand Pride Wedding

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Texas residents Bonn Brown (left) and Craighton Cooper (right) were married along with 114 other LGBTQ couples as part of World Pride 2014's Grand Pride Wedding in Toronto, June 26, 2014.
TORONTO -- More than one hundred same-sex couples gathered for a mass wedding on Thursday as part of Toronto's World Pride festivities, which wraps up today with a parade consisting of more than 12,000 marchers and over 200,000 spectators. For many, the highlight of this year's World Pride was the Grand Pride Wedding, believed to be the largest ...

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Graduating students sport rainbow socks in support of gay-straight alliance

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- More than half of the graduating students at a Catholic school in Canada wore rainbow socks at their graduation ceremony over the weekend to support their school's newly formed gay-straight alliance.

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Canadian judge rules surgery requirement violates transgender rights

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Alberta-Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta -- A judge in Canada has ruled that a provincial law requiring transgender individuals to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they can change their birth certificates is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced.

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