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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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Idaho’s ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists promised pro-bono legal help

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho -- Long before their arrests, activists seeking to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act added lawyers: The 44 people facing misdemeanor trespass charges after Monday's demonstration inside the Capitol's Senate chambers have been promised pro-bono help.

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Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7.

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War Stories: Booed gay soldier chronicles life in the closet to gay rights activist

| Friday, December 6, 2013
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When Stephen Snyder-Hill and his U.S. Army unit were taking fire during the 1991 war in Iraq, the then-18-year-old private glanced down at a picture he carried of his brother with a girlfriend. “I decided if I died that day, I would never have loved somebody,” he said.

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Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile working on new book

| Friday, November 22, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Michelangelo Signorile, the activist, SiriusXM host and popular author, sees many battles ahead for gay rights.

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Gay rights activists plan protest outside NYSE in response to ‘Russia Day’

| Monday, November 18, 2013
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NEW YORK -- In the latest in a series of ongoing, high-profile demonstrations against the Russian government’s anti-gay laws, activist group Queer Nation will protest outside the New York Stock Exchange Monday while Russian government officials at the Exchange ring the closing bell.

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Foes of Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law ponder new tactics

| Sunday, November 17, 2013
Kostas Tsironis, APGay activists kiss during a protest at the steps of the Acropolis' museum during an event Oct. 5 ahead of the handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame, in Athens.
NEW YORK -- The four-month campaign protesting Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" is entering a new phase, as human rights activists try to heighten pressure on the Olympics' top corporate sponsors to speak out before the Winter Games in Sochi.

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Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

| Monday, November 4, 2013
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SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Using baseball bats and air-pellet guns, a group of masked thugs forced their way into a meeting of LGBT equality rights activists Sunday, attacking those in attendance.

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LGBT History Month profile: Filmaker, poet, activist Marlon Riggs

Equality Forum | Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Marlon Riggs was a filmmaker, educator, poet and gay rights activist. He examined race and sexuality in his documentaries for which he received an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.

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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement.

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