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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-- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety.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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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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Storme DeLarverie, lesbian activist who took part in Stonewall riots, dies at 93

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Storme DeLarverie
NEW YORK -- Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that si widely credited as the start of the gay rights movement in the United States, has died. She was 93.

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Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Harvey Milk
Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated by gay rights advocates worldwide.

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Prominent Ugandan gay rights activist asks for U.S. asylum

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- Fearing prison or even death, an openly gay activist from Uganda is seeking asylum in the United States since his home country toughened criminal punishment against gays.

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

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Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.

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