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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.

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

Friday, January 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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War Stories: Booed gay soldier chronicles life in the closet to gay rights activist

Friday, December 6, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile working on new book

Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK -- Michelangelo Signorile, the activist, SiriusXM host and popular author, sees many battles ahead for gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.

Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activists plan protest outside NYSE in response to ‘Russia Day’

Monday, November 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Sunday, November 17, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

Monday, November 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Filmaker, poet, activist Marlon Riggs

Saturday, October 26, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Activist, ‘Mother of Pride’ Brenda Howard

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Brenda Howard was an LGBT activist. She organized the first Pride parade and is known as the “Mother of Pride.” Born in the Bronx, Howard was raised on Long Island. In the 1960s, she became involved in the anti-war and feminist movements. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Historian and playwright Martin Duberman

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Martin Duberman is a historian, a playwright, an LGBT activist and the founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School. He is an acclaimed author of more than 20 books. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Human rights activist Mandy Carter

Friday, October 11, 2013
Mandy Carter describes herself as an “out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist.” She has been advocating for human rights for more than 45 years. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Activist and author Joseph Beam

Monday, October 7, 2013
Joseph Beam was a gay rights activist who helped build a black LGBT community in the 1980s. He was the editor of “In the Life,” the first collection of nonfiction works by and about black gay men. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Danish gay rights activist Axel Axgil

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Axel Axgil was a Danish gay activist and cofounder of Europe’s first gay rights organization. After Denmark became the first nation to legalize same-sex domestic partnerships, he and his partner Eigil Eskildsen were the first couple to register. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Zackie Achmat

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Zackie Achmat is a South African activist whose work has focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, the gay community and combating apartheid. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a recipient of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. [ Read more → ]
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Prominent gay rights activist tortured, killed in Cameroon

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT rights advocate and journalist was found dead at his home in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Monday evening. Lembembe was the executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS). [ Read more → ]
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The heckling lesbian — lending credence that we’re crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Rude behavior just gives more fuel to the conservative, homophobic Americans who believe we are simply crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda into the face of every American. It gives credence to their idea that we are simply a bunch of perverted morons, who want attention and rights, and will do whatever, whenever to garner attention which they don’t believe we deserve. Michelle Obama is not an elected official. She is the wife of the President of the United States... [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian activist kicked out of fundraiser for disrupting First Lady’s speech

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Bishop Gene Robinson: Lover of social justice (and ice cream)

Saturday, May 11, 2013
This man, the first openly gay ordained bishop in the history of Christendom has become something more than himself — and he realizes it. And he realizes it with such humility, cheer and even delight that it can’t help but be infectious. And he was so kind to me personally, even asking me to call him “Gene." [ Read more → ]
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When Harvey met Sally…

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Had Harvey Milk lived he might have been the one to set the benchmark for full equality, something our LGBT movement has yet to do. Harvey did not survive and never had the opportunity, yet his legacy has provided inspiration to so many. What remains often untold and so profoundly significant is Harvey’s absolute insistence on the imperative of full inclusion within the gay movement itself... [ Read more → ]
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Early marriage equality advocate Richard Adams dead at 65

Monday, December 24, 2012
Richard Adams, an early pioneer in the fight for marriage equality for gays and lesbians, died Dec. 17 in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, his attorney said Sunday. Adams was 65. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. gay rights activist, community leader near death after savage beating

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Lou Rispoli, a well-respected and beloved community leader in the Queens, N.Y., gay neighborhood of Sunnyside, has been removed from life support and remains in hospice care, the result of an early morning attack last week. He is not expected to survive. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Early 20th century gay rights activist Henry Gerber

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Henry Gerber was among the earliest gay rights activists in America. He founded the nation’s first gay organization and gay publication. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month: For Auld Lang Syne — Already Forgotten

Monday, October 8, 2012
Many of us who lived through the 1960s and early 1970s when activism meant getting in the trenches and actually protesting in order to accomplish change have now been made to feel that our way is “old fashioned” and antiquated. That would indicate that we’re ineffective and docile, and with the effects of aging on our body, that our minds are equally ineffective and as a result we should just shut up, sit in our rocking chairs and let the “million dollar babies” handle the world of activism now... [ Read more → ]
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