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Philadelphia honors LGBT rights pioneer at street naming ceremony

Monday, October 1, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- A street naming dedication ceremony for Barbara Gittings Way -- named for the LGBT civil rights pioneer -- was held Monday in the heart of Philadelphia's gay neighborhood at the intersection of Locust and 13th Streets. [ Read more → ]
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From bullied teen to activist, student and mom fight anti-LGBT bullying

Monday, July 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio teen who was brutally beaten by a fellow high school student last fall because of his sexual orientation, has teamed with his mother to become activists against anti-LGBT bullying. [ Read more → ]
Frank Kameny

Asteroid named after gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Minor planet 40463, an asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter, has been named after gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny. [ Read more → ]
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Russian LGBT activists protest in Moscow’s Red Square

Friday, January 20, 2012
A small group of LGBT Russians have taken their protest against laws intended to silence their movement to every region — and on Wednesday night they produced images of their protesting arrest in front of the Kremlin. [ Read more → ]
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San Diego LGBT, AIDS activist Mike Tidmus dies at age 60

Monday, January 16, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Well-known AIDS and LGBT activist Mike Tidmus of San Diego died Sunday. He was 60. Tidmus’ death was reported on his Facebook page by his brother. [ Read more → ]
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Christian cartoonist’s homophobic calendar yanked from Barnes & Noble, Amazon websites

Friday, December 30, 2011
American Christian cartoonist Joe King’s calendar, "I’m Not Gay, I’m Just a Sissy," drew a firestorm of criticism from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and LGBT bloggers, who this week denounced the calendar and its sale through internet retail giants Amazon and Barnes & Noble, both of whom have since removed the calendar from their sales offerings. [ Read more → ]
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Growth of international projects helps evolve gay rights, visibility in 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, the growth of activism and international projects help shape the continuing evolution of gay rights and visibility around the world. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska teenage politico responsible for gay marriage initiative

Sunday, November 27, 2011
One year after filing the initiative petition to end the same-sex marriage prohibition in the state of Nebraska, Chris Dyer, 18, is more dedicated than ever in reaching the required 112,877 signatures to place the Constitutional amendment repeal onto the 2012 ballot. [ Read more → ]
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Washington pays tribute to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny

Friday, November 4, 2011
In a moving, and at times humorous tribute, official Washington and the city's LGBTQ community on Thursday paid its last respects to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny. The ceremony was held in Washington's old Carnegie Library in the heart of the city Kameny called home for over 50 years. [ Read more → ]
Pedro Zamora

LGBT History Month profile: AIDS Activist, Pedro Zamora

Monday, October 31, 2011
Pedro Zamora was an AIDS activist who appeared on MTV’s reality series “The Real World.” As the first openly gay and openly HIV-positive person on a television series, he brought national attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
Lilli Vincenz

LGBT History Month profile: Pioneering gay rights activist Lilli Vincenz

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lilli Vincenz is a pioneering gay rights activist. In 1965, she was the only lesbian to participate in the first White House picket. From 1965 to 1969, Vincenz demonstrated each Fourth of July in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. These protests, called Annual Reminders, launched the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. [ Read more → ]
Dan Savage

LGBT History Month profile: Political commentator, journalist Dan Savage

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dan Savage is an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. He launched the “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Youth Activist Constance McMillen

Monday, October 24, 2011
Constance McMillen became a poster child for LGBT rights after asking permission to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her school responded by cancelling the prom, McMillen took legal action. [ Read more → ]
David Kato

LGBT History Month profile: David Kato, founder of Uganda gay rights movement

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
David Kato was the founder of Uganda’s LGBT civil rights movement. He was an outspoken advocate for equality in a country with some of the harshest anti-gay laws. His murder brought global attention to the plight of LGBT people in Uganda and Africa. [ Read more → ]
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Prominent gay rights leader Franklin Kameny, dies at 86

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his home today from an apparent natural causes. He was 86. [ Read more → ]
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First They Came: Why we must find (and be) allies

Sunday, March 13, 2011
As a movement, it is vital that we build stronger coalitions to achieve our goals. And in order to do that, we must find our allies and support them. We have to realize the strength there is in learning about and helping others who can help us achieve our goals. [ Read more → ]
Frank Kameny

Activist Frank Kameny: ‘helping our brothers and sisters’ for 40 years

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Dr. Frank Kameny is one of the most significant figures in the American equality movement -- he has spent nearly four decades of fighting the establishment on our behalf. And now he needs OUR help... [ Read more → ]
U.S. Park Police arrest gay rights activist and former Army Lt. Dan Choi, along with other activists, who handcuffed himself to the fence of the White House during a protest on Monday.

13 Gay rights activists arrested at White House protest of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Monday, November 15, 2010
Thirteen gay rights activists were arrested Monday after they handcuffed themselves to the White House's north gate in a protest demonstration urging President Barack Obama to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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Russian gay rights activist safe after mysterious kidnapping

Saturday, September 18, 2010
[caption id="attachment_10638" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Alekseyev"][/caption] Russia's top gay-rights activist says he was kidnapped and pressured by his captors to withdraw a complaint against Moscow authorities from the European Court of Human Rights. Nikolai Alekseyev resurfaced early on Saturday in Moscow after being arrested at the... [ Read more → ]
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Queer Rising activists stage protest outside NYC marriage bureau (Video)

Saturday, February 13, 2010
Four gay rights activists were arrested Friday morning after staging a protest in which they chained themselves to a New York City marriage bureau. The group, members of the LGBT civil disobedience group Queer Rising, chanted “one struggle, one fight, marriage is a civil right [...] [ Read more → ]
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