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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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Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

Friday, January 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band says it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need. [ Read more → ]
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis join United Nations’ gay rights campaign

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the U.N. Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [ Read more → ]
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GLAAD announces selection of new President and CEO

Monday, November 25, 2013
NEW YORK -- The National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation's LGBT media advocacy organization, on Monday announced the selection of Sarah Kate Ellis as the organization's new CEO and president following a nationwide search. [ Read more → ]
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Celebrities join t-shirt protest of Russia’s anti-gay law

Monday, November 4, 2013
NEW YORK -- Actors Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]
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HRC needs to engage more with the LGBT community rather than policymakers

Friday, October 25, 2013
This past summer, I was a Family Project intern of the Human Rights Campaign. Depending on who I’m talking to at Yale, that sentence can serve as a coming-out statement on various levels. Aside from my friends who are conservative in their attitudes on same-sex marriage, I have progressive friends who are angry with HRC. I’ve been carrying an umbrella and mug displaying HRC’s logo — the equal sign that took Facebook by storm last March — only after giving it much thought. I’m wary of entering a heated debate at any moment, with friends on my right or my left. At some points I have felt frustrated with the organization too... [ Read more → ]
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An open letter: Spread love, change history

Saturday, September 7, 2013
It’s time for everyone to experience Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, for everyone to know they are beautiful just the way they are. It’s time for same-sex couples, same-sex parents, children of same-sex parents, and all LGBTQ persons at home, at school, in the workplace or in retirement to be protected by the laws of their lands. ... It’s time to spread love. It’s time to change history. [ Read more → ]
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New platform launched for Christians to speak out in favor of LGBT equality

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A new project launched Wednesday is giving LGBT-supportive Christians a public forum for to proclaim their love and acceptance for their their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends and family members. [ Read more → ]
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George Takei to receive LGBT advocacy leadership award

Thursday, August 22, 2013
MIAMI — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that Star Trek actor George Takei will receive the 2013 National Leadership Award. [ Read more → ]
APIn this July 4, 1967 file photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Looking back 50 years: Huge strides for the gay rights movement

Sunday, June 9, 2013
There was a time when homosexuality was deemed a mental disorder by the nation's psychiatric authorities, and gay sex was a crime in every state but Illinois. Federal workers could be fired for the mere fact of being gay. That time wasn't long ago — just 50 years... [ 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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Report: Ayanbadejo hints that LGBT advocacy may be a factor in being cut by Ravens

Thursday, April 4, 2013
NEW YORK -- Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hinted Thursday evening that his advocacy for marriage equality and LGBT rights may have been one of the reasons he was cut from the team. [ Read more → ]
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GLAAD to honor Bill Clinton as ‘Advocate for Change’ on LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization announced Wednesday it will honor former President Bill Clinton with its first ever "Advocate for Change" award at its 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month. [ Read more → ]
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Best Buy releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Sunday, June 10, 2012
RICHFIELD, Minn. -- Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, has released its contribution to the "It Gets Better" campaign, an emotional video featuring 18 Best Buy employees from around the U.S. who share their personal journeys on how life has gotten better for them. [ Read more → ]
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Our organizations must avoid debates on non-LGBT issues

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
LGBT groups are gaining political influence. And they exert hard-won political muscle to fight for full equality and support LGBT and LGBT-friendly elected officials. But given so much work left to accomplish on equal rights and limited resources, gay groups should not be so quick to enter debates on non-LGBT issues. ... The dreamer in me certainly hopes one day the LGBT voice will resonate across any issue. But for today, the realist in me believes we should stick to debates in which we have a unique voice. [ Read more → ]
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‘Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson presented Vanguard Award by GLAAD

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Josh Hutcherson, an LGBT equality advocate, actor, and star of "The Hunger Games," on Saturday became the youngest person to receive the prestigious Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. [ Read more → ]
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Gay teen advocate to serve as diversity liaison in Phoenix mayor’s office

Saturday, March 24, 2012
PHOENIX -- An Arizona teen who spent several weeks in Washington last year to lobby Congress to make schools a safer environment for LGBT youth, is now working in the Phoenix mayor's office to help raise awareness about bullying and diversity. [ Read more → ]
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True LGBT story: Creating a ‘Family of Choice’ in Alaska

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Phyllis Rhodes is simply awesome. She’s the Executive Director of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT Center, and has a heart of gold. I wish every LGBTQ Alaskan would go pay her a visit because I know they would feel better afterwards. Alaska is lucky to have her. [ Read more → ]
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Lady Gaga launches ‘Born this Way’ youth empowerment foundation

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cultural singing icon, Lady Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, along with her mother Cynthia Germanotta and media magnate Oprah Winfrey officially launched the pop diva's "Born this Way" foundation Wednesday on the campus of Harvard University. [ Read more → ]
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Director Brett Ratner, GLAAD team up for ‘famous faces’ for equality series

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES — Film Director Brett Ratner, whose homophobic slur last year resulted in a controversy that forced him to step down as co-producer of the 2012 Academy Awards broadcast, has teamed with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to direct and produce a LGBTQ supportive video campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Longtime LGBT activist, attorney Paula Ettelbrick dies at 56

Friday, October 7, 2011
Longtime LGBTQ activist and attorney Paula Ettelbrick, a prominent LGBT activist who recently stepped down from her post as Executive Director of the Stonewall Community Foundation due to her ongoing battle with cancer, died today, just five day after her 56th birthday. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Screenwriter, director and producer, Dustin Lance Black

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Dustin Lance Black, Screenwriter b. June 10, 1974 “I heard the story of Harvey Milk and it gave me hope that I could live my life openly as who I am.” [caption id="attachment_36123" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Dustin Lance Black"][/caption] Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, director... [ Read more → ]
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Time for LGBT people to get their heads in the game, be their own heroes

Saturday, September 24, 2011
This piece is not a sell for Barack Obama, but a plea for the gay community to recognize who our true enemies are. It's time we stop expecting a hero and be our own heroes. It's time we start talking into account the cold fact that our struggle for equality is like a game of chess. [ Read more → ]
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Trevor Project honors Daniel Radcliffe with ‘Hero’ award for LGBT youth advocacy

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Actor Daniel Radcliffe on Monday was honored by The Trevor Project with the Trevor Hero Award, recognizing him as an inspiration to LGBT youth, and for his efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. [ Read more → ]
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Terrence Meck on LGBT grants, Eric Ross’ book for kids, teen activist Caleb Laieski

Sunday, May 22, 2011
In this special interview-only episode, Phil Reese, Joe Mirabella, and D. Gregory Smith interviewed some outstanding leaders in the gay community. [ Read more → ]
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