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Matthew Shepard’s parents head to Russia on advocacy mission

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Judy and Dennis Shepard
NEW YORK -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread. The centerpiece of their five-day trip is a gay film festival in St. Petersburg at ...

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For Eddie: I am keeping my promise

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Twenty-two years ago, I made a promise that has shaped my life and my work ever since. My beloved partner Eddie, a talented musician, was dying of AIDS. At the time, we felt powerless, isolated and angry—there was no effective medical treatment, no hope for recovery and too much hate rooted in fear of a mysterious disease and its association with gay men...

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

Friday, January 17, 2014
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.
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.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis join United Nations’ gay rights campaign

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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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.

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GLAAD announces selection of new President and CEO

Monday, November 25, 2013
Sarah Kate Ellis
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.

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Celebrities join t-shirt protest of Russia’s anti-gay law

Monday, November 4, 2013
HRC From left: Jamie Lee Curtis, Wentworth Miller, and Jason Collins
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."

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HRC needs to engage more with the LGBT community rather than policymakers

Friday, October 25, 2013
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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...

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An open letter: Spread love, change history

Saturday, September 7, 2013
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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.

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New platform launched for Christians to speak out in favor of LGBT equality

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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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.

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