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How a sheltered housewife became the foremost in-your-face challenger of Christian homophobia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kathy Baldock
A modern day pro-LGBT Joan of Arc, Kathy Baldock’s advocacy is not from behind a computer screen, but face-to-face interaction with the most rabid anti-gay ministers in the U.S. evangelical movement. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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