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Corporate sponsorships of LGBT pride parades on the rise

| Friday, June 27, 2014
In this June 8, 2014, photo, workers carry a Macy's banner during the gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. Corporations have increased visibility this summer at gay pride parades around the country as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage.
SALT LAKE CITY — In between muscular men in speedos gyrating to thumping dance music and drag queens decked out in formal gowns, Salt Lake City's gay pride parade also featured a few, more conventional participants: Some of America's most well-known companies. From Starbucks to eBay to Macy's, the increasing visibility of corporations ...

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Starbucks celebrates LGBT pride with huge rainbow flag atop Seattle HQ

| Monday, June 23, 2014
The rainbow pride flag atop the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle on Monday, Jne 23, 2014.
SEATTLE -- Starbucks celebrated the opening of LGBT Pride week in Seattle on Monday by hoisting an 800 square foot rainbow pride flag over its Seattle headquarters. "A gesture as simple as flying a flag might not seem like much on face, but it represents another step forward for the LGBT community as companies all around Seattle ...

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Mich. governor, business coalition urge adding statewide LGBT protections

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
Michigan
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday urged legislators to consider updating Michigan's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, applauding companies and the state's two largest regional chambers of commerce for joining a business-backed push to amend the law.

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Coldwell Banker fires Fox News ‘expert’ who blamed UCSB killings on ‘homosexual impulses’

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate says it is parting ways with Fox News “expert” and reality TV psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, who suggested on Saturday that Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and wounded 13 others near UC Santa Barbara last week, may have been triggered by an inability to cope with “homosexual impulses.”

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Gay rights supporters plan events to counter new Miss. ‘religious freedom’ law

| Friday, May 9, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- At a leafy college campus in north Mississippi and an upscale dinner club in New York, groups are protesting a Mississippi law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Study: Majority of LGBT workers nationwide are closeted on the job

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON – A majority of LGBT workers nationwide are closeted on the job, according to a study released Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the HRC.

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Companies pressure Mich. lawmakers to back discrimination ban against gays

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Michigan
LANSING, Mich. -- Some major businesses are pushing lawmakers to update Michigan's anti-discrimination law to ensure no one is fired or denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Cleveland developing registry of LGBT businesses in time for Gay Games

| Sunday, April 27, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND — A registry of businesses owned by members of the LGBT community is being developed in time for the 2014 Gay Games scheduled for the Cleveland area in August.

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Grassroots business campaign to support LGBT community takes shape

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Eddie Outlaw, a Jackson hair salon owner, displays the stickers he and some other business owners display and have distributed to others in a show of support for gay and lesbian customers, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, outside his business in Jackson, Miss. The group sees this as an effort to push back against a religious-practices bill recently signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The round, blue window stickers declare: “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling."
JACKSON, Miss. — In conservative Mississippi, many business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

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Many gay business owners still face challenges, discrimination

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Dave Greenbaum, who runs a computer repair business, walks to his vehicle outside his house in Lawrence, Kan. Despite increasing acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S., gay small business owners like Greenbaum say they still encounter discrimination from possible customers and investors.
It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay. Greenbaum, who owns a computer repair business in Lawrence, Kan., often needs to go into customers' homes. Some people realized he is gay after he was quoted in a newspaper story about gay rights...

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