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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
AP
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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Brooklyn bar owner fights landlord who forbids him from operating a gay bar

| Monday, April 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn bar owner says he has been battling his landlord for more than a year to turn his establishment into a gay bar, but that his lease specifically prohibits a gay bar from operating on the premises.

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Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Missouri
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February.

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Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Equality Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- Following the Mississippi legislature's recent passage of a religious freedom bill that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays, businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome.

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Honey Maid responds to anti-gay critics who called ad campaign ‘disgusting’

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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From the makers of Honey Maid graham crackers comes the official response to critics who labeled their “This is Wholesome” ad campaign “disgusting” because it prominently featured same-sex parents among its collection of real American families.

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