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Cleveland city council mulls changing gender identity ordinance

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND -- Jacob Nash remembers being forced to use the women's room at City Hall in 2009 when he was part of a coalition of LGBT groups working with City Council on passing anti-discrimination laws. The resulting ordinance outlawed housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but a last-minute provision ...

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Ohio man sentenced to 18 years to life for murder of transgender woman

Friday, October 3, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life after he admitted to gunning down a transgender woman last December. Prosecutors said Delshawn Carroll, 20, shot and killed Brittany Stergis, 22, on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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Gay Games athletes heartened by Cleveland welcome

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Todd Roark, of Detroit, crashes during the beach volleyball competition at the ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Participants at the event on a Lake Erie beach gave the city high marks as host of the games.
CLEVELAND -- Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week. "He was telling us horror stories about growing up here," Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games ...

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Donors pledge $2.3 million for new Cleveland LGBT center

Monday, August 11, 2014
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has announced $2.3 million in gifts that will pay for a new center and expanded programming. “We are overjoyed!” said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the center, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. The money comes from two sources: a $1.8 million donation from an anonymous ...

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Obama opens international Gay Games with surprise video message

Sunday, August 10, 2014
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CLEVELAND -- President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night. The president said the United States...

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America’s Heartland hosts Gay Games, visitors from around the globe

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Participants and spectators from 46 countries are coming to the Heartland for Gay Games 9, a quadrennial event that for the first time is taking place outside one of the world’s gay capitals. In choosing Cleveland and Akron, organizers said they wanted to stage the Games in a place where they could have an impact in boosting acceptance and support ...

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Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting of transgender woman

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Brittany Stergis (left) and Delshawn Carroll
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police have charged a Cleveland man with murder in connection with the fatal December shooting of a 22-year-old transgender woman. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated murder for shooting and killing Brittany Stergis Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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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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Cab drivers quit over promotional ads for Cleveland’s Gay Games

Friday, April 11, 2014
Gay Games taxi roof ad.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than a dozen taxi drivers are dropping out of a dedicated cab service at Cleveland’s airport because they don’t want to drive vehicles with signs promoting the upcoming Gay Games.

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Cleveland, Akron gear up for fun and ‘Gay Games’

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Why does there have to be a Gay Games? Tom Nobbe gets that question a lot — although the reason becomes a lot more obvious every time the International Olympic Committee must issue a statement assuring LGBT athletes and spectators that they won’t be arrested or assaulted during next month’s Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia.

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