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‘We don’t serve fags’ at Big Earl’s in Pittsburg, Texas

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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PITTSBURG, Texas -- A same-sex couple says they were told not to come back to a restaurant in East Texas because Big Earls "doesn't serve fags."

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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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Va. transgender woman granted routine name change after 5 months of ‘scrutiny’

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
Julianna Fialkowski
LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Virginia transgender woman whose routine name change request was stalled by a Lynchburg, Va., judge who flagged it for “extra scrutiny,” has been granted her request and will not be subjected to a second hearing to justify the change.

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Gay Eagle Scout, ousted Scout leader urge Amazon to end Boy Scouts support

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
[cap]Openly gay Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier, delivered more than 125,000 signatures from his Change.org petition urging Amazon.com to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America, until the Boy Scouts lifts its ban on gay leaders. (GLAAD)
SEATTLE, Wash. -- A Maryland teen, who earlier this year became the openly gay scout awarded the highest rank of Eagle Scout, was in Seattle on Wednesday to deliver more than 125,000 signatures from his Change.org petition urging Amazon.com to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America until it lifts its ban on gay and lesbian leaders.

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Va. judge flags transgender woman’s name change request for ‘extra scrutiny’

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Julianna Fialkowski
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- A Virginia transgender woman who was denied a name change by a Lynchburg, Va., circuit court judge earlier this year is due back in court on Friday for a second hearing on her request..

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Oregon Supreme Court settles ballot title dispute in ‘religious freedom’ measure

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
Oregon Supreme Court in Salem.
SALEM, Ore. -- Backers of a proposed "religious freedom" ballot initiative in Oregon that would allow businesses to refuse services to same-sex weddings based on religious beliefs lost a ballot title challenge with the Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday.

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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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Twin brothers’ Eagle Scout awards overshadowed by anti-gay policy

| Monday, May 5, 2014
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SEATTLE - Twin brothers Liam and August Easton-Calabria are alike in many ways, having been Boy Scouts since they were 11 years old. In fact, the pair is identical right down to their twenty-two merit badges, and on Sunday, the brothers earned the coveted Eagle Award.

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Transgender woman alleges housing discrimination by Salvation Army

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
Jodielynn Wiley
DALLAS -- A transgender woman facing homelessness has filed a lawsuit with the Fair Housing Office in Dallas after being denied housing by the Salvation Army because she has not undergone gender reassignment surgery.

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N.H. to study constitutional provision to ban anti-gay discrimination

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
New Hampshire state capitol in Concord.
CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire state House has voted to study whether its state constitution should be amended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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