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Advocate for homeless LGBT youth calls on Pope to end religion’s anti-gay messaging

Sunday, April 13, 2014
NEW YORK -- Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world's religious communities in bringing an end to the "grave moral failure" by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families. [ Read more → ]
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Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

Friday, April 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House. [ Read more → ]
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Annual ‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to ‘silencing effect’ of anti-LGBT bullying

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of schools around the world on Friday will participate in GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 19th annual "Day of Silence" by taking a vow of silence to draw attention to the anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools. [ Read more → ]
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Parent wants book about ‘Two Boys Kissing’ removed from school library

Monday, April 7, 2014
WARRENTON, Va. -- A Virginia high school is once again considering a parent's appeal to remove a book from the school's library that depicts two boys kissing on its cover. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.

Bill that would ban conversion therapy for gay youth advances in Illinois House

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. [ Read more → ]
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Opponents of Calif. transgender rights law revive ballot fight

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law. [ Read more → ]
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The real, true story about how parents adopted out their child when he came out as gay

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Corey did not have an easy life. He was a popular jock guy in high school, but by the age of 15, he had been handed more than his share of abuse. His parents were conservative, religious, on welfare and dabbled in narcotics. His birth father beat Corey at times, and neglected him at others... [ Read more → ]
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Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, March 20, 2014
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities. [ Read more → ]
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Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Schools are failing LGBT youth and funneling them into prison

Monday, March 10, 2014
Hostile school climates pave the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth to spend less time in school and more time on the streets, thus increasing the likelihood of entering into the school-to-prison pipeline. [ Read more → ]
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Delaware program targets depression, suicide among LGBT youth

Monday, March 10, 2014
DOVER, Del. — With the National School Climate Survey reporting that as many as 64 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse, organizations across the state are joining together to implement early-intervention services in schools and the community. [ Read more → ]
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Gay Marine’s amazing journey from homeless shelter to Ivy League

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elegance Bratton was kicked out of his home at the age of 16, spent 10 years homeless, joined the Marines and is now working on a documentary to shed light on youth homelessness in NYC’s West Village. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender student reports attack, sexual assault at Calif. high school

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A 15-year-old transgender student says he was attacked and sexually assaulted Monday at the same Hercules, Calif., school where another transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago. [ Read more → ]
LM Otero, AP(From left) Erick Izquierdo, Josiah Spear, 12, and Cole McSorley, 12, look at a Trail Life handbook during a gathering of members in North Richland Hills, Texas. Trail Life USA says it has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel the century-old organization has lost its way.

For those no longer loyal to Scouts, Trail Life offers a ‘no gays’ alternative

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
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Mass. state House passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. [ Read more → ]
Lenny Ignelzi, APDaniella McDonald, an activist and supporter of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266), tells attendees at a rally organized by San Diego LGBTQ rights organizations Canvass for a Cause, SAME Alliance, and Black and Pink that the petition drive to place a proposition on the ballot to repeal the law failed to garner enough signatures Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in San Diego.

Bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights fails to qualify for November ballot

Monday, February 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools have failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature. [ Read more → ]
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Chelsea Clinton: LGBT rights are ‘the unfinished business of the 21st century’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made "incredible progress" on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. [ Read more → ]
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Bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth passes Washington House

Friday, February 14, 2014
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state House on Thursday approved a bill aimed at prohibiting health care providers from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
Richard W. Rodriguez, AP FILE - Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally on Feb. 6, 2013, outside the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in opposition to openly gay scouts.

Boy Scouts’ membership drops after year of policy change

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DALLAS -- The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state's first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King. [ Read more → ]
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Prosecution deferred for transgender student facing battery charge

Thursday, February 6, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. — A transgender teenager facing a misdemeanor battery charge after defending herself from school bullies was in court Thursday and entered into an agreement that allows her to participate in a restorative justice program, which would defer prosecution on the battery charge. [ Read more → ]
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Russia reverses decision to punish school girl for ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
BRYANSK, Russia -- A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in "propaganda" of non-traditional sexual relations. [ Read more → ]
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game. [ Read more → ]
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Russian school girl disciplined under country’s anti-gay propaganda ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
BRYANSK, Russia -- A school girl in Russia has been accused of breaking the country's anti-gay propaganda law and is believed to be the first minor formally disciplined for promoting "non-traditional sexual relations" among her peers. [ Read more → ]
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