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Ex-Massachusetts Episcopalian Bishop Thomas Shaw dies

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
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BOSTON -- Thomas Shaw, a gay monk who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for nearly two decades and championed Palestinian, minority and other causes, has died. He was 69.

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet.
Sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie. Matthew was discovered 18 hours later, and for the next five days, the world held vigil while Matthew lay in a coma in a hospital in Colorado. And on this day in 1998, at 12:53 a.m., Matthew died — his family by his side.

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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 16 years later

| Monday, October 6, 2014
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On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a scarecrow next to a fence. Then he noticed a glisten of blood...

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Transgender teacher who fought N.J. school boards dies

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Lily McBeth at her home in Tuckerton, N.J. in 2006.
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. -- Lily McBeth, the teacher whose battles with school boards in conservative areas of New Jersey made her a reluctant symbol of the transgender rights movement, has died. She was 80. McBeth died Sept. 24 near her home in Little Egg Harbor after a long illness, her daughter Maureen said. "She was very much at peace with her life...

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Gay music legend Bob Crewe dead at 83

| Friday, September 12, 2014
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Bob Crewe, the veteran producer, singer and songwriter who penned a string of hits for the Four Seasons died Thursday at the age of 82. Crewe’s brother, Dan, confirmed the songwriter’s death, reports Rolling Stone:

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NYC Gay Men’s Chorus performs at star-studded funeral for Joan Rivers

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Flowers surround Joan Rivers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that — like the late comedian herself — brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media. At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay ...

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Longtime LGBT ally Joan Rivers dies

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. ...

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Remembering LGBT health advocate Andrew Cray

Think Progress | Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling with cancer since October 2013. But before his diagnosis, and even during his treatment and the period of remission that was all too brief, Andy was a pivotal figure in the struggle for LGBT rights. Despite the too few years we had with him, he was a champion...

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A gay dad’s requiem for Robin Williams, the icon of the modern father

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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There was a deeper profound loss in the news for me in learning of Robin Williams' death, something very personal, and it took a night of sleep for me to fully get a sense as to what it is. I am a dad. It is the part of my being with which I identify first and most strongly. As I awoke this morning, the first morning of a Robin Williams-less world, I felt a loss in the definition of what it is to be a dad...

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
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Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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