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Charles Rex Arbogast, APVernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert, smile after their wedding ceremony in Chicago on November 27, 2013. They were the first couple to be married after the gay marriage law was signed by the governor.

Vernita Gray, gay rights activist and among the first to marry in Ill., has died

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- A gay rights activist, who was one half of the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois, has died at age 65. Family friend Jim Bennett says Vernita Gray died late Tuesday of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.

Remembering Larry King

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Today I remember Larry King, who was killed six years ago. On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, 14-year old Brandon McInerney brought a gun to E.O. Green Junior High School, stood up in the middle of class and shot 15 year-old Larry King twice in the back of the head. A few days later Larry was taken off of life support. Like so many other LGBT youth of color, Larry spent his life navigating violent and unsupportive foster care and educational institutions... [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert Nugent

Catholic priest once condemned by Vatican for his ministry to gays dies

Thursday, January 2, 2014
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at age 95

Thursday, December 5, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. [ Read more → ]
ACLU New Mexico

Plaintiff in N.M. same-sex marriage lawsuit loses battle with brain cancer

Monday, November 11, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Jennifer Neuman-Roper, one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit seeking marriage equality in New Mexico, died on Friday of advanced cancer. She was 44. [ Read more → ]
Naomi Jakobsson

Ill. lawmaker: Son would be proud I voted for gay marriage in his final hours

Thursday, November 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the state capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours. [ Read more → ]
Matthew

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Fifteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Wayne 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... [ Read more → ]
Joe-Bell-cropped

A gay dad mourns the loss of Joe Bell, killed in the line of duty of being a dad

Thursday, October 10, 2013
“Making headway, one step at a time.” This was the last communication from Joe Bell on his epic quest to walk across the United States and do everything within his power to end bullying, intolerance and suicide. His journey was not the result of an idealistic publicity stunt. It was a mission... [ Read more → ]
Matt Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father's wallet.

‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ – The life and legacy of a young gay man

Sunday, September 22, 2013
On this 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, filmmaker Michele Josue -- a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's -- brings to the screen the story of the life, death, and lasting legacy of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man with aspirations to one day change the world. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama lowers his head during a moment of silence at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, during a ceremony to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

In Memoriam: Obama, nation pay tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago. [ Read more → ]
Billy Lucas

Remembering Billy Lucas, the boy whose suicide inspired a movement

Monday, September 9, 2013
Three years ago today, on September 9, 2010, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home. He had hanged himself. [ Read more → ]
Darren Manzella

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ activist dies in traffic accident in N.Y.

Friday, August 30, 2013
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the U.S. Army after criticizing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights pioneer Jose Julio Sarria, founder of Imperial Court System, dies

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Monday morning at 7:02 a.m. He was 90. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. [ Read more → ]
Jay, J-FLAGThis undated photo provided by Dwayne Jones' friend Jay via the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) advocacy group, shows Dwayne Jones in an unknown location in Jamaica.

Jamaica: Mob murder of gay teen shows depth of hostility toward LGBT community

Sunday, August 11, 2013
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up. [ Read more → ]
Sean Sasser

AIDS activist Sean Sasser dies

Thursday, August 8, 2013
AIDS activist and educator Sean Sasser has died, according to an announcement Wednesday evening by longtime friends. [ Read more → ]
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APCory Monteith

‘Glee’ cast member Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel room

Sunday, July 14, 2013
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series "Glee" but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31. [ Read more → ]
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Deadly arson in New Orleans gay bar remembered 40 years later

Monday, June 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- Forty years ago, on June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge, a popular gay bar on the corner of Iberville and Chartres Streets in New Orleans. [ Read more → ]
Lautenberg

Longtime LGBT advocate, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

Monday, June 3, 2013
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg died early Monday morning at age 89. The Democratic senator from New Jersey was the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran serving there. [ Read more → ]
Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2013.Photo: Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation

For a lost soldier…

Monday, May 27, 2013
They had grown up in eastern Ohio, in a small rural farming community. They played football, went fishing, did farm work, and discovered that after a few failed attempts at pursuing the fairer sex, that their real romantic interests laid in each other. By the time they had graduated from high school, the Vietnam conflict had escalated and rather than wait to get drafted, they decided to join the U.S. Marines together. They went to boot camp and not long after graduation found themselves on troop planes headed for Vietnam... [ Read more → ]
Shane

Memories and Memorials — for the countless many, lost far too young

Monday, May 27, 2013
For me, Memorial Day is about honoring not only those who died fighting for our freedom, but also those closer, lost to far different battles, particularly AIDS. ... And so, this Memorial Day, I’ll pause and honor the many of my own troops who have fallen in battle. They may not have had the uniform or the recognition of our armed forces, but the wars they fought were just as valiant, and I, for one, am richer for their many, varied gifts and sacrifices. [ Read more → ]
Harvey-Milk

Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated worldwide. [ Read more → ]
despair

Homophobia’s cruel Mothers Day

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I can not help but be in awe of the horrible force that homophobia still exerts in our world. It is the force that inspires a mob to destroy a teenage girl, it is the power that drives a family to abandon a daughter at a time when she needs them most, and, worst of all, it is a hatred that through its destruction can turn the brightest, most unconditional love a human being can experience in on itself and into a dark and evil grief that devours every iota of life... [ Read more → ]
Peter Rauhofer

Famed DJ, Grammy award-winning remixer Peter Rauhofer dies at age 48

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
NEW YORK – Internationally known DJ, remixer, producer and label owner Peter Rauhofer has died of complications related to brain cancer, his manager reported on Facebook today. He was 48. [ Read more → ]
Noxolo Nogwaza

Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attackers raped, repeatedly beat and stabbed her, apparently because of her sexual orientation, before dumping her body in a drainage ditch. Two years after her death, no progress has been made into the investigation of her murder... [ Read more → ]
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