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North Carolina mom believes bullying led to transgender teen’s suicide

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ash Haffner
Local LGBT community leaders in Charlotte, N.C., are responding with messages of support and encouragement, following the death Thursday of a transgender student. Ash Haffner, 16, died by suicide on Thursday. [...]

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Transgender teen cites family bullying in suicide note: #HisNameWasZander

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Zander Mahaffey
Another transgender teen has taken his own life, leaving behind a suicide note describing sexual trauma and alleged bullying by family members. [...]

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‘It’s My Party’ singer‑songwriter Lesley Gore dies at age 68

Monday, February 16, 2015
Lesley Gore hugs a flowered record at her 18th birthday party celebrated at the Delmonico Hotel in New York on May 5, 1964. Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died of cancer, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hit "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday at age 68. [...]

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Indiana woman who fought state’s gay marriage ban loses battle with cancer

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer. [...]

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A gay dad’s requiem for Leelah Alcorn, the Matthew Shepard of our time

Friday, January 2, 2015
Hundreds gather in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Jan. 2, for a candlelight vigil for Leelah Alcorn.
Matthew Shepard's murder left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day. This week, another tragedy, another life destroyed, left a similar impression — the death of Leelah Alcorn. [...]

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AIDS. Remember me?

Sunday, November 30, 2014
AP (File)
On the morning of my 30th birthday, I checked my then-partner, Shane Sawick, into the hospital. He would not come out. Shane died just two weeks later, suffering from Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML); one disease, among many, battled in his long war against AIDS. Once in the hospital, the illness [...]

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. [...]

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Ex-Massachusetts Episcopalian Bishop Thomas Shaw dies

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bishop Thomas Shaw
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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