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Gay rights pioneer Jose Julio Sarria, founder of Imperial Court System, dies

LGBT Weekly | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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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.

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

| Sunday, August 11, 2013
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.
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.

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AIDS activist Sean Sasser dies

| Thursday, August 8, 2013
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AIDS activist and educator Sean Sasser has died, according to an announcement Wednesday evening by longtime friends.

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

| Sunday, July 14, 2013
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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.

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Deadly arson in New Orleans gay bar remembered 40 years later

| Monday, June 24, 2013
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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.

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

| Monday, June 3, 2013
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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.

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 27, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2013.Photo: Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation
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...

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

| Monday, May 27, 2013
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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.

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Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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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.

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Homophobia’s cruel Mothers Day

| Sunday, May 19, 2013
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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...

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