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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.

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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.

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

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Peter Rauhofer
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.

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Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Noxolo Nogwaza
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...

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Father of gay teen who committed suicide plans nationwide walk against bullying

| Friday, April 19, 2013
Joe BellLa Grande Observer
LA GRANDE, Ore. — The father of a gay Oregon teenager who hanged himself is ready to begin walking across the United States to spread his message against bullying.

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Film critic, longtime LGBT community supporter Roger Ebert dies

| Thursday, April 4, 2013
CHICAGO, — Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, who was known for his “thumbs up, thumbs down” critiques of films, died Thursday. He was 70, and had battled cancer in recent years.

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