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Dear Abby, ‘always compassionate toward gay people,’ dies at 94

| Thursday, January 17, 2013
In this Feb. 14, 2001 file photo, "Dear Abby" advice columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, 82, known to millions of readers as Abigail van Buren, signs autographs for some of dozens of fans after the dedication of a "Dear Abby" star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Phillips, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, she was 94. Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby's replies were often flippant one-liners. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
MINNEAPOLIS — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She...

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Jeanne Manford, pioneering LGBT ally, founder of PFLAG, dies at 92

| Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Jeanne Manford, mother of gay rights activist Morty Manford, pioneering straight ally in the gay rights movement, and the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), died at her home in Daly City, Calif., Tuesday. She was 92. Manford had been...

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Early marriage equality advocate Richard Adams dead at 65

| Monday, December 24, 2012
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Richard Adams, an early pioneer in the fight for marriage equality for gays and lesbians, died Dec. 17 in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, his attorney said Sunday. Adams was 65.

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Pioneering AIDS activist Spencer Cox dies of HIV-related complications

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Spencer Cox, the the New York-based AIDS activist who was featured in the documentary "How to Survive a Plague," died Tuesday of complications related to HIV. He was 44.

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Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye dies at 88

| Monday, December 17, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inoye (D-Hawaii), a 50-year veteran of the U.S. Senate and a recipient of the nation’s highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, died of respiratory complications at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Monday afternoon.

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World AIDS Day: For the countless many, gone too soon

| Saturday, December 1, 2012
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Thirty-one years ago, on June 5, in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta published a report of five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles. All of the men were described as “homosexuals” — two had died. This was the first official mention of a disease that had no name, no known means of transmission, no treatment and no cure.

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White House, Obama Administration mark 14th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

| Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday marked the 14th annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day of remembrance of the people lost to anti-transgender fear, discrimination, and violence.

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14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance honors those lost to anti-transgender hatred

| Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Today is the 14th 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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Arlen Specter dies at 82

| Sunday, October 14, 2012
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Arlen Specter, an independent-minded moderate who spent 30 years in the U.S. Senate but was spurned by Pennsylvania voters after switching in 2009 from Republican to Democrat, died on Sunday of cancer at the age of 82.

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Remembering Matt Shepard and his passion for human rights

| Friday, October 12, 2012
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Today marks 14 years since the day we lost Matt Shepard. I know from the conversations I’ve had with many of you that those terrible days in October 1998 echo in your memories: where you were, how it felt, the fears, the outrage and the questions you were left with.

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