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

| Saturday, December 1, 2012
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
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
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
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
Courtesy the Matthew Shepard Foundation
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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For Matthew Shepard and countless others… the work to erase hate continues

| Friday, October 12, 2012
In 1998, Matthew Shepard spent five days in a coma while the world held vigil. And on this day, at 12:53 a.m., 14 years ago, Matthew died. For many, Matthew's death revealed the dangers of being gay in America, and for many LGBTQ people, it reaffirmed the risk they live with every day.

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Lesbian soldier killed in Taliban suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan

| Friday, October 5, 2012
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of the North Carolina Army National Guard was among 14 people killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Sahara Davenport dies at age 27

By Ken Williams| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Tuesday, October 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Sahara Davenport, who made a name for herself on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and who recently released a single “Go Off,” has died. She was 27.

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Longtime LGBT rights champion, former PFLAG president Elinor Lewallen dies

| Monday, September 17, 2012
Elinor Lewallen, a longtime champion of equal rights for LGBT people, and President of PFLAG National in the late 1980s, has died, the organization announced Friday. She was 93.

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On anniversary of Billy Lucas’ suicide, family files wrongful death lawsuit

| Sunday, September 9, 2012
Two years ago today, 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. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends said he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay.

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