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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge gets married

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
Melissa Etheridge, left, and Linda Wallem.
NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53-year-old Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, on Saturday.

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George Michael ‘resting’ after hospital stay for undisclosed ailment

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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LONDON — George Michael's spokeswoman says the singer is "resting" after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

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Austrian drag queen wows 10,000 fans outside federal chancellery in Vienna

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
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VIENNA -- So... who was the real Conchita Wurst? The one on stage, of course. But with some of the fans gathered Sunday to fete the hirsute Austrian drag queen wearing fake beards, it was a justified question.

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Council of Europe official says Conchita Wurst win good for European gay rights

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
PARIS -- The head of Europe's leading human rights body is praising Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory as a positive sign that freedom of expression is thriving, and that Europeans are "allowed to shock."

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Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win shows pop is still political

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Austrian singer Conchita Wurst attends a press conference in Vienna, Austria Sunday May 11, 2014. Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen Saturday, in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.
It's the beard that divided a continent. The victory of whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and Russian men snapping clean-shaven pictures in protest.

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Moscow bans parade honoring Eurovision drag queen Conchita Wurst

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
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MOSCOW -- Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year's Eurovision song contest.

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Civilization on the move? A weekend’s memorable LGBT moments

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Shon DeArmon, right, puts his arm around his partner James Porter while holding a flag outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. The state's largest county began issuing gay marriage licenses following a judge's ruling overturning Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
It was an eventful weekend: An openly gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; same-sex marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded drag performer won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world.

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Eurovision-winning drag queen Conchita Wurst returns home in triumph

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
Austrian singer Conchita Wurst arrives with the trophy at the airport in Vienna Sunday May 11, 2014. Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen Saturday, in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.
VIENNA -- Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst made a triumphant return to Austria on Sunday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.

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Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

| Saturday, May 10, 2014
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad.

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Neon Trees singer is one of only a few openly gay celebrity Mormons

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tyler Glenn, frontman of the band Neon Trees, poses for a portrait to promote the band's upcoming third album, "Pop Pyschology," on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in New York.
NEW YORK — When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons. The reaction he got wasn't what he was expecting...

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