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Transgender candidate misses making Oklahoma history by 22 votes

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Paula-Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer who sought to become the state's first transgender lawmaker has conceded defeat in the Democratic primary runoff for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Paula Sophia lost the runoff by a razor thin margin of only 22 votes.

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Transgender woman advances in Oklahoma House race

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paula Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A transgender candidate who is a former Oklahoma City police officer has advanced to a runoff for a state House seat. Democrat Paula Sophia will face businessman and former pastor Jason Dunnington in the Aug. 26 runoff. The winner will take a seat at the Legislature as there is no Republican in the race.

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Oklahoma City YMCA opens family membership to same-sex couples

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma City chapter of the YMCA has announced a policy shift to allow same-sex couples to sign up for family membership. The YMCA said the policy change was not in response to any particular incident, but rather representative of the “changing landscape of households in Oklahoma.”

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Transgender Oklahoma City police officer to seek state House post

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
Paula Sophia
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A transgender Oklahoma City police officer who engaged in a legal battle with the department a decade ago has retired from the force and plans to run for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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Openly gay Oklahoma state senator to run for U.S. Congress

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Al-McAffrey
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City says he plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

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ACLU files appeal in case of transgender woman denied name change

| Monday, October 1, 2012
Angela Renee Ingram
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLU) has announced that it will represent a transgender woman who was denied a name change by an Oklahoma judge who told her “you can’t change what God gave you.”

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Oklahoma man suffers burns after vandals scrawl gay slur, set car on fire

By Robin Dorner| The Gayly | Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jon Ferguson looks over the damage to his burned car.
EDMOND, Okla. -- An Oklahoma gay man says he awoke in the early morning hours on July 21 to the noise two men dressed in black and wearing face masks vandalizing his car -- he said one of the suspects threw something in his vehicle that caused an explosion and fire, while the man other fled.

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Oklahoma City adds sexual orientation to city’s non-discrimination policy

| Friday, November 18, 2011
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The Oklahoma City Council this week voted to add sexual orientation to the city's employment non-discrimination policy after a debate that lasted more than half of the council meeting.

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