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AIDS Researchers Among Malaysia Airlines Victims

Posted on 22 July 2014

MELBOURNE, AU— The International AIDS Society has confirmed that at least six high-level researchers and AIDS experts were among those killed on the Malaysia Airlines flight downed Thursday over volatile eastern Ukraine. In confirming the deaths, the society’s president, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, made note that her predecessor, AIDS researcher Joep Lange was among them. “The International […]

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US Appeals Court Tosses Oklahoma Gay-Marriage Ban

Posted on 22 July 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY,  OK—A three-judge panel of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday upheld a federal judge’s ruling that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. It is the latest in a string of victories across the country in favor of same-sex marriage that will suffer the same response—further appeals, and […]

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Pridefest Comes to Atari

Posted on 19 July 2014

A social SIM game designed to appeal to the LGBT community is coming to an iOS or Android tablet near you, Atari says. Dubbed Pridefest, players will be able to “launch their very own personalized pride parade in a city of their choosing.” So, customize parade flotillas by choosing size, components, mascots and decorations, as […]

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South Carolina Town Supports Lesbian Police Chief

Posted on 16 July 2014

LATTA, SC–When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled, according to CBS News. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning […]

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Ends Its Backing of ENDA

Posted on 09 July 2014

In a major move with broad political implications, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) announced Tuesday that it can no longer back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key section of President Obama’s healthcare law. Last week, in a case brought by Hobby […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal Battle Before Florida Judge Today

Posted on 02 July 2014

MIAMI, FL – On Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., the legal fight for equal marriage rights in the state of Florida will face its first hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel. The judge will hear a motion on a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples in January that claims that the state’s ban […]

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Fort Lauderdale Mayor in Hot Seat

Posted on 01 July 2014

The following exchange was sent by HIV activist Marc Paige to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and back. Dear Mayor Seiler: I was one of the speakers last night prior to the Fort Lauderdale Commission’s vote on a resolution to support marriage equality. As a married gay man (July 18, 2013 in Massachusetts), I was […]

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IT’S WAR! The White Party vs. Gay Days Fort Lauderdale

Posted on 25 June 2014

When the incredibly successful Gay Days Orlando decided to expand the franchise this year to include Fort Lauderdale, it could have selected any weekend in the last six months of 2014. And at last count, there were 26 of them. But Gay Days Fort Lauderdale did not select just any week in the last 26. […]

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President Will Sign Executive Order; Discrimination by Employers Hired by Feds No Longer Allowed

Posted on 18 June 2014

President Obama will sign an executive order forbidding companies that do business with the federal government—companies that collectively employ 28 million workers—from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. After years of lobbying a conservative Congress to pass a Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the president will take matters into his own […]

Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Vote Yes on Same-Sex Marriages

Posted on 18 June 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—A measure introduced by Comm. Dean Trantalis, which openly supports marriage equality as well as gay rights, passed a commission vote late Tuesday night 3-2. Voting for the measure were Comm. Bruce G. Roberts (Dist. 1), Dean Trantalis (Dist. 2), and Comm. Bobby D. DuBose (Dist. 3). Voting against the measure were Mayor […]

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