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National Couple Behind Alabama Gay Marriage Case Grateful For Ruling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief. "We are still trying to take it all in. It's overwhelming. We're very grateful. Wow. It happened," Kim McKeand said. READ MORE.

Some California Judges With Ties To Boy Scouts Question Ban

California is one of 22 states where judges are not allowed to be members of groups and clubs that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but until last week it had an exception for nonprofit youth groups that the Supreme Court said would end next January. The rule does not apply to religious organizations. READ MORE.

Indiana Legislature To Soon Take Up Religious Freedom Bill

Broadly worded proposals backed by conservative lawmakers that would give the state's residents and businesses expansive religious freedom protections will be discussed in the Indiana Legislature in the coming weeks. READ MORE.

Transgender Teen's Death Stirs Action In US And Beyond

CINCINNATI (AP) - URL Leelah Alcorn http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=69698 wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please." READ MORE.

Virginia Panel Rejects Adoption By Unmarried Gay Couples

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried gay parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. READ MORE.

Russian Officials Deny Trans Impact Of Driving Ban

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian officials have denied that a driving ban imposed on those with psychological disorders would affect transgender people. READ MORE.

New Thai Constitution Would Protect LGBT Rights

BANGKOK (AP) - Gay rights activists are welcoming a clause in a draft of Thailand's new constitution that is aimed at protecting the rights of gay and transgender people. READ MORE.

Michigan Federal Judge Stays Alabama Gay Marriage Ruling For 2 Weeks

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted? READ MORE.

National Transgender Youth At High Risk For Negative Mental Health Outcomes

A recent study from The Fenway Institute has suggested that primary care clinicians routinely screen transgender youth for mental health concerns. READ MORE.

Gay Marriage Ban Ends As Couples Wed Throughout Florida

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours. READ MORE.

LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Businesses owned by LGBT entrepreneurs are getting a boost from new programs designed to help them compete for contracts. READ MORE.

Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights Groups

NEW YORK (AP) - Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. READ MORE.

Study: Only 16 Percent Of Men Who Have Sex With Men Report Using Condoms 'Always'

A new study by CDC researcher Dawn Smith has found that only 16 percent of men who have sex with men reported consistent condom use during the study period. READ MORE.

New Data Shows U.S. Benefiting From Same-Sex Marriage

LOS ANGELES - The Williams Institute, in partnership with Credit Suisse, has released a new, interactive resource exploring the amount of money state economies have to gain by allowing same-sex couples to marry. READ MORE.

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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