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On July 4, 1965, John James traveled to Philadelphia to march among a group of gay and lesbian demonstrators calling for liberty for LGBT people. Nearly 50 years later, James is again surrounded by LGBT people in the City of Brotherly Love -- this time in a very changed world. READ MORE.
URL CNN http:www.cnn.com20140924uspennsylvania-lawmaker-comes-outindex.html?hpt=hpt2 reports that Sen. Jim Ferlo of Pittsburgh casually came out this week in URL Pennsylvania http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=65737. Ferlo, who will be leaving the state Senate in November, was meeting with other lawmakers on Sept. 23 in Harrisburg, Penn. to discuss a major change to the state's hate crime law. Ferlo was sponsoring the bill to extend protections to those who are LGBT. READ MORE.
The MAP released a promo-video today that discusses the financial burdens placed on a LGBT couple. The video explains how national, state and local laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes, reduced wages and Social Security income as well as increased healthcare costs and much more. READ MORE.
Local schools and libraries are required to block material that is either "obscene; child pornography; or harmful to minors." In the letter Congressman Honda, the Founder and Chair of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, notes, "Filtering software also can be used to block much more. Regrettably, Internet content filtering software can--intentionally or unintentionally--be used to block access to particular viewpoints in a discriminatory manner." READ MORE.
"The ad underscores the human costs of prolonging marriage discrimination," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. "Every day of denial is a day of real and needless injury, indignity, and injustice for too many families across the country -- and time matters. America is ready for the freedom to marry, 40 lower court rulings have affirmed the freedom to marry, even opponents are saying it's time to bring the country to national resolution -- and it is, indeed, time." READ MORE.
The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows on Sept. 18 - providing a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend to each fellow to support their creative endeavors. Among the list of 21 exceptional individuals chosen were two notable leaders in the LGBT community: Mary Bonauto and Alison Bechdel. READ MORE.
Sen. Jim Ferlo of Pittsburgh casually came out this week while supporting an LGBT bill. READ MORE.
The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday (Sept. 30) which marriage equality case - or cases - it will accept for review this session. But, while the Court has seven marriage equality cases to choose from during its private working conference Monday (Sept. 29), it may not choose any of those seven for review. READ MORE.
In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. READ MORE.
Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. "Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country," Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School. READ MORE.
In the midst of a debate over whether businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians, more straight couples are inquiring about venues' same-sex wedding policies. The importance of the issue has gone beyond same-sex couples looking to tie the knot. Straight couples don't want to send a message to LGBT friends or family that they condone or support venues that discriminate. READ MORE.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. READ MORE.
"It wasn't easy finding out I had HIV, but deciding to start and stick to my treatment has helped me live a happier, healthier life," said Aaron Laxton, who appears in the campaign ads. "The idea of starting treatment can be daunting, but it's important to remember you aren't alone - and that by taking HIV medication every day and seeing your doctor regularly, you can stay healthy and keep doing the things you love." READ MORE.
PHOENIX (AP) - In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Sept.12 to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions. READ MORE.
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