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Death knell for don't ask, don't tell

More and more Americans have come to believe that gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be able to serve openly in the military without punishment.

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Pentagon leaders say they favor gays serving openly

In a historic first, the Pentagon's top leaders called this week for an end to "don't ask, don't tell," the policy.

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Ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is the right thing to do

Gay rights activists welcome President Barack Obama's recent remarks calling for an end to the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Obama made the appeal at the end of his first State of the Union speech Wednesday.

Witness at equal marriage trial: Opposition ‘grounded in prejudice'

San Francisco's equal marriage trial, now in its third week, has been marked by moving testimony about the pain denial of marriage has inflicted on same-sex couples and their families.

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Landmark marriage equality trial opens in San Francisco

A San Francisco courtroom has become the latest venue in the nationwide campaign for marriage equality.

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Amanda Simpson: trailblazer for equality

Many believe that Amanda Simpson, 48, one of the first openly transgender appointees to the federal government is simply a sign of the times.

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Houston inaugurates gay mayor, Annise Parker

A city the mainstream media painted as ultra-conservative celebrated the inauguration of a new, progressive openly gay mayor, Annise Parker.

The impact of homophobia in virtual communities

A few weeks ago there was a group established on Facebook called 'I hate gays' which openly advocated killing gay people. When the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) sent a report through Facebook's built in reporting system and then urged its Facebook and Twitter followers to do the same, the user was suspended, and the group abandoned and commandeered by pro-gay users in the matter of hours.

Stonewall riots: The beginning of the LGBT movement

This Sunday, June 28, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event largely regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT movement for civil rights in the United States. At the time, there were not many places where people could be openly gay. New York had laws prohibiting homosexuality in public, and private businesses and gay establishments were regularly raided and shut down.

Julian Bond testifies in support of immigration rights of same-sex couples

Julian Bond, NAACP chairman, testified yesterday in support of the Uniting American Families Act before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would give gay and lesbian U.S. citizens and permanent residents the right to sponsor their foreign-born permanent partners for legal residency in the U.S. The act does not provide any other benefits and all other immigration requirements must be met.

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