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#May17Because: Love does not fit into boxes.

As part of GLAAD's Global Voices program, which works to accelerate LGBT acceptance across the globe, GLAAD is participating in and celebrating IDAHOT together with thousands of diverse groups and individuals.

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Where there is love, all things are possible: #Unite4Marriage prayer service

Last night LGBT and allied people of faith came together at the National City Christian Church in Washington D.C. to pray for marriage equality and the oral arguments going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 28.

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TAKE ACTION: People of faith unite in prayer for marriage equality

This weekend, join fellow marriage equality supporters and people of faith as the question of marriage equality stands before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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California ballot initiative targets the trans community's right to use public facilities

A ballot initiative in California seeks to ban transgender people from the bathroom which aligns with their gender identity, and could require trans people to pay "damages" for violating a non-trans person's privacy if found in a bathroom unlawfully. This is part of a larger trend seeking to legally discrimination against the trans community.

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Judge rules Houston nondiscrimination ordinance will stand

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has been stalled for nearly a year while opponents have sought to overturn the act. However, a judge has ruled the petition opposing HERO invalid, allowing protections for LGBT Houstonians to take effect.

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Georgia changes policy on gender-affirming medical care for trans inmates

Officials in Georgia have revoked a blanket policy addressing medical treatment for transgender inmates. The decision comes after the Department of Justice backed a lawsuit filed by Ashley Diamond, a trans inmate, seeking restoration of hormone therapy. There is still more to be done for trans prisoners.

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Department of Justice supports gender-affirming medical care for trans inmates

The Department of Justice released a statement in support of Ashley Diamond, a transgender inmate in Georgia. The statement says that Ms. Diamond and all other trans prisoners deserve access to medically necessary gender-affirming care.
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Georgia's own 'license to discriminate' bill dies at the end of the legislative session

The Georgia legislative session ended without passing a bill that would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community. Much like Indiana and Arkansas, Georgia was considering a 'license to discriminate' bill. It had already passed the Georgia Senate, and was then tabled by the House Judiciary Committee.

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One simple graphic shows the anti-LGBT animus behind Indiana's new law

Indiana Governor Mike Pence went on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to defend Indiana's so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act', but info from GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project demonstrated how much anti-LGBT animus was behind the law.

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