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Take part in the first annual gay blood drive

Since 
1977, the 
U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has 
banned gay
 and 
bisexual 
men 
from
 donating 
blood.
 On
 Friday, July
12th, 2013, the
 first‐ever 
National Gay Blood Drive
 
will
 take 
place 
to 
bring 
attention 
to 
the 
ban
 and 
increase 
pressure 
on 
the 
FDA to
 lift 
it.

Op-ed: DOMA, the First Battle in the Immigration War

Equality Federation's executive director writes, "We are still fighting for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, including at least 267,000 LGBT immigrants. These are LGBT asylum-seekers, single LGBT immigrants with families that can’t sponsor them, and LGBT couples where both are undocumented."

The Advocate
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July 2, 2013
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Senate committee to vote on ENDA on July 10th

Building off momentum from major decisions at the Supreme Court in favor of marriage equality, a Senate committee is set to hold a vote July 10 on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Washington Blade has learned.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled the markup for the LGBT job anti-bias legislation two weeks to the day that the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

Washington Blade
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July 2, 2013
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Two days after DOMA, Florida couple receives first marriage-based green card

Just two days after the historic Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act Section 3, The DOMA Project participants, Julian Marsh and Traian Popov of Fort Lauderdale, Florida received good news. Julian’s green card petition for his Bulgarian husband was approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 3:45 p.m. EDT Friday afternoon June 28th. On June 26, the U.S.

The DOMA Project
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July 2, 2013
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Washington DC sees epidemic of attacks on LGBT people

The District of Columbia has some of the best legal protection for transpeople against discrimination.  That results in lots of transpeople moving there in order to transition…and in transpeople being more open about who they are.

Unfortunately that also elevates the level of visibility of transpeople to those who wish to prey upon us…and hence the District has one of the highest rates of crimes with transgender victims.

Daily Kos
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July 2, 2013
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Mike Huckabee: Marriage equality is similar to polygamy, suicide

Speaking on his Fox News show over the weekend, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) attacked the Supreme Court for its recent landmark rulings on gay rights, labeling the justices "extremists" and claiming they thought themselves to be wiser than "God almighty himself."

After insisting he was neither a "homophobe nor a hater" because of his anti-gay marriage stance, Huckabee compared homosexuality to polygamy and prostitution.

Huffington Post
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July 2, 2013
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