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Report: NBC News’ Olympic Coverage Ignores Controversy Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

NBC Sports has pledged to expose Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law during its exclusive coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Stochi. Since the law’s passage on June 10, however, NBC’s news programming has almost completely ignored the controversy surrounding the measure, raising concerns about their willingness to report on the law during the event next February.
Equality Matters
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August 9, 2013

Obama To Bestow Medal Of Freedom To A Pair Of LGBT Trailblazers

President Obama will award the prestigious medal of freedom on 16 notable Americans, including former President Bill Clinton, entertainer Loretta Lynn and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Significantly among the names are two LGBT pioneers, Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin, who will both receive the honor posthumously.

Queerty
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August 9, 2013
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After comparing loving committed couples to kidnap and sexual assault, Sandy Rios earns spot on Commentator Accountability Project

Her prominence has ebbed and flowed over the years, but her commitment to stigmatizing LGBT people has remained. And now, with her latest comments connecting gay male affection with the "love" that convicted rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro had for his victims, Sandy Rios is the latest addition to GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project.

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US Military May Grant Gay Members Special 10-Day Leave to Marry

Gay soldiers could be given an extra 10 days leave so they can get married in a state that allows same-sex unions, under new proposals from defense secretary Chuck Hagel.

The new rules would replace earlier proposals to give limited benefits to same-sex couples through a system that would require a couple to declare they were committed to one another to receive limited benefits.

Newsmax
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August 8, 2013
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Sean Sasser, Groundbreaking AIDS Activist Known for "The Real World," Dies at 44

Sean Sasser, forerunning AIDS activist and former GLAAD employee best known for his relationship and on-screen marriage to Pedro Zamora in the 90s MTV reality show "The Real World," has died at the age of 44. Friends say mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer typically linked to an immune system compromised by AIDS, was the cause of Sasser's death.

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Washington Examiner Peddles Long-Debunked Myths About DADT Repeal

The Washington Examiner granted retired Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway a platform to express his anti-gay views, without noting that Conway's claims about the effects of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military are not supported by recent studies.

Equality Matters
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August 8, 2013
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"Relax" about anti-gay law, says Russian sports minister

Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko on Thursday told world athletics championship contenders to "relax" about his country's anti-gay propaganda law and said their private lives were safe during the Aug. 10-18 Moscow event.

Reuters
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August 8, 2013
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