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Untold tragedy: victims of the UpStairs Lounge arson fire have their story shared after 40 years of silence

This crime was the deadliest attack on the LGBT population in United States history. 32 people dead, 40 years of silence, and 1 man who chose to create a musical dedicated to the lives that were forgotten.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elects first openly gay bishop

In a historic move, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has elected its first-ever openly gay bishop. The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin has been elected to a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area.

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May 30, 2013

The clock is ticking for marriage in Illinois

Famous Illinoisans from Preisident Obama to Senator Mark Kirk, to sports legends Richard Dent and Ernie Banks have stated their support for marriage equality, and advocates for the freedom to marry say they do have the votes they need to pass the measure in the House. Now they just need the opportunity.
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College basketball player raised Mormon comes out as gay

The Benedictine College Ravens forward, Jallen Messersmith became the first active college basketball player to come out as gay following the rise of out athletes from pro and collegiate sports. His Mormon Church family provided support, but the religious leaders anti-LGBT attitudes caused him to leave his childhood church. Messersmith is now comfortable with his sexuality after a dark past of bullying. After being home-schooled, he entered high school and began to use his experience of being bullied to fuel something positive – basketball.

Queerty
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May 29, 2013

In wake of anti-gay violence, catholic cardinal launches new attack on same-sex families

Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop of New York continues to preach anti-LGBT sermons despite the spike in anti-LGBT violence within his own diocese. New York has witnessed twice as many anti-LGBT hate crimes this year than in 2012. Cardinal Dolan calls the attention of Catholic priests nationwide to speak out against marriage equality, which he describes as the "Roe v. Wade of marriage."

Edge on the Net
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May 29, 2013

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