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And then they came for me: Arizona, LGBT equality and immigrant issues

Although the LGBT community and our allies recently celebrated the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona, the fact that such a bill even made it to the governor's desk was distressing. Unfortunately, as we know, the LGBT community was not the first group to be singled out for discrimination in Arizona. Latino and immigrant communities have long felt targeted by laws like SB 1070, which forced law enforcement to inquire about a person's legal status—if they "suspected" them of being undocumented. Since blue-eyed blonde Canadians who've overstayed their visas are very unlikely to be "suspected" of being undocumented, SB 1070 was considered likely to invite racial profiling. Unfortunately that didn't stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill, which was later partially overturned.

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Soulmates murdered, left by dumpster in Texas

Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson were found murdered by a dumpster outside of Galveston County in Texas. The Houston-based women, both 24 years old, were in a two-year relationship, and described by one neighbor as "soul mates."

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Marcel Neergaard schools everyone on anti-LGBT bullying

Tennessee advocate and Spirit Day Ambassador, Marcel Neergaard, has written another essay for the Huffington Post. He described returning to school, what challenges he continues to face, and how he continues to advocate for LGBT students.

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Methodist bishop: 'I call for and commit to cessation of trials' for clergy who support marriage equality

United Methodist Bishop Martin McLee and Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree announced that the church was dropping the case against Dr. Ogletree for officiating at his son’s wedding. Furthermore, Bishop McLee said in his statement “I call for and commit to cessation of trials.”

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March 7, 2014

Cincinnati Catholic school's new contract will fire you if you support LGBT people

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has broadened their contractual requirements for Catholic school teachers and administrators.The stronger language in the contact teachers must sign is most likely due to high profile firings and lawsuits being filed by LGBT and allied Catholic educators.

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NYC: Attend 'Small Works for Big Change' art benefit and support the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

This Saturday, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is holding its 9th annual Small Works for Big Change art benefit. SRLP's biggest fundraiser of the year, Small Works for Big Change is a major community event for cutting-edge established and emerging New York-based artists to showcase their work.

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