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February 18, 2014

Kansas' discrimination bill too discriminatory to pass

A bill that passed by the Kansas House on February 12th providing cover for anyone who refuses to provide services to LGBT people will not pass the Kansas senate as it is currently written.

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February 18, 2014

First transgender girl plays on California high school girls' softball team

Seventeen year old Pat Cordova-Goff is a senior at Azusa High School in California, member of the cheer squad, student body president, and founder of Azusa High School's Gay Straight Alliance. She is now on her way to be the state's first transgender student to play high school softball on a girl's team.

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The politics of sobriety in the LGBT community, according to historian Jen Manion

Substance abuse and sobrierty within the LGBT community were recently unpacked in an op-ed by Jen Manion, advocate and Connecticut College history professor, featured on The Advocate's website.

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Kansas and Tennessee work to legalize religious-based discrimination

Earlier this week, bills backing religious-based discrimination against the LGBT community advanced in both Kansas and Tennessee. Kansas passed its bill when, around the same time, a similar bill was introduced in Tennessee.
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Biola Queer Underground to host panel on being transgender and Christian

On Saturday, February 22, the Biola Queer Underground will host a panel about being transgender and Christian, featuring Dr. H. Adam Ackley and Rev. Megan More. Dr. Ackley was asked to resign from teaching at Azusa Pacific University after announcing that he is transgender.

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VIDEO: LGBT and allied Catholics protest against bishop who performed 'exorcism' against marriage equality

Catholics and their allies protested last night against Illinois Bishop Tomas Paprocki, who performed an 'exorcism" against marriage equality as it was passing the Illinois legislature.
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Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen says "it's time to celebrate Michael Sam now"

On Monday, Dale Hansen, sportscaster for the Dallas news station WFAA TV Channel 8, announced his support of gay NFL prospect Michael Sam's coming out and criticized those who spoke out against having a gay teammate on his show Hansen Unplugged.
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