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PHOTOS: Join GLAAD for the Global Speak Out for Russia around the world

People around the world are gathering together to speak out for love and hope for LGBT people in Russia, and push our world leaders to call on President Putin to repeal the anti-gay law. Join GLAAD and All Out for the Global Speak Out for Russia action is underway across the globe.

Before Stonewall: How a brutal police raid in 1966 at Silver Lake's Black Cat Tavern ignited the nation's first gay rally

If you live anywhere long enough, you begin to see in layers, as if the present were a thin wash of pigment brushed over the past, or over several pasts. This is perhaps truer in Los Angeles than elsewhere, if only because we discard our histories so hungrily here. Look at the sign outside the Black Cat Tavern on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. The grinning cat face, bubble eyed, is there as it has been for nearly half a century. The sign beneath looks just like the one that hung there nearly 40 years ago. It’s new.

Los Angeles Magazine
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September 3, 2013

Lesbian swimmer Diana Nyad completes historic swim from Cuba to Florida

At the age of 64, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad made history today by becoming the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
 
The lesbian athlete completed the treacherous journey on her fifth attempt. She officially spent 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds swimming, according to her Twitter account.
Gay Star News
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September 3, 2013

US anti-gay activist warns President Vladimir Putin 'gay propaganda' laws are not enough

'I want to caution you not to assume that you have fully solved the problem by the enactment of this law,' Lively wrote, according to the site BuzzFeed. 'Few political agendas in the history of mankind have marshaled the tenacity and resolve of the homosexualist movement.'
 
'Its activists are driven by an implacable militancy and a zeal to advance their own self-serving interests that rivals even the most fanatical religious cult,' he added.
 
Gay Star News
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September 2, 2013

Gay Latinos celebrate ruling that allows them to receive federal tax benefits

For Farid Ali Lancheros, a father and happily married gay Latino, hearing the news that all married, same-sex couples in the U.S. will receive federal tax benefits, was more than just an economical victory.

“It’s not just financial, it’s a big step,” Ali Lancheros said. “Little by little this country is forced to recognize the equality that exists and should have existed for everyone.”

NBC Latino
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August 31, 2013

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