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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

Jim Daly: Failure to subscribe to our talking points = media bias

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly is among the voices trying to drum up outrage over the New Mexico photographer who, according to her state Supreme Court, must serve LGBT customers in a way that doesn't fly in the face of her state's nondiscrimination laws. To bouy his claims, Daly is relying on a popular place of attack for folks who operate from his point of view: the mainstream media.

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