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After comparing loving committed couples to kidnap and sexual assault, Sandy Rios earns spot on Commentator Accountability Project

Her prominence has ebbed and flowed over the years, but her commitment to stigmatizing LGBT people has remained. And now, with her latest comments connecting gay male affection with the "love" that convicted rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro had for his victims, Sandy Rios is the latest addition to GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project.

US Military May Grant Gay Members Special 10-Day Leave to Marry

Gay soldiers could be given an extra 10 days leave so they can get married in a state that allows same-sex unions, under new proposals from defense secretary Chuck Hagel.

The new rules would replace earlier proposals to give limited benefits to same-sex couples through a system that would require a couple to declare they were committed to one another to receive limited benefits.

Newsmax
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August 8, 2013
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Watch a new play, The Anointed, hosted by NYC Black Pride and A Mile In My Shoes

A new play, The Anointed, was written for the African-American, religious, and spiritual communities about the intersection between spirituality and sexuality, the struggles associated within this reconciliation, and also to bring healing to many individuals within the African-American community who have endured similar experiences.

Sean Sasser, Groundbreaking AIDS Activist Known for "The Real World," Dies at 44

Sean Sasser, forerunning AIDS activist and former GLAAD employee best known for his relationship and on-screen marriage to Pedro Zamora in the 90s MTV reality show "The Real World," has died at the age of 44. Friends say mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer typically linked to an immune system compromised by AIDS, was the cause of Sasser's death.

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Washington Examiner Peddles Long-Debunked Myths About DADT Repeal

The Washington Examiner granted retired Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway a platform to express his anti-gay views, without noting that Conway's claims about the effects of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military are not supported by recent studies.

Equality Matters
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August 8, 2013
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"Relax" about anti-gay law, says Russian sports minister

Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko on Thursday told world athletics championship contenders to "relax" about his country's anti-gay propaganda law and said their private lives were safe during the Aug. 10-18 Moscow event.

Reuters
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August 8, 2013
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Lutherans to install gay bishop

In yet another indication of American Christianity's increasing hospitality to LGBTs among the faithful, a southern California Lutheran synod has elected an openly gay pastor to serve as its bishop. The Reverend Dr. R. Guy Erwin's selection earlier this year is indeed historic for the four-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on three scores. He is openly gay, partnered, and Native American – a member of Osage Tribe. Erwin, 55, will be formally welcomed next week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when ELCA's Churchwide Assembly meets August 12-17.

The Bay Area Reporter
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August 8, 2013

A Test for Gay Rights in Sochi

As Leno put it, “Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law.” He added, “I mean, why is not more of the world outraged at this?”

The New Yorker, Richard Socarides
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August 8, 2013
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Pentagon may revise same-sex benefits

A memo written Wednesday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggests that the military may not provide benefits to unmarried gay partners, as was previously planned.

USA Today
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August 8, 2013
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