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Rainbow flags burned outside Fort McMurray pride event

RCMP in Fort McMurray are investigating after two rainbow flags were burned outside the first gay pride event in the northern Alberta city.

A group of people took the flags from Bailey’s Pub around 11 p.m. Saturday and subsequently set fire to them in the parking lot.

Michael Kenny, vice-president of Fort McMurray LGBTQmunity, the group that sponsored the event, called the actions “saddening.”

CBC
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August 1, 2013
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Op-ed: The Next Civil Rights Frontier

Federal civil rights officials reached an important settlement late last month with a California school district accused of discriminating against a transgender student by denying him equal access to educational programs and activities.

The New York Times
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August 1, 2013
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Post-DOMA: National Deluge of Litigation

In the past month, at least a dozen new lawsuits have been launched all over the country as a result of the Supreme Court decisions. Some seek to end bans like Proposition 8 in other states. Others seek to secure for specific couples in specific circumstances the benefits of marriage that DOMA once barred.

The Rainbow Times
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July 31, 2013
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Christian Group Vows To “Chase” Any Gay Diplomats Out Of Nigeria

Following a statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs that the West African nation would begrudgingly accept gay diplomats and their spouses, the Christian Association of Nigeria has vowed to “mobilize to chase” out any gay diplomat that sets foot in their precious land.

Queerty
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July 31, 2013
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Russian LGBT Group Urges 'Do Not Boycott The Olympics - Boycott Homophobia!'

In a press release posted to Facebook today, The Russian LGBT Network responded to recent calls for the boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Gamesin support of LGBT Russians and disapproval of the nation's recently enacted anti-gay laws that make it a crime in Russia to spread "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors."

Towleroad
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July 31, 2013
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