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Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee to Dominican Republic Exposes Cultural Rift

When the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez called President Barack Obama's openly-gay U.S. ambassador nominee to the island nation a "maricón,” or “fa***t,” it raised eyebrows across the world — for different reasons. Perhaps a generation ago, the Cardinal's comment would not have created much controversy in the country’s press, the government or the people. Today, it’s a different story.

Fox News Latino
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July 5, 2013

In support groups for gay military members, plenty of asking and telling

During his eight years in the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Justin Lahl grew adept at keeping his sexual orientation a secret — wincing inwardly when fellow airmen made homophobic wisecracks, nodding with a smile when others would caricature gay people for laughs.

Sergeant Lahl with Elise Thomasson, the group’s secretary; Capt. Greg Moran, its president; and other group members at a park in Albuquerque.

He was painstakingly careful about whom he trusted, telling only his roommate and a few friends that he was gay.

The New York Times
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July 3, 2013
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