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Equality Florida Launches Petition to Demand Apology from Florida Lt. Governor

Equality Florida's Nadine Smith is organizing lesbian women around the county to demand the Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll apologize for her anti-gay comments. Sign this petition to tell the Lt. Governor that no elected official should promote hate and inaccurate stereotypes.

AIDS Memorial Quilt in the White House

The return of the International AIDS conference to the U.S. marks a moment to celebrate the American leadership and efforts that have transformed the response to the epidemic, to remember the lives lost to this disease, and to recommit to the vision of an AIDS-free generation.

Office of National AIDS Policy (WhiteHouse.gov)
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July 24, 2012

Undocumented Activists Follow LGBT Tactics

In recent years, a growing number of young undocumented activists, many of whom are also part of the LGBT community, have blended the “coming out” philosophy into the immigration-reform movement and are talking openly about their status as undocumented immigrants to humanize the issue.

National Journal
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July 24, 2012

Marriage Equality Produced $259 Million For New York City Economy

New York City reaped $259 million of economic benefits from marriages for same-sex couples in the first year of the law allowing the practice, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
At least 8,200 marriage licenses were issued, accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 wedding licenses issued in New York City in the past year, Bloomberg and Quinn said in a statement today, citing a survey conducted by NYC & Co., the city’s marketing and tourism office, and the city clerk’s office.

Bloomberg
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July 24, 2012

Jon Stewart: Boy Scouts and Chick-Fil-A are "Holdouts" Against Equality

Last night, Jon Stewart dedicated an entire segment of The Daily Show to two groups who have been attacking the LGBT community over the past week: the Boy Scouts of America and Chick-fil-A. Stewart said, “I don’t want to minimize the concerns of the Boy Scouts, but you’re already the gayest organization in America.” As for Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy, Stewart told him, “You’re being such an asshole, not even Boston will tolerate you.” Kudos to Stewart for highlighting Cathy’s worst remarks, as those on the right continue to ignore them. Watch it:

ThinkProgress
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July 24, 2012
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