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North Carolina native to create statue paying tribute to transgender victims of violence

North Carolina State University’s School of Design alumnus Heath Satow has been hired to create a new statue to pay tribute to transgender victims of violence. The Transgender Community Coalition commissioned the work from Satow, which is based on an idea by Thomi Clinton, to be completed in time for next year’s Transgender Day of …

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Watch: New Hillary Clinton campaign ad focuses on LGBT rights

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is spotlighting LGBT rights and equality in a new campaign ad, posted to her YouTube channel on Sunday, Dec. 6. The ad features scenes of gay and lesbian couples showing affection – holding hands, kissing – interspersed with Clinton giving various speeches where she calls for increased LGBT rights, while …

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D.C. Council approves marriages

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Point scholarships available LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit, has opened its 2010 application season. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to apply for the multi-year scholarships. Apply online at www.pointfoundation.org/apply.html by Feb. 12, …

FBI: Anti-gay crimes up in 2008

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FBI: Anti-gay crimes up in 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of victims of bias-motivated crimes based on sexual orientation increased by 11 percent in 2008. The figures show that hate crimes based on sexual orientation increased for the third year in a …

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Report: gay youth in juvenile court system

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Report looks at treatment of gay youth in juvenile court system SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Equity Project, a collaboration of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Services for Children and the National Juvenile Defender Center, has compiled Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts. This groundbreaking new report, based …

Gay-themed book ok’d for fair

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Gay-themed book ok’d for fair NEW YORK, N.Y. — After meeting with media watchdog group The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, powerhouse bookseller Scholastic Inc. has decided to feature an LGBT inclusive book in its spring Scholastic Book Fairs, which will be held in middle schools across the nation. The company had declined to …

Gay adoption bill introduced

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Gay adoption bill introduced WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (HR 3827) which would codify sexual orientation non-discrimination in foster care placements and adoptions nationwide. According to reports, there are approximately 65,500 adopted children being raised by lesbian or gay parents. LGBT singles and couples …

Gay man tapped for Ambassador

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Gay man tapped for Ambassador NEW YORK, N.Y. — The White House wants David Huebner to be the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be the first openly gay Ambassador appointed in the Obama administration. He currently serves as pro bono legal counsel …