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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
The U.S. Department of State is committing to fighting homophobia and is looking for new ways it can protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in countries around the world, including within the United States, Secretary John Kerry said during a "Pride at State" event held Wednesday. Kerry also said his agency is actively preparing for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races. That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
After Nick Symmonds won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, the American distance runner became the first foreign athlete to openly condemn Russia's anti-gay law on Russian soil. And so far, for what it's worth, he hasn't been incarcerated. On Tuesday, Symmonds took second in the 800-meter final and dedicated his finish to LGBT friends in America, according to Russian news outlet R-Sport . "As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he said to R-Sport.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Maryland first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley sits down to watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she'll feel a little uneasy. Like many Marylanders and others around the world, the start of the games has left O'Malley wondering what more can be done for Russia's gay community, and what watching the games means. They wonder whether watching condones Russia's anti-gay record. Conversely, is not watching a protest? What can people do to support the athletes? O'Malley, who has spent time in Russia and admires its culture and people, will watch - but not without reflection.
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By Dave Zirin | January 30, 2013
Super Bowl XLVII is being billed as the Harbaugh Bowl: the battle between brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, head coaches, respectively, of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. It also pits two NFL teams connected directly and indirectly to the struggles for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Read that last sentence again, and appreciate for a moment how far fighters for LGBT equality have traveled. In August, the 49ers became the first NFL franchise to film an "It Gets Better" video to combat anti-LGBT bullying in schools.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and marriage equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo will speak about his support of LGBT rights at McDaniel College in Westminster tonight, Oct. 16. In an hour-long Q&A session, Ayanbadejo will discuss his journey from the football field to equal rights advocate, according to a press release. Since being released by the Ravens in April, Ayanbadejo has been working with LGBT advocacy groups. In August, he edited the Washington Blade's "sports issue" and has since been contributing to the Fox Sports website . (He has also been actively supplementing his Fox commentary on Twitter, where occasionally his observations run more absurdist than analytical.)
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races. That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
By the time "The Out List" premieres on HBO Thursday evening, it will already feel a little dated. That's not meant as a knock on director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary, a compilation of interviews with 16 prominent members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Well-known celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears all get time to directly address the camera and chat about where LGBT America has been and where it's headed.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Midnight hit. The ball dropped, bells clanged and fireworks boomed. And in Maryland, as the East Coast rolled into the new year, a handful of same-sex couples celebrated by getting married. Months earlier, the state made history by being among the first to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote. It was an unprecedented victory for the national marriage equality movement, and a life-changing moment for the Maryland couples who held the state's first same-sex weddings on Jan. 1, 2013.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The LGBT community got a pretty big nod from Facebook this week. To supplement its mammoth social network (which turned 10 years old Tuesday), Facebook launched a new iPhone app Monday called "Paper," which gives users a simpler, cleaner way to browse their news feeds. To read posts or share articles, users swipe from left to right, only expanding links or discussions that interest them. But Facebook Paper also contains 19 topic-focused sections that resemble Flipboard's digital magazine layout.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The LGBT community got a pretty big nod from Facebook this week. To supplement its mammoth social network (which turned 10 years old Tuesday), Facebook launched a new iPhone app Monday called "Paper," which gives users a simpler, cleaner way to browse their news feeds. To read posts or share articles, users swipe from left to right, only expanding links or discussions that interest them. But Facebook Paper also contains 19 topic-focused sections that resemble Flipboard's digital magazine layout.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
President Barack Obama briefly reiterated his commitment to LGBT equality around the globe in a section of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, but he did not address the stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act or whether he would issue an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. In a larger discussion about American ideals and the United States' opportunities to "promote understanding around the globe," Obama suggested the nation is in part defined by its belief " in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Midnight hit. The ball dropped, bells clanged and fireworks boomed. And in Maryland, as the East Coast rolled into the new year, a handful of same-sex couples celebrated by getting married. Months earlier, the state made history by being among the first to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote. It was an unprecedented victory for the national marriage equality movement, and a life-changing moment for the Maryland couples who held the state's first same-sex weddings on Jan. 1, 2013.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Gay sex is now illegal -- again -- in the second-most populous nation in the world. India's Supreme Court restored a 150-year-old law banning sodomy Wednesday, declaring that a lower court that struck it down in 2009 lacked the power to do so. Put another way: After a four-year reprise, a 19th-century British law is what governs gay sex in India. The statute, introduced by Britain when they were colonizing India and reading Charles Dickens, outlaws "carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age. By his midteens, while living with his family in a dorm for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at the University of California, Santa Cruz - his step-father was the dorm's headmaster - he thought no differently about LGBT people than he did straight people....
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Baltimore native, will next month receive a "lifetime achievement award for her longtime dedication to LGBT rights and her work to fight HIV/AIDS in Congress," gay leaders in Baltimore said Friday. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore is giving Pelosi the award at its inaugural "Hometown Hero Awards & Champagne Brunch" on Nov. 17 in Baltimore, an event it expects some 500 people to attend. Matt Thorn, executive director of the GLCCB, said in a statement that Pelosi's “unending support for our community and commitment for equality make her the perfect choice for our lifetime achievement award.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Maryland first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley sits down to watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she'll feel a little uneasy. Like many Marylanders and others around the world, the start of the games has left O'Malley wondering what more can be done for Russia's gay community, and what watching the games means. They wonder whether watching condones Russia's anti-gay record. Conversely, is not watching a protest? What can people do to support the athletes? O'Malley, who has spent time in Russia and admires its culture and people, will watch - but not without reflection.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
President Barack Obama briefly reiterated his commitment to LGBT equality around the globe in a section of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, but he did not address the stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act or whether he would issue an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. In a larger discussion about American ideals and the United States' opportunities to "promote understanding around the globe," Obama suggested the nation is in part defined by its belief " in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and marriage equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo will speak about his support of LGBT rights at McDaniel College in Westminster tonight, Oct. 16. In an hour-long Q&A session, Ayanbadejo will discuss his journey from the football field to equal rights advocate, according to a press release. Since being released by the Ravens in April, Ayanbadejo has been working with LGBT advocacy groups. In August, he edited the Washington Blade's "sports issue" and has since been contributing to the Fox Sports website . (He has also been actively supplementing his Fox commentary on Twitter, where occasionally his observations run more absurdist than analytical.)
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
After Nick Symmonds won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, the American distance runner became the first foreign athlete to openly condemn Russia's anti-gay law on Russian soil. And so far, for what it's worth, he hasn't been incarcerated. On Tuesday, Symmonds took second in the 800-meter final and dedicated his finish to LGBT friends in America, according to Russian news outlet R-Sport . "As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he said to R-Sport.
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