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The rise of toxic terminology: Losing anti-LGBT movement turns to corrosive labeling

"Gestapo" is a word with a very specific root. It's an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei (meaning "Secret State Police")—that is the orgin of this very loaded term. It refers to the Hitler era forces that played a key role in facilitating the Nazi's "Final Solution." The term is an obviously painful allusion for many.

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Are sodomy laws still on the book in your state?

A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws across America were unconstitutional, a dozen states still haven't wiped the laws off the books.

That startling news comes to light this month after Louisiana failed to eradict the outdated law from criminal statutes.

Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the gay rights advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign, says that out of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws in 2004, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme Court ruling.

Homosexuality is the result of childhood sexual abuse, Richard Land claims

The Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land offered up some eyebrow-raising remarks about the gay community while filling in for Washington Watch host Tony Perkins earlier this week.

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Join the sdgln.com team for Walk For Animals fundraiser!

SAN DIEGO -- Thousands of pets -- some abandoned, some given up for economic reasons, some feral -- linger in shelters awaiting a good home. It costs considerable amounts of money to house, feed and provide medical care for the animals.

Each year, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA hosts the Walk for Animals to raise money for the cause.

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How the Prison Rape Elimination Act helps LGBT immigrants in detention

More than a decade after Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in immigration detention facilities. A congressional mandate requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to detain 34,000 immigrants every day who may be subject to removal under immigration law.

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Jennifer Louise Lopez asks anti-gay Harlem church to stone her | VIDEO

When Jennifer Louise Lopez first saw the horrific anti-gay sign go up on The ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in her neighborhood in Harlem, she knew she had to take action.

Meredith Baxter, Chris Kluwe to attend NCLR Palm Springs fundraiser

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host its annual Dinah Weekend celebration on Saturday, April 5 from 5-7 PM in Palm Springs, honoring the progress that has been made in the movement for LGBT equality.

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Anti-gay hate group has cozy ties to Putin, Russia

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is moving full speed ahead with plans to hold an international anti-LGBT conference at the Kremlin in Moscow this fall, despite the growing international crisis in Ukraine and the withdrawal of key conference partner Concerned Women for America over concerns that holding the conference would give the appearance of “giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin.”

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Extreme Cincinnati Archdiocese teacher contract takes anti-gay discrimination to a new level

As support for LGBT equality continues to grow, particularly among Catholics, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is enacting draconian restrictions on Catholic school employees.

The “morality clause” of the new contract for the 2014-15 school year takes anti-LGBT discrimination to a new level, calling not only for the firing of gay and lesbian school employees, but also citing any support of the “homosexual lifestyle” as grounds for dismissal.

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Coalition launches campaign to get U.S. House to pass ENDA

WASHINGTON -- Americans for Workplace Opportunity (AWO), the bipartisan campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) through Congress, is launching a national field and advocacy campaign to build support for ENDA in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) says it is serving as a lead partner for the campaign effort. HRC is contributing $1.3 million to the $2.2 million campaign, and is leading field efforts on the ground in 30 key congressional districts in 21 states across the country.

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