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This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, June 19, 2014

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California: Transgender activist's death remains a mystery

An autopsy did not reveal any obvious fatal injuries to a transgender woman found dead last week in Anaheim under what authorities consider suspicious circumstances, police said.

Zoraida Reyes, 28, of Santa Ana was discovered around 11 a.m. on June 12 behind a Dairy Queen in the 200 block of North State College Boulevard, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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California: Assembly leader opens up on gay rights issues

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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UN: Calls on gay World Cup players to come out

Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexuality to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday.

"I encourage players, sports people to declare their sexual orientation without fear," she told reporters in Geneva.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, June 16, 2014

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Alabama: State's gay sex ban struck down by appeals court

An Alabama appeals court said Friday the state's ban on consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, is unconstitutional.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, June 13, 2014

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DC: Bill seeks Special Envoy for LGBT Rights

A special envoy for LGBT rights would be created under legislation to be unveiled later today by Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey.

The bill, titled “The International Human Rights Defense Act,” was formally introduced in the Senate on Thursday along with more than 20 co-sponsors, all Democrats.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Louisiana: Catholic Bishops renew focus on social issues, defy Pope Francis

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday in New Orleans renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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California: R. Kelly's teen son comes out as transgender

R. Kelly’s youngest son, Jay, came out as transgender on Social Media this week and, though he has yet to tell his (in)famous father, his mother, reality star Drea Kelly, has been nothing but supportive.

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Risking everything to advance LGBT rights in Jamaica

SAN DIEGO, California – Angeline Jackson wishes she could bottle up Hillcrest and The San Diego LGBT Community Center, then uncork them in Jamaica.

Her homeland is noted for its laid-back spirit … and its rampant homophobia. The U.S. State Department noted in a 2012 report regarding Jamaica that “homophobia was widespread in the country.”

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Wisconsin: Judge doesn't halt gay marriages

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples have married since late Friday when a federal judge ruled that the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and Monday that judge refused to grant a stay pending appeal.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, June 9, 2014

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Wisconsin: Sen. Tammy Baldwin praises gay marriage ruling

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) issues a statement regarding the federal court decision on marriage equality in Wisconsin:

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