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Huge win for transgender rights in Malaysia

In a court case that has gotten international attention, Malaysia's Court of Appeals today ruled that the Sharia law against "cross dressing" in the state of Negeri Sembilan is unconstitutional.

The historic ruling in a Muslim dominated Asian nation set off jubilant celebrations among Malaysia's embattled transgender community.

Officials with Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization that advocates for democracy and human rights around the world, were elated by the news.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

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Preacher declares Starbucks flavors coffee with “Sodomite semen”

Anti-gay activists are up in arms against Starbucks again now that the coffee cartel used Drag Race stars Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano in a recent ad.

The National Organization for Marriage revived their (unsuccessful) boycott this week, and now James Manning, the virulently homophobic preacher at ATLAH Missionary Church in Harlem, is declaring Starbucks coffee is flavored with a rather unsavory ingredient.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2014

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Second-strongest man in the world comes out

In a groundbreaking moment for the sports world, professional Strongman champion Rob Kearney from Springfield, Massachusetts came out of the closet last week.

Not only is Kearney ranked as the 2nd strongest middleweight champion in the world, but his coming out makes him the first openly gay man to actively compete in a strongman competition at a professional, international level.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

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Trans in the Holy Land

As he was about to begin shooting his first-ever movie in November of 2012, Tal Kallai’s life couldn’t get any sweeter if it were covered in chocolate and dipped in caramel.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

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Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.

Their message to the IRS: Sue me.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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Tim Cook and the end of gay rights as a wedge issue

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes hate crimes law

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Apple's Tim Cook comes out in powerful Businessweek essay

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek.

In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

He described how his sexuality has given him an acute social perspective.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

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Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.”

Ugandan court dismisses case against activist Sam Ganafa

Samuel K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against high-profile LGBTI rights activist Samuel K. Ganafa.

Ganafa, executive director of the LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, and three colleagues had been charged with “unnatural offenses,” a crime that is punishable by as much as a life sentence.

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