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This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Fighting the Religious Right exacts a toll: How LGBT groups got secretly divided

Earlier this week, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian and transgender employees. To the relief of LGBT-rights supporters — and the dismay of some conservative religious groups — companies with religious owners seeking contracts with the feds are not exempted.

Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is "foreign agent"

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out issued the following statement immediately after the ruling:

Today, July 21, 2014, Vasileostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg found “Coming Out” LGBT organization to be a “foreign agent” – i.e. an organization engaged in political activities on behalf of foreign countries. The trial lasted close to four hours.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Dustin Lance Black, Tom Daley on jet that made emergency landing in Siberia in Russia

Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tweeted it was "scary as hell" as the Virgin Atlantic plane that he and boyfriend Tom Daley were passengers on made an emergency landing in Russia on Monday.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, July 18, 2014

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Gay marriage stirs backlash as businesses assert religion

The rise of gay marriage has opened a new front in the U.S. culture wars, pitting small-business owners with religious objections against customers seeking to shop without fear of discrimination.

Top HIV researchers, activists die in MH17 crash in Ukraine

At least two two prominent Dutch officials en route to the International AIDS Conference in Australia have perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, apparently shot down today near the troubled Russian-Ukrainian border.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Maryland: NBA player's transgender sibling found murdered

A transgender woman from Kinston, Maryland was found dead in Baltimore on early Wednesday. She was the sibling of NBA player Reggie Bullock of the Los Angeles Clippers, who played college ball at the University of North Carolina.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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MLB names Billy Bean as "Ambassador for Inclusion"

The burden of being gay became too great for Billy Bean to bear during his playing career, so he quit rather than seek support for his secret.

Nearly two decades later, part of Bean's new job will be to help keep someone else from making the same decision.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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MLB to recognize Glenn Burke as baseball’s gay pioneer

Glenn Burke was 27 when he walked out on Major League Baseball, his promising career as an outfielder undone mostly by the burden of being a semicloseted gay man. It was 1980, and it was more important, Burke later explained, to be himself than to be a professional baseball player.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, July 14, 2014

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Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

Uganda: Ruling against LGBT activists violates rights

KAMPALA, Uganda – The decision of the Ugandan High Court published on July 9, 2014, endorsing the government closure of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights workshop violates the right to freedom of assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. Justice Stephen Musota ruled against four LGBT rights activists who had sued the ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, for shutting down a February 2012 workshop.

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