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Two public viewings for "Lady O" planned in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- Two public viewings have been scheduled next week so that San Diego's LGBT community can bid farewell to beloved drag performer "Lady O."

Louis Orozco died late Sunday night after collapsing at a nightclub in Hillcrest, according to his longtime partner Mario "Luscious" Rodriguez. Orozco was 43 years old.

The viewings will be from 5-9 pm Monday, Dec. 1, and from 6-8 pm Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Merkley-Mitchel Funeral Home, 3655 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest.

Google removes app that let players kill gay men

Google today removed a game that asked users to kill gay people to survive, after a public outcry, but not before the game had been available for weeks and downloaded thousands of times.

"Ass Hunter" had been downloaded over 10,000 times and had received 200 five star reviews before it was pulled, and is still available across the Internet.

In the game, players control a hunter with a shotgun who must kill naked men before they approach him. If they are able to reach him then the game shows a cartoon depiction of the men having sex with the hunter.

Gay Evangelicals argue that Bible does not condemn homosexuality

WASHINGTON DC — It looked like a typical evangelical service, except for the same-sex couples in pews: a man leaning his head on another man’s shoulder, a woman with her arm around her female partner.

They were among the several hundred gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians who recently gathered at the National City Christian Church in Washington for a meeting of The Reformation Project.

The group was founded by Matthew Vines, who grew up in Wichita, Kansas, after an hour-long YouTube testimonial he posted two years ago about being Christian and gay went viral.

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RGOD2: “After the Ecstasy ... the laundry!”

I am sitting in an empty apartment in San Diego with just an airbed and a few cleaning materials scattered on the bare tiles. This has been our home for seven years and it looks desolate and it feels like Mile and I are camping out. All of our belongings are in a truck somewhere between here and New York.

Another country music star comes out

Country singer Billy Gilman, who shot to stardom at age 11 with "One Voice," has come out as gay.

The 26-year-old Rhode Island native spoke apprehensively, but at length, about his sexuality in a new YouTube clip posted on Nov. 20. The singer says he was inspired by fellow country musician Ty Herndon, who came out as gay in interviews with People magazine and Entertainment Tonight the very same day, in his decision to come out.

Australian lawmaker comes out

SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia -- Senior NSW Liberal MP Don Harwin has revealed he is gay in a speech to the NSW Legislative Council, crediting his private struggles with giving him the determination needed to succeed in Parliament.

The president of the upper house made the revelation in a Christmas message on the last sitting day of Parliament for the year on Thursday. He joins just a handful of openly gay NSW MPs, including Labor's Penny Sharpe and Helen Westwood, Liberal Bruce Notley-Smith and independent Alex Greenwich.

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Country star Ty Herndon: "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man"

Five years ago, country singer Ty Herndon finally recognized that he had a very important story to share.

"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been," he tells PEOPLE. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."

Straights OK with same-sex couples, but reel over public kissing

WASHINGTON DC — A new study indicates that heterosexuals have predominately egalitarian views on legal benefits for — but not public displays of affection (PDA) by — same-sex couples.

“We found that, for the most part, heterosexuals are equally as supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples as they are for heterosexual couples, but are much less supportive of public displays of affection for same-sex couples than they are for heterosexuals,” said Long Doan, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University and the lead author of the study.

China: Rural gay couple defied gossip, exorcists and arranged marriage

When Apple CEO Tim Cook came out of the closet, gay people around the world voiced their support for him. In China, where most gay people stay silent because of the pressure to have children and a lack of understanding, Anwei and Yebin, a gay couple living in rural North China, have defied the biases of fellow villagers. After the futile efforts of exorcists to convert one of them to heterosexuality, they communicated with their parents to help them understand their love and have even signed a contract to give themselves a degree of financial security.

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Heart & Soul: Surviving the holidays

To me, it’s a little bit of a shock to realize that next Thursday, Nov. 27, is Thanksgiving in the United States. 2014 has been an amazing, but fast moving year.

Many of us will gather with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day, for a lovely experience of dinner and time together. According to the various commercials on television, everything will be wonderful, everyone will get along, and there will be no lumps in the mashed potatoes.

Right about now, as you contemplate past and future Thanksgivings, you might be thinking, “happy frigging holidays.”

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