Tag: LGBT

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International

In Jamaica, transgender teen murdered by mob

In this Aug. 3, 2013 photo, Dwayne Jones’ transgendered friend and roommate, Keke, poses for a photo in kitchen of the home they shared on the northern outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica. (AP Photo/David McFadden) by David McFaddenAssociated Press Writer MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.

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Generation Y

Why millennials are leaving the church

(CNN) — At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial. I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb. I still remember the home phone numbers of my old high school friends, but don’t ask me to recite my husband’s without checking my contacts first. I own mix tapes that include selections from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but I’ve never planned a trip without Travelocity. Despite having one foot in Generation X, I tend to identify most strongly with the attitudes and the ethos of the millennial generation, and because of this, I’m often asked to speak to my fellow evangelical leaders about why millennials are leaving the church.

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Metro

Pa. law banning gay marriage to face challenge

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.

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Opinion

When celebrities share secrets, good things happen

That’s Jarron on the left, Jason on the right and Oprah Winfrey in the middle. You can’t blame anyone for mistaking Jarron Collins for his twin brother, Jason. And that never used to mean much. They both went to Stanford, both played in the NBA, both developed reputations as bruising big men. They were identically nondescript NBA players.(Chuck Hodes, AP/OWN) by Laura Wexler (CNN) — Coming out of the closets of our culture seems to be the thing to do these days, but it is not a new phenomenon.

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People

‘Star Trek’s’ Zoe Saldana on racism: ‘I’m not going to talk about it’

Zoe Saldana arrives at the LA premiere of “Star Trek Into Darkness” at The Dolby Theater on May 14, in LA. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)(CNN) — Zoe Saldana is one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, and she’s making headlines as Uhura in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” She crossed barriers as the lead in “Avatar,” the highest grossing movie of all time. But how does being a woman of color impact her career choices and options?

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Sports

NFL we are watching

KERRY RHODES (AP Photo) by Stampp Corbin San Diego — The recent “scandal” concerning NFL football player, Kerry Rhodes, has many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on high alert. Rhodes, an NFL player who is currently a free agent, has been “outed” by a reputed lover Russell “Hollywood” Simpson.

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National

Lawmaker makes 'impulse decision' to come out

NEVADA ASSEMBLYMAN KELVIN ATKINSON, D-NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison,File) by Ashley Killough (CNN) — When Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson entered a floor debate Monday over a legislative effort to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban, he had no idea he’d be waking up the next morning with his name in national headlines.

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Sports

Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins dealt with bullies

BIG THREE–In this April 17 photo, from left, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne and Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins pose together following an interview with The Associated Press in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) by Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Before they were college basketball stars and the future of the WNBA, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne had something else in common: They were all bullied when they were kids.