Transgender teen settles with South Carolina DMV over license photo

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A transgender South Carolina teenager has settled a lawsuit challenging the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ policy governing a person’s choice to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Federal court documents show Chase Culpepper’s lawsuit was settled.

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Sexuality isn’t an issue during prom proposal

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for the story of two best friends who attend Desert Oasis High School.

Prom was coming up for students Anthony Martinez and Jacob Lescenski, gay and straight respectively, yet both of them were dateless for the event. Upon seeing that his BFF was feeling down about the situation, Lesenski decided to ask him out himself.

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Gay Mentor Influenced His Views, Beliefs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court’s major gay rights rulings.

But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court confirmation hearings in Washington.

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Gay students attacked by peers at Atlanta school

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Atlanta – Two gay students who attend Carver School of the Arts in Atlanta were attacked by a number of peers and authorities are saying the attack was not a hate crime.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and Zyderryo Brown, 17, said that a mob of 20 teens attacked them, including one who used a screwdriver, and another 100 kids watched after school on April 20. Jefferson believes the attack was premeditated because of his sexual orientation.

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Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

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NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They’re for it. Many Republican VIPs, notably the presidential hopefuls, face a far more complicated landscape.

Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where a major role will be played by conservative Christian voters firmly opposed to same-sex marriage. Further down the road is the 2016 general election, where the nominee will likely need backing from independents and moderate Republicans who support gay unions.

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ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview

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NEW YORK (AP) – The first on-air promo for the broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn’t even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it.

The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television’s Kardashian clan is expected to touch on transgenderism and reports that he may be transitioning to a woman.

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Alabama lawmakers vote to let adoption agencies refuse gay couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House Committee voted April 22 for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away gay couples on religious grounds.

The House State Government Committee approved the bill April 22. It now moves to the House floor.

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Archbishop to miss this year’s rally against gay marriage

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archbishop will be skipping a Washington D.C. rally against same-sex marriage this year.

The San Francisco archdiocese announced the decision by Salvatore Cordileone on its website April 22.

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Russian court rules against fired gay teacher

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St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) — A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist.

Ksenia Kirichenko, the lawyer for a gay rights organization which is representing the teacher, said on April 23 that the court this week refused the teacher’s demand to be reinstated.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Matthew Riha and Brian Smith

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Both originally from the Windy City, Matthew and Brian have known each other for 15 years. In 2009, they moved to Winter Park, met a new group of friends and finally decided to officially tie the knot.

“I think that both Brian and I have been very lucky to live in a space where we spent most of our lives and we’ve always felt accepted—by our family members, by our friends, by our co-workers and by our employers,” Matthew says.

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Overheard in Orlando

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Trip, Ride, Rocket

On May 2, Space Coast Pride invites Space Coast residents to take a ride on the Night Train to Orlando. As part of a fundraiser to their upcoming festival and first ever Pride Parade, this BYOB ride into the City Beautiful (after a few of those Bs we all look beautiful) will only cost the riders $40 for the round trip transportation. Space Coast Pride will also supply the ice and cups. The Night Train will make stops in Orlando popular hot spots like Howl at the Moon and the World Famous Parliament House Resort. This beats Uber and you can drink while you’re on the road! Visit SpaceCoastPride.org for more information.

Where do gaybies come from?
First comes love, then comes legal same-sex marriage, then comes two people who may need to register for a baby carriage! With Florida legalizing marriage equality earlier this year, many couples who have taken the big plunge are now looking at the next, natural step. Baby, oh baby! Have you ever considered being a parent? Adopting, surrogacy or fostering? Which will be the right choice? What designer cloth diapers will best match my designer shoes? All the questions potential parents will face will be asked and answered by the Family Equality Council at the first ever local “Maybe Baby” workshop on May 30. The 10 a.m. event is free, but get there early because we’ve learned that space is limited.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay

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Buckhorn urges NCAA to return in 2016

The NCAA women’s tournament has come and gone through Tampa (it was held April 3-5) but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn saw an opportunity to keep it another year. The LGBT friendly mayor addressed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on April 2 encouraging the organization to pull the 2016 tournament out of Indiana and return it to Tampa. “A championship host city should reflect that spirit of sport. Championship games held in the state of Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in effect can no longer do so. I encourage you to relocate the 2016 Women’s Final Four to Tampa from Indianapolis.” Tampa is already slated to host the 2019 tournament. No word on if the NCAA will take Buckhorn up on his 2016 offer.

Leslie Jordan booked for Polk Pride

He goes by many names—Beverly Leslie, Brother Boy. But the Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan rarely needs an introduction to LGBTs. Jordan will launch Polk Pride 2015 on June 19 with a performance at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The openly gay actor has been a staple on the comedy circuit for years and an icon ever since his “Brother Boy” role in the film Sordid Lives. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available through PolkTheatre.org.

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