Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Oct. 21, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

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Key marriage case deadline is Oct. 24

By : Jamie Hyman
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Tallahassee – Same-sex Florida couples could start getting married Oct. 24, depending on what happens in a Tallahassee federal district court.

The possibility stems from Grimsley and Albu v. Scott, a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight married same-sex couples and SAVE, a South Florida LGBT rights organization. The case fights for marriage recognition for gay couples legally married out-of-state.

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Florida ranks No. 3 on HRC’s 2014 ‘Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ survey

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2014 report, showing Florida as No. 3 in the number of recognized HEI 2014 “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

26 Florida healthcare systems were recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” tying with Ohio and coming behind California and New York. The following healthcare systems in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area were recognized:

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President Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency.

Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure.

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Gay distance runner chases 2016 Olympic dream

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Matt Llano will be 27 when he lines up for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016. Defending Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will be 40, while 2013’s fastest American marathoner, Dathan Ritzenhein, will be 33.

With Father Time creeping up on some of the biggest faces of American marathoning, Llano believes he could be on track for a breakthrough to the Olympics.

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150K revelers pack Lake Eola for Come Out With Pride’s 10th Anniversary

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Orlando – The final numbers won’t be in until later this week, but early estimates from the Orlando Police Department show about 150,000 people crowded Lake Eola for the 10th anniversary of Come Out With Pride. Oct. 11.

It’s the highest number yet, up from last year’s estimate of 120,000 in attendance, according to COWP executive director Mikael Audebert.

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Parents push Volusia County School Board toward better transgender policies

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Deltona, Fla.- Two families are pushing back against Volusia School Board policies that prevent their transgender children from using restrooms and facilities aligned with their gender identities.

Kyle Mournian, a senior student who was born a female but is now a fully transitioned male, was told by staff at Deltona High School he couldn’t use the boy’s restroom or other facilities despite the fact that he identifies as a boy, has been taking hormones for more than a year and has a girlfriend.

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NY Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

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New York (AP) — The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug.

Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior. However, its preventive use has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and many HIV/AIDS advocacy groups

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Travis Wall ‘shapes’ a new evolution of dance

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Some people have known what they wanted to be ever since they were a kid. 27-year-old Travis Wall was born to dance.

Best known for his work on “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD), and with his touring dance company Shaping Sound.

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Rome mayor registers 16 same sex marriages

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Rome (AP) – The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome’s mayor defied Italy’s government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of foreign gay marriages would be voided, and Rome’s prefect vowed to do so immediately.

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Screened Out – The Book of Life

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Voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman

The Book of Life is a colorful, vibrant celebration of Mexican culture – eye popping and full of frenetic energy. When other studios seem to make films primarily to peddle plastic merchandise (I’m talking to you, Disney), The Book of Life sells us civilization and anthropology, which is much more fascinating. Sure, the story is elementary, and the animators take a seductively simple approach. However, the textures, the energy, and the heart make this Day of the Dead cartoon a lively visit to the cinema.

It’s based on a folk tale – one with the Mexican spirit of remembrance, La Muerta (del Castillo), in her constant love/hate relationship with dark, devilish Xibaba (Perlman). They place a wager on three youths – the fiery beauty (Saldana), and her two beaus (Luna and Tatum). The deities wager who will win Saldana’s heart. Tatum plans to become a brave hero. Luna wants to be a troubadour, but his family urges him to follow tradition and become a matador.

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays

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Vatican City (AP) – Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were “positive elements” in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in cases when men and women were living together outside marriage.

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