Demi Lovato hospitalized after possible drug overdose

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Demi Lovato has been hospitalized July 24 after a possible drug overdose.

TMZ, which broke the story, reports that paramedics found Lovato, 25, unconscious at her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was then taken to an L.A. hospital. Lovato is being treated, and is now “stable,” according to PEOPLE.

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Sam Smith says he’s given up alcohol for his mental health

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith is currently on tour in promotion of his second studio album, “The Thrill of It All,” but his success has come with a price.

In an interview with The Sun, the 25-year-old revealed that he has been suffering from anxiety the past few months.

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A year later, Leelah Alcorn’s message still resonates

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Cincinnati (AP) – The message of a transgender teenager who urged people to “fix society” before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer in southwest Ohio still draws attention – one year later.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, of a northeastern Cincinnati suburb, walked onto Interstate 71 in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. Her death was deemed a suicide. A note on her Tumblr blog pleaded for her death “to mean something.”

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Leader of the pack: Patty Sheehan makes remarkable waves as she launches her fifth term

By : Billy Manes
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District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan hasn’t had the easiest of years, but she’s made certain to make it easier for much of Orlando’s LGBT population. In addition to being out, loud and proud, Sheehan has tackled all of the issues, from marriage equality to sidewalks and back again. By now, most Orlandoans know of Sheehan’s attention to detail – don’t even try to take away her giant binder of ordinances and research; she will attack, and you won’t like that.

She’s got the power.

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Kansas panel considers whether same-sex couples should be foster parents

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee’s chairman raised questions Nov. 17 about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children.

Testimony in front of the joint Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy touched on “family structure considerations” in placing children in foster care. It came from several sources – a sociology professor and Roman Catholic priest who published a recent study suggesting that children with same-sex parents fare worse than children in traditional, two-parent families, as well as an official of the American Psychological Association who said there’s no valid reason to discriminate against gays and lesbians in making foster care placements.

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Charlie Sheen is HIV-positive, has been blackmailed

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NEW YORK (AP) – Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has HIV.

In an interview Nov. 17 on NBC’s Today, the 50-year-old actor said he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS about four years ago, but that, thanks to a rigorous drug regimen, he’s healthy.

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Man sentenced to 30 months in jail for anti-gay attack

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SEATTLE (AP) — A 34-year-old Bremerton man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting he attacked three gay men in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with a knife.

Troy Deacon Burns pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in August. The attack occurred last January when Burns came up behind the men and shouted homophobic slurs. He was holding a knife and raised it over his head in a stabbing position.

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Virginia gunman claims shootings are payback for gay, racist discrimination

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MONETA, Va. (AP) — Vester Flanagan, the Virginia gunman who killed two co-workers on live television, said he did so because he allegedly had been discriminated against both for being gay and black.

In a 23-page letter sent by fax Aug. 26 to ABC News shortly after the shooting, Flanagan described several instances where he had been harassed. He also wrote “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while, just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

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Taste of Gay Days got the taste buds rocking

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A Taste of Gay Days kept the party goers at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World well fed with food from all over the orlando area.

Along with the eats the guests on the adult treats with wine, beer and alcohol in heavy supply.

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Grindr screenshots reveal anti-gay pastor not who he claims

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Midland, MI- Pastor Matthew Makela told LGBT entertainment website Queerty that he had resigned from his position at St. John’s Lutheran Church after screenshots of his “extracurricular activities” were leaked to the web May 18.

Makela made headlines in March when he posted about a transgender woman using gym facilities on his Facebook.

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Study: Gay, bisexual kids bullied more, even at early age

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gay and bisexual kids are more likely to be bullied as they’re growing up — even at an early age, according to the first large U.S. study to look at the problem.

Public school students in three cities were asked about bullying in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades. When they reached high school, they were asked if they identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The researchers then looked back at what those kids had said through the years about their experiences being hit, threatened, called names, or excluded.

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Zebra Coalition receives national awards

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Orlando – The Zebra Coalition received two national recognitions at the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Conference, which was held in Orlando this year at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The conference had its National Awards Ceremony on March 14, and Zebra Coalition was awarded $1,500 by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its Human Rights Committee from the ACA Human Concerns Fund. The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), one of the 19 divisions of the ACA, also awarded and recognized Zebra Coalition for its work with LGBT youth, yet the amount of ALGBTIC’s award wasn’t available at press time.

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