Architects convention cancels in North Carolina over anti-gay law

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Wilmington (AP) – Another convention has canceled in North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law limiting anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

Local media outlets report the American Institute of Architects will not hold its South Atlantic Region Conference in Wilmington this fall. About 500 architects were expected to attend, and tourism officials estimate the loss at almost $1 million.

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Church school fires coach tied to beating of gay couple

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Philadelphia – Church officials have fired an assistant basketball coach at a Roman Catholic high school who they say was involved in an encounter in Philadelphia in which two gay men were beaten.

The identities of the men and women involved in the Sept. 11 beating became known when surveillance video was released and social media users helped connect names to pictures. No arrests have yet been made.

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Florida man charged in death of transgender woman

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Fort Myers, Fla. (AP) – Police reports in southwest Florida indicate a man accused in the slaying of a transgender woman may have been angry she outed him on Facebook.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports police arrested 45-year-old Terry Lynn Brady on Tuesday. Officers say Brady shot 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez, then lit her on fire and left her to die behind a store on June 19.

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St. Louis officials challenge Missouri ban on gay marriage

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married June 25 in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

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Bradenton officials quietly approve Manatee County’s first Pride festival

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Bradenton – It was one small item quietly tucked into the Bradenton City Council’s Oct. 9 consent agenda, but would mean huge progress for the LGBT community in Manatee County.

With a unanimous vote and little fanfare, city council members, four Republicans and one Democrat, approved Manatee County’s first Pride festival.

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Gay couples keep getting married in Pennsylvania (it’s illegal!)

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Philadelphia (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia woman who tied the knot with her longtime partner Sunday with a county marriage license despite the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage said it was the day “that every committed couple waits for.”

Dee Spagnuolo, 39, and Sasha Ballen, 38, were married at their Wynnewood home – with their three young children playing roles in the hastily arranged ceremony – after receiving a license from officials in Montgomery County.

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PA gay couples keep getting marriage licenses despite state ban

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Philadelphia (AP) – Officials outside Philadelphia are issuing marriage licenses to a pair of gay couples, despite a state law banning such unions.

A Montgomery County official says the two female couples applied for the licenses Wednesday. The suburban county is the state’s third most populous.

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Alarming in Athens: Sharp increase in new HIV infections

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Athens is seeing an alarming increase in new HIV infections, particularly among intravenous drug users, health officials warned Friday, as Greece struggles through a protracted financial crisis in which funding for health care and drug treatment programs has been slashed.

While there were about 10-14 new HIV infections per year among Athens drug users from 2008 to 2010, that number shot up to 206 new cases last year and 487 new cases by October this year – a 15-fold and 35-fold increase, respectively, officials said.

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