AP Poll: Gay Russians facing more intolerance

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St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) — Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court — an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years.

The rising anti-gay sentiment has coincided with the passage of a controversial Russian law that prohibits exposing children to gay “propaganda.” The law has made it easy to target teachers, because they work directly with children.

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Study suggests genetic link for males being gay

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CHICAGO (AP) – A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men’s chances of being gay, but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it.

Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their results bolster previous evidence pointing to genes on the X chromosome.

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Watermark’s 2014 General Election Results

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This is Watermark’s portal for complete 2014 General Election Results.

Find links to Central Florida, Tampa Bay and statewide election results after the jump: 

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Watermark’s 2014 General Election Results: Florida

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GOVERNOR
RICK SCOTT (R) 48%
Charlie Crist (D) 47%

ATTORNEY GENERAL
PAM BONDI (R) 55%
George Sheldon (D) 42%

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Watermarks’ 2014 General Election Results: Tampa Bay

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U.S. HOUSE
District 11
RICHARD NUGENT (R) 67%
Dave Koller (D) 33%

District 13
DAVID JOLLY (R) 75%
Lucas Overby (L) 25%

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Watermark’s 2014 General Election Results: Central Florida

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE
District 5
CORRINE BROWN (D) 72%
Glo Smith (R) 28%

District 7
JOHN MICA (R) 60%
Wes Neuman (D) 36%

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2013 Orlando WAVE Awards Results

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Favorite local politician/activist
1. Patty Sheehan, Orlando city commissioner
2. Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
3. Randy Ross
4. Joe Saunders, State Representative

Greatest straight ally to the local LGBT community
1. Linda Stewart, State Representative
2. Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor
3. Jack and Margo Dixon

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2013 Tampa Bay WAVE Awards Results

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Favorite local politician/activist
1. Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
2. Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County Commissioner
3. Congresswoman Kathy Castor

Greatest straight ally to the local LGBT community
1. Pam Iorio, former Tampa Mayor
2. Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect
3. Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
4. Congresswoman Kathy Castor

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2013 Sarasota WAVE Awards Results

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Favorite local politician/activist
1. Ken Shelin, former city commissioner
2. Suzanne Atwell, Sarasota Mayor
3. Marcia Foote

Most effective local LGBT organization
1. ALSO Out Youth
2. Step Out Sarasota
3. Sarasota Pride

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