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"God Loves Gays" billboard debuts in anti-gay group's hometown

The Westboro Baptist Church just received another reminder that not everyone in Topeka, Kansas, shares their hatred for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Last month, it was announced that a new Indiegogo campaign had been launched in hopes of funding a giant billboard declaring "God Loves Gays." The billboard was to be erected by a popular Facebook entity know as 'God' in the town that the Westboro Baptist Church calls home. After raising over $80,000 (far surpassing the $50,000 goal), the billboard has officially gone up.

LGBT immigrants protest against "death sentence" deportations

For 25-year-old José, deportation wasn’t just a heartbreaking possibility; it was a matter of life and death.

“I personally suffered and was attacked by gang members back in El Salvador, just for being gay,” he told msnbc by phone Tuesday, moments after being closed out of Rep. Bill Cassidy’s D.C. office. The Louisiana Republican, who opposed a comprehensive immigration bill that died in the House last session, was among a handful of lawmakers targeted by about 20 advocates during a protest for reform.

Millennial voters care about marriage equality, but other issues too

Young people turned out to the polls in the last two presidential election cycles at the highest rates since 1992 and played a particularly important role in the 2012 votes on marriage equality.

As a result, political observers have turned their attention to the habits and demographics of this increasingly influential political group, and new analysis from the Center for American Progress and Generation Progress provides insights into the thinking of voters between ages 18 and 30 on their support for marriage equality and other progressive issues.

SCRUFF dating app offers free advertising to LGBT nonprofits

NEW YORK, New York -- SCRUFF, one of the world’s largest gay social networking apps, has launched Benevolads™ – a new in-app global advertising platform to connect non-profit organizations that work with the LGBT community with SCRUFF’s worldwide base of more than 7 million members.

Benevolads ad space is free to non-profits and community organizations. About 80% of Benevolads will be reserved for local ads, so that SCRUFF members will see messages from their hometown organizations as well as global non-profits.

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LGB parents and their children doing well despite confronting heterosexism

A new report finds that despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts — including healthcare, legal and school systems — lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) parents and their children are functioning quite well.

The report provides an overview of the contemporary research on LGB-parent families and highlights research gaps on the experiences of LGB parents and their children. It was co-authored by Williams Visiting Scholars Abbie E. Goldberg and Nanette K. Gartrell, and Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates;

Stuart Milk to speak at The Center on Thursday

SAN DIEGO, California -- Global LGBT human rights activist Stuart Milk will visit The San Diego LGBT Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 pm for a forum titled "Challenges to LGBT Equality Around the Globe."

Milk is an activist and political speaker who is a nephew of LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk. He is the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and has has engaged in domestic and international activism, including work with LGBT movements in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Gay For Good seeking volunteers for August community service project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The local chapter of Gay for Good is seeking volunteers to assist at a water station during the America's Finest City Marathon and 5K on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Volunteers will need to be available to participate starting at 6:45 am, and will help set-up, pass out water, gather discarded cups, and cheer on runners. Gay for Good is teaming up with Front Runners & Walkers San Diego for this project.

Everyone who volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, coffee and snacks.

Volunteers needed to help foster children

SAN DIEGO, California -- Voices for Children is looking for volunteers who can dedicate 10 –15 hours a month for 18 months as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.

CASA volunteers spend time with abused and neglected children as they navigate the Juvenile Court system. The volunteer becomes one of the few consistent adult presences in the child’s life during this trying time. When social workers and attorneys are overburdened with large caseloads, the court relies on the CASA volunteer to serve as the court’s eyes and ears in the life of a foster child.

What got porn star Jessie Colter tossed out of a water park?

Porn star Jessie Colter, who calls himself a "plant nerd from Kentucky turned sex icon," took to Twitter after being threatened with arrest this week if he did not leave a Kentucky water park.

Colter also accused a police officer of calling him a "queer."

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus reaches out to area youth

SAN DIEGO, California -- Outside of the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC) across the asphalt parking lot, San Diego Gay Men's Chorus (SDGMC) president Bob Lehman is greeted with cheers of “Madonna, Madonna!” Two teen boys shout their approval as Lehman carries in one hand the telltale hot-pink poster announcing SDGMC's "LUV Madonna" show and, in the other, a stack of free tickets.

“I guess that answered the question of whether kids still love Madonna,” Lehman said, laughing. “Obviously, Madonna has entered into that rare stratosphere of a gay icon.”

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