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85,000 demand Ecuador close “ex-gay” clinics accused of torture

WASHINGTON – More than 85,000 people from over 124 countries have signed a Change.org petition calling on Ecuador’s Minister of Health to investigate and close more than 200 “ex-gay clinics” that allegedly use torture techniques turn homosexuals straight.

TONIGHT: San Diego ACLU chapter to host membership party at Rich's

SAN DIEGO -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego-Imperial Counties will host its first ever Membership Cocktail Party tonight from 7-9 pm at Rich's.

Attendees of the "Liberties at Night" event will have the opportunity to learn more about the civil liberties work the ACLU does while supporting the organization.

Tickets to the event are $35 and include admission to the party, a year-long ACLU membership, a free drink and appetizers.

Arizona superintendent apologizes to LGBT community

Recently we wrote about the offensive comments made by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal about gay and lesbian people. Along with Equality Arizona, GLAAD called on Mr. Huppenthal to apologize.

Today, his office shared with us a letter offering that apology, which was addressed to the LGBT community.

ACTION ALERT: Petition demands San Diego County to keep organic farms pesticide-free

SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of people have joined a new campaign on Change.org urging the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to protect local, organic farms from toxic pesticides.

Lady Gaga to launch anti-bullying foundation

Pop superstar Lady Gaga created her last album, Born This Way, to communicate a distinct message of acceptance and self-confidence with the LGBT community very much in mind; even going so far as to mention lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by name in the lyrics of the album’s same-titled debut single. Yet she has also been one of the fiercest public advocates for legislative action on behalf of the LGBT community on everything from Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to marriage equality.

VIDEO: Equality Forum seeking nominations for 2012 LGBT History Month icons

PHILADELPHIA -- Each October, Equality Forum celebrates LGBT History Month by spotlighting 31 icons who have made notable contributions to society.

With this year's series now complete, the organization is looking for nominations for LGBT History Month in 2012.

LIVE: MTV Dance Party promoting inclusivity for LGBT youth

LOS ANGELES -- MTV's O Music Awards is trying to set the Guinness World Record for Longest Team Dance Marathon in a benefit for various LGBT groups.

You can watch it LIVE online from The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.

Organizers hope to set the record later today.

Throughout the livestream, a bunch of celebs are planning to stop by to show their support including Shangela ("RuPaul’s Drag Race"), Peta Meragatroyd ("Dancing With The Stars") and We R Heroes ("America’s Best Dance Crew"). The goal is to break the world record during the live show at the end of Monday's show.

ACTION ALERT: Ask Arizona superintendent to apologize

Thursday, October 20th was Spirit Day, when millions of Americans wore purple and spoke out against bullying of LGBT youth.

VIDEO: Online charity auction benefitting GLSEN features star-studded prize packages

LOS ANGELES -- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is hosting an online auction to raise money for its programs and services that support LGBT students.

Teaming up with charitybuzz.com, auction participants can bid on a number of packages that include access to exclusive parties, unique experiences, celebrities, travel and more.

Founded in 1990, GLSEN is a national organization that focuses on ensuring safe schools for all students.

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Meet LGBT History Month icons Virginia Woolf and Pedro Zamora

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum has featured one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society. SDGLN has published these stories in the Causes section and the icons featured today are the final two in the 2011 series.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was an accomplished 20th century English novelist and one of the founders of the modernist movement. She published nearly 500 essays and nine novels.

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