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On Transgender Day of Remembrance, a partnership to provide law officers training on transgender issues

(Editor's note: Laura Duffy is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California and is based in San Diego. She wrote this op-ed for SDGLN on International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is Thursday, Nov. 20.)

Today, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is a good time not just to acknowledge but to meaningfully respond to the history of violence and discrimination perpetrated against the misunderstood transgender community.

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Commentary: As equality thrives, hate can’t even keep the lights on

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) notes that if you want clear evidence that LGBT equality is winning, you got a perfect example today.

Consider this contrast.

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Irene Monroe: Turkey's conflicting attitude toward LGBT rights

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQ population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a LGBTQI pride march. Eleven years later, 2014 Istanbul Pride is lauded as the largest pride event held in the country. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

Turkey is the "go-to” country LGBTQI Muslims from other Islamic countries flee to for their safety.

Open letter to the community regarding Carl DeMaio

(Editor’s note: The author submitted his email to politician Carl DeMaio as an open letter to the community.)

Dear Carl,

I wanted to write you a personal note to thank you for being an inspiration to me.

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Q&A: How to tackle the backlash against gay rights?

(Editor's note: This was published by the World Economic Forum. You can find the original posting HERE.)

Almost 2.8 billion people are living in countries where identifying as gay could lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or even death. In stark contrast, only 780 million people are living in countries where same-sex marriage or civil unions are a legal right.

Irene Monroe: A mayor who was an ally to Black LGBTQ communities

Thomas Menino was inarguably one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had.

As Boston said farewell to its longest-serving mayor, the city also celebrated the life, career, and integrity of a great public servant. As mayor to "all the people” of Boston — African-American LGBTQ communities felt heard, respected and represented during his administration.

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Screen Scene: Help an author out

Self-promotion is a fact of life. We enter this world hollering for attention and then spend a lifetime walking a tight rope of humility and survival in a place not especially supportive of wall flowers. Evolution will back me up on this.

Commentary: Elton John on the unfinished fight against AIDS

Last week Jennifer Mumaugh and A. J. McDaniel became the first same-sex couple to marry in Wyoming. They celebrated their union in Cheyenne, just miles away from where Matthew Shepard was left to die only 16 years ago. Wyoming thus became the 32nd state to allow gay marriage — explicitly or, by refusing to appeal court decisions, implicitly. Alaska. Arizona. Idaho. All have fallen this month.

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HRC: Don’t be fooled by “softer” rhetoric from Southern Baptists

As members of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) gather Monday in Nashville, Tennessee for a conference aimed at devising strategy to combat the movement toward marriage equality for LGBT Americans, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has called for an end to the denomination’s vilification of same-sex couples.

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Irene Monroe: Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.”

"Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt. Therefore, some of us youths have come together to be able to bring awareness to our fellow youths on the danger of HIV/AIDS and other STD’s. But, at present, we are not receiving much from the locals and that is why we have decided to get in contact with you," Johnson wrote.

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