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This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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Tim Cook and the end of gay rights as a wedge issue

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes hate crimes law

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Apple's Tim Cook comes out in powerful Businessweek essay

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek.

In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

He described how his sexuality has given him an acute social perspective.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

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Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.”

Ugandan court dismisses case against activist Sam Ganafa

Samuel K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against high-profile LGBTI rights activist Samuel K. Ganafa.

Ganafa, executive director of the LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, and three colleagues had been charged with “unnatural offenses,” a crime that is punishable by as much as a life sentence.

Lambda Legal appeals ruling upholding Puerto Rico’s gay marriage ban

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal today filed a notice of appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Conde-Vidal v. Garcia-Padilla, after the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico dismissed the lawsuit seeking to end the Commonwealth’s discriminatory ban on marriage for LGBT couples.

The appeal comes just seven days after the court issued its dismissal.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

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Teen slits her sister’s throat after finding out she was a lesbian

Police in Azerbaijan have arrested a 19-year-old who says she was possessed by “a demon” when she killed her lesbian sister.

Parvana Nuriyevanin, 19, stabbed her sister Günel Nuriyevan, 20, before slitting her throat after a struggle, Aznews reported. The incident took place at their home in the capital city of Baku.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

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Top U.S. evangelical ethicist comes out for gay rights

At a moment when American churches and politicians are warring over gay rights and same-sex marriage, each side needs every soldier it can muster. Conservatives are about to learn that one of America’s leading evangelical ethicists is defecting to the opposition.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Philippines: Slain transgender's fiancé tries to break into base detaining suspect

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will submit to the German Embassy a letter of protest against the German fiancé of slain Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, for breaking into a military base and "assaulting" a military officer.

Italy charges gays who kissed to protest homophobic group

PERUGIA, Italy -- Perugia’s public prosecutor should immediately drop charges against six gay rights activists accused of disturbing the peace because they kissed during a demonstration in March 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges on October 7.

“The charges would be laughable if they didn’t reflect exactly the anti-gay sentiment the activists are fighting against,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The public prosecutor should withdraw these charges immediately.”

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