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Lila Shapiro is a staff reporter at The Huffington Post. She is the 2013 recipient of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBT Journalist of the Year. She previously worked at Talking Points Memo, editing TPMCafe. She lives in New York City and can be reached at Lila@huffingtonpost.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilapearl.

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Gay Republican Fred Karger Reflects On His 2012 Presidential Campaign, New Documentary

(17) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:28 AM

You may not be aware that Fred Karger ran for president in 2012. He was on the ballot in only a handful of states. He wasn't allowed to take part in any televised debates. The slogan on his campaign buttons and flying discs alluded to the central predicament of his...

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Gay Alabama Lawmaker Responds To Controversial Passing Of Anti-Gay Resolution

(73) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:41 PM

By the end of the day on Wednesday, the second-to-last day of the legislative session in Alabama, state Rep. Patricia Todd -- Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker -- was feeling unexpectedly hopeful about the prospects for gays and lesbians in her conservative part of the country. But the day hadn't...

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Patricia Todd, Alabama's Openly Gay Lawmaker, Discusses Reelection, GOP Colleagues And Why She'd Never Leave Her State

(37) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:51 AM

This winter hasn't been a great one for LGBT rights in the South. Even as public opinion continues to shift toward marriage equality, and as courts around the country -- including those in conservative religious states like Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah -- have ruled that laws banning same-sex...

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Leading Gay Marriage Opponent On Losing The Battle: 'I Have A Lot More Freedom Now'

(339) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Now and again, I like to check in with Maggie Gallagher, a woman who co-founded the National Organization for Marriage, the leading advocacy group opposing same-sex marriage. Gallagher has long served as one of the intellectual pillars of that movement.

She doesn't dispute that the tide...

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The Children Get Their Chance To Speak In Utah Gay Marriage Case

(221) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Utah's ban on gay marriage harms the children of gays and lesbians, despite arguments the state has made to the contrary, according to an amicus brief filed Tuesday by a group of national and state gay rights organizations.

The brief includes testimony from some of these children, who talk about...

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Utah Attorney General Makes Gay Adoption Harder

(429) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 4:52 AM

It is more difficult for newly married same-sex couples in Utah to adopt, according to lawyers handling such cases, after the attorney general on Monday began urging judges to reject adoption applications from same-sex couples.

"It feels terrible," said Kathy Harbin, who married her partner of nine years in Salt...

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Utah Says Gay Marriage Will Harm These Kids

(632) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:20 AM

Madison Ayoso, a 21-year-old college student in Salt Lake City, should have issues. She should be collecting unemployment, or talking to a therapist about the trauma of being raised by two gay moms. At least that’s what a legal brief recently filed by the state of Utah suggests.

In...

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How Alabama Tried To 'Erase' This Gay Man's Marriage

(425) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Paul Hard and Charles David Fancher got married on a Cape Cod beach in May 2011. They wore white suits with boutonnieres made of yellow roses, and drank three times from a cup engraved with a quote from the Song of Solomon: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is...

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Big Love: A Mormon Lesbian's Quest For Marriage Equality

(112) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:35 AM

On a cold Saturday last month, hundreds of couples swirled around a 6-foot-high cake at a mass wedding reception at a Salt Lake City concert hall, celebrating the recent court ruling that had unexpectedly allowed them to marry their partners. A pair of gray-haired women in tuxedo vests held each...

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How A Ruling On Gay Jurors Could Have A Huge Effect On The Gay Rights Movement

(280) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 9:01 AM

In the next few weeks, AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company that produces an important AIDS drug, will make a decision that could have a far-reaching effect on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and not just those with HIV.

If the company appeals a recent court ruling and wins, it will...

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Did Sheriff Richard Mack Really Call For An Uprising Against Gay Marriage In Utah?

(83) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:41 PM

A former sheriff who made headlines -- and received death threats -- over the weekend for supposedly calling for an uprising against same-sex marriage in Utah is denying he did any such thing.

"I never called for an uprising, no one was talking about that at all," former Arizona Sheriff Richard...

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Lesbian Student Brings Shocking Claims That Teachers, Principal Harassed And Bullied Her

(72) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:26 AM

On her first day at Magnolia Junior High in 2011, Destin Holmes remembers hearing whispers among other students asking if "it" was a boy or a girl. According to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, things got much worse from there.

Holmes, who identifies as a lesbian, didn't...

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HRC's Corporate Equality Index Shows Southern Companies Evolving On Gay Rights

(102) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 9:47 AM

In the early 90s, Southern restaurant chain Cracker Barrel drew criticism from gay-rights activists for firing openly gay employees under a policy that required workers to display “normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society.”

The company's policies largely reflected the times. Sodomy was still...

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More And More Gay People Can Get Married ... But Can They Divorce?

(77) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:00 PM

When Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham and her girlfriend traveled from their home state of Mississippi to San Francisco in the summer of 2008 to tie the knot, Czekala-Chatham was thrilled to be a part of such a politically powerful moment.

At the time, only Massachusetts and California allowed same-sex couples to...

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Gay Cadet Lashes Out At Air Force Press Release Claiming Gays Are Welcome

(295) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Amid the recent furor over the Air Force Academy's alleged failure to uphold the law protecting gays in the military, the academy released a statement Thursday assuring the public that its culture does not inhibit gay cadets "in any way."

But it appears not all of the academy's gay cadets...

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Charges Dropped In Beating Death Of Transgender Woman, But Family And Advocates Hopeful

(40) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:07 PM

NEW YORK -- When Delores Nettles heard that charges had been dropped against the young man accused of assaulting her daughter, she was hopeful.

"It's a waiting game right now," Nettles told The Huffington Post Tuesday after learning of the district attorney's decision. "But I think they're working hard,...

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Lesbians Wrongfully Convicted Of Molesting Children Are Expected To Walk Free

(288) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 6:31 AM

In 1994, Elizabeth Ramirez, then 20, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for allegedly molesting her two young nieces, aged 7 and 9.

In two bizarre trials, she and three other women, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez, all lesbians, were accused of repeatedly assaulting the girls during...

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School Blocks Transgender Student's Tuxedo Yearbook Picture For 'Community Standards'

(109) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:18 AM

When Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student at La Feria Independent High School near the Texas Gulf Coast, wore a tuxedo for his high school yearbook senior photo in September, the school principal told him it wouldn't be included because it violated "community standards."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a...

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5 Cases Of Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination That Won't Be Covered By ENDA

(143) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 8:06 AM

Four years ago, John Brown University, a private Christian college in Arkansas, forced an assistant professor named Jason Hough to resign after learning that he was gay.

This week, the Senate is expected to pass a bill aimed at protecting LGBT employees like Hough -- and yet Hough is among...

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How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

(1673) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 7:43 AM

Last spring, Pat "PJ" Newton applied for a local business license to open a bar and cafe in Shannon, Miss., two hours away from her Memphis, Tenn., home.

A few weeks later, at the mayor's request, she attended a meeting at the Shannon town hall. As she arrived, she...

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