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Lila Shapiro is a staff reporter at The Huffington Post. She is the 2013 and 2014 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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First Ever Law To Protect Gay 'Cure' Proposed In Oklahoma

(306) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Gay rights advocates have made significant progress in the fight to discredit and ultimately ban conversion therapy, a practice that claims to "cure" gay people. The mainstream medical community is united in its view that the therapy is both ineffective and potentially harmful. So far, California, New Jersey and Washington,...

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New Poll Shows Rocky Road To White House For Any Anti-Gay Republican

(142) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:21 PM

It’s tough being a Republican presidential hopeful these days. The GOP's hard-core conservative base vociferously opposes same-sex marriage, but American voters overall support it. More than one-third think they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposed gay marriage, according to a new poll.

Last week, independent...

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Anti-Gay Campaign Insists Dubious Petition Signatures Are Just Fine

(39) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:45 AM

A campaign to overturn Houston's just-passed equal rights ordinance hit a roadblock last year when the city said it had found "irregularities" in a petition drive. Next week, the anti-gay rights group behind the petition takes its case to court, still hoping for a voter referendum in the fall.

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Are Hookup Apps Fueling A Spike In Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

(61) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 7:31 AM

More gay men in the U.S. and abroad are testing positive for certain STDS, and sites like Grindr are catching the heat.

This week, British public health officials set off a flurry of headlines after blaming the rising rates of syphilis and gonorrhea in the United Kingdom on...

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Study Might Explain How To Change Minds On Same-Sex Marriage

(46) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:06 PM

It’s common knowledge that Americans are changing their views on same-sex marriage and gay rights at a breakneck pace. What has remained something of a mystery is how exactly this change occurs. A new study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science may have uncovered a...

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The Most Celebrated, Mistrusted Little Pill in the World
Two Old Friends Debate The Daily Drug That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention

(40) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Longtime friends Peter Staley, left, and Sean Strub pose for a portrait in Strub's home in Milford, Pennsylvania. Truvada, the HIV preventive drug, sits on the table before them. (Photo by Damon Dahlen)

Downtown Milford, population 1,021, is a picturesque street...

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Two Ministers Claim They Could Face 180 Years In Jail For Refusing To Do Gay Weddings

(1948) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Less than two weeks after a federal appeals court struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, two ministers in the northwestern Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene have filed a lawsuit claiming they could face up to 180 years in jail for refusing to perform a same-sex wedding.

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How Being Gay 'Decimated' This Man's Life Savings

(944) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 10:12 AM

"Paul," a retail product developer whose story is included in a new report on the "financial penalty for being LGBT in America," says that being gay "decimated" his life savings.

In February 2012, Paul, who is 59 years old and asked that his real name be withheld...

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These Pro-Gay Evangelicals Think They Know How To Save The Megachurch

(75) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:12 AM

The mission is at once incredibly modest and completely radical. But Brandan Robertson, the 22-year-old spokesman for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, a new group whose very name sounds like an oxymoron, has lived a life of many contradictions.

Although he is the public face of what he believes is the...

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Meet The Westboro Member Who Calls HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Her 'Best Friend'

(13) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:15 PM

NEW YORK -- Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church stopped in front of The Huffington Post's Greenwich Village offices Wednesday afternoon for a brief protest as part of their "God Hates The Media Tour." While the usual chants of "God hates fags" -- as well as signs thanking God...

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'These Murders Are A Steady Drumbeat': A Year After Trans NYC Murder, Community On Edge

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:40 AM

It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been waiting for the results of an investigation into her daughter's death. Police say they're on the case, but Nettles is skeptical. "What's taking...

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'Maybe When We're Dead'
Gays In Alabama Don't Expect Change In Their Lifetime — But They're Pushing For It Anyway.

(75) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:41 AM

23-year-old queer activist Lauren Jacobs, right, and her girlfriend, Taylor Winfrey, in Birmingham. (Photo by Cary Norton)

Ann Huckstep was in her 40s before she acknowledged to herself that she was gay. It took another eight years for her to get...

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Hobby Lobby Wants To Control Which Bathroom A Transgender Woman Can Use, Too

(2023) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 10:13 AM

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In the days after the Supreme Court handed Hobby Lobby a sweeping victory in its fight to not provide employee health insurance that covers certain kinds of birth control, many customers came into the store in Aurora, Illinois, where Meggan...

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'Do You Know What Fisting Is?' And Other Questions Raised At Premier Anti-Gay Rally

(589) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- On a sweltering day in the nation's capital, around 1,500 people gathered on the National Mall with homemade signs and American flags to protest the growing momentum for same-sex marriage around the country.

Speakers at the second annual March for Marriage, a rally organized by the conservative National...

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The Gay Tea Party Is In Trouble

(36) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher R. Barron, the founders of a gay conservative lobbying group that styled itself after the tea party, have never feared controversy.

They brought attention to their organization, GOProud, by picking fights with fellow gay activists and Republicans. They successfully courted the conservative firebrand Ann Coulter,...

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National Organization For Marriage Broke Campaign Finance Law

(349) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 9:34 AM

The National Organization for Marriage, a leader in the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S., sustained a blow to its five-year effort to keep campaign donors' names secret on Wednesday.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices ruled that NOM broke the law in 2009 by...

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Michigan Politician Compares Gays To Nazis, Rejecting Anti-Discrimination Bill

(329) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 9:19 AM

The city council in Saginaw, Michigan, spent a few hours this week debating an ordinance that would have banned local businesses from firing or refusing to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Supporters argued that the measure would benefit the local economy...

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Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To 'Torture'

(95) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter delivered to the state's Department of Corrections on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group based in Alabama.

Starting in 2012, department employees violated...

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This Man Could Be The First Southern Elected Official To Allow Gay Couples To Wed

(34) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Editors Note: When this article was reported, a judge in Arkansas had not yet struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. On Saturday when this article was published, news that the state had issued licenses had not yet reached our editors. So while it is no longer the case...

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North Carolina's New Gay Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

(448) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:03 AM

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents of same-sex marriage.

Clergy from the United Church of Christ, a liberal denomination that voted to support gay weddings in its churches in 2005, filed suit...

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