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Years after coming out, Lance Bass says he still deals with anti-gay remarks

‘N Sync star Lance Bass couldn’t be happier these days.

He’s less than one month away from marrying the love of his life, Michael Turchin, on Dec. 20, but the author, host and singer said he still deals with verbal abuse for being openly gay.

“Every day, I hear some idiot calling me f** or threatening to kill me, and that’s what you have to live with when there’s still such a negative look at the LGBT community,” Bass told ABC News.

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Turkey’s first openly gay referee gets German anti-homophobia award

BERLIN, Germany — A Turkish referee who was dropped by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) after coming out as gay has received the Respect Award, given Nov. 24 annually by the Berlin-based LGBT rights nongovernmental organization Alliance Against Homophobia.

Halil İbrahim Dinçdağ, 38, acknowledged that he was gay in 2009 while he was an official in a lower division in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. The TFF then unilaterally expelled him on the grounds that he had been exempted from military service due to his sexual orientation.

A Turkish referee who was dropped by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) after coming out as gay has received the Respect Award by the Berlin-based LGBT rights nongovernmental organization Alliance Against Homophobia.

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After nearly 57 years together, lesbian couple celebrate their marriage

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PHOENIX, Arizona — They were front and center in the fight to legalize gay marriage in Arizona and Sunday they were center stage once again for their wedding nearly 57 years in the making.

“They feel that 56 and a half years together is a long engagement, but today they now have 1,134 federal laws on their side to protect their relationship,” the officiant said.

“They feel that 56 and a half years together is a long engagement, but today they now have 1,134 federal laws on their side to protect their relationship,” the officiant said.

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Product review: Greenbee provides Super Smoothie and Super Cleanse delivery service

SAN DIEGO, California — Consumers have hundreds of options when it comes to healthy smoothie and body cleanse options but few come from local sources and provide home delivery.

Greenbee, a San Diego-based company that launched the Greenbee Super Smoothie in October, provides just that. Besides the super smoothie, the company is also introducing a new line of three, five and seven-day Super Cleanses consisting of its Super Smoothies, Super Shakes and delicious Detox Soup designed to kick-start the metabolism and detoxify the body.

SDGLN readers will get 50% off the Greenbee’s Super Cleanses by using coupon code “SDGLN50″ at check-out. Try Greenbee for half-off today!

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Jose Antonio Vargas may soon become documented immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas is one of 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. expected to receive protection from deportation under the executive orders President Barack Obama signed last week.

Vargas, a journalist and activist, came to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 years old. He grew up, went to school, got a job and pays taxes here. But he has never been able to vote, travel outside of the U.S. or visit his mother in the Philippines, for fear of being deported.

Now, he hopes his life is about to change. He speaks with Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

Journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas is one of 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. expected to receive protection from deportation under the executive orders President Barack Obama signed last week.

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N.Y. appeals court rejects hate crime conviction in transgender murder

New York’s top court said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing on Monday their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime.

Dwight DeLee, who was accused of shooting and killing Lateisha Green in Syracuse in 2008 while shouting homophobic slurs, was acquitted by a jury of simple manslaughter but convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime, which carries steeper penalties.

New York’s top court say prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing on Monday their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime.

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Gay marriage remains up in the air in Missouri

Gay marriage in Missouri is moving in fits and starts, allowed in just three areas and refused in others.

Attorney General Chris Koster has yet to appeal the federal court decision striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Koster has said he plans to appeal but has yet to do so. He has until Dec. 10.

“Such a challenge to Missouri’s historically-recognized right to define marriage deserves review by a higher court,” Koster’s spokesman, Eric Slusher, wrote in an email on Monday.

Gay marriage in Missouri is moving in fits and starts, allowed in just three areas and refused in others.

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Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers on his memoir, boyfriend and locker room talk

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — The spacious events hub Spectra at the Pacific Design Center played host to a number of heavy hitters just after sunset on Nov. 13 when Maria Shriver rubbed elbows with writer-director-producer Greg Berlanti, producer Donald De Line chatted up producer Laurence Mark, and DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan joked with Disney/ABC Television Group’s Kevin Brockman. On the surface, the bash may have looked like a typical gathering of the industry’s boldfaced names but this party featured a purpose and an athletically-gifted star.

Openly gay soccer star Robbie Rogers does a Q&A session with The Hollywood Reporter as he releases his memoir, “Coming Out To Play.”

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A #Texas Family Defies the Haters and Loves their Gay Son – A #Holiday Message:

We loved our Gay son – period | Originally seen on SeanSala.com “Celebrate Me Home,” for the Holidays. – By Nancy K.  This weekend I’ve been busy taking down my Thanksgiving decorations in order to fill the house with my wonderful obsession; the Christmas Holidays! While doing so, of course I had to play my […]

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Michigan to high court: Let voters decide on gay marriage

WASHINGTON DC — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday took his fight to preserve traditional marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court, telling the nation’s highest court that voters – not judges – should decide whether gay marriage is a good idea or not.

“This case comes down to two words: who decides,” Schuette wrote in his filing, in which he urged the U.S. Supreme Court to respect the will of Michigan’s voters, who decided in 2004 that marriage should only be defined as a union between one man and one woman.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette takes his fight to preserve traditional marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court, telling the nation’s highest court that voters – not judges – should decide whether gay marriage is a good idea or not.

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NOM fails again to derail gay marriage in Oregon

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The anti-gay hate group NOM loses again in court, this time failing to score on a Hail Mary pass aimed at overturning the freedom to marry in Oregon.

The National Organization for Marriage tried to intervene in the Oregon gay-marriage case, despite lacking legal standing to do so. Twice rejected before, NOM failed to be satisfied when a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco declined the group’s request to defend Oregon’s overturned ban on same-sex marriage.

The anti-gay hate group NOM loses again in court, this time failing to score on a Hail Mary pass aimed at overturning the freedom to marry in Oregon.

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READ IT HERE: Michigan officials support Supreme Court review of marriage case

Officials in Michigan have filed their response to the petition for review in the Supreme Court in DeBoer v. Snyder. The case challenges Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban – the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban. The state doesn’t oppose review by the Supreme Court: Given the importance of the issue—who decides important issues […]

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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Karen Pike Photography, Middlebury, Vermont

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Middlebury, VT, USA. Lesbian owned, 25 years of photographing weddings-gay and other. My style is an artistic blend of photojournalism and gorgeous portraiture. I’m […]

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How To Talk To Your Evangelical Uncle About Marriage Equality

Thanksgiving is a time when millions of Americans come together to celebrate cherished, time-honored traditions: gathering with those we hold most dear, scarfing down unhealthily large meals, and of course, arguing with loved ones. For instance, let’s say you are sitting at the dinner table, eating delicious stuffing and having a pleasant conversation about The […]

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53% Support Marriage Equality in Wyoming

Wyoming has now joined the ranks of states that approve of marriage equality. LGBTQ Nation reports: The new poll by the University of Wyoming found 53 percent of respondents supported marriage for same-sex couples, compared to 39 percent opposed. The poll results represent a significant increase over the last 10 years in support for marriage […]

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Local drag entertainer Louis “Lady O” Orozco dies at 43

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SAN DIEGO, California — Louis Orozco, a beloved drag personality in San Diego’s LGBT community known as Lady O, died late Sunday night after collapsing at a Hillcrest nightclub, according to his longtime partner Mario “Luscious” Rodriguez. Orozco was 43 years old.

A San Diego local, Orozco attended Mar Vista High School and Southwestern College and had worked for MAC Cosmetics. Orozco and Rodriguez celebrated their 14th anniversary in May. Orozco was the father of two daughters.

Louis Orozco, a beloved drag personality in San Diego’s LGBT community known as Lady O, died late Sunday night after collapsing at a Hillcrest nightclub, according to posts by his longtime partner Mario “Luscious” Rodriguez. Orozco was 43 years old.

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