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Pope Francis (R) leads a mass honouring the canonisation of two Canadian saints, having previously celebrated a mass for Saint Jose, in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on October 12, 2014. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Meeting Of Catholic Bishops Signals Growing Acceptance For LGBT Members

The meeting – known as a synod – was called by Pope Francis to discuss hot-button issues such as same-sex unions, divorce and birth control. No formal decisions were reached Monday, but CBS News reports that the tone of initial reports coming out of the two-day meeting indicate a major shift from condemnation to acceptance, including a call to recognize the positive aspects of civil unions and the potential benefits from establishing commitments from the gay community to the church.

10/13/2014

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California On Track To Become First State To Ban ‘Gay Panic’ Defense In Courtrooms

California could soon become the first state to ban the “gay panic” defense in violent crimes against LGBT individuals.

09/05/2014

George Takei (credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

George Takei Sees Gay Pride Beginning In Japan

Takei hopes his Japanese counterparts will one day join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities…

06/05/2014

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Gay Marriage Ban

State officials have said they’d be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately, and couples lined up outside the county clerk’s office in Portland in anticipation of the decision.

05/19/2014

Union workers picket in front of a construction site in San Francisco, May 1, 2014. (CBS)

Bay Area ‘May Day’ Protests, Rallies Call For Workers’ Rights, End Of Deportations

Labor activists across the Bay Area rallied Thursday to celebrate International Workers Day, taking the opportunity to champion causes from minimum wage hikes to immigration reform to development projects.

05/01/2014

Phil Matier: Naming Rights Considered To Fund Oakland Parks

Oakland’s Parks and Recreations Department, which lacks funds to improve or even maintain the city-owned properties, is now considering a policy that would allow corporations and wealthy donors to buy the right to name public parks, gardens and recreation centers if they can pay their care.

04/15/2014

Fred Phelps (Wikimedia Commons)

Fred Phelps, Scourge Of LGBT Community Dead At 84

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

03/20/2014

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Measure To Overturn California Transgender Students’ Rights Won’t Be On Ballot

The secretary of state announced Monday that backers of the proposed measure to put a referendum on November’s ballot to overturn a law allowing transgender students a choice on which restrooms and locker rooms to use, didn’t gain enough signatures.

02/24/2014

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California Schools Reviewing Locker Rooms To Prep For Transgender Students’ Rights Law

A new law that spells out the rights of transgender students in kindergarten through 12th grade is set to take effect in California on Jan. 1. To get ready, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for staff and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

12/26/2013

Frances Bean Cobain Gains Control Of Father's Image

Frances Bean Gains Control Of Father, Kurt Cobain’s Image

The family feud continues between Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean. Love’s real troubles started when she lost control of her daughter…

05/03/2012

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