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Demi Lovato to Help The Tyler Clementi Foundation Combat Bullying

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The Tyler Clementi Foundation has launched a special campaign with Demi Lovato through Omaze, the company that offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that also support social missions. Beginning today, those who donate $10 to this campaign enter for a chance to win two premium tickets to Lovato’s October 25 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and a private meet and greet with the singer. The winner also receives airfare and hotel accommodations. The Tyler Clementi Foundation honors the life and story of Tyler Clementi, who died by suicide following a cyber-bullying incident that happened during the first three weeks of his freshman year at Rutgers University.

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Family Equality Council Joins Amicus Brief Asking Supreme Court to Settle Marriage Equality Question

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Family Equality Council has jointly filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief with the United States Supreme Court, voicing its support for the three marriage equality cases the Court has been asked to review: Kitchen v. Herbert in Utah, Bishop v. Smith in Oklahoma, and Bostic v. Rainey in Virginia. The brief, filed with COLAGE, Equality Federation, Freedom to Marry, and PFLAG National, offers detailed accounts of how the denial of marriage protections harms LGBTQ families and asks the Court to take up one of these three cases to settle the marriage equality issue once and for all.

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Federal Lawsuit against South Carolina DMV on Behalf of Gender Non-conforming Teen who was Forced to Remove Makeup for His Driver’s License Photo

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TLDEF today filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen who was targeted for discrimination last March. When he attempted to get his first driver’s license, Chase Culpepper was told by the DMV that he could not take his license photo unless he removed the makeup that he wears on a regular basis.

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Family Weekend in the Southwest- Austin Parents Take Pride in their Families

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Family Equality Council is set to partner with the Austin community again this year during Austin Pride Weekend (Sept. 18- 21), in creating additional family-friendly spaces where parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, along with their children and other allies, can celebrate, make new connections, and be part of the equality movement.

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Thailand: HIV Infections on Rise Among Young Gay Men

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An estimated 70 per cent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand, where “social media, online dating websites and mobile application make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex,” says a new United Nations report.

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The Queens of “The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails” Revealed

Jeza Belle

With six short weeks until the release of The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails, New York City drag star, actress, comedienne, columnist, and cocktail connoisseur Jeza Belle reveals the roster of 27 international drag queens featured in her forthcoming boozy book of cocktail recipes and drunken drag tales.