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- The Pentagon will begin offering limited same-sex partner benefits on September 1.
– Major General Patricia “Trish” Rose has become the first lesbian two-star general in the U.S. Air Force, and the highest ranking out gay officer in the entire military.
– Lesbian activist Ellen Sturtz explains why she heckled the first lady about an executive order for nondiscrimination protections.
– The first same-sex couple married in Michigan — by the Bay Bands of Odawa Indians — have been invited to the White House.
– Meet transgender former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck.
– A French activist who was murdered by skinheads had marched against homophobia in the weeks before his death.
– A very awkward anti-equality protester interrupted the French Open waving a flare and the message “Kids’ Rights.”
– Apparently Prince Harry once saved a gay soldier from a homophobic attack from a rival regiment.
– New figures show a sharp increase in HIV rates among young gay men in Ireland.
– Out NBA player Jason Collins had his first opportunity to march in the Boston Pride Parade.
– A new anti-homophobia campaign in New Zealand and Australia informs soon-to-be parents that they’re having a lesbian.
– Proof of the gay agenda in schools: a beautiful performance of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” by a kindergarten class at Olympic Primary Center in Los Angeles: