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- Eleven-year-old Michael Morones, who was bullied for his love of the show My Little Pony, remains in critical condition after attempting suicide, but the Bronies community is reaching out to offer him support.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) supports President Obama signing an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.
- After hearing oral arguments in the Virginia marriage equality case, Judge Arenda Wright Allen said she’ll rule “soon.”
- The Ninth Circuit has stayed California’s law banning ex-gay therapy for minors while groups like NARTH appeal their challenge to the Supreme Court.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will continue his boycott of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of its prohibition on openly gay groups, but advocacy groups remain upset that he’s still allowing the city’s uniformed officers to march.
- Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress in North Carolina.
- A new study finds that gay and bi men experience love for their partners and have better sexual experiences when they do, just like straight people.
- A Pennsylvania church has kicked out 20-year-old Bobbie Pierce for refusing to renounce his homosexuality, denying him communion even though he was baptized there.
- Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, is going to attend the Olympic in Sochi, Russia with his husband, Dag Terje Solvang.