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DOJ Issues Letter on Occupational Training And State Licensing for People with HIV/AIDSAssistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez

The Justice Department has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories to request their assistance in addressing the illegal exclusion of individuals with HIV/AIDS from occupational training and state licensing.

Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which gives federal civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, and state and local government services.

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“Gay Cure” iPhone App Controversy Goes Viral

More than 135,000 people have signed a petition started by Truth Wins Out demanding that Apple remove an offensive iPhone app launched by an organization that attempts to "cure" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Truth Wins Out launched the petition on Change.org, a leading platform for social change, to highlight the outrage caused by the "Exodus International" app, and is now organizing protests and petition deliveries to Apple stores on Saturday.

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Noted LGBT Rights Attorney to Speak at UC Davis

Attorney Paul Smith will be the featured speaker at the 10th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Lambda Law Students Association at UC Davis School of Law - King Hall.

Paul Smith has had an active Supreme Court practice for two decades, including oral arguments in thirteen Supreme Court cases. His most famous LGBT focused case is Lawrence v. Texas (2003), involving the constitutionality of the Texas sodomy statute.

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The Bay Area Reporter (B.A.R.) celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Bay Area Reporter (B.A.R.), the country's oldest, continuously published newspaper serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on April 7, 2011.

The Bay Area Reporter, founded in April 1971 by the late Bob Ross and Paul Bentley, is a San Francisco institution and has covered many historical landmark LGBT events from Harvey Milk's assassination in 1978 to the closure of the gay bathhouses in the 1980s to same-sex marriages being celebrated in the state to the election of gay politicians.

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Connecting Rainbows & Walking Across America For LGBT RightsRichard Noble

by Matthew Burlingame, March 21, 2011

Some might think that the days of the true activist are dead, given way to large, donation-hungry advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD.

Beyond corporatized or even grassroots activism – where are the Ghandis and Martin Luther Kings of today, showing us the difference that a single person can make by simply standing up to bring attention to continuing injustice?

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