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2016 Has Been A Mixed Bag For LGBT Politics

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In this May 8, 2014, photo, Rep. Scott Garrett attends a hearing about the international financial system in Washington, D.C. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Anti-Gay Remarks Lost A Congressman Wall Street, And Maybe His House Seat

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As head of the LGBT Liaison Unit, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins trains officers how to respond to crimes involving LGBT people and does community outreach. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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For D.C.'s LGBT Community, A Police Liaison Who Can Relate

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L: Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally Aug. 31 in Phoenix. R: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine speaks at a campaign event Aug. 1 in Richmond, Va. L: Ralph Freso R: Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Supporters gather at the North Carolina Capitol in April in support of a law that regulates which bathrooms people can use and blocks local governments in the state from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Podcast Extra: Juan Gabriel And The Tricky Conversation About Sexual Identity

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When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

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The NBA is relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., because of a state law that limits civil rights protections for LGBT people. Bruce Yeung/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters march on May 1, seeking repeal of a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples, transgender people and others. A federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional late Thursday. Jeff Amy/AP hide caption

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Juana Zacharias, 18, lives in a group home for foster children in Oxnard, Calif. She came out as transgender when she was 10; she entered the foster care system when she was 11, after her father was killed. Leo Duran/KPCC hide caption

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Los Angeles Pioneers Program To Help Educate Foster Parents For LGBT Kids

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Obama: Trump Hasn't Captured 'Zeitgeist Of The Country'

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For A Survivor Of One Club Shooting, Orlando Brings Bitter Memories

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A view inside the UpStairs Lounge after the fire that killed 32 people on June 25, 1973. Many of the victims were there for a meeting of the Metropolitan Community Church, an LGBT-affirmative church founded by the Rev. Troy Perry. Jack Thornell/AP hide caption

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Out Of Ashes, An Unwavering Resolve: 'That's The Legacy. We Never Ran Away'

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Larry Pascua hugs a friend Monday in San Francisco amid flowers and other items left as a memorial to those killed in the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Orlando Shootings Prompt Cities To Consider More Security For Pride Events

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Francheska Garcia remembered her friend, Jonathan Camuy, who was killed in Sunday's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Like many Puerto Ricans, Camuy had moved to Florida to escape Puerto Rico's economic crisis. Adrian Florido/NPR hide caption

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Latinos At Home And Abroad Mourn After Orlando Shooting

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A couple hugs as people gather in front of a makeshift memorial in New York to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday. Andres Kudacki/AP hide caption

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Ethan, Adam, Jen and Allie Slipakoff live in Kennesaw, Ga. Allie is transgender and the family has learned that she is often the best teacher on transgender issues. Courtesy of the Slipakoff family hide caption

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When The Kid Becomes The Teacher: On What It Means To Be Transgender

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