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Published Jun. 19

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Code words, hiding in plain sight helped gay bars in Tampa endure history of harassment

While there may be a growing acceptance for gay people in American society, there was once a time in the bay area where gay bars were harassed and their patrons extorted. But the community found ways to survive in the face of adversity.

Breaking down the true and false in Trump's Orlando campaign kickoff speech

President Donald Trump covered little new ground in his 80-minute campaign kickoff speech Tuesday night in Orlando. PolitiFact looks at Trump's claims on wages, black unemployment, the wall and more.

Lawsuit accuses Scientology, David Miscavage of child abuse, human trafficking, libel.

A team of eight victims' rights attorneys on Tuesday filed the first of what they promise will be a series of lawsuits against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, on behalf of defectors who say they suffered a range of exploitation from child abuse, human trafficking and forced labor to revenge tactics related to the church's Fair Game policy.

7 things straight people need to know about to be a true LGBTQ ally

The LGBTQ community needs support, but it also needs allies. Allies — people who are not LGBTQ but actively support the community and promote equality — can go a long way in helping advance civil rights, if they know how to be effective. Here's how to help.

Wondering what's wrong with Blake Snell? You might not believe the answer

Blake Snell didn't just have a breakout season in 2018, he had a once-in-a-generation season. He was practically untouchable for nearly four months, and that's not an exaggeration. His ERA has nearly doubled from last year, but why?

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