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Police investigators work at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia.

Australia Raids Thwarted ISIS Beheading Plot

INTERNATIONAL | By Kristen Gelineau | Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group.

Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles

Richmond Officials Curb Hate Speech

LOCAL | By Heather Cassell | Sep 18
Following years of anti-gay hate speech directed at Richmond's only out city councilwoman, the City Council voted Tuesday to revise a report addressing rules and procedures for handling disruptions during public meetings.

Steve Kavanuagh, who's advocating for more size selection of condoms, stands outside the 440 Castro bar, one of many San Francisco gay bars that distributes condoms

SF Sizes Up Its Free Condom Program

LOCAL | By Matthew S. Bajko | Sep 18
The number of free condoms distributed by San Francisco's health department has sizably increased over the years, with nearly 2.3 million given out to various community-based organizations and local businesses last year.

t.A.T.u

Russian t.A.T.u. Singer: I'd Condemn My Son if He's Gay

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 18
A member of the early 2000s Russian pop duo, t.A.T.U, went on Russian TV this week and said she would condemn her son if he grows up to be gay, reportedly saying "a man has no right to be a fag."

Erik and Lye Menendez

Keeping Up with the Menendezes: Killer Lyle's Got a Boyfriend

CRIME | By EDGE | Sep 18
Chronically lonely, love-starved, in need of excitement or lured by the bad boy glamour of a real life criminal, married convicted murderer Lyle Menendez has found himself a man.

Activists at the Wednesday meeting

Trans and Drag Coalition Meet with Facebook Over 'Real Name' Policy

NATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Sep 18
Drag queens, transgender individuals and LGBT activists continue to be angry over Facebook's enforcement of their "legal name" policy for users, despite an hour-long face-to-face meeting on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Magnitude

On the Tab :: Sept. 18 - 25

LOCAL EVENTS | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 18
This leathery week brings planet of kinky options for your nightlife pleasure. You also have plenty of other options that don't include a harness.

WV Federal Judge Delays Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

NATIONAL | Sep 18
A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Scottish independence referendum Yes supporter 83-year-old Edinburgh resident Isabelle Smith

Scots Decide Whether to Declare Independence

INTERNATIONAL | By Jill Lawless | Sep 18
Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state.

Laverne Cox

MTV to Air Documentary About Transgender Youths

TELEVISION | Sep 18
Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgenders.

ISIS Militant: Gays are Pedophiles, 'The Worst of Creatures'

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 18
A militant allegedly connected with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria condemned the LGBT community, comparing gays to pedophiles, called them "animals" and said they are "the worst of creatures."