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Across the nation.

Syracuse, N.Y.

The H.W. Smith Elementary School's Rainbow Kids international choir, which emphasizes diversity, dropped out of a March 28 church service celebrating the gay community because too few parents gave permission for their children to participate.

Denver, Colo.

Albert Buonanno, a former AT&T employee who was fired in 2001 for refusing to sign a diversity policy that would have required him to "value" the beliefs of others, including gay people, was awarded $150,000 in a religious discrimination lawsuit on April 2.

Boston, Mass.

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Boston on April 4 reached a settlement with four alleged victims of sexual abuse by the Reverend Patti Shanley, a onetime street priest who ministered to gay youth and later ran a gay resort in Palm Springs, Calif. Settlement details were not released.

Columbian, S.C.

Marcus Belk, the state's first openly gay candidate for statewide office, on March 29 withdrew his bid to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, instead throwing his support behind Democratic frontrunner Inez Tenenbaum.
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Title Annotation:The Nation; news on gay and lesbian rights, incidences of homophobia, United States
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
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Date:May 11, 2004
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