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A kiss is always a story. But the kiss at the heart of David Levithan's ambitious, humane, extraordinarily moving new novel is thirty-two hours long, and the story it tells is different from most. Two ex-boyfriends, Harry and Craig, aim to set a new record for longest kiss in front of their high school. They do it to show their support for a friend who was a victim of anti-gay violence; they do it hoping that "it'll make people a little less scared of two boys kissing."

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It's a young person's dream, that a kiss can change the world, and like most of Levithan's other books Two Boys Kissing has been marketed for young adults. 

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Former President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness at the marriage of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, the owners of a general store in Kennebunk, Maine, close to where the Bush family has a home.  Bush's rep. confirmed the news, which Clement and Thorgalsen posted on their Facebook page, writing: "Getting our marriage license witnessed!"

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Benjamin Medrano was elected as Mayor of Fresnillo in June, 2013.   Medrano said reducing gang related violence was his main priority for Fresnillo

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The first openly gay mayor in Mexico's history has been sworn in at a ceremony in city of Fresnillo. Benjamin Medrano said his sexuality only became an issue in the electoral campaign when the opposition tried to use it against him in conservative Zacatecas state. The city has been caught up in a turf war between drug cartels operating in central and northern Mexico.  Mr Medrano says he hopes to make a difference for the people of Fresnillo.  He posted a message on his Twitter account soon after the ceremony: "The time has come to listen to your demands and address your problems. I have a commitment with you".

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Journalist Lena Klimova helped create Deti-404, a Web site where gay and lesbian teenagers can share their stories. Deti means children and 404 refers to "page not found" on Internet searches.

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The girl said she was in despair, feeling there was no way she could go on living, but when she happened to find Klimova's article, she realized that she was neither abnormal nor alone.  "No one in Russia has ever looked at LGBT teenagers and their situation," Klimova said.

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Russia has seen an outbreak of violence against gay rights advocates, with LGBT supporters facing beatings from anti-gay protesters. Violence against gay Russians has been a longstanding issue, with at least two murders seemingly motivated by anti-gay sentiment taking place so far in 2013.

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Olympic sponsors are feeling the force of negative public opinion over the controversial anti-gay law in Russia. ‚Äč In a statement to Around the Rings, Coca-Cola rejected criticisms of its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics.