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Lesbian Activist, Pioneering Journalist Del Martin

The co-founder of the first national lesbian-rights organization in the United States — and the country's first national lesbian magazine — died Aug. 27 at age 87. We remember her with a Fresh Air interview from 1992.

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The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed.

According to Russian journalist Masha Gessen, the 2012 arrests were the start of a campaign by Vladimir Putin and his supporters against government critics. Gessen, who is also an LGBT rights advocate, recently moved to New York with her partner and their children in response to the anti-gay laws Russia passed in June.

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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A new PBS documentary looks at King's legacy both as a tennis champion -- she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles -- and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

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