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Senator Murray and Representative Pedersen introduce Domestic Partnership expansion bill
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

On January 28, State Senator Ed Murray announced the next incremental expansion to Washington's Domestic Partnership Bill. The latest expansion, which will be heard in the House and Senate on February 5, hopes to grant domestic partnerships all the remaining rights which were excluded from the first two bills, making civil unions e
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California Equality Summit: No on 8 leaders admit errors
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

More than 400 Gay activists gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center January 24 to organize and strategize to win back same-sex marriage in California. But attendees at the daylong Equality Summit spent just as much time looking backward - at the errors made by the leadership of the N
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Lesbian named to head Iceland's government
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Iceland's president has asked Johanna Sigurdardottir, the openly Lesbian Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security, to form a new government after former Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned on January 23. If she is able to assemble a majority coalition, she will become the world's first Le
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MLK Day volunteers at Lambert House
by Tim Peter - SGN Contributing Writer

Martin Luther King, Jr., would have turned 80 years old on January 15. On Monday, January 19, Americans were asked by President and Mrs. Obama to honor the Civil Rights leader by contributing their time and effort to community service projects in their local neighborhoods. In Seattle, many
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Proposition 8 was always an uphill climb
by Matt Foreman - Special to the SGN

A lot of people have been saying that Prop 8 was our side's to lose and that missteps by the No on 8 Campaign snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Those analyses ignore hardcore obstacles and fundamentals underlying the contest, including how hard it is to hold and move opinions on marriage
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GLSEN examines LGBT students of color
LGBT students of color face unique and diverse challenges regarding victimization at school, according to Shared Differences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students of Color in Our Nation's Schools, a report released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

The report documents
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A Dyke About Town: Classical music and texting
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy and Cuteness went to the Metropolitan Opera encore broadcast of La Rondine. Marco Armiliato conducted the met orchestra playing Puccini's music flawlessly. A fun aspect of this performance was that the singers in the principal roles were married in real life. Angela Gheorgiu
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Prop 8 donors lose privacy case
Judge: Anti-gay marriage donors must be public
By STEVE LAWRENCE Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to keep the names of donors to California's anti-gay marriage initiative secret...

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GLAAD ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT NEIL G. GIULIANO
Board to Announce Search at Later Date

Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 28, 2009  Neil Giuliano, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), today announced his resignation to pursue personal interests while completing his forthcoming book about his public and political life. Giuliano has served as pr
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Obama: Don't ask, don't tell, do wait
Boston Globe
1 Feb 09

Obama seeks assessment on gays in military
No rush to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'
By Bryan Bender

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is telling the Pentagon and gay-rights advocates that it will have to study the implications for national security and enlist mor
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