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The Rachel Maddow Show
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel
Victor J. Fehrenbach
 

Section One

The Matthew Shepard paradox: How one U.S. Representative opened hate's old wounds
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The latest foot-in-mouth case out of Washington D.C. was diagnosed last month when, during House debate over a bill to expand the definition of hate crimes to include violence motivated by sexual orientation, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) claimed Matthew Shepard's death was a "hoax." She said the 1998 death of Shepard wasn't a hate crime
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Wanda Sykes draws cheers, jeers at White House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Wanda Sykes pulls no punches. The crass comedian is known for saying exactly what is on her mind. Still, the Obama administration asked Sykes to speak during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night at the Washington Hilton. Sykes was the first openly Gay comedian to be aske
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Discharged Lt. Dan Choi tackles "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, is renowned as the world's premier leaderships development institution. Each year, approximately 1,000 cadets join the "Long Gray Line" as they graduate and are commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. They become part of
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Decline to Sign succeeding beyond wildest expectations
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only a week into the "Decline to Sign" Referendum 71 campaign, "our numbers are going crazy," says Equal Rights Washington Advocacy Director Josh Friedes. "We're exceeding our wildest expectations!"

"In the first 72 hours of the campaign, 7500 people took the pledge not to sign [Ref
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Chicken Soup Brigade still working and caring
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

One year ago, Robin Langdale told Lifelong AIDS Alliance (LLAA) executives he no longer required the Chicken Soup Brigade's (CSB) service. The organization feeds hundreds each week with bags of groceries, fresh meals and soup. These meals are an important part of maintaining the health of peopl
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GLSEN and NSSP send bullying message to Congress
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A federal anti-bullying bill, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, was introduced to Congress last Tuesday. California Rep. Linda Sanchez, joined by lead cosponsors Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, introduced the bill along with 40 other bipartisan cosponsors.
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Political IQ: Undermining the religious right
by Diane Silver - SGN Contributing Writer

The ghost of Jerry Falwell must be howling as his successors absorb one body blow after another. The movement pioneered by the late cofounder of the Moral Majority isn't near collapse, but the religious right has been wounded by recent GLBT victories.

The pummeling began
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GLSEN's Fifth Gay-Straight Alliance Awards
It's that time of year again when we roll out the red carpet for the courageous young people and their allies who are working to end anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in Washington's K-12 schools.

The event will be held at the prestigious Bush School in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle and is sponsored by the Gay, Strai
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW City Council candidate Sally Bagshaw
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If her opponent David Bloom is running as a critic of current city policy, City Council candidate Sally Bagshaw is proud of her relationships with local political leadership.

"Jan [Drago] asked me a year ago if I would run," she told SGN. "And when I had conversations with [State Ho
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Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill

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International News
International News
SAME-SEX MARRIAGES BEGIN IN SWEDEN
Sweden's new law allowing Gay couples to marry took effect May 1.

"It means that our love is worth the same as everybody else's," said Alf Karlsson, who, in one of the first ceremonies, married Johan Lundqvist at Stockholm City Hall.

Both men are local politicians in Uppsala north of Stockholm. Green Party
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Northwest News
Northwest News
AFSC SPEAKER'S BUREAU LOOKING FOR QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee's speaker's bureau, Out Spoken, is looking for Queer youth to interview about their life experiences and hopes for the future to expand and enrich their panel presentations. Participants will receive a gift card and much appreciation for helping out. Contact LT at ltan@AFSC.org for more
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National News
National News
MAINE LEGALIZES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; N.H. MARRIAGE BILL ON GOVERNOR'S DESK
Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage May 6.

The measure passed 89-57 in the House of Representatives and 21-13 in the Senate.

The law will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends in June.

Anti-Gay ac
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Operation Shine begins in Seattle: The battle to save LGBT homeless youth gets underway May 22
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Four activists, Chloe Noble, Nicole Tomlin, Jill Hardman and Matt Rouse, are walking across America for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) homeless youth Saturday, May 23. The walk, which begins in Seattle, will cover 6,000 miles to raise awareness about Queer homeless youth in Amer
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How low can they go?
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

It was unusually satisfying to watch beauty contestant turned Bible-thumper Carrie Prejean crash and burn. In the bat of an eyelash, she went from Christian role model to wannabe underwear model after racy pictures of her surfaced. "They were quite inappropriate and certainly not photos
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Nunya Business auction raises money to fight "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence held a two-part auction on May 9 raising over $1,000 for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) aiding their fight to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The event, coined Nunya Business, is a play on words - as in "It's none of your busi
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW City Council candidate David Bloom
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council candidate David Bloom's list of endorsers reads like a who's who of Seattle's progressive community.

"I've been working for over 30 years on human rights and social justice issues," Bloom told SGN in an exclusive interview. "When I decided to run, people told
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An unnecessary campaign against Gay partners
Courtesy of The Seattle Times

Decline to sign Referendum 71, a referendum seeking to overturn legislation awaiting the governor's signature that offers "everything but marriage" to Gay and Lesbian domestic partners. We don't need another rendition of the culture wars.

PETITION alert: Voters racing to and from the g
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Threats Mount Against Gay Pride in Moscow
by Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network
Friday, May 15 - One Day Before Gay Pride

MOSCOW - A front page headline in Moskovskij Komsololets, one of Moscow's major dailies, on Wednesday read "Lesbians Came to Marriage Registration Bureau Before Gay Pride," with a sub-headline of "In Moscow, rise in publicity about gay p
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N.H. marriage law good to go
Rex Wockner

New Hampshire's legislature (aka the "General Court") and the state's gay activist establishment say they have no problems with the changes Gov. John Lynch wants placed into the bill legalizing same-sex marriage before he signs it - and it's all expected to happen quickly.

We previously reported here
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