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Section One - ALL STORIES
New HIV vaccine trials promising
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

For the first time, an experimental vaccine, RV 144, has prevented infection with the AIDS virus. According to researchers in Bangkok, Thailand, the vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31% in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in the country.

Col. Jerome Kim
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Fight to approve Ref. 71 ramping up to fever pitch
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The campaign to approve Ref. 71, which aims at keeping Washington State's domestic partnership law, has ramped up over the past two weeks. Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST), the Gay advocacy group leading the charge, has enlisted the help of hundreds of volunteers who seek equality
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GSBA lunch brings Seattle candidates to center stage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) hosted 16 candidates for major Puget Sound political races at the Red Lion Hotel on September 23. The GSBA Candidate Forum, an 11:30 a.m. luncheon attended by 120 members, was unique in that it brought together the candidates in one place in order
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Washington, D.C. and the Equality March
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Did you know there was an Equality March on Washington, D.C. going on in October? Do you care? If so, you unfortunately seem to be in the minority on both cases. With a month before the march, I was in D.C. to get information and make a list of events for anyone attending. What I foun
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Serbian Pride Parade cancelled, anti-Gay demos flop
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Gay Pride Parade scheduled for September 20 in Belgrade, Serbia, had to be cancelled after Serbian police refused to guarantee the participants' safety.

An anti-Gay march called by Serbian ultra-nationalists for the same day flopped, however, with only a dozen people turning out.
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SGN INTERVIEW - Eagle, Gay bar, raided in Atlanta
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On September 10, The Atlanta Police Department (APD) raided the Atlanta leather bar The Atlanta Eagle, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Using excessive force and questionable tactics, the raid has incited unrest in Atlanta's LBGT community, and has left Atlanta asking one question: Why?
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Charles 'Chuck' Lazenby, 1930-2009
Charles 'Chuck' Lazenby passed away at age 78 on September 17, 2009 after a short illness. He was a Seattle native, born August 19, 1931. Chuck was featured in the local documentary Inlaws & Outlaws. He was laid to rest at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery next to David Asplund, his beloved partner of 50 years.

Chuck is survived by his si
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Tour de Life: Stubborn hands
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

We were just going about our evening walk, the way we do most evenings after dinner, when we saw him approaching. I had a bad feeling in my gut before he was a hundred feet away, a feeling that he was determined to cause trouble, but in spite of him or anyone else, Julien and I continu
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SGN exclusive interview: Port Commission candidate Max Vekich
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'I only run for jobs that impoverish me,' Max Vekich says with a grin.

Vekich is running for an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission. Because the annual salary is only $6,000, seats on the Commission are more often filled by corporate attorneys and business executives seeking i
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ENDA gets House committee hearing
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee began hearings on ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Wednesday, September 23.

ENDA's prime sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) testified in favor of the legislation, as did the other openly Gay members of th
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Campaign to undo Prop 8 in 2010 kicks off, activists meet in San Diego
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

About 35 people gathered at the Tubman-Chavez Multicultural Center in southeast San Diego on September 20 to kick off San Diego's part of the effort to repeal Proposition 8 in 2010.

Attendees at the meeting - which took place in a predominantly African-American neighborhoo
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MIT students' Facebook 'Gaydar' surprisingly accurate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer Two MIT students, Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree, teamed up to create 'Gaydar,' a program that could be used to 'out' closeted Gay and Lesbian users of the online social network Facebook. The two concluded that determining the sexuality of someone might be as simple as browsing through their lists o more
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AFL-CIO - American labor movement calls for full inclusion of LGBT workers
Courtesy of AFL-CIO If there were any doubts that the American labor movement stands strongly in favor of LGBT rights, they were set to rest the minute former United Mine Workers president Richard L. Trumka took the podium last Wednesday, September 23, as the newly elected president of the AFL-CIO. Speaking at the labor federation's quadren more
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Gay supervisor to run for San Francisco mayor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Gay San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty announced on September 24 that he will run for mayor of San Francisco to succeed Gavin Newsom. He also announced that former Obama aide Steve Hildebrand would advise his campaign.

If elected, Dufty will be the first openly Gay mayor
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Bill Clinton: 'I Was Wrong' About Gay Marriage
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Anderson Cooper interviews former President Bill Clinton in a segment airing tonight (10pm ET) on AC360. Anderson asks Clinton about his recent statements about same-sex marriage, and why he changed his mind.

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House bill favored in health reform debate
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

Three U.S. House committees met this week (September 28) and combined four pieces of legislation into one health care reform bill to send to the floor in the next few weeks. That one bill, H.R. 3200, includes some provisions that could improve the health care of LGBT people specifically.
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Activists staged a kiss-in to combat homophobia on Saturday in Forum des Halles, an underground shopping center in Paris. The action lasted approximately 5 minutes.
Watch a video:
http://www.towleroad.com/2009/09/gay-kissin-brings-shopping-center-to-brief-standstill-in-paris-1.html
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Approve Referendum71 - Protect all Couples
Approve Referendum71 - Protect all Couples

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Prop 8 repeal initiative filed
more September 28, 2009 by Rex Wockner

A ballot initiative asking voters to repeal Proposition 8 in 2010 was filed with the state of California Sept. 24 by the Los Angeles group Love Honor Cherish.

The proposed initiative would remove from the California Constitution the sentence, "Only marriage between a man and a
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Prop 8 déjà vu in Maine
News analysis by Rex Wockner

Maine voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to veto a law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor that legalized same-sex marriage. The law has not yet taken effect pending the outcome of the election.

The TV ad war got under way Sept. 15, and it looks and smells like the Propo
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Federal Court Throws Out Suit Against Miami Hospital By Lesbian Barred From Dying Partner
Jim Burroway September 29th, 2009

Janice Langbehn holding a photo of Lisa PondA federal court in Miami hasdismissed a lawsuit filed by a Janice Langbehn, a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital in February 2007.

Lisa Pond suffered an aneurysm just before sh
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Rare Source of Attack on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Out lesbian Jenny Durkan has been confirmed by the Senate to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington.
By Michelle Garcia
Advocate.com

Out lesbian Jenny Durkan has been confirmed by the Senate to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington.

President Barack Obama nominated Durkan, one of his first six nominees, in May. She is to replace Jeff Sullivan, a Bush administration appointee.
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