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Section One

Window Media closes Washington Bladex
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington Blade - the country's oldest LGBT newspaper - closed its doors for good on Monday, November 16.

Employees returning to work Monday morning were greeted by a notice telling them to clear out their belongings by mid-afternoon.

The only official statement on the closure came via Twitter: "Washin
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Ref. 71 'Thank-You' Rally unites Seattle in victory
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On November 14, nearly 500 LGBT community members and their allies participated in the Approve 71 "Thank-You" Rally at Westlake Center Park in Seattle. The event, organized by a coalition of students, volunteers, and activists known as Seattle OUTProtest, was an opportunity to celebrate the No
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Federal judge orders compensation for Gay couple in DOMA case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

US 9th Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhart ruled in favor of a California couple denied spousal benefits because they are Gay.

Citing the due process clause in the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution and the ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation in California state l
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Catholic Church issues D.C. an anti-Gay ultimatum
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C. said on November 11 that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law. This threat, if applied, would affect tens of thousands of people the church help
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Tour de Life: My first expatriate Thanksgiving
by Beau Burriola - SGN Foreign Correspondent

DAD
'You know, son,' my dad told me on the phone in one of our usual, six-thousand-mile phone calls, 'it's the pebbles in the bottom that make the river sing.'

It had been a deep conversation, mostly with my dad telling me that the big fight Julien and I
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JUDY SHEPARD STATEMENT RE: MURDER OF JORGE MERCADO
Cathy Renna rennacommunications.com

Statement from Judy Shepard on the Murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado Dennis and I, and the entire board and staff of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, stand with all who are grieving the loss of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in one of the most shockingly brutal hate crimes in
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NY court upholds benefits to married same-sex couples
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

New York State's top court ruled on November 19 that public officials have the authority to recognize out-of-state Gay marriages and pushed state lawmakers to decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

The ruling comes in cases in which Lambda Legal intervened on behalf of
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Houston mayoral race turns ugly - Religious right targets Lesbian candidate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston's mayoral race turned ugly last week as a group of conservative Texas ministers accused one of the candidates of planning a 'Gay takeover' of City Hall.

Openly Lesbian Annise Parker came in first in a field of five candidates on November 3, earning a spot in the December 12
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SkyWest accused of bias against Gays
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Gilbert Caldwell, a SkyWest Airlines baggage agent who has worked for the company since September 2004, says the airline is breaking state law by refusing to give his husband the free fares it provides to heterosexual spouses.

Caldwell, 56, married his partner of 34 years, Re
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US Justice Dept will act on anti-Gay bias, official says
by Mike Andrew- SGN Staff Writer

Assistant US Attorney General Tom Perez said on Wednesday, October 14, that the US Justice Department would act against anti-Gay discrimination.

Perez heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting discrimination and h
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US Senate puts off action on military ban on gays
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A planned November hearing by the US Senate Armed Services Committee to consider ending a ban on gays serving openly in the US military will be postponed, a spokeswoman indicated Friday.

"We do not have a date" for the hearing, said the aide, Tara Andringa.

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Lesbian U.S. soldier wins bid for asylum
Janice Tibbetts
Canwest News Service

OTTAWA - A lesbian soldier who deserted the U.S. army won a key court victory Friday when a judge ordered the refugee board to reconsider her failed asylum claim and take into account compelling evidence that she was persecuted and that her sexual orientation could mean stiffer punishm
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School Reverses Decision To Bar Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend
Alabama School Reverses Decision To Bar Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend

RUSSELLVILLE, AL - The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded Franklin County School System officials for reversing their decision barring a lesbian student from attending the school prom with her girlfriend.

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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay Euro MPs denounce Ugandan bill
Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have strongly denounced the 'Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009' pending in Uganda's Parliament.

'The proposed legislation includes provisions to punish those alleged to be Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual with life
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Northwest News
Northwest News
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
On Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m., the University of Washington Q Center will host a candlelight vigil in front of the UW's entrance stairs at Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific St. 'This will be a space to show our love and respect for those murdered due to anti-Transgender hatred - 105 this year alone.' The vigil will include an open mic for th
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

D.C. likely to get same-sex marriage in January
Same-sex marriage is expected to become legal in the District of Columbia in January.

The bill to legalize it passed the D.C. Council's Committee on Public Safety & Judiciary on November 10 and now heads to the full Council where 10 of the 13 member
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Community profile: Tiempo's Jody Laine
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Passion for her community, passion for her profession, and passion for her 26-year relationship with her partner Shad, Jody Laine has it. Bits and pieces of her passion are scattered all over Seattle thanks to her heavy involvement in the community. If you regularly attend community event
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TASTE of GSBA raises $250,000 for LGBT and allied students
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) raised over $250,000 on November 14 at the 12th annual 'TASTE of GSBA South Pacific' gala. Funds raised support the GSBA Scholarship Program, the first program of its kind in the United States to provide support to Washington State's Lesbian, Gay,
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New Lutheran body to form after Gay pastor vote
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The divide over Gay clergy within the country's largest Lutheran denomination has driven a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Leaders of Lutheran Coalition for Renewal (CORE) said Novemb
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Federal workers closer to DP benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT employees of the federal government got closer to winning benefits for their same-sex domestic partners on Wednesday, November 18.

The US House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act (HR 2517),
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FBI monitors gruesome Puerto Rico murder
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The FBI announced on Tuesday it was monitoring a police investigation into the brutal murder of a young Gay man in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was decapitated, dismembered, and his remains were partially burned on Friday, November 13. He was 19 years old.
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Ben Hill
Again, we lost a good friend of our community. Ben Hill left us, tragically, several days ago.

Ben, as you may have read, was fatally burned in a fire in his apartment where a friend tried to rescue him, without success.

Ben was a handsome, outgoing guy with lots of talent. He was an accomplished musician and play
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ACLU beats Ala. on lesbian prom drama
Alabama School Reverses Decision To Bar Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend

Chris Hamptom ACLU LGBT Project

RUSSELLVILLE, AL - The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded Franklin County School System officials for reversing their decision barring a lesbian student from attendin
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BREAKING STORIES!
US Senate puts off action on military ban on gays Lesbian U.S. soldier wins bid for asylum School Reverses Decision To Bar Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend
Prop 8 Proponents Get Out of Handing Over Campaign Documents . . . For Now
UN: HIV outbreak peaked in 1996 Lawyers Tweak ENDA Language
In liberal NY and NJ, push for gay marriage legislation loses some momentum after elections
Iran: Stop Executions for Sodomy Charges - Take Action Now

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