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Friday, November 27, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 48

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Lopez Mercado funeral held in Puerto Rico
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FBI: Hate crimes on the rise
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World AIDS Day Luncheon honors Dr. Bob Wood

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Candlelight vigils mark Transgender Day of Remembrance
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Tour de Life: Journée chanceuse!
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World AIDS Day honored with local events
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New resolution: GOP must be pro-DOMA, anti-choice
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Christian leaders unite against Gay political issues
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Vigils commemorate murdered Gay teens
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BREAKING NEWS
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Veteran Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead
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A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey
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Court overturns ruling that authorized gay marriage
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IAS Selects Washington, DC as Site of AIDS 2012
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Meredith Baxter Comes Out As A Lesbian
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A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey
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Lopez Mercado funeral held in Puerto Rico
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More than 1,000 people attended the November 23 funeral of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the Gay teenager brutally murdered in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

"The support we have received from the public and Steven's friends has given us the strength to bear this moment of such horrible pain," Lopez's aunt Rubi Mercado told El Nuevo D
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FBI: Hate crimes on the rise
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Reports of hate crimes against Gays and religious groups increased sharply in 2008, according to new data released by the FBI on November 23.

Overall, there were 7,783 criminal incidents reported last year. Those incidents involved 9,168 offenses. In 2007, there were 7,624 crimin
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World AIDS Day Luncheon honors Dr. Bob Wood

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

World AIDS Day Luncheon
December 1
Washington State Convention Center
(www.strongertogetherlunch.com)



World AIDS Day, an annual event held on December 1 that raises awareness about the global issue of HIV and AIDS, is right around the corner.
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Candlelight vigils mark Transgender Day of Remembrance
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

November 20 marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance. All around Seattle, local organizations put on various events to recognize the international day of observance that is in its 11th year.

The Q Center at the University of Washington, along with volunteers from the studen more
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Tour de Life: Journée chanceuse!
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Aquarius, November 25:
'Vous pourriez être à l'honneur dans tous vos domains de prédeliction, profitez-en!'

'You could have the honor of deciding your future,' my typically vague horoscope began. 'Make good of it!'

I sat on the bench wai
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World AIDS Day honored with local events
On Sunday, November 29, Metropolitan Community Church Seattle Pastor Rev. Ray Neal will be giving a special sermon in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Metropolitan Community Church Seattle gathers at the chapel of Temple de Hirsch Sinai (1441 16th Ave.) at 12:30 p.m. (www.mccseattle.org)

The 6th Annual World AIDS Day benefit lun
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New resolution: GOP must be pro-DOMA, anti-choice
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A resolution introduced at the Republican National Committee lays out a 10-point test of party purity, including support for DOMA and opposition to government funding for abortion.

The resolution will be considered at the RNC's January meeting in Honolulu.

One of th
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Christian leaders unite against Gay political issues
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to civil disobedience, more than 150 Christian leaders - a majority of which are conservative evangelicals and traditional Roman Catholics - issued a joint declaration on November 20 reaffirming their opposition to Gay marriage.

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Vigils commemorate murdered Gay teens
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Around the country, from Gainesville, Florida to New York City, and even here in Seattle, solidarity vigils have been held to commemorate the lives of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado and Jason Mattison Jr., two teenage boys who were slain recently for being Gay.

Ten people gather
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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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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
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BREAKING NEWS!

Veteran Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead
Penner Mike Penner, the veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter who made international headlines in 2007 when he announced he was transsexual and began working under the byline "Christine Daniels," has died.

Colleagues said today that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death
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A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey
Tom Moran
The Star-Ledger

Support for gay marriage in Trenton is draining away like water from a tub as nervous legislators scurry towards safer political ground.

"I can't say I'm confident now," says Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), a lead sponsor. "I think we still have a pretty good chance.
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Court overturns ruling that authorized gay marriage
A Judge ordered to suspend the first gay wedding that had been scheduled for tomorrow in Buenos Aires City after the ruling that authorized the marriage was overturned.

The head of the Civil Court 85 Marta Gómez Alsina ordered to suspend the wedding of Alex Freyre and José María Di Bello.

Buenos Aires City Gene
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IAS Selects Washington, DC as Site of AIDS 2012
The International AIDS Society Announces Washington, DC, as Site of the XIX International AIDS Conference in July 2012

Removal of Entry Restrictions on People Living with HIV by the U.S. Allows for Return of Conference after 22-Year Absence

30 November 2009 (Washington, DC) - At the White House today,
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Meredith Baxter Comes Out As A Lesbian
Interview with Advocate.com

Amidst rumors of the Family Ties star's sexuality, Meredith Baxter finally comes out:

Since her TV career heyday in the 1970s and 80s as a darling of the popular primetime series Family and Family Ties, Meredith Baxter has mainly flown under the radar, with the exception of a few acclai
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


'President Obama has said he is opposed to discriminatory ballot measures. It's time for him to do something to stop them. The president can do something today to prevent future ballot measures designed to take away LGBT rights by asking the federal court to rule that Proposition 8 and similar measures violate the 14th Amendment of the United State more
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