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Section One - ALL STORIES
American and British Gay military attitudes
Two Gay soldiers - one American, one British - receive vastly different treatment

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Army specialist Nathanael Bodon, 21, is the latest "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) casualty. While serving in Iraq, Bodon was sent home early when his superiors found out he was Gay. Shortly after returning home he received discharge papers
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HIV/AIDS funding for King County slashed in state budget crisis
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The all-cuts budget announced last week by Gov. Christine Gregoire may jeopardize HIV/AIDS prevention and services in King County, according to Dr. Bob Wood, director of HIV/AIDS Control for Seattle-King County Public Health.

King County receives about $3 million in state money for
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Uganda backing off anti-Gay law, Obama speaks out
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While President Obama issued a statement against Uganda's proposed law providing the death penalty for 'repeat offender' Gays, and the Ugandan government is reportedly backing off the threat of executions, the neighboring African country of Rwanda is now considering legislation criminalizing its
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Gay Latino to lead California Assembly
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

California Assemblyman John Perez, an openly Gay Latino Democrat from Los Angeles, was unanimously chosen by the Assembly's Democratic Caucus to succeed Karen Bass as the lower house's leader on December 10. Perez, 40, is expected to be formally voted in as the 68th Assembly speaker next month,
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General Gayety: Famed mom a Lesbian - the rainbow and TV icons
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Meredith Baxter's announcement that she is a Lesbian has put a 'you should excuse the expression' kink in the long line of all-American TV moms.

It's not June Cleaver or Harriet Nelson who has come out, but as Elyse Keaton on Family Ties, Baxter was a loving mother and w
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Light the Night event celebrates Gay Hannukah
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On December 16, about 50 people gathered at the Sole Repair Shop on Capitol Hill to celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah at "Light the Night: A GLBTQ Hanukkah," an event put on by Kolenu. Attendees met and mingled, and had the opportunity to purchase special themed drinks such as the Dr
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Joseph 'Joe' Eisenhauer, 1948-1999
Joe was a very talented man, but he mostly should be remembered for his work helping people with AIDS. Joe was the founder of the Seattle AIDS Support Group (now Dunshee House) in 1984 at the beginning of the AIDS pandemic.

Joe left us peacefully at Bailey Boushay House on December 15, 1999 after a long battle with cancer.
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County Council fails to nominate Joe McDermott
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a contentious eight-hour meeting that dragged on into the night, the King County Council failed on Monday to appoint a replacement for Dow Constantine.

Sen. Joe McDermott (D-34), the apparent favorite, was only able to garner four votes, with four opposed to his appointment. <
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Pet Project for people with HIV/AIDS & pets
by James Whitely SGN Contributing Writer

If you shop at Safeway, you may have noticed the pet food drive bins located near the entrance of each location in King County. All the pet food donated goes to Seattle Humane Society's Pet Project. According to Maureen Lull, who heads up the Pet Project, it's 'a program designed to help lo
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Texas cheer - Lesbian elected mayor of Houston
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Lesbian Annise Parker was elected mayor of Houston in a runoff election on Saturday, December 12.

Parker won by a convincing margin, 53.6% to 46.4%. Pre-election polls had consistently shown her ahead by up to 13 points.

"This election has changed lives for th
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Connie Watts to leave ERW
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) Executive Director Connie Watts has announced to SGN she will be leaving the organization at the beginning of next year. Watts said that after two and a half years as the organization's leader, she plans to pursue her "lifelong dream of going to law school." The
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Puerto Rico murder suspect is psychotic, psychiatrist testifies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The confessed killer of Gay teenager Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado is mentally ill and not fit to stand trial for the crime, a court-appointed psychiatrist said.

Psychiatrist Rafael Cabrera interviewed suspect Juan Martinez Matos and recommended he be kept in a forensic psychiatric
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DC continues toward marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The District of Columbia continued its advance toward marriage equality when the DC City Council passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage for the second time on Tuesday, December 15.

DC rules require bills to be passed twice by the City Council and to be reviewed by Congress b
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Gay activist Trochez murdered in Honduras
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer nopic.jpg Honduran Gay human rights activist Walter Trochez was murdered in a drive-by shooting in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on December 13.

Trochez was an active member of the National Resistance Front opposing the government of Roberto Micheletti which was installed by a militar
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Family and the holidays
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

We create our own families. That's what we say in the LGBT community.

What we mean is, historically, our own families have disowned us. So instead, we create new ones - and it is with these new families of friends that we celebrate holidays and share our griefs and
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N.J. Senate same-sex marriage vote delayed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey's crucial Senate vote on same-sex marriage, expected on December 10, was called off late Wednesday night as Democrats backing same-sex nuptials realized they were not sure they would get enough votes for the bill to pass.

The bill's sponsors, Sens. Raymond Lesniak (D.,
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Gay rights activist Chai Feldblum nominated for EEOC
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Family-values groups vehemently oppose President Obama's controversial nominee for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Chai Feldblum, because she plans to fight for Gay rights.

Feldblum's nomination to become a commissioner on the five-person EEOC board was p
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MCC Seattle announces Christmas and Transgender days of worship
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle Pastor Rev. Ray Neal has announced the church will hold a December 20 Christmas service, followed by a December 27 Transgender Day of Worship.

MCC Seattle worships Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th A
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A beautiful wedding warms a chilly Saturday
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Somehow seeing folks dressed as Santas and Santa's elves around Capitol Hill last Saturday let me know it was a special day. As I chatted with two of the Santas, I found out they were part of a pub crawl around Capitol Hill that started in the a.m. and went until the p.m. called Santar
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Wales rugby great Gareth Thomas says he's gay
more LONDON (AP)- Wales rugby great Gareth Thomas publicly announced he's gay on Saturday.

Thomas, who retired from international rugby two years ago but still plays for Cardiff Blues, told the Daily Mail he doesn't want to be known as "a gay rugby player.'

"I've been through all sorts of emotions with this, tears, an
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Lambda Legal Blasts Feds for Again Denying Spousal Benefits to Federal Court Employee
'The Obama Administration is rejecting another chance to do the right and legal thing'

(Los Angeles, December 18, 2009)-- In response to a decision by the Federal Government to ignore a ruling by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that one of its employees, Karen Golinski, is entitled to spous
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Out Gay Rugby Star Gareth Thomas: A Photo Retrospective
Dennis Ayers
Associate Editor
AfterElton

Every week we have a feature around here called The Week in Sports which gathers together the best recent photos of athletes in action from around the world. Inevitably, rugby is heavily represented in these weekly round ups. It's fair to say that this most rugged and manly of
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Evangelical church opens doors fully to gays
By ERIC GORSKI
AP Religion Writer

DENVER - The auditorium lights turned low, the service begins with the familiar rhythms of church: children singing, hugs and handshakes of greeting, a plea for donations to fix the boiler.

Then the 55-year-old pastor with spiked gray hair and blue jeans launches into his week
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Quebec government launches battle against homophobia
by Rex Wockner

The Canadian province of Quebec launched an official campaign against homophobia Dec. 11.

'By its gesture this morning, Quebec society demonstrates once again that it is in the vanguard in terms of the rights of sexual minorities,' said Kathleen Weil, who is the provincial justice minister, at
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