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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Marlon Reis
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Mexico City approves marriage equality
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Prop 8 federal trial update
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Love Takes Over targets newspapers to promote marriage equality
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General Gayety: Homo stupidicus
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Ugandan president says he'll block anti-Gay bill
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FBI to investigate Texas hate crime
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Jesse's Journal: Gay bookstores: A dying breed
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Honduran government targets Transgender community
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Firefighters = heat in 2010 calendar
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West Seattle anti-Gay graffiti suspect arrested
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Affirming Evangelical Church opens in Colorado
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Columbia University considers 'gender-neutral' housing
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Seattle Gay History: The Madison Tavern
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BREAKING NEWS
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Anti-Gay Marriage Ads Hit D.C. Public Transportation
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4,000 Pages and Counting, Larry Kramer's boundless outrage changed the course of AIDS.
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Malawi police arrest 2 men for engagement ceremony
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Gay marriage in Argentina is 1st in Latin America
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Marriage equality to be recognized in Dutch Caribbean islands
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Indiana professor found stabbed to death at home
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Woman is told to give up child, But birth mother can't be found
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South African doctor sees drug-resistant HIV
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4,000 Pages and Counting, Larry Kramer's boundless outrage changed the course of AIDS.
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Marlon Reis
The first Gay Congressional spouse rattles D.C. just by showing up

by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Marlon Reis in a writing workshop at the University of Colorado. I believe it was the spring semester of 2001. He was a shy, skinny 19-year-old with pretty skin, sweet eyes, and big feet. He had a profound proclivity for Victorian literature a
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Mexico City approves marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mexico City's Legislative Assembly became the first legislative body in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage on Monday, December 21.

The bill changes the definition of marriage in the city's Civil Code. Marriage is currently defined as the union of a man and a woman. The new
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Prop 8 federal trial update
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On December 16, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said he expects to keep a trial challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage on track for January 11, 2010. Walker will preside over a no-jury trial, expected to last several weeks, of a lawsuit in which two same-sex couples claim the marri
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Love Takes Over targets newspapers to promote marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Love Takes Over, a nationwide initiative which calls on citizens to write to their local newspapers about marriage equality during the week of January 3-9, is gearing up for a campaign that its organizers say could make a difference in the way people talk about same-sex marriage.

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General Gayety: Homo stupidicus
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

You've heard of Peking Man and Java Man. Now meet Mecklenburg Man.

This prehistoric specimen, Bill James, is a Mecklenburg County (N.C.) commissioner. At a recent public meeting in Charlotte, commissioners debated whether to offer domestic-partner benefits to county empl
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Ugandan president says he'll block anti-Gay bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promised the US State Department to block an anti-Gay bill pending in his country's parliament.

According to State Department spokesperson Jon Tollefson, Museveni twice promised Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson
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FBI to investigate Texas hate crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The FBI announced on December 17 that it would use the authority it received under the newly passed Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to investigate a kidnapping and sexual assault in Big Bend, Texas, as a possible anti-Gay hate crime.

"We are opening a
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Jesse's Journal: Gay bookstores: A dying breed
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Like many Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals or Transgender people, I came out of the closet with the help of Gay books and Gay bookstores. Though we didn't have a Gay bookstore in Miami when I came out in the early 1970s, I took advantage of the mail-order services provided by the newly
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Honduran government targets Transgender community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As reported in last week's SGN (December 18), when Gay human rights activist Walter Trochez was murdered by suspected agents of the Honduran government, he was documenting the regime's attacks on the local LGBT community.

In an open letter he released on November 16, Trochez na
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Firefighters = heat in 2010 calendar
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation held a signing of their newly released 2010 firefighters calendar at Purr on December 16. Patrons got to mix and mingle with the firefighters, get their calendar autographed, and buy a T-shirt or wristband to support the WSCFF
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West Seattle anti-Gay graffiti suspect arrested
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Ryan Cox, the man suspected of spraying anti-Gay graffiti in West Seattle, was arrested on December 17, according to the Seattle Police Department.

News of the arrest was announced by Seattle Police at SPDBlotter, which read, "Ryan Cox was arrested this morning by Southwest
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Affirming Evangelical Church opens in Colorado
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

An evangelical church in Denver, CO, known as Highlands Church, recently opened its doors to LGBT people. Members of the congregation are now finding 'open and affirming' to be synonymous with 'evangelical.'

"Our position is not one of lenience, but a matter of justice,"
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Columbia University considers 'gender-neutral' housing
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Columbia University, an Ivy League school in New York, may become the first Ivy League college to allow co-ed rooming, which would allow students of opposite sexes to live together on campus.

The idea of gender-neutral housing is poised to upset many parents who consid
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Seattle Gay History: The Madison Tavern
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

Charles DeVoe remembers: "When I discovered the Madison Tavern, I was so joyful! Down the street was the old burlesque Rivoli Theater, which was turned into a children's theater, and later an adult theater that produced plays like Tobacco Road and Dark at the Top of the Stairs. I used to
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

DC legalizes Gay marriage
The Washington, D.C., Council voted 11-2 December 15 to legalize same-sex marriage.

Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill into law December 18, which sent it to Congress for a 30-day 'review' period.

Congress is not expec
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BREAKING NEWS!

Anti-Gay Marriage Ads Hit D.C. Public Transportation
A freedom of expression battle is underway in D.C. as Stand for Marriage D.C., the most outspoken voice against D.C.'s recent legalization of marriage equality, has placed ads on the District's Metrobuses urging that citizens be allowed to vote on civil rights.

Full Equality Now DC wants the ads removed by the Washington Metr
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4,000 Pages and Counting, Larry Kramer's boundless outrage changed the course of AIDS.
Now, with his still-unfinished epic about America's hidden gay past (George Washington, Alexander Hamilton ...), he's furiously rewriting history again.

Jesse Green
New York Magazine

The Associated Press was at least half-right when it ran a headline, in 2001, saying Larry Kramer was dead. He was awfully close
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Malawi police arrest 2 men for engagement ceremony
AP

BLANTYRE, MALAWI - Officials in Malawi say they have arrested two men for celebrating their engagement to each other in the conservative southern African country.

full story:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20
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Gay marriage in Argentina is 1st in Latin America
AP

ALMUDENA CALATRAVA
Associated Press Writer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - They had to travel to the ends of the Earth to do it, but two Argentine men succeeded in becoming Latin America's first same-sex married couple.

After their first attempt to wed earlier this month in Buenos Aires was thwarted, g
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Marriage equality to be recognized in Dutch Caribbean islands
Timothy Kincaid
December 29th, 2009

The Kingdom of the Netherlands includes six islands in the Caribbean Sea. Three, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten, are in the Northern Caribbean near the Virgin Islands, and three, Aruba, CuraƧao and Bonaire, are in the South, off the Venezuela coast.

Currently, the Dut
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Indiana professor found stabbed to death at home
CHARLES WILSON
Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - A man accused in the stabbing death of an Indiana University professor told police the victim had sexually assaulted him on Christmas Day and showed no remorse, according to court documents.

Michael J. Griffin, 25, of Bloomington told police he
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Woman is told to give up child, But birth mother can't be found
By Wilson Ring
Associated Press

MONTPELIER - The birth mother of a 7-year-old Virginia girl must transfer custody of the child to the woman's former lesbian partner, a Vermont judge has ruled, adding that it seems the woman has 'disappeared' with her daughter.

Vermont Family Court Judge William Cohen ordered
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South African doctor sees drug-resistant HIV
MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA
Associated Press Writers

PRETORIA, South Africa - It's 8 a.m. and Dr. Theresa Rossouw is already drowning behind a cluttered desk of handwritten HIV charts - new, perplexing cases of patients whose lifesaving drugs have turned against them.

Her cell phone chirps. Her desk
more
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


"Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton. I've long believed in and have always spoken out for the rights of same sex couples and fully agree with Governor Corzine when he writes that, 'The marriage-equality issue should be recognized fo more
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