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Section One - ALL STORIES
SGN exclusive interview: Outgoing Mayor Greg Nickels
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mike McGinn will be sworn in as Mayor of Seattle on January 4. SGN recently spoke with outgoing mayor Greg Nickels about his eight years in office, and the issues he believes will occupy the new mayor's attention.

'You want to know the untold story of the last eight years?" Nickels asks. "I started as mayor in a recessi
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A decade of progress toward LGBT equality in America
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

As 2009 draws to a close, so does the decade. While Gay rights advocates may remember 2009 for its political setbacks and frustrations, the Gay rights movement made remarkable progress in civil rights in the past decade. In retrospect, there is a lot that could be said for progress. According
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SGN exclusive interview: Out Lesbian - Houston's Mayor-Elect Annise Parker
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Annise Parker, Lesbian, Democrat, and 'really good pistol shot,' will be sworn in as mayor of Houston on January 4. She will become the first openly Lesbian mayor of Houston, and the first Lesbian mayor of a top-10 US city.

Parker spoke with SGN on December 29. She talked about her
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First same-sex marriage in Latin America
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On December 28, Latin America's first same-sex marriage was celebrated - not in Mexico City, which last week approved marriage equality for same-sex couples, but in the remote Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

Jose Maria di Bello and Alex Freyre were married in a civil ceremony
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Tour de Life: The year I became Jewish
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

"YOU SAD SACKS OF MUD AREN'T SOLDIERS YET!" Drill Sergeant Anderson boomed at the 700 recruits standing in front of him. "MANY OF YOU WON'T BE, BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO WEAK! MANY OF YOU WILL GO CRYING HOME TO YOUR MOMMIES! I DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THOSE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SURVIVE TH
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Anything But Clothes fundraiser a fashionable success
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On December 28, over 100 people gathered at Café Metropolitain for the ABC (Anything But Clothes) Party, a birthday party for James Knapp and a benefit for the Lambert House. The party raised $360 for Lambert House and lasted well into the night, long after all the scheduled events were
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The Task Force outlines 2010 fight for equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has announced the organization's outline for LGBT equality battles in 2010. The Task Force is one of the nations largest LGBT advocacy organizations and has been in operation since 1973.

"It's been quite a year,"
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Gay City Re-Gift Project turns tacky gifts into vital funds
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

You're going to keep that? No? Then give it to The Gay City Re-Gift Project. The Project is part of an ongoing media drive that raises funds for Gay City and their programs. Books, DVDs and CDs are at the core of the program, but they also accept games, toys, electronics, housewares and
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Lambda Legal blasts Obama benefits refusal
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Lambda Legal has lashed out at the Obama administration for refusing to give spousal benefits to a Lesbian federal courts employee despite a judge's order that it must do so.

The administration cast aside a ruling by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
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African couple arrested for Gay marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On December 26, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were married in a traditional ceremony in the African nation of Malawi.

Two days later, they were arrested by police and hauled off to jail.

"We arrested them last night at their home and charged them with gross p
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First openly Gay U.S. marshal confirmed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski has become the first openly Gay U.S. marshal. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who recommended Lubinski to President Obama for the position, announced her confirmation by the U.S. Senate on December 28.

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Year of Gay China
By Christine Laskowski
China Daily

As the year 2009 comes to a close, it does so having been a monumental year for China's LGBT community. Beijing and numerous cities across China experienced the successful completion of 12 anniversaries and public events that expose LGBT culture and related issues like never before. <
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Prop. 8 campaign documents ruling reaffirmed
Bob Egelko
Chronicle Staff Writer

A federal appeals court reaffirmed its ruling Wednesday that allowed sponsors of California's ban on same-sex marriage to withhold campaign strategy documents from gay rights advocates who are seeking to overturn the ballot measure.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court
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NH gay couples plan midnight Statehouse weddings
APNewsNow

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A handful of gay couples plan to celebrate the New Year and New Hampshires law legalizing gay marriage by exchanging their vows in front of the Statehouse just after midnight.

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Hate Begets Hate
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New York Times

Uganda's government, which has a shameful record of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, is now considering legislation that would impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. The United States and others need to make clear to the Ugandan government that such barbarism is intolera
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Gay Marriage to Get Vote in NJ
BRIAN THOMPSON
New York

There will in fact be a vote on gay marriage in the lame duck session of the New Jersey state legislature on Thursday, NBCNewYork.com has learned.

'We're gonna post the bill and see what happens,' Senate President Dick Codey told us.

Codey, and even sponsors of same
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Pride executive director fired, objects to gift, 2 board members resign
By Nicole Murray-Ramirez

Pride Board President gets 5K gift, two board members resign

It seems that a few months ago the five member board of San Diego Pride voted to give its board president, Phillip Princetta, a $5K gift for his involvement and leadership in the organization. This controversial action immedia
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EXTREMELY URGENT: Should Prop 8 trial be televised?
Dear Courage Campaign supporter

This is extremely urgent and extremely important.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker -- who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting this Monday (January 11) -- is considering whether or not to open the court room to TV cameras.

The c
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Judge approves delayed YouTube video of trial in Prop. 8 challenge
Howard Mintz
mercurynews.com

A judge today approved a limited form of broadcasting the trial in the legal challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage, concluding it is the type of case that warrants breaking with traditions that generally ban cameras in federal courts.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn W
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