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Free national HIV testing tour launches in Seattle
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County Council disappoints McDermott, appoints Drago
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Transgender woman appointed to Department of Commerce
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IU professor's murder called a 'crime of passion'
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General Gayety: The day things changed
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New Jersey Senate votes down Gay marriage
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Prop. 8 federal court case update: delayed broadcast to be allowed for trial
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Rob Holland sworn in
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Gay Bingo 2010
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U.S. lifts HIV travel ban
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Malawi couple goes to trial Jan. 15
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NH same-sex couples marry just after midnight
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Rhode Island legislature overrides governor's veto
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Jamie Pedersen introduces relationship recognition bill
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 1
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The Outfield: A new decade for GLBT sports
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BREAKING NEWS
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Sharon Parker
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Lesbian Utah legislator carrying baby for gay couple
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Gay marriage foe wants out of Proposition 8 trial
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Lawyers for Prop. 8 file high court appeal to ban YouTube video of trial
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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS NAMES ADVISORY BOARD
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Jenny Pizer: 'There is cause for optimism' in the federal Prop 8 trial
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Court blocks taping of gay marriage trial
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Live Updates from the Courtroom
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Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case
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DISCRIMINATORY MOTIVATIONS OF PROP 8 EXPOSED IN COURT TODAY
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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

No. 09A648

DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. KRISTIN M. PERRY ET AL.


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ENDA Committee Vote in February
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Discrimination on Trial, but Not on TV
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Jenny Pizer: Cut! Why did the Supreme Court ban videocasting of the Olson-Boies marriage trial?
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High court's broadcast ruling under microscope
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Columbia prof says Prop 8 adds to gay health woes
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Lesbian Utah legislator carrying baby for gay couple
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Free national HIV testing tour launches in Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) partnered with Gay City Health Project and the Center for Multicultural Health to kick-off a 48 state mobile tour of free HIV testing. On January 6-7, Seattleites could stop by the AHF's "Testing America" mobile HIV testing van, parked by the south side of Cal Anderson Park, to know their HIV stat
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County Council disappoints McDermott, appoints Drago
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a dramatic turn of events, the King County Council voted on January 4 to pass over Sen. Joe McDermott (D-34) and appoint Jan Drago to the open seat created when Dow Constantine became King County Executive.

The vote was 5-3, with Democrat Larry Phillips joining the Council's fou
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Transgender woman appointed to Department of Commerce
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson, a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. Simpson will be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security.

The recent appointment of
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IU professor's murder called a 'crime of passion'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

New details emerged this week in the brutal murder of Indiana University professor Don Belton. Court documents reveal Bloomington, Indiana police believe Belton, 53, was brutally stabbed by Michael Griffin, 25, in a 'crime of passion.'

According to Bloomington police, Griffin has c more
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General Gayety: The day things changed
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

If you follow the news, you know that Jan. 1 was a big day in New Hampshire.

That's the day recreational fishermen needed to be registered to fish for smelt.

Days don't come any bigger.

If you're a smelt fisherman. Or a smelt.

Jan.
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New Jersey Senate votes down Gay marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On January 7 the New Jersey Senate defeated proposed legislation that would have granted same-sex couples the right to marry. The legislators debated the merits of 'The Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage Act' for over 90 minutes, resulting in the measure's 20 to 14 defeat.
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Prop. 8 federal court case update: delayed broadcast to be allowed for trial
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The first federal case to challenge the constitutionality of a Gay marriage ban, Kristin Perry v Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be streamed over the Internet, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughan Walker ruled on January 6.

Over objections of attorneys and supporters of Proposition 8, t
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Rob Holland sworn in
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On January 5, after the approval of previous minutes, and a few laughs, the Port of Seattle Commission swore in two new Port Commissioners, Tom Albro and Rob Holland.

Commissioner Holland, who is openly Gay was sworn in by former Governor of Washington, John D. Spellman. C
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Gay Bingo 2010
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay Bingo is returning this year in full force. From January to June - on the third Saturday of each month (except in May when it's on the fourth Saturday) - Lifelong AIDS Alliance will be putting on massive bingo competitions (with usually 750+ individuals in attendance) at Fremont Studi
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U.S. lifts HIV travel ban
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. government has lifted the ban on foreign nationals with HIV entering the country. For the past 22 years, people who are HIV-positive needed a special waiver to visit, or travel through, the U.S. - a requirement that was dropped on January 4.

President Barack Obama announ
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Malawi couple goes to trial Jan. 15
Bride identifies as Trans woman

By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ending a week of international speculation about her gender identity, Tiwonge Chimbalanga told reporters on January 4 that she is a woman.

Chimbalanga married Steven Monjeza in a traditional ceremony on December 26. Within 48 hours the c
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NH same-sex couples marry just after midnight
by Shaun Knittel- SGN Staff Writer

New Hampshire has become the 5th U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. As of midnight, New Year's Eve, a bill passed in June by the state's government that allowed marriage equality for same-sex couples became active law.

About 15 Gay couples waited on the statehouse steps in Conco
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Rhode Island legislature overrides governor's veto
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Rhode Island lawmakers and members of the General Assembly overrode a veto by Governor Don Carcieri on January 5, to approve a bill that allows LGBT couples the same rights to plan the funerals of their deceased partners as married couples.

The legislators overwhelmingly approved t
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Jamie Pedersen introduces relationship recognition bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43) has introduced legislation to make it easier for same-sex couples married in another state to gain legal recognition for their relationship in Washington.

HB 2482 would allow out-of-state marriages to be recognized as domestic partnerships under Washingto
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 1
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

It is 6:37 p.m., I awake slowly and realize I hadn't set an alarm. In a matter of seconds the bed goes from a place of peace to an incomprehensible shit storm of trying to find my glasses. I have to be at my first smoking cessation course at 7 p.m. at Gay City Health Project on Capitol
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The Outfield: A new decade for GLBT sports
By Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

As one decade ends and another begins, The OutField pauses to survey the GLBT sports world. We've come a long way, baby, from the days when the term 'Gay athlete' was regarded as an oxymoron at best, repulsive at worst.

Life is still not peachy-keen, of course. Players and coache
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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!

Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker, at the age of 64, passed away at home on December 3, 2009, after a long illness. She is survived by her son Michael Witmer. more
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Lesbian Utah legislator carrying baby for gay couple
By Rosemary Winters
The Salt Lake Tribune

Rep. Christine Johnson is not embarrassed to say it: She is moving a lounging sofa into her office for needed breaks this legislative session, and she will be carrying snacks with her around the Capitol.

The lesbian lawmaker, a Salt Lake City Democrat, is 16 week
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Gay marriage foe wants out of Proposition 8 trial
AP

SAN FRANCISCO - A vocal gay marriage opponent who volunteered to become a defendant in the case challenging California's same-sex nuptial ban is now asking to be removed from the case.

Hak-Shing William Tam was one of the five official sponsors of Proposition 8 who formally 'intervened' in a federal lawsuit challeng
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Lawyers for Prop. 8 file high court appeal to ban YouTube video of trial
The federal trial on the constitutionality of the measure beginning Monday has 'the potential to become a media circus,' an attorney says in an emergency appeal to Supreme Court Justice Kennedy.

By David G. Savage
LA Times

Reporting from Washington - The lawyers defending California's Proposition 8 and
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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS NAMES ADVISORY BOARD
Ted Olson and David Boies to Open Trial Against Prop. 8 On Jan. 11; Civil Rights Leaders Julian Bond, Lt. Dan Choi, Margaret Hoover, Dolores Huerta, Cleve Jones, Stuart Milk, David Mixner, Hillary Rosen and Judy Shepard to Advise and Support Effort; For information, visit equalrightsfoundation.com 
 
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Jenny Pizer: 'There is cause for optimism' in the federal Prop 8 trial
(Editor's Note: Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel and National Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal, is joining LGBT POV and will also contribute legal expertise to Frontiers In LA Magazine on the federal Prop 8 trial, Jenny has served as an adjunct professor of law at USC School of Law, Loyola Law School and Whittier College of Law. Sh more
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Court blocks taping of gay marriage trial
AP
By MARK SHERMAN,
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is blocking a broadcast of the trial on California's same-sex marriage ban, at least for the first few days.

The federal trial is scheduled to begin later Monday in San Francisco. It will consider whether the Propositi
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Live Updates from the Courtroom

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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DISCRIMINATORY MOTIVATIONS OF PROP 8 EXPOSED IN COURT TODAY

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

No. 09A648

DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. KRISTIN M. PERRY ET AL.


January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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ENDA Committee Vote in February

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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Discrimination on Trial, but Not on TV

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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Jenny Pizer: Cut! Why did the Supreme Court ban videocasting of the Olson-Boies marriage trial?

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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High court's broadcast ruling under microscope

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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Columbia prof says Prop 8 adds to gay health woes

January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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January 11, 2010
By Rick Jacobs

http://prop8trialtracker.com/

It wasn't our intention to liveblog this trial, but the unexpected ruling by Kennedy has shut off access to today's proceedings for other bloggers. I happen to be in the overflow room and will be more

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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


"My parents, my family and my friends all love me and accept me for who I am, and even if the public are upset by this, I know the love of those people who mean the most to me will never change. I'm not going on a crusade, but I'm proud of who I am. I feel I have achieved everything I could ever possibly have hoped to achieve out of rugby, and I di more
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