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Cindy McCain says 'NO' to hate
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Obama offers pledge to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Rep. Polis introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act
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SFO Mayor Newsom criticizes Obama about Gay rights
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Out to Quit: Getting through 'THE PROGRAM' - Week 4
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PROP 8 TRIAL UPDATE: Testimony in Gay trial wraps up
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Advocate says - San Francisco not among 'Gayest' cities - but Seattle is ... for sure
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Moscow mayor will ban Pride 2010 - LGBT activists promise to march anyway
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Malawi couple appeals to Constitutional Court
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Earthquake in the Emerald City - Living and surviving on the Seattle Fault
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Seattle native speaks on nightmare in Haiti
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Knights of Malta hold traditional Beggars Feast
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SGN exclusive interview: New Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
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Gay marriage and abortion
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In Memoriam: Howard Zinn
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BREAKING NEWS
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Abortion Foe Found Guilty in Doctor's Killing
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Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds
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California gay marriages may hinge on one man
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HIV/AIDS drug puzzle cracked
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Prop. 8 trial on YouTube after all - re-enacted
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In Israeli Army, Gays Are 'No Big Deal'
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British Army Actively Recruits Gay Soldiers
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VIDEO - Gates: Pentagon preparing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
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Statement from Human Rights Campaign on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' U.S. Senate Hearing
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Pope wades into UK gay clergy battle
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Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
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Task Force responds to Senate Armed Services Committee hearing addressing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy
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GLAD Wins Case vs. IRS on Sex Reassignment Deductions
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APA Calls for Removal of the Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
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Gen. Colin Powell Voices Support for Repeal of DADT Law
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One Iowa warns of new push to ban gay marriage
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AUDIO - Rep. Hunter: Repealing 'Don't Ask' Will Hurt Military
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BAR: Freedom to Marry, NGLTF ban reporting at Creating Change event
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Cindy McCain says 'NO' to hate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When you write the Gay news, it is common to research and report - however begrudgingly - about the antics of the GOP and their right-wing cohorts. Every now and then, however, something or someone comes out to show left-wing tendencies, which is usually cause for celebration. One of these unlikely events took place on January 20 when
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Obama offers pledge to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
by Shaun Knittel- SGN Staff Writer

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to repeal the ban on Gays and Lesbians serving openly in the military.

'This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies Gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they
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Rep. Polis introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

US Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced legislation on January 27 to protect primary and secondary students from discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

HR 4530 - the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) - was introduced with 60 biparti
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SFO Mayor Newsom criticizes Obama about Gay rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

San Francisco, California Mayor Gavin Newsom became the latest Democratic official to take a distinctly public jab at President Obama for inaction on Gay rights.

The 42-year-old California Democrat - who recently told New York Times reporter Maureen Dowd his political future wa more
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Out to Quit: Getting through 'THE PROGRAM' - Week 4
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

It is absolutely inconceivable to me how I would cope with stress without cigarettes. Whenever I am given bad news, whenever I feel as if I've failed, whenever I need to re-think a plan, lighting a cigarette is as natural to me as keeping the sun on my face and the wind at my back. But somehow,
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PROP 8 TRIAL UPDATE: Testimony in Gay trial wraps up
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Proposition 8 trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal case challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage, ended on January 27. The trial provided an unprecedented glimpse into the social conflict over whether Gay and Lesbian couples have the right to marry, and served as the first s
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Advocate says - San Francisco not among 'Gayest' cities - but Seattle is ... for sure
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

For over 30 years, if you came across a survey of the nation's "Gayest" cities, you would naturally see San Francisco, California at the top. Well, not anymore. According to The Advocate's newly released "Gayest Cities in America" list, not only does San Francisco not make the top slot, it isn't
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Moscow mayor will ban Pride 2010 - LGBT activists promise to march anyway
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov told a January 23 education conference he would never allow a Gay Pride parade in his city.

'A Gay parade & cannot be called anything but a Satanic act,' he said. 'We haven't permitted such a parade and we won't permit it in the future. Everyone needs to
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Malawi couple appeals to Constitutional Court
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The couple arrested in Malawi and charged with 'gross indecency' after their December 28 wedding appealed to the country's Constitutional Court to hear their case.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested and charged under a Malawian law forbidding homosexuality
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Earthquake in the Emerald City - Living and surviving on the Seattle Fault
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On January 12, the island nation of Haiti, an already underdeveloped country ravaged by corrupt governing and a depleted economy, was brought to the brink of catastrophic ruin by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Within the hour, images of crumbled buildings, streets lined with dead bodies, and scenes
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Seattle native speaks on nightmare in Haiti
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Haiti Relief Benefit
January 31, speakers 4-6 PM, concert 7-9 PM
Town Hall


Jesse Hagopian, a local social justice activist and laid-off Madison Middle School teacher from Seattle, was in Haiti with his wife, Sarah Wilhelm, an HIV/AIDS educator who works in
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Knights of Malta hold traditional Beggars Feast
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Knights of Malta
Beggars Feast
January 23
Russian Hall


On January 23, members of the Jet Chapter (Seattle's chapter) of the Knights of Malta invited guests to their annual Beggars Feast, held at Russian Hall (704 19th Ave. E.). The charitable event feat
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SGN exclusive interview: New Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes swept into office in a landslide, winning 62% of the vote against incumbent Tom Carr.

Once in office, Holmes lost no time in reorganizing the City Attorney's department to suit him. Holmes took office on January 1, and was formally sworn in on
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Gay marriage and abortion
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay marriage is not like abortion.

This might seem obvious - one is about keeping a life from starting, the other is about joining two lives together - but in fact, Gay marriage is compared to abortion a lot.

People lump Gay marriage in the same polarizin
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In Memoriam: Howard Zinn
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Social justice activist, American historian and Professor of Political Science at Boston University from 1964 to 1988, Howard Zinn died the morning of January 27 of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California. Zinn was traveling in California at the time and was set to speak on January 29. He
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Lambda sues feds over spousal benefits
Lambda Legal sued the federal government in U.S. District Court in San Francisco January 20, seeking to force the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to obey rulings by Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tha
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BREAKING NEWS!

Abortion Foe Found Guilty in Doctor's Killing
By MONICA DAVEY
New York Times

WICHITA, Kan. - In the end, it took jurors 37 minutes on Friday to convict Scott Roeder, an abortion opponent, of first-degree murder in the death of George R. Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country to perform late-term abortions.

Mr. Roeder, who admitted in court to shoot
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Afghan Men Struggle With Sexual Identity, Study Finds
FOXNews.com

An unclassified study from a military research unit in southern Afghanistan details how homosexual behavior is unusually common among men in the large ethnic group known as Pashtuns -- though they seem to be in complete denial about it.

As if U.S. troops and diplomats didn't have enough to worry ab
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California gay marriages may hinge on one man
By Dan Walters
The Sacramento Bee

The federal trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage prohibition, which voters passed in 2008, has been more a sociological and philosophical debate than a traditional evidentiary hearing.

The testimony and the opposing lawyers' arguments so far boil dow
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HIV/AIDS drug puzzle cracked
By Kate Kelland Kate Kelland
Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV.

British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see
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Prop. 8 trial on YouTube after all - re-enacted
Bob Egelko
Chronicle Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court's camera blackout of the trial over same-sex marriage in California didn't faze two Los Angeles filmmakers, who - with the help of transcripts, bloggers and a corps of professional actors - have launched its re-enactment on YouTube.

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In Israeli Army, Gays Are 'No Big Deal'
Linda Gradstein
AOL News

JERUSALEM (Feb. 2) - When Eli Kaplan had his initial psychological assessment when being inducted into the Israeli military eight years ago, he wasn't asked about his sexual orientation, but he told the interviewer anyway that he was openly gay. In Israel, it wasn't a problem then nor is it now. <
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British Army Actively Recruits Gay Soldiers
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
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VIDEO - Gates: Pentagon preparing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
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Statement from Human Rights Campaign on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' U.S. Senate Hearing
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Pope wades into UK gay clergy battle
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Task Force responds to Senate Armed Services Committee hearing addressing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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GLAD Wins Case vs. IRS on Sex Reassignment Deductions
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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APA Calls for Removal of the Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Gen. Colin Powell Voices Support for Repeal of DADT Law
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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One Iowa warns of new push to ban gay marriage
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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AUDIO - Rep. Hunter: Repealing 'Don't Ask' Will Hurt Military
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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BAR: Freedom to Marry, NGLTF ban reporting at Creating Change event
Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
more
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Theunis Bates
AOL contributor

LONDON (Feb. 2) -- When Britain was forced to drop its ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, some military chiefs warned the decision would not only lead to discord and harassment, but could even damage the nation's
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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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