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Vatican rocked by male prostitution scandal
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Equal Rights Washington chooses new executive director
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Mississippi school district cancels prom over Lesbian student
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New anti-bullying law passed unanimously
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Tour de Life: Gorillas in the mist
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Gay People in Seattle group celebrates one year
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Supreme Court will hear Fred Phelps case
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Oklahoma not OK - State Senate tries to opt out of federal hate crimes law
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PFLAG to raise funds and awareness with political panel
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Pope silent on Uganda's 'kill-the-Gays' law
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U.K. to give South Africa millions of condoms
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Argentina judge nullifies same-sex marriage
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State Dept. reviews Uganda preferred trade status
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MCC to donate $10,000 to Haiti HIV/AIDS organization
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New Hampshire towns vote against marriage equality
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Senators call for ban to be lifted on Gay blood donation
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BREAKING NEWS
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Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast
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Fifteenth annual domestic violence vigil held
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ACLU says Rapid City police got lesbian airman tossed out of military
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Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Working With Donors to Host Second Chance Prom for Constance, IAHS Students
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Today's ONLY Constance update:
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Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military
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Ulysses Dove's 'Serious Pleasures' revived by Pacific Northwest Ballet
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Gay seniors come out late, start second lifetime
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Homosexuality in China
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Lambda Legal, GLAD File Brief Defending University of California Nondiscrimination Policy Against Christian Legal Society Challenge
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New HIV infections increasing among homosexuals
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Broadway Divas dazzle at Neighbours
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Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage
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Mississippi Stops Segregating Prisoners With HIV
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The great Catholic cover-up
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Police holding Lt. Dan Choi and Pvt. James Pietrangelo in jail overnight
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Mary Glasspool Approved: Episcopal Church OKs Election Of Second Gay Bishop
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National opponents of same-sex marriage donate to D.C. candidate challenging marriage bill author
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National opponents of same-sex marriage donate to D.C. candidate challenging mar
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Fifteenth annual domestic violence vigil held
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POLL: More Than 70% Of Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Comfortable Serving Alongsi
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Choi Arrested at White House Gates
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Demo. NYC. Noon. Solidarity with Choi, Pietrangelo, McGehee.
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Police holding Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo in jail overnight
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U.S. Senate Committee Hears Testimony from Military Veterans on 'Don't Ask, D
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Vatican rocked by male prostitution scandal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Late last week, the Vatican was rocked by a sex scandal involving one of the pope's ceremonial ushers and a member of the elite Vatican choir. Both were put in the spotlight for their involvement in a homosexual prostitution ring.

Angelo Balducci, a 'Gentleman of His Holiness,' was caught by police on a wiretap allegedl
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Equal Rights Washington chooses new executive director
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On March 6 at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle, Equal Rights Washington (ERW), the statewide advocacy organization working to achieve legal and social equality for LGBT individuals and families, announced Josh Friedes as the organization's new executive director at 'The Power of Us,' ERW's fourt
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Mississippi school district cancels prom over Lesbian student
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

'Thanks for ruining my senior year.' That's what a high school student said to Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old Fulton, Mississippi high school senior, after her school district canceled her senior prom instead of allowing her to attend the celebration with her girlfriend.

Mc
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New anti-bullying law passed unanimously
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new anti-bullying bill, HB 2801, has passed the Washington state legislature and now goes to Gov. Christine Gregoire for her signature.

The vote was 48-0 in the State Senate and 97-0 in the State House. Gregoire is expected to sign it into law within the next week.

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Tour de Life: Gorillas in the mist
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

There is a sauna at our gym where a whole load of men seem to spend their day. It's as if they were born there, built right into that room and never leave, because although they go to the gym to sit in the sauna, I don't really see any of them go out into the gym itself. If you're Gay
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Gay People in Seattle group celebrates one year
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Gay People in Seattle anniversary party
March 18 at 6 PM
Hotel 1000


Twelve months and over 1,300 members later, Gay People in Seattle (GPiS) is poised to celebrate their first year of monthly social networking events for LGBT people who call the Emerald City
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Supreme Court will hear Fred Phelps case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court announced March 9 that it would hear the appeal of a Maryland man who sued notorious homophobe Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.

Albert Snyder, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, filed suit after Phelps and his followers picketed his son's
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Oklahoma not OK - State Senate tries to opt out of federal hate crimes law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Oklahoma's state Senate tried to opt out of federal hate crimes laws with a measure passed on March 10.

Republican Sen. Steve Russell's amendment to SB 1965 - which had been a routine education bill - made significant changes to Oklahoma's hate crimes laws and would make it impossi
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PFLAG to raise funds and awareness with political panel
by David Zimmerman - Special to the SGN

'PFLAG Presents'
lecture series
March 31, 7-9 PM
5th Avenue Theatre
Producers Club Lounge


Bring together area politicians who work for Gay rights issues. Invite the public to be part of the discussion. Raise money for the well-known LGBT org
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Pope silent on Uganda's 'kill-the-Gays' law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Benedict XVI gave a major speech to Uganda's Roman Catholic bishops on March 5 without once mentioning their country's proposed Anti-Homosexual Bill.

The proposed law provides for the death penalty for 'serial offender' Gays and for HIV-positive people who have sex, as well as p
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U.K. to give South Africa millions of condoms
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

British officials announced on March 9 that they would give South Africa $1.5 million to buy condoms.

The British Department for International Development (DFID) announced the donation at a meeting in London for officials from African countries with high incidence of HIV infectio
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Argentina judge nullifies same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Damian Bernath and Jorge Sala

zar were legally married March 3 and legally un-married March 10 in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. The story of their one-week marriage turned on contradictory rulings by two Argentine judges.

On February 23, Buenos Aires Judge
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State Dept. reviews Uganda preferred trade status
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department announced March 8 it would review Uganda's preferred trade status because of the African country's proposed Anti-Homosexual Bill.

The proposed law specifies the death penalty for 'serial offender' Gays and for HIV-positive people who have sex, and prison t
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MCC to donate $10,000 to Haiti HIV/AIDS organization
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Following the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) around the world have mobilized to offer spiritual and financial support.

According to MCC officials, the church's Santo Domingo congregation, which is dedicated to serving the LGBT
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New Hampshire towns vote against marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Hampshire's new marriage equality law took a beating when more than 130 New Hampshire towns held their annual Town Meetings March 9.

In most towns, citizens could vote on a non-binding resolution - called a 'warrant' - that asks the New Hampshire legislature to put the state's
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Senators call for ban to be lifted on Gay blood donation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On March 5, 18 U.S. senators said the time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had Gay sex since 1977.

'Not a single piece of evidence supports the ban,' said Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), who joined 16 other Democrats a
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Swimmers strip for Orcas Swim Team auction
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On March 4, Seattle's Orcas Swim Team held their first-ever auction & with a twist. The members of Orcas auctioned off the clothes they were wearing to raise money for the Emerald City Swim Meet the team is hosting on March 13.

"Auctioning the Shirts Off Our Backs&" took plac
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Anti-Gay California senator arrested, outed An anti-Gay California state senator who has been a 'traditional values' activist was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Sacramento on March 3 and subsequently outed.

Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, had a blood-alc
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BREAKING NEWS!

Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast
Crowd of 500 turns out for Lifelong AIDS Alliance Breakfast by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On the morning of March 9, about 500 Seattleites attended the Lifelong AIDS Alliance "Caring for Our Community" Breakfast. The early-morning meal served mainly as a fundraiser, but also ended up becoming an enriching and educational
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Fifteenth annual domestic violence vigil held
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On March 4, over 100 people gathered outside of the King County Courthouse to commemorate the lives of three women and an unborn child who were slain in the building 15 years ago.

The 15th annual vigil held by the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (APIWF
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ACLU says Rapid City police got lesbian airman tossed out of military
Andrea J. Cook
Rapid City Journal

Two Rapid City police officers are accused of deliberately bringing the same-sex marriage of an Ellsworth Air Force Base sergeant to the military's attention, allegedly costing Staff Sgt. Jene Newsome her military career.

The American Civil Liberties Union of South
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Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Working With Donors to Host Second Chance Prom for Constance, IAHS Students
Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) announced that it leading efforts to organize an inclusive and welcoming prom for all students at Itawamba Agricultural High School. The announcement comes in direct response to the IAHS announcement to cancel the school-sponsored prom on April 2, 2010.

Ashley Jack
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Today's ONLY Constance update:
She'll be on the Wanda Sykes Show tonight on Fox; plus other updates

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Let-Constance-Take-Her-Girlfriend-to-Prom/357686784817

Constance will be on The Wanda Sykes Show toni
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Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military
By TIMBERLY ROSS
Associated Press Writer

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her
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Ulysses Dove's 'Serious Pleasures' revived by Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet is reviving Ulysses Dove's ballet 'Serious Pleasure' - a challenging, AIDS-era work. Stager Parrish Maynard talks about the dance's early reception and the process of re-creating it with PNB.

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times arts writer

Pacific Northwest Ballet
7:30 p.m. Ma
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Gay seniors come out late, start second lifetime
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Homosexuality in China
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Lambda Legal, GLAD File Brief Defending University of California Nondiscrimination Policy Against Christian Legal Society Challenge
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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New HIV infections increasing among homosexuals
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Broadway Divas dazzle at Neighbours
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Mississippi Stops Segregating Prisoners With HIV
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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The great Catholic cover-up
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Police holding Lt. Dan Choi and Pvt. James Pietrangelo in jail overnight
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Mary Glasspool Approved: Episcopal Church OKs Election Of Second Gay Bishop
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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National opponents of same-sex marriage donate to D.C. candidate challenging marriage bill author
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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National opponents of same-sex marriage donate to D.C. candidate challenging mar
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Lt. Dan Choi and Cpt. Jim Pietrangelo Arrested After Chaining Themselves to Whit
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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POLL: More Than 70% Of Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Comfortable Serving Alongsi
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Choi Arrested at White House Gates
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Demo. NYC. Noon. Solidarity with Choi, Pietrangelo, McGehee.
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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Police holding Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo in jail overnight
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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U.S. Senate Committee Hears Testimony from Military Veterans on 'Don't Ask, D
By MATT SEDENSKY
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - On his 75th birthday, Bill Farthing decided to be reborn. In the six years since he'd buried his wife of 45 years, he'd felt as he did long before: Lonesome, different, outcast. He wondered if he was going crazy; he contemplated suicide.

Looking back, the
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"At least two California newspapers and the openly Gay mayor of West Sacramento knew anti-Gay [California] state Sen. Roy Ashburn was Gay and yet they said nothing. On Wednesday, Ashburn was arrested for DUI while leaving a Sacramento Gay bar. ... Christopher Cabaldon, the openly Gay mayo
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