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Section One - ALL STORIES
Obama memo: hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Late on April 15, President Obama issued an unexpected memo which commanded hospitals to extend full visitation rights to the same-sex partners of Gay and Lesbian patients. Obama also instructed healthcare facilities to work with individuals in establishing medical power of attorney.

"There are few moments in our lives t
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SGN INTERVIEW: Queer Youth Space in Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Pink stickers that read "WE NEED QUEER YOUTH SPACE" can be seen everywhere on Capitol Hill. Queer Youth Space (QYS) volunteers have put them on telephone polls, street signs - even bus stops - to declare that a safe space that is led, owned, and organized by Queer youth, for Queer youth is a nee
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Effort to repeal Prop 8 fails to collect enough signatures - Federal Prop 8 trial remains paused
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

A grassroots effort to force a November 2010 ballot-box vote on repealing Proposition 8 failed to collect enough voter signatures by the April 12 deadline to get the measure on the ballot.

Groups pushing the 2010 repeal effort faced an uphill battle from the get-go because
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Justice John Paul Stevens signals retirement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens confirmed last week that he will retire from the court when it has finished its current session, probably in June or July.

He said he hopes his successor is confirmed 'well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term.'
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Tour de Life: The past imperfect of the Vatican
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

I feel like such an imposter when I step into the centuries-old churches scattered around Brussels. I'm not Catholic, or even religious, but I always walk into them when I go near one because I love seeing the manifested internal philosophical battle of humankind given form and shape a
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The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant
by Gaysha Starr - Special to the SGN

The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma hosted the 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant last Saturday night at the La Quinta Tacoma. Stepping down was Mr. Gay Washington 2009 from Everett, Matt Surreal Caché, and from Pasco, Miss Gay Washington 2009, Roxanne Von Cummins.
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The Barista Boyz of Broadway
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gangway! The Barista Boyz of Broadway are here. Barista Boyz is the new coffee and espresso stop where, after 3:30 p.m., the shirts come off and you'll have your coffee served to you by the shirtless and sexy Barista Boyz.

'It's gourmet coffee with a kick,' Barista Boyz owner Dave
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Missoula passes anti-discrimination ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Missoula, Montana, City Council passed a new anti-discrimination ordinance in the early hours of April 13.

The ordinance forbids housing and employment discrimination based on 'actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.'

The council vo
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Elliott Bay Book Company holds grand opening
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.) celebrated it grand opening at its new Capitol Hill location on April 15. Local businesses shut down 10th Avenue between E. Pike and E. Pine Streets block party-style, as they came out in droves to welcome the bookstore - formerly of Pioneer Square s
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OUT Sustainability holds second annual Earth Gay
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Earth Gay
April 18
Various Seattle locations

On April 18, OUT for Sustainability, a local environmental organization dedicated to engaging members of the LGBT community, will hold its second annual 'Earth Gay.' The celebration will entail multiple volunteer service p
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Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill loses momentum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - which would impose the death penalty on 'serial offender' Gays and people with HIV who have sex, Gay or straight - is being held up in a parliamentary committee, and is not likely to be brought out for a vote.

The bill was introduced with fanfare la
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Argentine court annuls first Gay marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only two days after Argentina's first Lesbian marriage, a court annulled the first Gay marriage in the South American country.

Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello were married in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, on December 28 last year.

On April 14, Ushuaia Children and
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Malawi Gay prisoner seriously ill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Monjeza, husband of Transgender Tiwonge Chimbalanga, has fallen seriously ill in prison, according to British Gay activist Peter Tatchell.

Monjeza and Chimbalanga have been held in Malawi's notorious Chichili prison since they were arrested the day after their wedding in Dec
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Camp Ten Trees celebrates 10 years
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Camp Ten Trees
'We've Got Friends
'Round Here' fundraiser
April 10
Westin Hotel


On April 10, over 300 people gathered in the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle to attend the annual Camp Ten Trees fundraising dinner, auction and 10th anniversaty ce
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Constance McMillen invited to be NYC LGBT Pride Parade grand marshal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

For the past few weeks, bizarre and often hurtful news has come creeping out of Itawamba, Mississippi. Openly Lesbian high school senior Constance McMillen was told she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom, then she couldn't take her sophomore girlfriend to the prom, then the prom was cancelled,
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General Gayety: Gay news that's fit to print
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

'I'm doing your research for you.'

Anne was all smiles, but her words had made me all nervous. Someone choosing a topic for me to write about is often as welcome as someone choosing my clothes for the day. I could wind up in paisley.

My partner's enthusias
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A Lesbian on the Supreme Court?
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Suddenly, it seems possible that the next Supreme Court pick might be a Lesbian.

Surprise!

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is not openly Gay at the moment - which, of course, may mean she's not Gay at all. But persistent rumors, an absence of denial, and some
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Washington uncorks its best at Taste Washington!
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

Taste of Washington
March 27-28
Qwest Field Events Center


Once again, Taste Washington! provided ample evidence that Washington wines are leaving other domestic products in the dust. Nearly all wines will need to learn to stand in the shadow of Washingt
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Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK - A circuit judge today stuck down Arkansas ban against unmarried couples adopting or foster-parenting children.

Act 1, passed by voters in 2008, unconstitutionally burdens non-marital relationships and acts of sexual intimacy between adults by forcing them to choose between
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Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
more By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - At the oldest law school in the West, law is being made this semester, not just taught.

In a case that carries great implications for how public universities and schools must accommodate religious groups, the University of California's
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Bleckley prom goes smoothly
He was the first in his hometown of Cochran and perhaps in Georgia to ask permission to take a same sex partner to prom and have his school allow it.

By JULIE HUBBARD

COCHRAN - Bleckley County High School senior Derrick Martin made history Saturday when he arrived at his high school prom on the arm of another boy
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Tennessee School Agrees To Remedy Harassment And Censorship Of Gay Student
ACLU Of Tennessee And Lambda Legal Applaud School's Protection Of Free Speech

GREENBRIER, TN (April 19, 2010) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal announced today that they have received assurances from officials at Greenbrier High School that the school will stop censoring a student from wearing
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Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech
By ADAM LIPTAK
New York Times

That sound in the distance at the Supreme Court these days is the debate over same-sex marriage.

It will be a couple of years until that central issue in the culture wars reaches the court. But two early skirmishes - if not proxy battles - arrived this month. Both are fights o
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Moments Ago GetEQUAL Activists Interrupt Pres. Obama During Fundraising Reception Speech
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument
By JESSE J. HOLLAND
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed to split sharply Monday on whether a law school can deny recognition to a Christian student group that won't let gays join, a case that could determine whether nondiscrimination policies trump the rights of private organizations to determine
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Police wagon has pulled up
Police wagon has pulled up, police are clearing entire area. #DADT #LGBT
9 minutes ago via HootSuite

@ltdanchoi and 5 other uniformed soldiers are chained to the White House fence demanding an immediate end to #DADT.
http://ow.ly/i/1b7U
15 minutes ago via Hoot
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Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce
By JAMIE STENGLE
Associated Press Writer

DALLAS - After the joy of a wedding and the adoption of a baby came arguments that couldn't be resolved, leading Angelique Naylor to file for divorce. That left her fighting both the woman she married in Massachusetts and the state of Texas, which says a union granted in a state w
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Unfortunate news. The Maine LGBT Civil Rights March has been postponed indefinitely.
In case you missed the wall post yesterday, here is our message to everyone:

The Maine LGBT Civil Rights March has been postponed indefinitely. After reflection on the input received from Mainers who participated in our open conference calls and individuals and organizations who provided feedback along the way, the decision has b
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GetEQUAL Disrupts Congressional Hearing to Demand Action on Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
GetEQUAL Activists Call Out Democratic Majorities Lack of Leadership on Bill; Confront Committee Chairman Rep. George Miller (D-CA) to Demand Floor Vote

WASHINGTON ­ Carrying markers for each member of the House Education and Labor Committee, GetEQUAL, a new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and ac
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Spokesman: Park Police 'screwed up'
The U.S. Park Police is taking responsibility for chasing reporters away from the White House as six uniformed members of the armed services were arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House gate to protest 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' yesterday.

'That was strictly the U.S. Park Police that screwed up - that has nothing to d
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ACLU Complaint Takes On 'Decoy' Prom For Mississippi Lesbian Student
New Information Revealed In Constance McMillen Case

ABERDEEN, MS - The American Civil Liberties Union filed legal papers today in federal court on behalf of lesbian high school student Constance McMillen regarding a cruel plan to put on a "decoy" prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.
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Moments Ago GetEQUAL Activists Interrupt Pres. Obama During Fundraising Reception Speech
Rep. Frank questions the purpose of Get Equal's ENDA protest in House committee, but group's co-founder says they need to see action on job protections

by Chris Geidner
Metroweekly.com

'What a stupid thing to do.'

Those were the first words an agitated Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) spit out when c
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Gay groups frustration rising on 'Don't Ask'
Ben Smith
Politico

Restive gay rights groups, who have been staging increasingly dramatic protests to push the repeal of 'Dont' Ask, Don't Tell,' are furious this morning over a report in the Advocate that - days after Obama promised repeal this hear in his State of the Union - White House officials rejected what had been
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'Not gay enough:' Softball players sue
By HENRY K. LEE
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

All Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles and Jon Russ wanted to do was to win the championship game at the Gay Softball World Series for their amateur San Francisco team.

Instead, they were marched one by one into a conference room at the tournament in suburban Seattle and as
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White House ostracizing SLDN
Initial report from Signorile's Townhall
Posted by John Aravosis (DC)

Joe and I got back a few hours ago from Mike Signorile's gay townhall meeting he held in Washington today. It was quite interesting. Mike assembled the leaders of NGLTF, HRC, SLDN and NCTE, and a few advocates (Pam Spaulding and Richard Socarides), and had
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SF Pride gives Ashburn 'Pink Brick'
San Francisco Chronicle

Oh, snap.

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Committee has chosen the 2010 recipient for its "Pink Brick" award, which basically goes to the person who most angered the committee in the last year. The lucky winner -- and first gay recipient -- is none other than s
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