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posted Friday, April 30, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 18
Section One - ALL STORIES
Wrestling star calls LGBT rights a 'pressing issue'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Hudson Taylor, a 23-year-old University of Maryland wrestling star and academic All American, is the kind of person the LGBT community is referring to when we say 'straight ally.'

In the world of athletics - from junior and high school sports teams through college and the professionals - homophobia is commonplace. No one c
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Mississippi high school cuts Lesbian student from yearbook
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When Mississippi high school senior Ceara Sturgis opened her yearbook on April 23, she could not find her photo. The ugly truth: Wesson Attendance Center school officials had purposefully not included her photo - in which Sturgis is wearing a tuxedo - and had not mentioned her name at all.
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Openly Gay Bryce Bennett runs for Montana office
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

Bryce Bennett is not your average 25-year-old. He's a buttoned-down politician with an agenda and well-honed talking points. He's also an openly Gay man running for the Montana State House of Representatives. Yes, his district, Montana House District 92, is comprised mostly of one of the m
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Closing arguments set for federal Prop 8 trial
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On Wednesday, June 16 - 156 days after the start of the federal Proposition 8 trial - Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, will hear closing arguments in the case that challenges the constitutionality of California's Gay marriage ban.
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Getting married
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Jenny and I are getting married.

The problem is where.

Oh, not where we're having the wedding. That's easy. Our wedding will be held in the church we attend, a 100-year-old Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of New York, with well-worn wooden pews and
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'I won't enforce the immigration law,' says Arizona sheriff
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The sheriff of Pima County, Arizona will not enforce his state's controversial new immigration law.

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters on April 28 that the law could not be enforced, and he would not even try to do so.

'We've been asked to support this law. We don't
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Meet Kevin Keller - Archie Comics introduces Gay character
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Archie Comics announced April 22 that Riverdale High will be accepting enrollment of its first openly Gay student this September.

Kevin Keller will debut in No. 202 of Veronica Comics in a full-issue story, 'Isn't it Bromantic?'

So, why do we care? Gay comics or Gay ch
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Return of the Washington Blade
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington Blade, the country's oldest LGBT newspaper, will return to the newsstands April 30, its new publishers say.

Founded in 1969 as a one-sheet newsletter called the Gay Blade, the paper evolved into an award-winning newspaper and website with a national and international
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South Park murder suspect will not face death penalty
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer Isaiah Kalebu, the 24-year-old man accused of torturing and raping two women, and slaying one of them, in their South Park home on July 19, 2009, will not face the death penalty.

On April 28, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his office will not seek the death penalty for
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Lesbian to lead Service Employees International Union 'The most powerful Lesbian in the country'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mary Kay Henry, out Lesbian and an executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will almost certainly be elected president of the powerful union on May 8.

She will succeed retiring president Andy Stern, beating out current SEIU secretary-treasurer A
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GetEQUAL announces another protest at White House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On April 29, GetEQUAL, Queer Rising and Talk About Equality - all Gay equality advocacy organizations - announced that on May 2, at noon, discharged and active duty Gay servicemembers will protest at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

According to GetEQUAL, the LGBT ve
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Bolivian President not homophobic, spokesperson says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Bolivian government took the unusual step of denying that its president, Evo Morales, is homophobic in the wake of controversial remarks by Morales in which he seemed to say that eating chicken made men Gay.

The Bolivian government statement came in an April 26 letter to the LG
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General Gayety: Bad fences make for bad neighbors
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Fences.

Poet Robert Frost, playwright August Wilson, and novelist Mark Twain got literary mileage out of fences. Now instead of writing about a fence, Chris Trumbull has written on a fence. He didn't create literature; he created graffiti.

Or it would be g
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Neo-Nazis vandalize local activist office
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The national conversation about right-wing extremism got very real and very local on the morning of April 25, when apparent neo-Nazis vandalized the offices of Washington Community Action Network (WCAN).

According to the Seattle Police report, WCAN workers left the building at ab
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GSBA cruise mixer a seaworthy success
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

GSBA Prime Time Mixer
April 21
Pier 55


On Wednesday, April 21, about 200 members of the GSBA gathered down by the waterfront to sail the Sound for the GSBA Prime Time Mixer. The purpose of the mixer was to welcome this year's new members of the GSBA.

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LGBTQ survey reveals a diverse population
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Rainbow Center of Tacoma, an LGBT community space in Tacoma, Washington, conducted a survey of LGBTQ people in the greater Pierce County area from March 1, 2010 to April 10, 2010. The survey was conducted under the direction of Paula Frederick, PhD., a sociologist with expertise in the fi
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Pelosi calls for Obama to stop discharging gay servicemembers immediately
Posted by John Aravosis
America Blog

Pelosi Statement on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to a letter sent this afternoon by Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Ga
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Lambda Legal Condemns Arizona's Discriminatory Immigration Law and Calls on Congress to Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
'LGBT undocumented immigrants are among the most invisible of the invisible. Many inhabit a double closet, afraid of disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and afraid of disclosing that they are undocumented.'

(New York, April 30, 2010) - As immigrants and allies across the country prepare to hold events t
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Military tells Congress to keep gay ban for now
By ANNE FLAHERTY
AP

WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon leaders on Friday warned Congress not to tamper with the ban on gays serving openly in the military until he can come up with a plan for dealing with potential opposition in the ranks.

In a strongly worded letter obtained by The Associated Press, Defense Se
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LGBTs denounce Arizona immigration law
more by Rex Wockner LGBT groups and public figures are speaking out against the draconian immigration law enacted in Arizona on April 23.

The statute requires police to check an individual's immigration status whenever an officer suspects an individual may be in the U.S. illegally. The law has been dubbed, "Papers, please."
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A Murderous Gay iPhone App
A Murderous Gay iPhone App, or: How to Stoke Homophobes and Luddites With a Single Crime Story

Gizmodo.com

A Murderous Gay iPhone App, or: How to Stoke Homophobes and Luddites With a Single Crime StoryAn older man was beaten and stabbed to death by a younger man; they had arranged a date. The younger man was tracked do
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Immigrants, Gays, & Bankers
Political groups focused their energies this week on immigration, gay rights, Wall Street reform, and the place of Christianity in the public square.

Tobin Grant
Christianity Today

Preparing for the ENDA

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) is ripe for a play on words. But for conservatives
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Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people
Conservative high-flyer Philippa Stroud founded a church that tried to 'cure' homosexuals by driving out their 'demons

Jamie Doward, Cal Flyn and Richard Rogers
The Observer

Philippa Stroud, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has founded US-style evangelical churches in Bedfor
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Man sentenced to year in jail for Vancouver gay-bashing attack
By Kim Bolan,
Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER - Convicted gay-basher Michael Kandola was sentenced to 12 months in jail Friday for a vicious attack that a judge said was an affront to 'Canadian social values.'

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Joel Groves accepted that Kandola acted out of hatred when he slugged J
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How to stop HIV spreading in Zambia's prisons
Moral concerns are stopping condom distribution in Zambia's prisons

By Jo Fidgen
BBC News, Lusaka

Bright spent two years in Zambia's Lusaka Central Prison for selling cannabis but fears he now faces a life sentence.

'I did it because of hunger,' says Bright softly.

'Th
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Lutheran church to reinstate gay pastor in Atlanta
AP

ATLANTA - A Lutheran denomination is reinstating a gay Atlanta pastor and his partner to its clergy roster.

The Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said Tuesday the Rev. Bradley Schmeling and the Rev. Darin Easler have been approved for reinstatement.

Schmeling, who serves as pa
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Chely Wright Comes Out
Wendy Geller in Our Country

Chely Wright has done lots of important things in her career: Released seven albums, charted numerous hits (including 1999's No. 1 "Single White Female"), started a charitable foundation for music education, and written songs for other artists such as Brad Paisley and Clay Walker.

Howev
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Federal Court to Hear Arguments Tomorrow in DOMA Challenge
Tomorrow in Boston, eight married same-sex couples and three widowers will go to Federal District Court to hear arguments in their challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman for all purposes under federal law. 
 
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Baltic Pride appeals temporary permit suspension
Baltic Pride, the 8th May pride event organised by the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community and supported by international actors, saw its permit temporarily suspended yesterday following complaints to the Public Prosecutor's office. 
 
The Vilnius Region Adm
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George Rekers Is a Homosexual, Escort Says
By Miami New Times Staff

The male escort hired by anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers has told Miami New Times the Baptist minister is a homosexual who paid him to provide body rubs once a day in the nude, during their ten-day vacation in Europe.

Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the "long stroke" - a c
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Federal Court Hears Arguments in DOMA Challenge
This morning in Boston, six years after the first same-sex couples in the country started marrying in Massachusetts, eight married same-sex couples and three widowers went to Federal District Court to hear arguments in their challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA defines marriage as more
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Man sentenced to year in jail for Vancouver gay-bashing attack
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My Interview With Jo-Vanni Roman
His parents know he's gay, but they don't yet know that he escorts.

joe.my.god

Around 1am this morning I got tipped by one of the guys at Unzipped that Jo-Vanni Roman was finally ready to speak with me. Five minutes later I had him on the phone from Fort Lauderdale, but not before I alerted Father Tony to be ready
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Chely Wright on her decision to come out: 'I won't be a whisper. I'm too proud of who I am.'
by Whitney Pastorek EW.com

Chely-WrightImage Credit: Howard BragmanOn Monday, country star Chely Wright ('Single White Female') revealed on People.com that she's gay. As she explains in her new autobiography, Like Me, she's known about her sexuality for a long time, but she guarded the secret so intensely it brought her to t
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LGBT & Queer groups to protest San Francisco hotels
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Queer groups to protest San Francisco hotels in support of hotel workers struggling for affordable healthcare. Flamboyant protest in Union Square. 
 
When: Saturday, May 8th 3pm 
Where: Stockton & Geary, Union Square, San Francisco 
 
San Francisco's
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