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posted Friday, May 28, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 22
Section One - ALL STORIES
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Judy Shepard and The Meaning of Matthew
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Judy Shepard
Book Signing
June 1 at 7 PM
Seattle First
Baptist Church


Twelve years ago, Judy Shepard's son Matthew was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. Now synonymous with Gay rights, Matthew Shepard's tragic murder has forever changed the way people view hate crimes - so much so
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Historic day for LGBT rights 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repealed in House, 234 to 194
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On May 27, the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to begin the process to eventually strike down the military's ban on openly Gay service. On what has become known as a historic day for LGBT equality, Thursday afternoon saw the Senate Armed Services Committee vote 16 to 12 to
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Gay activists arrested in Zimbabwe, tortured in prison
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT activists Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi were arrested by police in the African country of Zimbabwe on May 21.

The next time they were seen in public, at a court hearing on May 26, both were limping.

Dzimbabwe Chimbga, defense attorney with Zimbabwe Lawy
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Millions celebrate Harvey Milk Day
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On May 22, millions of Americans celebrated the life of the first openly Gay man elected to office: Harvey Milk.

May 22 also marked the first Harvey Milk Day officially recognized in California. Last October, 32 years after Milk's death, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger si
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General Gayety: A well-earned comeuppance
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Since entering Congress in 1994, Indiana Republican Mark Souder focused on changing America's moral direction.

Now we know whose moral direction got changed.

The eight-term congressman, a pillar of family values, recently resigned his seat, saying that h
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Sisters accepting 2010 grant applications
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

It's almost that time of year again, when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are ready to give away all the grant money they've spent the entire year raising.

For the past several years, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan have been giving out grants annua
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DADT rally in Westlake Park has labor speaker
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 22, about 50 people gathered in Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle for a short rally about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The rally, organized by Seattle OUTProtest served, essentially, to increase awareness and visibility of the issues and
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GetEQUAL co-founder Kip Williams arrested at Obama event
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

GetEQUAL co-founder Kip Williams was arrested for shouting at President Barack Obama in San Francisco on May 25.

Obama was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer at the Fairmont Hotel.

Williams said he yelled at Obama because the latest plans for '
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Al Franken introduces Senate anti-bullying bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), an anti-bullying bill, in the U.S. Senate on May 20.

The measure would prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Under provisions of the
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ENDA still on track, D.C. staffers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

ENDA - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - is still on track, Congressional staffers say, and could come up for a vote in June or July.

Moving 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal ahead of ENDA on the legislative schedule does not imply that ENDA is in trouble, they add.

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SU Triangle Club drag show a big success
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle University's
Triangle Club's Fourth
Annual Drag Show
May 26
Campion Ballroom


Seattle University's Triangle Club held its fourth Annual Drag Show on May 26 in the Campion Ballroom of Seattle University, drawing a crowd of nearly 300 peo
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NOM must obey disclosure laws, Maine judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge in Maine ruled on May 23 that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) must comply with state financial disclosure laws.

U.S. Magistrate John Rich III ordered NOM to turn over fundraising documents from its successful campaign to overturn Maine's marriage equa
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International furor over harsh Malawi sentence
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Monjeza and his Transgender partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been separated by prison authorities in Malawi, where they are now serving sentences of 14 years hard labor, according to British human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Tatchell, who has remained in contact with the
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LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2010
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities. Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise. An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equalit
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U.S. House Passes Defense Bill with Amendment to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
SLDN launches national action alert warning gay and lesbian service members they remain at risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), released a statement today after the U.S. House of Representative
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House Approves Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Lt. Daniel Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo began what could potentially be a lengthy hunger strike

Lt. Dan Choi (r) and Captain Jim Pietrangelo (l), who have twice been arrested for handcuffing themselves to the White House gate are taking an extreme step, other gay advocates were also calling for more concrete action.
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Moscow Court Upholds Ban of Moscow Gay Pride by Mayor Luzhkov
more Pride organisers will defy the ban and protest outside the offices of the European Commission

A judge at the Tverskoy District Court in Moscow confirmed today the legality of the earlier ban of the Moscow Pride march by the Mayor of the Russian capital, Yuri Luzhkov.

But Pride organisers are still insisting that th
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Gay Republican State Senator Speaks Out
Republican lawmaker speaks passionately in favor of gay rights during a Legislative session on Thursday, two months after admitting that he was gay.

By JULIE BRAYTON

Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn, a political conservative from the Central Valley, was the only GOP vote in Sacramento on Thursday in favor of
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Wis. congresswoman separates from longtime partner
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and her partner of nearly 15 years are separating.

Baldwin, a Madison Democrat and first open lesbian elected to Congress, issued a statement through her office Friday saying she and Lauren Azar are terminating their domestic partnership.

They were among the first to
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Malawi's president: pardon and release gay couple
AP

By RAPHAEL TENTHANI
Associated Press Writer

BLANTYRE, Malawi - Malawi's president on Saturday pardoned and ordered the release of a gay couple sentenced to 14 years in prison, but warned that homosexuality remains illegal in the conservative southern African nation.

President Bingu wa Mut
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Zimbabwe police free gay rights activists
Two members of a Zimbabwean gay rights association have been freed from custody, their lawyers say.

They say the two are facing charges of possessing pornographic material and insulting President Robert Mugabe.

Ellen Chadian - administrator of the group, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe - and Ignatius Muhambi - an a
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HRC joins huge march against Arizona immigration law
by Rex Wockner

PHOENIX - About 100 people have marched behind a Human Rights Campaign banner in today's large march against Arizona's controversial law targeting undocumented immigrants.

The statute, enacted in April, requires police to check an individual's immigration status whenever an officer suspects the individ
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Prospective Catholic Priests Face Sexuality Hurdles
By PAUL VITELLO
New York Times

Every job interview has its awkward moments, but in recent years, the standard interview for men seeking a life in the Roman Catholic priesthood has made the awkward moment a requirement.

The screenings could be 'very intrusive,' said Msgr. Stephen Rossetti of Catholic Univer
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Mullen wishes Congress had waited on gay ban vote
By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer
Sun May 30, 2:15 pm ET

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he would have preferred that Congress had waited before voting to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bans gays from serving openly in the military.

Adm. Mike
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Same-sex partners of federal workers can start applying for benefits next month
By Ed O'Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writer

The same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers can start applying next month for long-term health-care insurance, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday.

President Obama signed a memo last June extending some benefits to same-sex partners o
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Presidential Memo Clarifies Partner Benefits
By Kerry Eleveld and Andrew Harmon
ADVOCATE.COM

President Barack Obama issued a presidential memo Wednesday outlining certain available benefits that federal agencies will now be required to provide to same-sex partners of federal workers and their families. The guidance builds on a memo Obama issued last June instructin
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Lambda Legal Applauds Michigan Court Ruling to Drop Bioterrorism Charge Based on Alleged HIV Status of Defendant
'Discrimination and stigma remain problems for people living with HIV because of the misinformation about HIV. A court has to make decisions, as it did here, based on facts not fear.'

(Detroit, June 3, 2010) -- Today, Lambda Legal applauds the Macomb County Circuit Court's decision late yesterday to drop the bioterrorism charge
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New York begins gay couple commitment ceremonies
By Karina Ioffee Karina Ioffee
Reuters
Thu Jun 3, 6:23 pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials began offering wedding-like ceremonies for same-sex couples on Thursday, drawing as much criticism as praise from gay rights advocates who want nothing short of full marriage rights.

The cer
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Zimbabwe police free gay rights activists
Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS
Thu Jun 3, 2010 6:39pm EDT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations committee that decides which nongovernmental organizations can be accredited to the world body moved on Thursday to keep out the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

The group, w
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