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posted Friday, January 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 01

Section One

Admiral Mullen adds DADT repeal to 2011 guidance
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, released his guidance for 2011, outlining - among other things - the implementation of open service by Gays and Lesbians.

The purpose of the memorandum, which directs the Joint Staff and informs the Joint Force, is to relay Mullen's priorities for the fo
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Navy captain canned after raunchy video surfaces
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor The Navy permanently removed Captain Owen Honors, a senior officer in command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, on January 4 because of raunchy comedy videos he made and showed to the crew several years ago when he was the ship's executive officer.

The videos, which include anti-Ga
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Seattle hosts first-ever West Coast LGBT Tourism Summit
Seattle hosts first-ever West Coast LGBT Tourism Summit by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle will host LGBT Chambers of Commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, travel planners and chamber businesses at the first West Coast LGBT Tourism Summit from January 6-8 at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

Accordin
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Ninth Circuit issues orders in Prop 8 case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel hearing California's Prop 8 case issued two orders on January 4 addressing the controversial issue of standing.

'Standing' means who can legally appeal federal District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Prop 8 violates the 14th Amendment to th
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Gov. Christie signs 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on January 5 that advocates say gives New Jersey the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation.

Christie signed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights into law, according to a press release from Garden State Equality, the state's l
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Pride Foundation to award more than $400,000 in scholarship money
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation, in partnership with the GSBA Scholarship Fund, announced on January 4 they will award more than $400,000 in the coming months to LGBTQ and straight allied students either from or studying in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The scholarship program is one of
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General Gayety: Santa's elves demand end to discriminatory policy
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

In case you don't read The North Pole Gazette, here's a reprint of an important story that just ran in that fine newspaper.

It's always quiet at Santa's Workshop in the first half of January. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are in Hawaii, and the elves are sleeping.
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New Mexico can recognize out-of-state Gay marriages, attorney general says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has issued an opinion stating that same-sex marriages concluded in another state could be recognized under New Mexico law.

King announced his opinion on January 4.

'A comprehensive legal analysis by my office concludes that valid s
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U.S. passport applications now reflect all families
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In July 2010, Dana Rudolph wrote of her experience getting a new passport for her son - who has two moms - and the difficulties presented by the 'Father's Name' and 'Mother's Name' blanks on the application. Dana started a petition asking for the State Department to revise the passport to sa
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'Don't out Gays,' Uganda judge tells tabloid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Ugandan judge has ordered the tabloid Rolling Stone to stop publishing the names and photos of men it claims are Gay.

According to John Francis Onyango, attorney for three Ugandan Gay rights activists, High Court Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke issued his order January 3.

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Pope vs. Spain: Political slugfest highlights Gay rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Spanish city of Barcelona announced on December 30 that it will erect a monument to LGBT people who have been victims of persecution.

The monument will be unveiled next month, according to Barcelona's city government.

It will be done in pink stone and will be triangu
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Gay newspaper boxes vandalized in Vancouver, B.C.
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Police in Vancouver, B.C., are investigating the possibility of hate-motivated vandalism following damage to distribution boxes for the Canadian Gay newspaper Xtra!

A senior manager for the newspaper said the vandalism would cost the free publication about $3,000. Xtra! boxes
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International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Brazil creates national council to protect LGBTs
Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva and Human Rights Secretary Paulo Vannuchi signed a decree Dec. 9 creating the National LGBT Council.

The document says the council's purpose is to "formulate and propose guidelines for government actions,
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Dan Choi hospitalized
Leading Don't Ask, Don't Tell activist Dan Choi said Dec. 14 that he was committed to a veterans hospital psychiatric ward on Dec. 10, the day after the U.S. Senate again refused to authorize repeal of the DADT ban on open Gays in the military.

On Dec. 18, the Senate reversed cour
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We love Obama the most, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An October 2010 poll newly released by the Huffington Post shows that President Obama's standing with the LGBT community was much higher than with the country at large, even before DADT was repealed.

The survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, interviewed 1,077 sel
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Equality Utah named as one of 2010's Gay Rights Heroes
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Change.org, an online activism platform for social change that raises awareness about important causes and connects people to opportunities for powerful action, named Equality Utah as one of 2010's Gay Rights Heroes.

'When 2010 started, Equality Utah put forward a bold statem
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The OutField: The beautiful game heads to anti-Gay Qatar
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

When the World Cup kicks off in Qatar in 2022, there will be no alcohol.

There will also be few Gay people in the stands, watching the most popular sports event on the planet.

FIFA - soccer's world governing body - stunned the world late last year with the announc
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Florida governor celebrates inauguration with prayer and bigotry
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Florida's new governor, Rick Scott, attended a prayer breakfast and was then sworn into office on January 4.

He then went to his office and issued a series of executive orders which he hoped would set the tone for his administration of the state.

With one order, Scott seized contro
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Trend lines and battle lines
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

The trend lines point toward full LGBT equality.

This was surprisingly evident last week on the FOX News Channel show Red Eye, which lampooned leading anti-Gay organizations for vowing to skip this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because a Gay conservati
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