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Millionaire arrested by FBI for threats to Rep. Jim McDermott
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Gay intern called 'hero' for role helping to save Rep. Giffords' life
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Secretary of Defense Gates plans quick DADT repeal
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GLAAD to CNN: Keep 'anti-Gay industry' off the air
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GLSEN/WA to host Seattle/Puget Sound Regional GSA Summit
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ECSA raises player fees for 2011 season
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Clinton re-revises State Department forms
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Mr. President, Washington and Franklin thank you
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San Francisco opens first LGBT history museum in the USA
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New HPV vaccine good news for African American men
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NCLR founder Judge Donna Hitchens retires
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Palm Springs police chief steps down over Gay slurs
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Controversial new book: Sex Education for Muslims
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Americans blame God, study says
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The Outfield: Keelin Godsey has a hammer
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Analyzing the Ninth Circuit's punt of Prop 8 to California Supreme Court
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BREAKING NEWS
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Leave Gays alone, says Uganda presidential candidate
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First gay couple to have civil partnership recognised
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Millionaire arrested by FBI for threats to Rep. Jim McDermott
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a bizarre sequel to the story of Gabrielle Giffords - the Congress member shot in Tucson on January 8 - a California millionaire has been arrested for threatening the life of Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott (D-7).

The FBI arrested Charles Turner Habermann of Palm Springs, California, on January 10, about a month afte
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Gay intern called 'hero' for role helping to save Rep. Giffords' life
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

University of Arizona junior Daniel Hernandez, 20, is credited with helping to save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-Ariz.) life as she lay gravely wounded after being shot in the head on January 8 in Tucson.

Hernandez, a member of the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT Issues, is
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Secretary of Defense Gates plans quick DADT repeal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has called on the armed forces to accelerate the pace of the looming repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT).

On January 6, Secretary Gates outlined a multi-step plan, including regulatory and benefits reform, preparation of training mater
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GLAAD to CNN: Keep 'anti-Gay industry' off the air
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is pushing a new petition against CNN, saying the news network is wrong to bring in guests from the 'anti-Gay industry' for 'balance.'

Like most 24-hour cable news channels, CNN often books people from anti-Gay groups more
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GLSEN/WA to host Seattle/Puget Sound Regional GSA Summit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington will be hosting a regional leadership summit at University Prep (8000 25th Ave. NE) on MLK Day, January 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is from 8-9 a.m.

'Educate yourself on new and interesting ideas
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ECSA raises player fees for 2011 season
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

For the first time in about a decade, the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) Board voted to make changes in the fee structure for the 2011 season. The decision for the Board to increase the regular season player fee to $95 (up from $65) did not come easy, says ECSA Commissioner Je
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Clinton re-revises State Department forms
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a month after the U.S. State Department revised language on one of its standard forms, the form has been re-revised by order of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Last month, the wording of the State Department's 'Consular Report of Birth Abroad' was changed to adopt ge
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Mr. President, Washington and Franklin thank you
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the ?Philadelphia Gay News

When President Obama signed the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' he might have felt the ghosts of founding fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin smiling over his shoulder. They might have even whispered in his ear, 'It's about time.'

History clearl
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San Francisco opens first LGBT history museum in the USA
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Internationally renowned as a center for GLBT culture, San Francisco will soon welcome yet another groundbreaking Queer institution: The GLBT History Museum.

A project of the GLBT Historical Society, an archival and research center established in 1985, the new museum will be
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New HPV vaccine good news for African American men
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A newly approved vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a breakthrough for HIV-positive people, men who have sex with men, and especially African Americans, according the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC).

The new vaccine, which goes by the trade name Gardasil, was approved
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NCLR founder Judge Donna Hitchens retires
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Honorable Donna Hitchens, founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), has retired from the San Francisco Superior Court after two decades on the bench, where she developed a reputation as a compassionate judge and an innovative leader.

'Donna's vision an
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Palm Springs police chief steps down over Gay slurs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Chief of Police of Palm Springs, David Dominquez, has stepped down after an inquiry revealed that he and other officers made anti-Gay slurs while conducting an undercover sex-sting operation targeting Gays having sex in public in the city's Warm Sands neighborhood.

Do
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Controversial new book: Sex Education for Muslims
by Mike Andrew -

SGN Staff Writer 'Ignorance about sexual matters is causing a lot of our young people unnecessary psychological distress,' says Dr. Mobin Akhtar, Pakistani psychiatrist and author of Sex Education for Muslims.

His efforts to correct that situation are meeting with resistance, however.

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Americans blame God, study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama is not the only high-profile figure to see his job approval ratings slip.

God is in trouble too, according to an Ohio professor who has researched Americans' attitudes towards the deity for the last decade.

'We find that anywhere between one third
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The Outfield: Keelin Godsey has a hammer
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

As a high school student in Palmer, Colo., Keelin Godsey dabbled in track's throwing events. Shot put and discus were OK; soccer, basketball, and softball were much more interesting.

Heading east to college, Keelin planned to play basketball. But Maine's Bates College offered
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Analyzing the Ninth Circuit's punt of Prop 8 to California Supreme Court
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

The federal case against California's Proposition 8 took an odd turn January 4 when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals punted the case to the California Supreme Court.

The federal court pronounced itself confused about whether the people who put Prop 8 on the ballot ha
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'No Pants! Light Rail Ride'
Paul Anderson takes his jeans off and tries to keep a straight face as passengers react during Seattle's second 'No Pants! Light Rail Ride' on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Hundreds boarded the Light Rail downtown, took their pants off and headed -- in undies -- to SeaTac Airport and back for the annual January spectacle hosted by Emerald City Imp more
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Activists to push Anchorage LGBT rights ordinance
Alaska's Equality Works coalition will attempt to pass a Gay and Transgender rights ordinance through the Anchorage Municipal Assembly this year.

The proposed law would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and publi
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BREAKING NEWS!

Leave Gays alone, says Uganda presidential candidate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ugandan presidential candidate Kizza Besigye - long-time leader of the opposition to incumbent president Yoweri Museveni - said he would decriminalize same-sex relations if he is elected.

Besigye is challenging Museveni for the third time in a vote scheduled for February 18.
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First gay couple to have civil partnership recognised
CARL O'BRIEN

GLENN CUNNINGHAM and Adriano Vilar have become the first gay couple in the State to have their civil partnership formally recognised by the State.

The couple, who work at Argos, formed a civil partnership at a ceremony in Northern Ireland last year.

Like other same-sex couples with
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