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posted Friday, December 23, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 51

Section One

Living in silence: Gay North Korea
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Life inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea, is not generally well understood. The nation is among the most isolated in the world. 'Reclusive' only begins to scratch the surface of what one could say about the DPRK's obsession with secrecy. And because people often fear what they
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Campaigning GOP candidates confronted about anti-Gay views
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Whenever a GOP candidate spouts off anti-Gay hate, I know I'm not the only one who wonders, 'Are they for real? Do they really believe what they say?' Their political party's collective ignorance about the lives of LGBT Americans is evident every time they give a speech and tie our comm
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Navy Homecoming Kiss
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first more
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FDA approves HIV vaccine study
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The FDA has approved human testing for a new HIV vaccine, SAV001. Approval was announced December 20.

Beginning in January, the vaccine will be administered to 40 healthy HIV-positive subjects to test its safety.

If SAV001 is proven to be safe, the vaccine will e
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Treated like family: Everett's Providence Hospital 'gets it'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It could happen to any one of us. You begin to feel immense pain and realize you need to go to the hospital. You are LGBT. You are scared because you don't know what's going on. You do not want to be alone. You call a friend, who is also LGBT, to accompany you to the hospital in your ti
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California teen sentenced 21 years for killing Gay student
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Brandon McInerney, the Oxnard, California, teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of a Gay student, was sentenced December 19 to 21 years in prison.

Although McInerney, now 17, didn't speak at the proceeding, his lawyer said the teen is 'deeply remorse
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Tom McCarthy, 1968-2011
Tom McCarthy loved and lived life like few others. As the youngest of six kids, he honed his humor and antics to thrive, given his place in the pecking order. Tom's mother died when he was 6.

These experiences forged Tom into the endearing and charming individual we loved. His childhood taught him how to overcome adversity. Tom
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GOP's Gingrich says Gays should vote for Obama
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Newt Gingrich endorsed President Obama - sort of - at a campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on December 20.

'I asked him if he's elected, how does he plan to engage Gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama,' said Scott Arnold, who encountered G
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International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

GAY KENYA SEEKS OPEN, SAFE SPACE
Gay Kenya (gaykenya.com) has launched an appeal on the Global Giving website to establish a safe place for Gay people. Their goal is to raise $53,000 to procure a permanent safehouse for individuals and for support activities.

If they successfully raise $4,00
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Anti-Gay groups spend far more money than LGBT groups
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay organizations are able to spend far more money than pro-LGBT groups, according to a new report released this month.

The comparative study was done by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), 'an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight, and analys
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U.N. issues landmark report on LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The United Nations called on governments to protect LGBT people, repeal discriminatory laws, and prosecute hate crimes in its first-ever report on LGBT rights, issued December 15.

'Homophobic and Transphobic violence has been recorded in all regions. Such violence may be physi
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Pride march will 'morph into the Klu Klux Klan,' Catholic cardinal says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cardinal Francis George, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, told Fox News that the city's Pride march could 'morph into the Ku Klux Klan' if Pride organizers went ahead with plans to march by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 10 a.m. next year.

The pastor of the church said
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Ask Michael: The importance of being fucked up
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

The other day, I found myself living a cliché: nearing the end of the year and looking back while philosophizing about what the year to come has in store for me.

The first thing that came to mind was how horrified I was to walk past a mirror a few weeks ago and take no
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General Gayety: Helping out on the resolution front
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I've taken the liberty of composing New Year's resolutions for individuals who are just too busy to do it themselves.

Newt Gingrich
1. Lose weight.
2. Win the Republican nomination.
3. Win the presidential election.
4. Gloat. more
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FDA asked to approve PrEP HIV therapy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Biopharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has asked the FDA to approve the antiretroviral drug Truvada as a PrEP HIV prevention therapy.

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a way to reduce risk of HIV infection among uninfected people with antiretroviral drugs that would otherwis
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Zimbabwe lawmaker arrested for calling Mugabe Gay
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A member of Zimbabwe's parliament has been arrested for saying that President Robert Mugabe is Gay.

According to the Daily Nation newspaper, Lillian Kirenyi, a legislator from Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, was charged on December 20 with under
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Catholic archbishop orders prayers against marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic archbishop of the Twin Cities has issued a special prayer to protect one man-one woman marriage.

Minnesota will vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage next November.

Archbishop John Nienstedt wants Catholics to recite the p
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Religion no excuse for discrimination, court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal court ruled on December 16 that religion may not be used as a reason to discriminate against LGBT clients in a professional setting.

In Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley, a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a public university graduate program can require i
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