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Transgender woman claims discrimination at Seattle Hostess Bakery
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New York Senate kills marriage bill
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Hillary Clinton denounces homophobia, announces AIDS conference
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Capitol Hill holds fundraiser for fallen officer
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Cards on the table in Raleigh
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Dr. Bob Wood honored at World AIDS Day Luncheon
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DC Council votes for marriage equality
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Forbes names Cal Anderson Park one of America's best
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Red Dress Party has local charities seeing green
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Rain City Soccer launches club calendar
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UPDATE: Fallout over Atlanta Eagle raid
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Seattle Men in Leather name 2010 Daddy and Daddy's Boy
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Poll: NJ residents narrowly support Gay marriage
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AFL-CIO takes on AIDS
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Witness immunity sought for Gay service members
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ENDA delay sparks fear, speculation
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BREAKING NEWS
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Seattle Men's Chorus brings Christmas to Seattle early
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LGBT AMERICANS OUTRAGED AT DELAY IN BASIC JOB RIGHTS
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Queer Town: Are Gay Pundits Hurting the Gay Marriage Movement?
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Woman may become 2nd openly gay Episcopal bishop
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Marc Christian MacGinnis dies at 56; Rock Hudson's ex-lover
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NJ to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill
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Election of lesbian bishop re-opens Anglican wounds
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Levi Johnston: I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)
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LGBT Advocacy Organization Calls on Media to Spotlight Anti-Gay History of Banton
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Bruce Springsteen backs gay marriage in NJ
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Obama Is Criticized on AIDS Program
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N.J. Senate delays vote on gay marriage bill
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Update on Brutal Possible Hate Crime in Terlingua, Texas
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LGBT AMERICANS OUTRAGED AT DELAY IN BASIC JOB RIGHTS
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Transgender woman claims discrimination at Seattle Hostess Bakery
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

For a little over two and one-half years, 47-year-old Alicia Frenter has enjoyed her job as a machine operator at the Hostess Bakery in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. The feeling of accomplishment and teamwork she first felt as an employee of the Interstate Bakeries Corporation soon gave way to feelings of sadness and frus
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New York Senate kills marriage bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning defeat for both marriage equality advocates and Gov. David Paterson, the New York State Senate voted down a marriage equality bill on December 2. The vote was 38-24.

Later that night some 300 New Yorkers staged an impromptu protest in Times Square. Most of the anger
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Hillary Clinton denounces homophobia, announces AIDS conference
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a major speech marking World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced international homophobia and revealed plans to host the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington DC.

In her speech, delivered on December 1, Clinton said:

"Obviously, our e
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Capitol Hill holds fundraiser for fallen officer
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On December 9, 11 restaurants and bars on Capitol Hill will participate in a fundraiser to benefit the family of their neighborhood's respected police officer, Timothy Brenton.

All participating businesses - Bill's Off Broadway, Century Ballroom, The Elite, The Garage, The Honeyh more
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Cards on the table in Raleigh
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

The day after Thanksgiving, I was in a bar in Raleigh, NC, playing cards with Jenny, her two brothers, and two Evangelical Christians who had sat down at our table.

"So y'all are together," Chase said, gesturing at Jenny and me. He looked like an adult version of Fred S
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Dr. Bob Wood honored at World AIDS Day Luncheon
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On December 1, in commemoration of World AIDS Day, about 700 people gathered at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center for the 6th Annual World AIDS Day Luncheon. The complimentary luncheon was sponsored chiefly by Multifaith Works. It featured speakers, a short film, and an awa
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DC Council votes for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

By a vote of 11 to 2, the City Council of Washington DC passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, December 1.

Titled the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, the bill authorizes same-sex civil marriage, while exempting religious institu
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Forbes names Cal Anderson Park one of America's best
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Forbes.com and the web edition of Forbes Magazine have named Cal Anderson Park one of the 12 best urban parks in the U.S. Forbes is a well-known publication which features news about developments and trends in business and finance.

The story, "America's Best City Parks," says of
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Red Dress Party has local charities seeing green
by David Luc Nguyen - SGN Contributing Writer

A sea of red chiffon, satin lace, and matte jersey painted a dramatic crimson backdrop for a memorable evening in the Emerald City on November 21. More than 850 individuals braved the cold weather, blustering winds, and epic rainfall to raise more than $20,000 for local HIV/AIDS c
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Rain City Soccer launches club calendar
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Rain City Soccer Club, which organizes predominantly Gay/Lesbian soccer teams in the Seattle area, held their first calendar launch party on the November 20 at Café Metropolitan.

For a while, we talked about doing a calendar & it was kind of a last-minute decision, RCSC
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UPDATE: Fallout over Atlanta Eagle raid
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On November 24, Lambda Legal and co-counsel filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) chief of police, and 48 APD officers on behalf of 19 Atlanta Eagle patrons who were present during the September 10 raid on the Eagle, an At
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Seattle Men in Leather name 2010 Daddy and Daddy's Boy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Men in Leather (SML) named Mark Handel as Seattle Leather Daddy 2010, and Kyle Hardy as Seattle Daddy's Boy 2010 at the Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy contest at the Cuff Complex November 28. This is the 21st year of the contest.

The competition was the highlig
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Poll: NJ residents narrowly support Gay marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

As New Jersey Democratic lawmakers debate over whether to attempt to pass a law that would legalize Gay marriage, supporters of a marriage equality bill flocked to the Statehouse November 23, the first day of the lame-duck session.

Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality
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AFL-CIO takes on AIDS
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

To mark World AIDS Day, the AFL-CIO announced new international initiatives against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

In South Africa, the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center is partnering with the National Metal Workers Union of South Africa in a five-year workplace-centered HIV/AIDS program "Be Fai
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Witness immunity sought for Gay service members
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), introduced a bill December 2 that would grant Gay service members who reveal their sexual orientations during congressional testimony immunity from forced discharges as lawmakers prepare to consider repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), the b
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ENDA delay sparks fear, speculation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee postponed its scheduled markup of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on November 18, it also sparked fear and speculation among LGBT activists.

ENDA would expand the protections of Title VII of the 196
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US Justice Dept will act on anti-Gay bias, official says
by Mike Andrew- SGN Staff Writer

Assistant US Attorney General Tom Perez said on Wednesday, October 14, that the US Justice Department would act against anti-Gay discrimination.

Perez heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting discrimination and h
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

ENDA delayed again, activists grumble
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act's journey through Congress has been delayed again, according to an Advocate.com report. The Advocate story was e-mailed to this reporter by the Human Rights Campaign in response to a request for
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BREAKING NEWS!

Seattle Men's Chorus brings Christmas to Seattle early
by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

The Seattle Men's Chorus opened Seattle's Christmas season early this year with two Santa Baby concerts last weekend at Benaroya Hall. Broadway's Betty Buckley added glitz and glamour to the opening pair of concerts but otherwise the holiday concerts were business as usual for the busy,
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LGBT AMERICANS OUTRAGED AT DELAY IN BASIC JOB RIGHTS
In light of continuing delays in the House of Representatives, we must state clearly and unequivocally: Passing basic job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people must happen now. At a time when our government is deeply focused on the critical issue of employment, it is inexcusable to delay action on the Employment Non-Dis more
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Queer Town: Are Gay Pundits Hurting the Gay Marriage Movement?
Patrick Range McDonald
Queer Town

Over the past few days, gay pundits such as blogger Michael Petrelis and Bay Area Reporter news editor Cynthia Laird have been hammering Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs for refusing to publicly release polling data for a pro-gay marriage ballot measure, with popular blogger Andy Towle wri
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Woman may become 2nd openly gay Episcopal bishop
AP

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - An openly lesbian priest is among the candidates for assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. If elected Saturday, she would become the second openly gay bishop in the national church and the global Anglican fellowship.

Two rounds of voting at the diocese's annual conventio
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Marc Christian MacGinnis dies at 56; Rock Hudson's ex-lover
He won a multimillion-dollar settlement in 1991 from the actor's estate after convincing a jury that Hudson had knowingly exposed him to AIDS.

Marc Christian MacGinnis | 1953-2009

Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times) Elaine Woo

Marc Christian MacGinnis, who won a multimillion-dollar settlement in 1991 from
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NJ to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill
NEW JERSEY (1010 WINS) -- It has been a week since the New York senate voted against a same-sex marriage bill, and now it is New Jersey's turn.

CBS reports that a committee in New Jersey is expected to vote this Monday on a same-sex marriage bill.

NJ State Senator Ray Lesniak, a member of the Senate Judiciary
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Election of lesbian bishop re-opens Anglican wounds
AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The election Sunday of a second openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church drew a stern warning from the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the 77 million Anglicans worldwide.

The move from the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles to elect 55-year-old Reverend Canon Mary Glasspool, who has been in
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Levi Johnston: I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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LGBT Advocacy Organization Calls on Media to Spotlight Anti-Gay History of Banton
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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Bruce Springsteen backs gay marriage in NJ
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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Obama Is Criticized on AIDS Program
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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N.J. Senate delays vote on gay marriage bill
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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Update on Brutal Possible Hate Crime in Terlingua, Texas
I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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I Like Being Gay Icon, Gays 'Are People Too' (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Levi Johnston went on the Joy Behar Show to talk about his new roll as a 'gay icon.' Johnston seemed comfortable with the position, despite growing up in Wasilla, where he had 'never seen a gay guy.'

Behar began the conversation asking Johnston
more
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


'President Obama has said he is opposed to discriminatory ballot measures. It's time for him to do something to stop them. The president can do something today to prevent future ballot measures designed to take away LGBT rights by asking the federal court to rule that Proposition 8 and similar measures violate the 14th Amendment of the United State more
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