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Dan Choi returns to National Guard unit
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The spirit of being human
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San Francisco Chronicle outs Prop 8 judge Walker
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Gay-bashing Air Force sergeant brought to justice
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 6
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Bigots sue to block hate crimes law
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Summit announced on Gay service in foreign militaries
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Iowa and New Hampshire save marriage equality laws
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Rupert Manalili; 1965-2009
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R Place BIG GAME fundraiser a success
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Seattle Otters hold water polo tournament
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Chinese man defies government, shows up for Mr. Gay World Pageant
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A Canterbury tale, Archbishop apologizes to LGBT Anglicans
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Albania passes anti-discrimination law
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Kenya blocks same-sex wedding
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Gay activist arrested in Malawi
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BREAKING NEWS
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Studies show LGBT teens bullied more, at higher suicide risk
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Ask Michael: Bullied? Help is out there.
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What is progress?
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Medal Count - Olympics - Vancouver 2010
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Religious groups don't want gays in Tet parade
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NHL G.M. Brian Burke supports his gay son
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Jeff Sheng's 'Fearless' on display at Olympic Pride House
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First-ever gay house opens for 2010 Winter Olympics
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New York City activists arrested for civil disobedience
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VIDEO - Gays Kiss Amid Threats of Violence at Valentine's Action in Paris
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ICYMI: VP Dick Cheney Reaffirms His Support of Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
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Reserve Officers Association changes position on gays in the military
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1959 conviction still haunts gay man seeking work
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Mullen finds little resistance among soldiers to gay troops
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US Supreme Court sets date for R-71 case
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COMMENTARY: Author Chandler Burr accuses gay rights leaders of sabotaging marriage equality by refusing to use one potent political weapon: the fact that being gay is not a choice.
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BBC TV presenter arrested over mercy killing
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ACLU-NJ Sues Newark Police for Abuse of Transgender Woman
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Lambda Legal Files Brief in Defense of Cleveland Domestic Partner Registry
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Ask Michael: Bullied? Help is out there.
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NEW POLL: Strong Majority of American Voters Support Repeal of 'Don't Ask'
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VIDEO - A New Olympic Pride
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Kenya: Halt Anti-Gay Campaign
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Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Lambda Legal Clients Seeking Birth Certificate
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Dan Choi returns to National Guard unit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Gay rights advocate and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) repeal poster boy Army Lieutenant Dan Choi returned to drill duty last weekend for the first time since June 2009, when a military review board recommended he be discharged from military service for violating the DADT policy.

Choi reported that he felt welcomed back b
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The spirit of being human
On the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela

by Rev. Robert V. Taylor - Special to the SGN

Nelson Mandela is a reminder of what it means to be authentically human. As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison, a story of courageous hope and courage is celebrated. His aut
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San Francisco Chronicle outs Prop 8 judge Walker
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On February 7, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, the 65-year-old jurist appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, was outed in a San Francisco Chronicle story. Typically, this would be a non-issue; however, Walker will be delivering a decision concerning the overturnin
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Gay-bashing Air Force sergeant brought to justice
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

'Go ahead, try telling the cops. They won't do anything & you can't touch me.' That's what U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Benjamin Ford told Blake Hayes, a 24-year-old DJ for New York City's WPLJ-FM radio, after he attacked Hayes and his friends Alec Bell and Danny Calvert outside of a New York W more
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 6
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

I quit smoking on Sunday. I'm not sure when, exactly, but I think I smoked my last cigarette around 4:30 p.m., which would put me at about 72 hours now - about five days by the time this paper hits the streets. It's extremely difficult to concentrate, and I worry it will affect my writing - not
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Bigots sue to block hate crimes law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A group of four anti-Gay religious leaders has filed suit to overturn the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

The complaint was filed in the US District Court for Eastern Michigan on February 2.

The plaintiffs in the suit are Ameri
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Summit announced on Gay service in foreign militaries
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara that has been a leader in commissioning and disseminating research in the areas of gender, sexuality and the military, has announced plans to convene a Washington, D.C. summit of officials and experts from military fo
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Iowa and New Hampshire save marriage equality laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On February 9, state legislators in both Iowa and New Hampshire voted to preserve their states' marriage equality laws.

Iowa Republicans wanted to pull House Joint Resolution 6 out of a committee and place it on the debate calendar to avoid a February 12 legislative deadline. HJR
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Rupert Manalili; 1965-2009
Rupert was born and raised in Lakewood, Washington, an army brat and youngest of five siblings. He passed away on December 29th, 2009. He is survived by two sisters, Irene and Bonnie, and two brothers, Robert and Joe. Always interested in the arts, he first pursued graphic design and worked for a label company in Seattle in the mid '80s. He saved more
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R Place BIG GAME fundraiser a success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Super Bowl has long attracted crowds of pigskin and beer lovers to sports bars around the country, so it should come as no surprise that a number of Capitol Hill Gay bars broadcast the game. But for local events planner Art Ruiz and the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) officials, the
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Seattle Otters hold water polo tournament
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Otters, a local LGBT-friendly water polo team, held its 14th International Open Water Polo Tournament February 5-7. 'It's one of the largest water polo tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. It was 27 teams in three divisions: women, open, and co-ed,' said Wade Taylor, a player for t
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Chinese man defies government, shows up for Mr. Gay World Pageant
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When the Mr. Gay World 2010 Pageant takes place in Oslo this weekend, it will include a contestant from China, in spite of the Chinese government's efforts.

Chinese police raided the Mr. Gay China event on January 15, shutting it down only an hour before show time. Event organizers
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A Canterbury tale, Archbishop apologizes to LGBT Anglicans
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In his opening speech to the General Synod of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams called for an end to infighting over Gay and women clergy and apologized to LGBT Anglicans.

'The debate over the status and vocational possibilities of LGBT people in the
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Albania passes anti-discrimination law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Albania - Europe's poorest and least developed country - passed a comprehensive anti-discrimination law guaranteeing the rights of its LGBT citizens on February 4. The vote in Albania's Assembly was 70-0.

The new law reportedly prohibits discrimination based on "gender, race, color
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Kenya blocks same-sex wedding
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As SGN goes to press, BBC News reports that village chiefs have blocked a same-sex wedding in the African country of Kenya.

'I was shocked. & I won't allow it,' Chief Hussein Swaleh told BBC.

The marriage had been scheduled to take place February 11 in what was descr
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Gay activist arrested in Malawi
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A man has been arrested in the African nation of Malawi for putting up posters advocating LGBT rights.

Peter Sawali, 21, was arrested with stacks of posters which read 'Gay rights are human rights.' Police say they believe he is part of an international Gay conspiracy because of t
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

National ACT UP-like network forming
Around 45 LGBT activists of varying national stature met at the Highlander Research and Education Center in rural Tennessee in late January to create a new national LGBT direct-action movement.

"We had one thing on our agend
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BREAKING NEWS!

Studies show LGBT teens bullied more, at higher suicide risk
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

It's no secret that kids can be mean to each other. But for some LGBT youth, the bullying has led to depression, self-imposed isolation, and even suicide. A new study shows that LGBT adolescents get bullied two or three times more than their heterosexual counterparts, and a separate study shows
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Ask Michael: Bullied? Help is out there.
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

As a child/adolescent, were you called a faggot or a dyke? Were you threatened or physically attacked? Did you feel isolated, or were you excluded because people perceived you as being GLBTQ? Was fear a motivating factor to keep you in the closet to avoid being labeled as Gay and, therefo
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What is progress?
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

We rounded the corner and were met by an 8-year-old girl with her hand outstretched in greeting.

"How are you?" she asked. Her long ponytails jittered with energy. "My name is Selena. Can I ask you a question?"

"Sure," we said.

"What is pro
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Medal Count - Olympics - Vancouver 2010
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Religious groups don't want gays in Tet parade
By DEEPA BHARATH
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Vietnamese Christian and Buddhist leaders say it is inappropriate for homosexuals to participate in Little Saigon's Lunar New Year celebration.

WESTMINSTER - Local Vietnamese religious groups are lashing out against Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups that will mar
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NHL G.M. Brian Burke supports his gay son
by Jim Buzinski

There is a very touching and affirming story on ESPN.com about Brendan Burke, how he came out as gay and was accepted by his father, Brian Burke, the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brendan Burke, 20, is a former hockey goalie who now assists the University of Miami (Ohio) college hockey te
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Jeff Sheng's 'Fearless' on display at Olympic Pride House
Olympics - News

Groundbreaking photo series features 14 openly gay Canadian high school and college athletes

By Cyd Zeigler

Sheng's 100th 'Fearless' photo shoot will be on display in Vancouver.

One of the highlights of Pride House at this months Vancouver Winter Olympics wil
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First-ever gay house opens for 2010 Winter Olympics
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

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New York City activists arrested for civil disobedience
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

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VIDEO - Gays Kiss Amid Threats of Violence at Valentine's Action in Paris
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

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ICYMI: VP Dick Cheney Reaffirms His Support of Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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Reserve Officers Association changes position on gays in the military
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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1959 conviction still haunts gay man seeking work
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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Mullen finds little resistance among soldiers to gay troops
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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US Supreme Court sets date for R-71 case
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

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COMMENTARY: Author Chandler Burr accuses gay rights leaders of sabotaging marriage equality by refusing to use one potent political weapon: the fact that being gay is not a choice.
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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BBC TV presenter arrested over mercy killing
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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ACLU-NJ Sues Newark Police for Abuse of Transgender Woman
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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Lambda Legal Files Brief in Defense of Cleveland Domestic Partner Registry
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Rejects Attempt to Repeal Marriage Rights
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

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NEW POLL: Strong Majority of American Voters Support Repeal of 'Don't Ask'
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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VIDEO - A New Olympic Pride
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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Kenya: Halt Anti-Gay Campaign
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Lambda Legal Clients Seeking Birth Certificate
By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
more
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By Cyd Zeigler

Pride House, the gay-themed retreat for athletes and visitors at the Vancouver Olympics, opened to the public on Monday. The house was put together by Gay Whistler in hopes of promoting their Gay Ski Week that starts at Whistler the day after the Olympics close.

full story:
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


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