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SGN Exclusive Interview: Charlene Strong talks about Obama's executive order
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Bisexual men sue national Gay softball group, claim bias
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Horror in California - Sonoma County, CA victimizes elderly Gay couple
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Choi and five others protest DADT at White House
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Gay City Quinceañera celebrates 15 years of community
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Day of Silence observed around the nation
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Legal drama in Argentina - Lesbian marriage annulled, then un-annulled
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Tory J. Plaisance 1963-2010
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You can't marry - or divorce, Texas attorney general says
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Labor complaint targets porn industry
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'Too Gay' for San Francisco - Gay union organizer fired by cruise line
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Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
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Justice Alito sole dissenter in animal abuse video ruling
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Brits will ban author of Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill
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QLaw aims to educate and influence community
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BREAKING NEWS
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First Look: Archie Comic's New Gay Character, Kevin Keller
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HRC, Solmonese in the hot seat
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Arizona Governor Takes Away State Domestic Partner Benefits Says 'God Has Placed Me in This Powerful Position'
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Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Comes Out
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Prop 8 sponsors ask judge to strike trial evidence
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Illinois Legislature Passes Anti-Bullying Bill with Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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Bolivia's Morales: Eating Chicken Makes You Gay?
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Lindsey Graham Gay? Conservative Group ALIPAC Demands Senator 'Admit Homosexuality'
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Air Force, in reversal, will discharge lesbian officer
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President Obama: A Transgender Veteran Is Not An 'Impersonator,' 'It,' Or 'Shim'
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GetEQUAL - Activists in McCain's office
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Discharged Gay Vet Arrested at Sen. McCain's Office Today After Refusing To Leave
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Malawi 'gay trial' prisoners speak out
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Great Global Kiss-in
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Equality California Issues Statement on Appeal in Proposition 8 Trial
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Justices seem to lean toward disclosing R-71 names
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SF leaders react to 'horrendous' Arizona law
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Discharged and Active Gay Servicemembers to Protest in Front of White House
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HRC, Solmonese in the hot seat
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Advertise for Seattle Gay Pride
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Pride Toronto and QuAIA ignore Mammoliti ultimatum
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Fenty apologizes for PFOX award
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10th Annual May 1 March and Rally
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Charlene Strong talks about Obama's executive order
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

On April 15, President Obama sent an executive order to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius requesting that all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid money grant the same visitation rights to Gay and Lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples.

The moment I read about Obam
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Bisexual men sue national Gay softball group, claim bias
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Three Bisexual athletes are suing the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) because they say they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in Seattle two years ago.

On April 20, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law
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Horror in California - Sonoma County, CA victimizes elderly Gay couple
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Officials in Sonoma County, California, forcibly separated an elderly Gay couple, confined both of them in county medical facilities against their will, prevented one of the men from visiting his dying partner, and sold off all their belongings, leaving the surviving partner destitute.

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Choi and five others protest DADT at White House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On April 20, Lt. Dan Choi and five others - Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, Petty Officer Larry Whitt, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Cadet Maria Boyd, and Cpl. Evelyn Thomas - handcuffed themselves to the White House gates to demand that President Obama keep his promise to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' more
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Gay City Quinceañera celebrates 15 years of community
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gay City's Quinceañera
April 28
Gay City (511 E Pike St.)


On April 28, Gay City Health Project, Seattle's multicultural Gay men's health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STD testing in King County, will be celebrating their 'Quinceañera' for 1
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Day of Silence observed around the nation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On April 16, hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of middle schools, high schools, and colleges participated in the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) 15th annual Day of Silence by taking some form of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying a
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Legal drama in Argentina - Lesbian marriage annulled, then un-annulled
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a case featuring dueling Argentine judges, Lesbian couple Norma Castillo and Ramona Arevalo were married after more than 30 years together, saw their marriage annulled, and then restored - all in the space of two weeks.

Castillo and Arevalo, both 67, were legally married April 1
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Tory J. Plaisance 1963-2010
Tory J. Plaisance passed away in his home in Renton on March 20, 2010 from multiple cancers. Born September 10, 1963, in Everett, WA, Tory was a 1982 graduate from Edmonds High School.

Tory had a very active life. While in high school he was a member of the Edmonds choir as well as dancing jazz with the Barclay School of Dance for s
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You can't marry - or divorce, Texas attorney general says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing two recent divorces of same-sex couples in order to 'defend the traditional definition of marriage that was approved by Texas voters.'

In 2005, Texas voters passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a 3-to-1 margin even thou
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Labor complaint targets porn industry
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has filed complaints with the California Labor Commissioner against nine talent agencies which recruit performers for the porn industry.

AHF alleges that the agencies recruited performers and sent them out to porn shoots knowing they would be
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'Too Gay' for San Francisco - Gay union organizer fired by cruise line
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

San Francisco Pride At Work and the Harvey Milk Democratic Club picketed Alcatraz Cruises April 19 to protest the cruise line's firing of Gay union organizer Vincent Atos.

Atos was questioned about his sexual orientation and then suspended for 15 days for sexual harassment in Octob
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Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Arkansas circuit judge struck down a state law prohibiting unmarried couples from adopting children or serving as foster parents.

The law effectively banned Gay men and Lesbians from adopting or foster parenting children because they may not marry in Arkansas. In 2004, Arkansas v
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Justice Alito sole dissenter in animal abuse video ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was the sole dissenter in an 8-1 decision striking down a federal law that banned video depictions of violence against animals.

The court ruled on April 20 that the law violated 1st Amendment protections of free speech.

The c
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Brits will ban author of Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The British government will ban the author of Uganda's notorious 'kill the Gays' bill from entering the U.K. if the bill is passed, The Guardian newspaper reported April 19.

Officials in the British Foreign Office Department for International Development and the Borders Agency are
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QLaw aims to educate and influence community
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On April 29, QLaw, Washington state's GLBT Bar Association celebrated its fifth annual banquet. The keynote address was delivered by Sergeant Darren Manzella, a volunteer for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, who was dismissed from the United States Army under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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National News
Out magazine lists 'most influential' Gays, Lesbians

Ellen DeGeneres is America's 'most influential' Gay man or woman, according to Out magazine's fourth annual 'Power 50' list.

'Since DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol in February, millions upon millions of viewers are getting a double
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BREAKING NEWS!

First Look: Archie Comic's New Gay Character, Kevin Keller
Toweleroad.com

Yesterday I posted a video of Fausto Fernos speaking with Dan Parent, who has been writing and drawing the Archie comic series for two decades, speaking about the comic's introduction of its first gay character.

Full story:
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HRC, Solmonese in the hot seat
Kevin Naff
cdagenda.com

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese took it on the chin Thursday at a panel discussion among LGBT movement leaders moderated by Sirius XM radio's Michelangelo Signorile in Washington.

In the studio with Signorile were Rea Carey from National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Mara Keisli
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Arizona Governor Takes Away State Domestic Partner Benefits Says 'God Has Placed Me in This Powerful Position'
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has eliminated state domestic partner benefits a year after they were implemented, the Arizona Daily Star reports:

Brewer 'A bill signed by Gov. Jan Brewer redefined a 'dependent,' canceling the rule change made by Gov. Janet Napolitano that allowed domestic partners to receive benefits. Also eliminated ar
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Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Comes Out
Award-winning Christian pop singer Jennifer Knapp discusses her return to music from a soul-searching hiatus and reveals how she reconciled her spiritual life with her sexuality.

By Emily Drabinski
ADVOCATE.COM

When Jennifer Knapp settles in for coffee and a conversation in a midtown Manhattan apartment, a surpr
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Prop 8 sponsors ask judge to strike trial evidence
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The sponsors of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage want a federal judge to strike numerous campaign e-mails and memos from evidence in the trial over the proposition's constitutional validity.

full story:
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Illinois Legislature Passes Anti-Bullying Bill with Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
NEW YORK, April 23, 2010 - The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed an enumerated anti-bullying bill today that includes protections from bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

The Senate passed the bill last month. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who is expected to sign the bi
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Bolivia's Morales: Eating Chicken Makes You Gay?
By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Cochabamba

When Bolivian President Evo Morales took the stage to inaugurate the World People's Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth on Tuesday, April 20, in Cochabamba, he gave his thousands of politically correct attendees a surprise. Somewhere between appealing for an internationa
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Lindsey Graham Gay? Conservative Group ALIPAC Demands Senator 'Admit Homosexuality'
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Air Force, in reversal, will discharge lesbian officer
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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President Obama: A Transgender Veteran Is Not An 'Impersonator,' 'It,' Or 'Shim'
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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GetEQUAL - Activists in McCain's office
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Discharged Gay Vet Arrested at Sen. McCain's Office Today After Refusing To Leave
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Malawi 'gay trial' prisoners speak out
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Great Global Kiss-in
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Equality California Issues Statement on Appeal in Proposition 8 Trial
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Justices seem to lean toward disclosing R-71 names
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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SF leaders react to 'horrendous' Arizona law
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Discharged and Active Gay Servicemembers to Protest in Front of White House
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Your Guide to the Arizona Boycott: Porn, Sky Mall, and P.F. Chang's
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Advertise for Seattle Gay Pride
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Pride Toronto and QuAIA ignore Mammoliti ultimatum
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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Fenty apologizes for PFOX award
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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10th Annual May 1 March and Rally
William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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William Gheen, head of the conservative, anti-'amnesty,' anti-illegal immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), spoke at a Greenville, S.C. Tea Party rally this weekend and called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to 'come out of that log cabin closet.'

According to Gheen, being gay is "a secret that Lind
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

'I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands.'

-Martina Navratilova to People magazine April 7 on being diagnosed with breast cancer.



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