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posted Friday, May 7, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 19
Section One - ALL STORIES
Lesbian couple legally married in Texas
MTF Transgender bride 'male' on birth certificate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Lesbian couple has been legally married in Texas - even though same-sex marriages are constitutionally prohibited there - thanks to an apparent loophole in Texas state law.

Sabrina J. Hill and her longtime partner, Therese 'Tee' Bur, were legally married
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Barney Frank talks - his 30 years in Congress
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

Barney Frank was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, just across Kill Van Kull from Staten Island. He's a Harvard-educated elder statesman, head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, a self-deprecating funnyman, an irascible curmudgeon who just turned 70, an eloquent speaker, the con
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Hawaiian legislature OKs civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a surprise vote on the last day of its legislative session, the Hawaii House of Representatives legalized civil unions for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

The April 30 vote on HB 444 was 31-20.

Hawaii's Senate passed the legislation January 22, by a marg
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Entre Hermanos: SB1070
by Lonnie Tristan Renteria - Special to the SGN

Por Lonnie Tirstan Renteria, miembro, Mesa Directiva de Entre Hermanos, Activista de Comunidad y Profesor de Francés y Estudios Culturales.

En 1989 vivía en Francia. Para muchos es una oportunidad de sueño. Me encanta la Francia, pero la realidad engañó. La p
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Boy Scouts of America lose Supreme Court case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let stand a ruling by a U.S. District Court in San Diego that the Boy Scouts of America may not lease city-owned land because they are a religious organization.

In a ruling on May 3, the court denied the Boy Scouts' petition for certiorari with
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Chicago Free Press out of business
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The LGBT newspaper Chicago Free Press did not publish its April 29 edition, and appears to be out of business.

On May 3, the paper's editor, Kerrie Kennedy, issued a statement saying it had ceased publication.

"Due to health problems, publisher David Costanzo is no l
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Gay rights groups look for leadership on DADT
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Gay rights groups and supportive Democratic lawmakers were angered on April 30 by a letter by senior Pentagon leaders warning Congress not to tamper with the ban on Gays serving openly in the military until they can come up with a plan for dealing with potential opposition in the ranks.
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DOMA heads to federal court
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) entered federal court this week.

Mary Bonauto, who's made a name for herself as lead lawyer in same-sex marriage court cases in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, is heading up the team challe
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Argentinian Deputies advance marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Argentina's House of Deputies passed a historic marriage equality bill on May 5 following 11 hours of debate on the House floor.

The bill includes both the right to marry and the right to adopt children. The adoption provision was especially controversial.

The vote
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Laurie Jinkins launches campaign for State House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On May 4, Laurie Jinkins, a public health leader, chair of the Tacoma Community College (TCC) Board of Trustees, school mom, and longtime community volunteer and leader, kicked off her campaign for State Representative with more than 200 supporters.

Jinkins is running in the 27
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D.C. Appeals Court hears marriage equality case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On May 3, the D.C. Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit seeking to force the city to put its new marriage equality law on the ballot for a popular vote.

The suit was filed by Bishop Harry Jackson and other local religious leaders who opposed passage of D.C.'s marriage equa
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N.Y. Court of Appeals expands rights of non-biological parents
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The New York Court of Appeals, that state's highest court, handed down two rulings May 4 that substantially expanded the rights of non-biological parents.

In one case, the court ruled that a woman can obtain visitation rights for the child she raised with her former partner becau
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Seattle May Day march intensified by AZ immigrant bill
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 1, as Calvin Borel won his third Kentucky Derby in the last four years, thousands of workers poured into the streets of Seattle's Central District to march downtown for International Workers' Day. Participants chanted in Spanish and English, calling on Congress and President Barack Oba
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International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Executive Cary Alan Johnson
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

From April 26-28, Cary Alan Johnson, the executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) visited Seattle for a variety of speaking engagements. Johnson spoke to the University of Washington School of Law about the role lawyers play in moving the struggl
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Social networking led to murderous connection, say cops
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Hooking up has never been easier. These days, Gay men can turn to a number of online dating websites where they are a couple of clicks away from quick connect sex. In fact, you don't even need a computer to access these social networking sites; there's an app for it on your cell phone. Unfortun
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LGBTQ survey reveals a diverse population
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Rainbow Center of Tacoma, an LGBT community space in Tacoma, Washington, conducted a survey of LGBTQ people in the greater Pierce County area from March 1, 2010 to April 10, 2010. The survey was conducted under the direction of Paula Frederick, PhD., a sociologist with expertise in the fiel
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Jesse's Journal: Hospital visitation a daily struggle for LGBT couples
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Every day, same-sex couples must fight for the basic rights that straight married couples take for granted. One of those basic rights is the right to visit your partner in the hospital. Michael and I are fortunate to live in Broward County, a progressive county in the mostly conserva
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Marquette Rescinds Offer to Sociologist
By SAM DILLON
New York Times

Marquette University on Thursday abruptly rescinded an offer to a sociologist to serve as dean of one of its colleges, angering some students and faculty members who said the university did so after learning she was a lesbian who wrote about sexuality.

Marquette, a Roman Catholic
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Lithuanian court reverses ban on gay pride parade
By LIUDAS DAPKUS

VILNIUS, Lithuania - A Lithuanian appeals court said Friday that the country's first gay pride parade can go ahead as planned, overturning a ban imposed by a lower court that had warned of violent protests.

The procession Saturday in the Lithuanian capital is expected to draw hundreds of participan
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NO MATCH: Maddow Vs Cooper On George Rekers Rentboy Scandal with VIDEO
more What a disappointment CNN's coverage was tonight. But WOW, did Rachel Maddow ever hit it out of the park! JMG reader Curtis observed on Facebook: 'The difference in reporting between the two is notable. Probably not coincidental that one is out and one is not.'

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An Unlikely Plaintiff. At Issue? He Dares Not Speak Its Name
By SCOTT JAMES
Bay Area Reporter

When Clay M. Greene remembered the events of June 2008, he clenched his teeth, his hands tightened into fists and his body shook. 'They grabbed them by their necks and tossed them in a car,' he said last week, recalling the fate of his beloved cats, Sassy and Tiger. He never saw them again.
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Elena Kagan Is Not Gay
Richard Kim
The Nation

Nine years ago Andrew Sullivan was caught up in a sex scandal when an anonymous personal ad he took out on a site called barebackcity.com was exposed by gay journalist and outing proponent Michelangelo Signorile. Sullivan claimed that he was a victim of "sexual McCarthyism" and sampling Clarence Thom
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Dan Pious and Jordan Pious talk 'The Amazing Race' win
By Reality TV World staff

Although they finished a distant third in the The Amazing Race's penultimate sixteenth-season leg, Dan Pious and his brother Jordan Pious never stopped giving the competition their all, and that attitude paid off in the final leg.

Dan, a 24-year-old financial advisor from Barrington, RI,
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Florida AG (GOP candidate for Gov.) Bill McCollum 'personally requested' the hiring of Rekers
Posted by Joe Sudbay
americablog.com

Steve Rothaus has the letters that tie Bill McCollum to George Rekers:

Attorney General Bill McCollum personally requested that the state's Department of Children and Families hire antigay psychologist George Rekers at $300 an hour as an expert witness to defend Florida
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Bill McCullom requested hiring of antigay psychologist now in Rentboy scandal
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
MiamiHerald.com

Attorney General Bill McCollum personally requested that the state's Department of Children & Families hire antigay psychologist George Rekers at $300 an hour as an expert witness to defend Florida's ban on gay people adopting, records show.

"Our attorneys handling this cas
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Caribbean to get $100M grant from US to fight AIDS
AP

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Leaders in the Caribbean expect to receive a $100 million grant from the U.S. government to help fight AIDS over the next five years.

Acting U.S. Ambassador in Guyana Karen Williams says the agreement will provide funds to treat people in a dozen countries, including Suriname, the Bahamas an
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2nd Sit-in at McCain's AZ Office to Protest DADT
Joe Mirabella
bilerico.com

H.E.R.O staged a sit-in today at Senator McCain's Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona office. This is the second sit-in by the group in less than a month. According to statement from the group:

Quarter Master 3rd Class (QM-3) Shellaine Gokey served her country proudly in the United State
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GLSEN Announces No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest Winners
NEW YORK, May 11, 2010 – GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest from over 700 entries received from across the country.

The C more
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Gay rights group demands apology from Newsweek
By SANDY COHEN Ap Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES - A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that the group says suggested gay actors can't play straight characters.

'An actor's personal life should not be a factor in their believability in a role,' said Jarrett Barrios
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A Case for Outing on All Levels
By Michelangelo Signorile
Advocate.com

When antigay California state senator Roy Ashburn came out in March - only after he was busted for drunk driving following a night out at a Sacramento gay bar - he became the latest chapter of a story too many of us are sick of reading.

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Film fest 'the heart and soul' of Trans culture
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2010
May 13-16
Various Seattle Venues


Three Dollar Bill Cinema is currently holding Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival brings an eclectic mix of short fi
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Florida AG (GOP candidate for Gov.) Bill McCollum 'personally requested' the hiring of Rekers
The Wall Street Journal
By Geoffrey A. Fowler

Today the Courage Campaign, an online organizing network for progressive causes, launched a Web site dedicated to re-enactments of the ongoing trial. At equalityontrial.org, they've posted videos of a handful of celebrities - including Oscar winner Marisa Tomei - giving dramati
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Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Report Identifies Key Factors for Transition in Australia, Canada, Israel, and U.K. and Discusses Open Service within U.N. Peacekeeping and NATO forces

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