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Blood donation ban - WA high school student hits back at federal Gay donor blood ban
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Veterans lobby congress for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
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Sen. Patty Murray signs on Senate bill to repeal DADT
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Darcelle XV and the history of drag
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General Gayety: George Rekers' European vacation
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Seattle Gay History: Michael Phelan
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Sally Clark to propose council's Arizona boycott
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Goodbye - and thanks
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Minnesota couples challenge state's DOMA law
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Guilty plea in Puerto Rican hate crime murder
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Baltic Pride goes on despite rocks and tear gas
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Syphilis epidemic in China reflects free-market growth
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FIRST EVER: Philippine Gay party on ballot
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Lambert House benefit showcases community
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Seattle Volleyball Club's winter season awards Courtesy of the Seattle Volleyball Club
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Three Dollar Bill Cinema finds a new home
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BREAKING NEWS
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Obama treats us like pieces of shit, by Larry Kramer
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ENDA is stuck - and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi's office - will you come? Will you bring friends?
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POPE'S REPEATED ATTACKS ON GAY MARRIAGE A PARANOID OBSESSION
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Human Rights Campaign Calls on U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Put an End to Policies that Punish Children of LGBT Families
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Episcopal church in LA to ordain 2nd gay bishop
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Human Rights Campaign Calls on U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Put an End to Policies that Punish Children of LGBT Families
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US Reps to Malawi: Release Jailed Gay Couple
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Pawlenty vetoes gay-rights bill
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Portugal's president ratifies gay marriage law
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Wife of Suspect in Gender Case Just Wants Her Husband Back
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Emotional Burke helps launch anti-bullying website
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Capitol Hill Protest TODAY  - GetEQUAL, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Activists to Congress: The Time for Talking is Over, Vote NOW on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
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Gay couple sentenced to maximum 14 years in Malawi
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Human Rights Campaign Reaffirms Call for End to Blood Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men
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Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. Senate
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13 Chicago Gay Rights Activists Arrested in ENDA Sit-In
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ENDA is stuck - and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi's office - will you come? Will you bring friends?
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Blood donation ban - WA high school student hits back at federal Gay donor blood ban
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On paper, 17-year-old Jeffrey Thompson, a student at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington, is just like his peers. The high school senior's grade point average is at a steady 3.0 because, as he puts it, "I work very hard at school." Jeffrey lives with his family on Fort Lewis, an army post not too far from the Seattle area. Since
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Veterans lobby congress for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Two leading Gay rights groups, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Servicemembers United, joined forces on May 11 to bring hundreds of veterans to lobby Congress for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT).

The Gay military ban, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," requires the Def
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Sen. Patty Murray signs on Senate bill to repeal DADT
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Senator Patty Murray is the latest co-sponsor of a bill to repeal the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

Murray signed on to S 3605 - the Military Readiness Enhancement Act - on May 11.

The bill's stated purpose is 'to amend Title 10, United States
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Darcelle XV and the history of drag
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

La Femme Magnifique
and La Femme
Magnifique Plus
May 23
Neighbours
Nightclub


Walter Cole, 79, enjoys a good drag show. That may come as no surprise to many a drag fan in Portland, Oregon. For those of you who are not in the know, Cole is more
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General Gayety: George Rekers' European vacation
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

As a Baptist minister, a co-founder of the Family Research Council and a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), George Rekers has been a relentless leader of the Christian right for decades. He lifted the banner of anti-Gay activism,
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Seattle Gay History: Michael Phelan
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

Dancers Michael Phelan and Princess Toulaire performed their 1947 "Jungle Dance" at Seattle's Garden of Allah Cabaret on historic First Avenue. Some called them "body showoffs," but who's complaining? Thelma, the police matron at the Garden, was passionately in love with Michael, but nev
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Sally Clark to propose council's Arizona boycott
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council member Sally Clark will introduce a resolution on Monday, May 17, committing the city to boycott the state of Arizona.

"It would call on the city to restrict travel that may be planned or conferences that were slated for Arizona, many of which I understand ma
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Goodbye - and thanks
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

When I first pitched a column to the editor of a Gay newspaper in Chicago, I was expecting to write some short, snappy, girl-around-town pieces for a year or two.

I thought I'd write about what was going on in the bars, in the conference rooms - I'd pass along the gos
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Minnesota couples challenge state's DOMA law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three same-sex couples have filed suit to overturn a Minnesota law that bans same-sex marriages and prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

The suit was filed in Hennepin County District Court on May 11.

The couples contend that
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Guilty plea in Puerto Rican hate crime murder
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The killer of Gay Puerto Rican teen Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado has entered a guilty plea and has been sentenced for the crime.

Juan Jose Martinez Matos confessed to the murder during a hearing in Caguas on Wednesday, May 12. He had been scheduled to go on trial for killing Lopez on
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Baltic Pride goes on despite rocks and tear gas
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Four hundred marchers took part in Baltic Pride 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Saturday, May 8.

They were escorted by 800 Lithuanian police who eventually had to use tear gas to disperse a mob of 1000 anti-Gay protestors.

Pride marchers walked and danced for two hour
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Syphilis epidemic in China reflects free-market growth
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Once nearly eradicated in China, syphilis is now the leading STD in Shanghai, China's largest and richest city.

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 6, newly diagnosed cases are increasing by 30% every year, with the official government
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FIRST EVER: Philippine Gay party on ballot
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A Gay political party appeared on a ballot for the first time in the Philippines - or anywhere else, for that matter - where 8 out of 10 households are Roman Catholic.

The elections were held to determine whether Ang Ladlad (Tagalong for "out of the closet"), a political party
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Lambert House benefit showcases community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On May 12, a capacity crowd showed up for a Lambert House benefit at Julia's on Broadway. The event, produced by Synergy Events, was a night supported by all aspects of the Seattle LGBT sphere. Business owners and openly Gay elected officials mingled with community activists and Lambert House
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Seattle Volleyball Club's winter season awards Courtesy of the Seattle Volleyball Club
The winter season of the Seattle Volleyball Club concluded with a grueling one-day tournament on April 3. The tournament awards ceremony occurred at Chao Bistro on April 27. Intense competition, camaraderie, and good sportsmanship marked winter season league play. The tournament saw upsets of teams holding first place positions at the end of lea more
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Three Dollar Bill Cinema finds a new home
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Three Dollar Bill Cinema (TDB), Seattle's premier LGBT film organization, held an open house to show off their new home nestled right between E. Pike and E. Pine on Bellevue Avenue, here on Capitol Hill. TDB members, friends, and representatives of other local LGBT and film organizations showed
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Now that we're married, where do we get a divorce?
by Robert Christian - SGN Guest Contributor

Within the last two months, Washington, D.C. has begun to allow same-sex marriage, and Hawaii now supports, by law, civil unions. The problem is that once a couple has been married, if they must divorce, where do they go?

States across the country are grappling with the
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Christian right leader went to Europe with 'rentboy'
George Alan Rekers, who co-founded the anti-Gay Family Research Council, was photographed at Miami International Airport on April 13 returning from a European vacation with a male escort who says the two met via rentboy.c
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BREAKING NEWS!

Obama treats us like pieces of shit, by Larry Kramer
REMARKS MAKE BY LARRY KRAMER AT ACT UP/HealthGap DEMONSTRATION AGAINST OBAMA, THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010, ST. REGIS HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY:

Obama is not my president. Obama is not your president. Obama does not like AIDS. Obama does not like gays. Now what are we going to do about it? Because we continue to sit on the sidelines
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ENDA is stuck - and ONLY YOU can help get it moving again. We need as many people as possible to show up in front of Speaker Pelosi's office - will you come? Will you bring friends?
Tuesday, May 18 
4:30 - 6:30 pm 
7th & Mission Streets 
San Francisco, CA 
 
We know that Speaker Pelosi supports ENDA. We want her to know that this legislation is a community priority - more
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POPE'S REPEATED ATTACKS ON GAY MARRIAGE A PARANOID OBSESSION
Following the Pope's latest attack in Portugal on gay marriage, the UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has branded this, and previous attacks, as clear evidence of a paranoid obsession about what he perceives as the evil of homosexuality.

The PTT's Secretary George& more
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Human Rights Campaign Calls on U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Put an End to Policies that Punish Children of LGBT Families
Email Campaign will ask Cardinal Francis George to End this Unjust Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today called on Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish
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Episcopal church in LA to ordain 2nd gay bishop
AP

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it's set to do the same thing again - only this time with a woman.

The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, will be ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second ope
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Human Rights Campaign Calls on U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Put an End to Policies that Punish Children of LGBT Families
Email Campaign will ask Cardinal Francis George to End this Unjust Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today called on Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bi
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US Reps to Malawi: Release Jailed Gay Couple
Back in December in the southern African nation of Malawi, two gay men, Tiwonge Chimbalanga (20, above left) and his partner Steven Monjeza (26, above right), held a marriage ceremony and declared their love for each other.

This act of defiance led to their arrests, and they're currently in jail, awaiting a judge's verdict that
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Pawlenty vetoes gay-rights bill
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
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Portugal's president ratifies gay marriage law
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
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Wife of Suspect in Gender Case Just Wants Her Husband Back
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
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Emotional Burke helps launch anti-bullying website
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Capitol Hill Protest TODAY  - GetEQUAL, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Activists to Congress: The Time for Talking is Over, Vote NOW on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gay couple sentenced to maximum 14 years in Malawi
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Human Rights Campaign Reaffirms Call for End to Blood Ban for Gay and Bisexual Men
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. Senate
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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13 Chicago Gay Rights Activists Arrested in ENDA Sit-In
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do
more
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by Rex Wockner SGN Contributing Writer "We in the LGBT community know what it's like to be the target of discrimination, and we have to stand firmly in support of other groups that are also impacted by discrimination. I think that's the only way all of us collectively are going to have full rights and full equality, if we make a point of stand more
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