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Pentagon at odds with Gay rights groups over survey
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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage
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Charges dropped against Choi and Pietrangelo
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White House announces HIV/AIDS strategy
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Jesus and the son of scam
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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hold Quattuordecennial
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Our second week in Johannesburg
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Gay City readies for ride to Portland
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Maine man wins $1 million discrimination suit
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D.C. Appeals Court rejects referendum on marriage equality
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Privacy - Federal Trade Commission acts to protect Gay teens
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New HUD policies to protect LGBT community
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House Dems say 'include Gays in immigration reform'
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The OutField: Reading between the lines
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Jesse's Journal: Gay sex among the animals
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'Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving and fascinating adventure.' Bill Wilson, Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
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BREAKING NEWS
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US pushing UN status for gay rights group
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Palm Springs cops feel heat over gay sex sting
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Gunmen kill 17 at party in Mexico
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AMU gay prof's partner hounded by cops?
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My journey, my party and LGBT rights
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Questions in Officer's Killing of C.E.O. in Newark
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Dan Choi, Now Discharged, Sees DC Protest Charge Dismissed
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(Wonderful) Videos of Cristina signing the marriage law
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VIDEO: Videographer Threatened with Arrest at NOM's Behest for Trying to Film Underattended Marriage Rally
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Palm Springs cops feel heat over gay sex sting
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Pentagon at odds with Gay rights groups over survey
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Pentagon is at odds with Gay rights groups after sending out a survey asking troops what they would do if Gays were allowed to serve openly.

The survey, which was created and administered by the research firm Westat in conjunction with the Comprehensive Review Working Group, was sent out to 400,000 non-deployed and
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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage
by Rex Wockner- SGN Contributing Writer

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage July 15.

The vote in the Senate at 4:05 a.m. was 33-27 with 3 abstentions.

The lower house has already passed the bill and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner strongly supports it.

"The bill has passed. It i
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Charges dropped against Choi and Pietrangelo
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On July 14, prosecutors dropped all charges against Army Lieutenant Dan Choi and Captain James Pietrangelo, two openly Gay veterans who twice chained themselves to a White House fence to protest the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy.

The two Gay activists appeared
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White House announces HIV/AIDS strategy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House has announced a new national HIV/AIDS strategy.

Released on June 13 in two documents - the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the NHAS Federal Implementation Plan - the new strategy is meant to achieve President Obama's stated goal of making the U.S. "a place w more
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Jesus and the son of scam
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

If one ever completely screws up his or her life and wants 'redemption,' there are two courses of action. The first is a name change, with the hope that no one notices the sordid past - don't laugh; the technique worked for Value Jet. The airline crashed into an alligator-infested swamp, c
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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hold Quattuordecennial
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence's
Quattuordecennial
July 17
The Lobby Bar


The local chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; The Abbey of St. Joan, are celebrating the 14th anniversary of their founding on Saturday, July 17, in a way only
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Our second week in Johannesburg
by Barry Thorsness - SGN African Correspondent

As we got into week two in Johannesburg, we realized how trapped we felt by not having public transportation or a car. Even on our daily walks from where we lived, we were sometimes uncertain if we should be walking a particular neighborhood or not.

The Apartheid
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Gay City readies for ride to Portland
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Gay City Seattle to Portland (STP) Team is ready to ride!

The STP Bicycle Classic is an annual one- and two-day bicycle ride from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon. The STP is considered one of the 10 biggest recreational bicycle rides in the country and is the largest
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Maine man wins $1 million discrimination suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Edward Russell of Buxton, Maine, was awarded more than $1 million in a discrimination suit.

Russell's attorney argued that he had repeatedly been passed over for promotion solely because he is Gay, and a jury agreed after six hours of deliberation.

The jury found
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D.C. Appeals Court rejects referendum on marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington D.C. Court of Appeals has rejected a bid to put the district's marriage equality law up for a public vote.

The appeals court justices unanimously agreed that a proposed initiative on marriage rights would violate D.C.'s Human Rights Act by authorizing discriminatio
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Privacy - Federal Trade Commission acts to protect Gay teens
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Federal Trade Commission has intervened in a New Jersey bankruptcy case to prevent the sale of names, addresses, e-mails, and other personal data of subscribers to a magazine catering to Gay teens.

XY magazine, with its companion website XY.com, billed itself as a young Gay
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New HUD policies to protect LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced new policies designed to address housing discrimination against the LGBT community.

In its latest policy guidance, HUD announced that gender identity and expression will be protected under the gender discriminati
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House Dems say 'include Gays in immigration reform'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a July 15 press conference, key House Democrats called for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would include the Uniting American Families Act.

The UAFA would give LGBT citizens the ability to bring their foreign-born partners legally to the U.S.

Th
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The OutField: Reading between the lines
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

They're buried deep inside glossy media guides or in the middle of websites that take several clicks to reach. They're usually succinct: 'Coach So-and-So is married to (spouse's name). They live with their (x number of) children in (insert town here).'

Those brief lines say a
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Jesse's Journal: Gay sex among the animals
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

A few years ago, the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland conducted guided tours that centered around homosexual behavior among the zoo animals. Unfortunately, the one-hour tours were held in the early evenings, at a time when most animals were asleep. But this did not stop the Gay zoo tours f
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'Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving and fascinating adventure.' Bill Wilson, Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
A week ago, advocate and friend, Tony R. pulled out his Rolodex and shared the sad news that the Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) is facing a financial crisis.

For many years, CHAC has continued to provide clean and sober space for people in recovery. Every day of the week - literally from Monday to Sunday, CHAC provides safe space
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PRIDE EVENTS CALENDAR

Pride events continue in Washington state and British Columbia

MID-COLUMBIA PRIDE 2010
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 16-18, Mid-Columbia Pride 2010 will be held at Memorial Park (1520 W. Shoshone) in Pasco, WA. This year’s theme is “Cirque du Q.” more

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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Lambda fights for Arizona partner benefits
Lambda Legal presented oral arguments in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on June 28 to block a law that strips domestic-partner benefits from Gay and Lesbian state employees.

Arizona lawmakers eliminated health car
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BREAKING NEWS!

US pushing UN status for gay rights group
By EDITH M. LEDERER
(AP)

UNITED NATIONS - The Obama administration and 14 members of the U.S. Congress are urging the U.N. Economic and Social Council to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission so it can work at the United Nations.

The U.S.-based organization, which has offices
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Palm Springs cops feel heat over gay sex sting
Hank Plante
San Francisco Chronicle

Palm Springs has been a welcoming oasis for gays and lesbians ever since the days of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter.

But new frictions have arisen between the city's Police Department and its sizable gay population - estimated to be as high as 30 to 40 percent - over a police st
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Gunmen kill 17 at party in Mexico
The attackers say nothing but open fire on revelers in Torreon. The party had been announced on Facebook by a gay group, but police suspect drug trafficking, not hate, motivated the assailants.

By Tracy Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Mexico City -
The announcement went out on Facebook, a
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AMU gay prof's partner hounded by cops?
Times of India TNN

LUCKNOW: Hounded by the police in connection with the mysterious death of gay Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor S R Siras, Irfan, the young rickshaw-puller who was the alleged partner of the professor, tried killing himself by setting himself on fire on Friday.

Recuperating in his dingy
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My journey, my party and LGBT rights
The following is a guest commentary by Sen. Roy Ashburn

Startled by the blurry reality of a red light glaring in my rear-view mirror at 2 am on the morning on March, 4, 2010, I knew my life was about to change. The California Highway Patrol stopped me as I was driving drunk after leaving a gay club in Sacramento, California's capi
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Questions in Officer's Killing of C.E.O. in Newark
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
New York Times

NEWARK - Returning to New Jersey for his 30th high school reunion, DeFarra Gaymon had the kind of life one would not mind describing to old friends: he was a C.E.O., married, father of four. But Mr. Gaymon, who was in the Chess Club, the French Club, the Italian Club and the student coa
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Dan Choi, Now Discharged, Sees DC Protest Charge Dismissed
BY DUNCAN OSBORNE Gay City News

When charges of failing to obey a lawful order against Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo were dismissed on July 14, GetEqual, a newly minted activist group, quickly issued a press release.

'Today, truth was the victor against a demeaning, discriminatory law known as Don't Ask, Don't Tel
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(Wonderful) Videos of Cristina signing the marriage law
Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
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VIDEO: Videographer Threatened with Arrest at NOM's Behest for Trying to Film Underattended Marriage Rally
Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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Amazing words. No TelePrompTer. No reading of notes.

You'll need a tissue for the 3rd video.

videos: http://anibalfernandez.com.ar/te-lo-digo-yo/302-matrimoniogay.html
more
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QUOTE UNQUOTE
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

'I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.'

-Rapper Eminem when asked by The New York Times on June 14: 'You've been accused of writing Gay-bashing lyrics in the past. Would y
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