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Stem cell transplant cured HIV, doctors say
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Progress as House votes 250-175 to repeal DADT
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PFLAG pioneer Adele Starr dies at 90
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Human Rights Watch reports on LGBT Iran
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The Lobby celebrates first year anniversary
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In Memoriam Maxcy Moon Oct. 3, 1952 - Dec. 30, 2005
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Stop the anti-Gay genocide in Uganda
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Graphic PSA warns of HIV dangers
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Gay servicemembers suing for reenlistment
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U.N. secretary general calls for end to discrimination
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World Cup controversy over LGBT rights in Qatar
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LGBTQ youth key focus of Pride Foundation's fall grants
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Michael Bloomberg hedges his bets, stalls marriage
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Apple in iPhone war with NOM
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Gay social networking site Fabulis now Fab.com
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BREAKING NEWS
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DADT REPEAL PASSES SENATE: Murray Applauds Historic Vote, Spoke on Senate Floor Urging End to Failed Policy
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Stem cell transplant cured HIV, doctors say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Doctors who performed a 2007 stem cell transplant hoping to cure a patient's leukemia now say the procedure also cured his HIV infection.

Once known only as the 'Berlin patient,' the individual is Tony Ray Brown, a U.S. citizen now living in Germany. His identity was revealed in a December interview in the German news magaz
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Progress as House votes 250-175 to repeal DADT
Repeal heads back to the Senate as servicemembers plan sit-in

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The House voted 250-175 on December 15 to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, sending the issue to the Senate for what could be the last chance (for now) to end the 1993 law that forbids Gays from se
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PFLAG pioneer Adele Starr dies at 90
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Adele Starr, founder and first national president of PFLAG, died December 10 at the age of 90.

'Adele Starr was one of the pioneers of PFLAG. It is because of her commitment to organizing the many people who were working for the common goal of equality for all into the organizat
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Human Rights Watch reports on LGBT Iran
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Members of sexual minorities in Iran are hounded on all sides. The laws are stacked against them; the state openly discriminates against them; and they are vulnerable to harassment, abuse, and violence because their perpetrators feel they can target them with impunity.'

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The Lobby celebrates first year anniversary
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Sunday, December 12, The Lobby (916 E. Pike St.), a Gay cocktail lounge on Capitol Hill, celebrated its first anniversary. The party drew out 400-plus patrons who sampled free hors 'd oeuvres, took advantage of awesome drink specials, and listened to the owners share a few words of thanks. more
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In Memoriam Maxcy Moon Oct. 3, 1952 - Dec. 30, 2005
Fairy tales sometimes come true
-Use fairy dust and pixie glue
-Then all the love will stick to you
-My little lovely.
--Always believe and never doubt
-That wizards cast their spells about
-There's such a lot you won't lose count
-If you look closely.
--Ripples are like dreams
-Searching for the sho
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Stop the anti-Gay genocide in Uganda
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

The American fundamentalist group The Family has to make an important strategic choice. It can have its influential National Prayer Breakfast each February in Washington, or it can have its Anti-Homosexuality Bill become law in Uganda. It likely cannot have both.

It would
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Graphic PSA warns of HIV dangers
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In a new campaign launched December 7, a New York City department of health public service announcement graphically warns Gay and Bisexual men that contracting HIV could lead to other health problems like bone loss, dementia, and anal cancer.

The 'Never Just HIV' campaign i
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Gay servicemembers suing for reenlistment
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A federal lawsuit was filed December 13 on behalf of three servicemembers discharged from the U.S. military under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy asking for their reinstatement, according to attorneys representing the three.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Cour
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U.N. secretary general calls for end to discrimination
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On December 10, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and United States Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice appeared on the Human Rights Day panel, vocally condemning violence against LGBT people and the continued criminalization of Gay people in more than 70 countries worldwide.

The
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World Cup controversy over LGBT rights in Qatar
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

FIFA's choice of the Persian Gulf country of Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup immediately sparked protests from LGBT rights activists.

Like most Arab countries, Qatar has laws against same-sex relations and is not considered to be a hospitable venue for Gay soccer fans.
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LGBTQ youth key focus of Pride Foundation's fall grants
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 48 projects that support the LGBTQ community in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Youth-related grants were the largest recipients of funds.

In 2010, LGBTQ youth issues came to the forefront with mainstream med
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Michael Bloomberg hedges his bets, stalls marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The New York Daily News reports that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hedged his bets in the November election, contributing publicly to a Democratic state senator but privately to a Republican fund helping his opponent.

By doing so, he may have effectively stalled marriage
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Apple in iPhone war with NOM
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Apple finds itself embroiled in a new battle of the old culture wars after removing an anti-Gay iPhone app from its iTunes store.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple removed the 'Manhattan Declaration' app without fanfare or even a public announcement.

The Manhat
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Gay social networking site Fabulis now Fab.com
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay social-networking site Fabulis has been renamed Fab.com, and picked up The Washington Post Company as a new major investor.

'Fab.com is more than just a rebranding of Fabulis,' Jason Goldberg, founder and CEO of Fab.com, said on the company's blog. 'It's an entirel
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Landmark global initiative seeks to reduce HIV among Gay men
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) announced on December 10 the launch of an ambitious international initiative to address rising rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) by working to reduce stigma, discrimination, and violence against this marginalized population. Support
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BREAKING NEWS!

DADT REPEAL PASSES SENATE: Murray Applauds Historic Vote, Spoke on Senate Floor Urging End to Failed Policy
(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Senator Murray voted for legislation to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, which passed the full Senate on a 65-31 vote. In a speech on the Senate floor prior to final passage, Murray urged her colleagues to repeal this failed policy and told the story of Major Margaret Witt, from Washington st more
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