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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21
Section One - ALL STORIES
DADT drama continues - House passes defense bill with anti-Gay amendments
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 26, the House of Representatives approved its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act with three anti-Gay amendments, one of which is aimed at delaying repeal implementation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The amendments, all opposed by the Obama administration, would require the four service branc
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Caleb Laieski is taking the fight to the nation's Capitol
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Caleb Laieski, 16 years old, started his anti-bullying activism when he was forced to drop out of school in Surprise, Arizona, when teachers and administration wouldn't protect him even after repeated incidents of bullying. The teen said he was being threatened with violence and death be
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Marko Liias looks at run for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Representative Marko Liias (D-21) announced May 17 that he was forming an exploratory committee to look at a run for Congress from the First District north of Seattle.

At this point, Liias's run depends on a chain of 'ifs.'

If Gov. Christine Gregoire decides
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Bat N' Rouge holds 13th annual game
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) is holding its 13th annual Bat N' Rouge softball game on June 18, at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

All are welcome to attend the event, the last ball game at the park for the 2011
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General Gayety: Squeeze play, sports
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

In just a week, four male sports figures came out. From the basketball world, Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, and Will Sheridan, a former player at Villanova, went public. Pro bowler Scott Norton and ESPN sports reporter Jared Max decided it was time, too.

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GSBA Scholarship Awards Dinner a night to remember
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A whopping $150,000 was given to 38 scholars at the annual Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 20. In addition, over $100,000 was collected from the 400 attendees at the dinner to support the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

'This year's GSBA Sc
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18th Annual Dining Out for Life a huge success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Nearly one month ago, Seattleites went to their favorite restaurants to 'Dine Out For Life' in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance on April 28. The event, says Lifelong officials, was a resounding success.

'With your help, we were able to visibly demonstrate support and raise mon
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Tennessee governor signs bill promoting discrimination into law
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has ignored the business community and signed into law a bill that wipes out county and city anti-discrimination laws, despite the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry reversing their earlier support and for the bill on May 25.

The measure
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OutServe shows 78% of LGBT soldiers out to fellow troops
OutServe shows 78% of LGBT soldiers out to fellow troops by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 23, OutServe, the network of LGBT actively serving military members, released results of one of the largest surveys of LGBT personnel in the U.S. military ever.

According to the organization, OutServe members re
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OutServe announces Armed Forces Leadership Summit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, announced May 25 that it will host the first annual OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, on October 13-16 at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

According to Sue Fulton, a media representat
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Al Franken speaks out for marriage equality in Minnesota
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced May 23 that he supports marriage equality and opposes his state's proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

'Every Minnesotan deserves dignity and equal treatment under the law, and our state's same-sex couples should
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Gay advocacy orgs demand Minnesota school district repeal gag order
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 24, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sent a letter to Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District demanding immediate repeal of the gag policy that prevents teachers from discussing issues related to LGBT people. The two groups also d
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Good news and bad news from China: AIDS mortality cut by two thirds, anti-AIDS bias continues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

China has slashed AIDS mortality by nearly two thirds since it began distributing free antiretroviral drugs in 2002, Chinese government scientists said May 18.

But a joint study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Ask Michael: Staying confident in your job search
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

A good number in our community are still struggling to get back into the job market. Many are finding moderate to little success. I've heard of job searches ranging from a month to over a year. All ages are affected.

I have a couple thoughts to share, then some important
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Portland assault investigated as a bias crime
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Brad Forkner and Christopher Rosevear were walking east across the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, on the evening of May 22, vaguely aware of a group of young men behind them, reported Helen Jung of The Oregonian.

The two were out for a stroll, said Forkner, 23, of sout
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Focus on the Family head: 'We've lost on marriage'
Gallup poll shows he's right

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning admission, Focus on the Family head Jim Daly told an interviewer that he believed the Christian right has lost the battle against marriage equality.

The interview appeared May 22 on WORLDmag.com, an online publication advertisi
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FDA approves new HIV med
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat HIV infection, the agency announced on May 20.

The drug, rilpivirine, will be marketed under the name Edurant. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

It was approved based on the result
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Ask Michael: The crippling effects of being shy
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

There are a certain number of people who label themselves as 'shy.' They experience times when all they want is to be alone, they are sometimes afraid of certain social situations, and they generally feel like they can't connect with people.

This is a double-edged sword i
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GLAMAZONIA and the contestants from the fourth annual Purr Cocktail Lounge Bartender Auction
GLAMAZONIA and the contestants from the fourth annual Purr Cocktail Lounge Bartender Auction on May 25 raised $10,000 for Rise n' Shine more
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A condom in a pill bottle: What the HPTN 052 study means for Gay men
more by Stephen Fallon, Ph.D. - Special to the SGN

Big news lit up the internet this week: HIV treatments seem to block the virus from spreading during sex. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health tracked more than 1,700 couples and found that 'earlier initiation of [the medicines that fight HIV] led to a 96% reduction in
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In South Africa's black townships, being gay can be fatal
Noxolo Nogwaza died because she dressed like a man and wasn't afraid of anyone, friends and backers in Kwa-Thema say, one of the latest of a series of brutal rapes and killings of black lesbian women.

In South Africa, patrons visit a predominantly gay tavern in Kwa-Thema, east of Johannesburg. The township was known as a haven
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Fauci on 30 years of AIDS | June 5 is the 'anniversary'
Washington Post
27 May 2011

After 30 years of HIV/AIDS, real progress and much left to do

By Anthony S. Fauci

Three decades ago, the June 5, 1981, issue of Morbidity and Mortality

Weekly Report (MMWR) reported on five previously healthy young gay men in
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Attempt to get Prop 8 ruling thrown out ain't gonna fly
by Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times

29 May 2011

Debate over judge's sexual orientation not likely to affect Prop. 8 case

Same-sex marriage opponents want the judge's decision overturned because he did not explicitly disclose before the trial that he is gay and in a long-term r
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Moscow police collude with neo-Nazis against gays
Mayor favoured neo-Nazis with protest permit

Moscow police racism?

One protester still in hospital, 18 arrested

Council of Europe urged to suspend Russia's voting rights


Moscow - 29 May 2011

"We witnessed a high level of fraternisation and collusi
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U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian
Those with lower incomes, the less educated, women, and young people give the highest estimates
by Lymari Morales

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian,
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House Passes Defense Bill With DADT and DOMA Amendments
Posted by Chris Geidner

May 26, 2011 4:26 PM

This afternoon, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with three amendments opposed by LGBT advocates, including one that would add a step to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal process and two that reaffirm or e
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Dan Choi just called from Russia, he's getting arrested for Pride
Posted by John Aravosis (DC) at 5/26/2011 11:58:00 AM

You know it's never going to be a boring call when you see the name "Dan Choi" on your caller ID.

I knew Dan was off to Russia for Pride, he called me the other day while I was out walking the dog, and said he was invited by the Russian organizers of their once-ag
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Support for Legal Gay Relations Hits New High
Sixty-four percent believe they should be legal

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup finds 64% of Americans saying gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, the highest since it first asked the question more than 30 years ago.

full story:
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Malawians should not play God on gays- Legalize homo
Bright Future-Mhango
Nyasa Times
Published: May 29, 2011

Malawi is a God fearing nation; gays will corrupt our children; gays are crazy; being gay is illegal. These are some of the arguments Malawians give in justifying homophobia. Convincing as the reasons seem, I find them wanting and in this apology I set out to pu
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Obama Administration Seeks To Address Homeless Crisis Among Gay Teens
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON - Jonathan had spent nearly a decade in Louisiana's child welfare system. The safest places, the gay teen discovered, were the moldy homes he squatted in after Hurricane Katrina.

Roofs sagged, floors caved in, mold veined walls and there were always rats. "It was very uncomfortable," sa
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Attempt to get Prop 8 ruling thrown out ain't gonna fly
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press 19 minutes ago

SEATTLE (AP)-A gay softball organization that runs an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series can keep its rule limiting the number of heterosexual players on each team, a federal judge has ruled.

The decision came in a lawsuit filed by three men who say
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