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Obama issues statement on repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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OUTLoud fights against high LGBT teen suicide rates
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President Obama to deliver keynote address at HRC National Dinner
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ACLU goes to court for equal military separation pay
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General Gayety: Matchmaker, find me a find (or don't!)
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Navy clears Gay WWII vet's record
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Brian Scott Fairbrother, 1960-2011
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Sen. Kerry introduces LGBT fair housing bill
Sen. Patty Murray signs on as cosponsor

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Man charged with hate crime in Pike Street assault
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Alaska judge OKs tax breaks for same-sex couples
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Social Security Administration ends 'Gender No-Match' letters
White House 'welcomes this move'

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Gamers map structure of protease
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HIV-positive men of color not using meds, study says
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Mumbai police raid Gay party, arrest 133
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Marriage equality in U.K. by 2015, government says
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Mainstream Christians must stand up to the religious Right
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BREAKING NEWS
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White House advisor praises DADT repeal
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NCLR Responds to Execution of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia
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Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Same-Sex Married Couples
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Rights Collide as Town Clerk Sidesteps Role in Gay Marriages
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'Flying while lesbian,' SW's new excuse for kicking Leisha Hailey off flight: She didn't submit
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Obama issues statement on repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Courtesy of the White House

President Barack Obama issued the following statement on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Today, the discriminatory law known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is finally and formally repealed. As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. As of t
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OUTLoud fights against high LGBT teen suicide rates
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The issue of LGBTQ teen suicide is a complex one. The victims are as young as 13 years old and, recently in a few Seattle-area cases, young adults. Programs are in place such as the Trevor Project, a national suicide hotline for teens in need. Video projects, like the Gay-Straight Allia
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President Obama to deliver keynote address at HRC National Dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, announced September 21, that U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the organization's 15th annual National Dinner, to be held October 1 in Washington, D.C.

'We are
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ACLU goes to court for equal military separation pay
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU appeared in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on September 22 challenging a Defense Department policy that pays service members who have been honorably discharged for being Gay only half of what they would otherwise get.

The separation pay policy is not part of the 'Don' more
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General Gayety: Matchmaker, find me a find (or don't!)
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Yente would plotz.

The matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof would have a coronary over the kind of matchmaking being practiced these days. And by a rabbi, no less. The shmendrik.

For his part, Rabbi Arele Harel doesn't need criticism from fictional charact
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Navy clears Gay WWII vet's record
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Nearly 70 years after kicking out Melvin Dwork for being Gay, the U.S. Navy is changing his discharge from 'undesirable' to 'honorable,' marking what is believed to be the first time the Pentagon has taken such a step on behalf of a World War II veteran since the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don
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Brian Scott Fairbrother, 1960-2011
Seattle lost some of its most brilliant color and magical glamour when Brian Fairbrother transitioned on September 8, 2011.

Known to many as the mayor of Broadway (or, as he preferred, the raja of Broadway), Brian was a fixture at Espresso Vivace, the local coffee spot and roasteria owned by David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan. For ov
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Sen. Kerry introduces LGBT fair housing bill
Sen. Patty Murray signs on as cosponsor

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on September 22 to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit.

Washington Senator Patty Murray is one of the seven original co-sponsors.

The Housing Opportunities Made Real - or HOME - Act would amend the
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Man charged with hate crime in Pike Street assault
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On September 21, King County prosecutors filed charges of malicious harassment and assault against a Seattle man who is accused of punching another man while yelling anti-Gay slurs.

According to the police investigation filed by Detective Moore, Raven Lang Brealan punched Michael M
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Alaska judge OKs tax breaks for same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Same-sex couples in Alaska are entitled to the same tax exemptions as opposite-sex married couples, a judge ruled September 16.

Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner wrote in his decision that the state's marriage requirement violates the equal protection clause in the Alaska stat
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Social Security Administration ends 'Gender No-Match' letters
White House 'welcomes this move'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirmed on September 15 that it has ended the practice of matching gender markers in its Social Security Number Verification System (SSNVS).

The new policy will result in the immediate end to so-called 'no-match' letters - notifications t
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Gamers map structure of protease
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fans of the online game Foldit have successfully modeled protease, an enzyme that retroviruses like HIV need to reproduce.

A report published by the University of Washington says the discovery 'provides new insights for the design of antiretroviral drugs.'

The jou
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HIV-positive men of color not using meds, study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only a small proportion of HIV-positive young Gay men of color are using anti-retroviral drugs, a new study says. Some have never even been prescribed such drugs.

These startling results come from a study done at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and reported i
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Mumbai police raid Gay party, arrest 133
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Police in Versova, India, near Mumbai, raided a Gay party on September 19, arresting 133 people on charges of 'indecent behavior.'

Police also arrested the two party organizers for not having liquor permits, and the DJ was arrested for not having a business license.

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Marriage equality in U.K. by 2015, government says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition that governs Britain will introduce marriage equality by 2015, a government minister promised.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, a Lib Dem, announced the plan on September 17.

'While on my travels as a champion fo
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Mainstream Christians must stand up to the religious Right
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

In August, fundamentalist preacher Dr. Michael Brown organized a regimen of red shirted Bible-thumpers to infiltrate Charlotte's Gay pride event. Hundreds of zealots confronted and harassed festival attendees with their arrogant slogan, 'God Has a Better Way.'

The h
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The OutField: Austin Snyder's long run
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

There are three keys to documentary filmmaking: a good subject, a good story line, and good luck.

Scott Bloom found all three.

His goal in making Out for the Long Run - a movie about Gay high school athletes - was to go beyond 'the regular coming out stories.'
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National News
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BREAKING NEWS!

White House advisor praises DADT repeal
by Valerie B. Jarrett - Courtesy of the White House Office of Communications

As of September 20, 2011, the discriminatory law known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ceased to exist. No longer will patriotic Gay and Lesbian Americans need to hide who they are in order to serve the country they love.

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NCLR Responds to Execution of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia
Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell

(San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2011)-Late last night, the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the 1989 murder of Savannah Policeman Mark MacPhail even though seven witnesses from his trial recanted their testimony and no physical evidence linked him to the crime, and
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Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Same-Sex Married Couples
The U.S. Census Bureau released today new statistics on same-sex married couple and unmarried partner households. According to revised estimates from the 2010 Census, there were 131,729 same-sex married couple households and 514,735 same-sex unmarried partner households in the United States.

The results of the 2010 Cens
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Rights Collide as Town Clerk Sidesteps Role in Gay Marriages
Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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'Flying while lesbian,' SW's new excuse for kicking Leisha Hailey off flight: She didn't submit
Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
more
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Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

By THOMAS KAPLAN
Published: September 27, 2011

LEDYARD, N.Y. - Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned ho
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