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posted Friday, January 4, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 1

Section One

A new era of inclusion? - 113th Congress has record number of sexual and religious minorities
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As iconic Gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) retires from Congress after 16 terms in the House, his legacy will be carried on by a record number of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual members.

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was sworn in on January 3 as the first open Lesbian to serve in the U.S. Senate. She has already served seven ter
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US House Republicans anti-DOMA continues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While the House Republican leadership shut down the 112th Congress before voting emergency funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, they found the time to arrange continued funding to defend DOMA in court.

According to the Huffington Post, a closed-door meeting of the House Republican
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Death of an activist: Friends say drugs and PTSD - not AIDS - killed Spencer Cox
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980s,' says Mark King, creator and award-winning writer of the HIV/AIDS blog My Fabulous Disease. 'It spared him that.'

Instead, King maintains, 'the reprieve allowed Spencer's brilliance as co-found
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My non-LGBT column - It's time to get serious about gun violence
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Guns. We believe in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms - but, like the First Amendment, the right of free speech, we believe in limits. As for the freedom of speech, limitations need to be imposed for when people do something stupid or harmful, like yelling 'fire' in a crowded t
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Drama in Illinois - Marriage bill on the brink as new lawmakers take office
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Illinois marriage equality bill teeters on the brink of failure as SGN goes to press on Thursday, January 3.

Associated Press reports that Democrats in the Illinois Senate have decided to delay a vote on the bill, after a day filled with legislative drama.

A sp
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Rhode Island tries again - Marriage equality bill reintroduced in state assembly
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marriage equality legislation was reintroduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly on January 3, the opening day of the Assembly's 2013 session.

Openly Gay House Speaker Gordon Fox has called for an early vote on the measure in his chamber, possibly by the end of this month.
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ACLU objects to new defense law
Says NDAA complicates Guantanamo closing, anti-discrimination efforts

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which jeopardizes his ability to meet his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay during his presidency, sa
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Gay-friendly skies - American Airlines honored for pro-LGBT policies
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National LGBT Bar Association will present the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award to the Legal Department of American Airlines in Dallas in early February, said association officials.

The LGBT Bar each year honors attorneys and corporations that advocate for LGBT eq
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Same tribe, same acceptance
How a Native American Gay man discovered a more tolerant home

by Zachary Pullin - Special to the SGN

The intersection of my identity as a Gay man and a Chippewa Cree tribal member begins at the intersection of Route 87 and Highway 448. The unpretentious hamlet of Box Elder, Montana, on the Rocky Boy Rese
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Perverted justice - Scalia should recuse himself from DOMA/Prop 8, but won't
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

A famous Italian-American Catholic has had a big change of heart regarding marriage equality after publicly saying some pretty nasty things about Gays.

'I'm upset about the way I was portrayed,' this public figure said. 'What you see in the media is not the real me.
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An unnatural obsession - Cardinal George explains why Gays and Lesbians can't consummate a marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a statement that will no doubt come as a surprise to Gay men and Lesbians, Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said it is physically impossible for same-sex couples to consummate their marriages.

"It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consumm
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Lambda Legal named top LGBT nonprofit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal has been named the No. 1 LGBT organization by GuideStar, a watchdog group that reviews the practices of nonprofits.

'I am very proud of the amazing talent and leadership of the Lambda Legal staff, board, and volunteers that has resulted in this top ranking from our co
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Not a banner, but an historic LGBT year
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Do you appreciate the watershed moment in LGBT history we are witnessing? If any of you doubt that we are living in historic times for LGBT equality, just note what you're about to witness in the next few weeks and months. The first president of the United States of America who campaigned op
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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
On Monday, January 7, doors 7 p.m., Peter Crow 8 p.m., Hedwig Band 9 p.m., at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. NW), in anticipation of the run on Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Moore Theatre (January 15-27), join Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon (Hedwig) and the show's band, The Angry Inch, for a special rock show featuring selections from the sho
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Friends in need - Straight allies aid two Gay men harassed while waiting for pizza
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This past weekend something incredible happened in Columbus, Ohio. Perfect strangers, many of them straight, came to the aid of two Gay men being harassed while waiting in line for a slice of pizza.

'After a fun night out in the Short North, my friend Ethan and I ventur
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A win in Wisconsin - Appeals court upholds domestic partner benefits
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has upheld as constitutional the state's domestic partner registry, despite a state constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality.

In a ruling handed down December 21, affirming a lower court decision that the law does not violate the amendment, the court stated that "it would take pages to lis
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Ugandan police arrest LGBT youth activists
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two LGBT youth group activists have been arrested in Uganda, according to various reports.

Ugandan Gay activist Kawesi Joseph was arrested by police on December 31 and is now being held at Kawempe police station just outside the country's capital, Kampala.

'Fra
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Gay-friendly Masses halted in London
Archbishop says 'open and affirming' service has to go

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Catholic Church has put a stop to the Gay-friendly, 'open and affirming' biweekly Mass in a central London church, Our Lady of the Assumption.

The church, located in Soho, London's main Gayborh
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