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Illinois Senate, YES on marriage equality
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A one-two punch against discrimination - Senators Murray and Harkin pledge workplace equality push
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Activists to lobby for LGBTQ homeless youth in Olympia
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Not-so-sweet tweets - Anti-Gay leaders take their hate campaign to social media
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Pride Foundation welcomes new director of programs
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Rev. Walden to speak on police accountability
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Civil unions advance in Colorado - Senate passes bill, House prospects look good
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Still no same-sex marriage in Hawaii
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Taking a stand for love - Same-sex couples request marriage licenses on Valentine's Day
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Senate passes VAWA in bipartisan vote - LGBT-friendly measure faces uncertain fate in House
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Requiem for a hero - Lesbian who fought for LGBT equality in the military dies of cancer
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Walmart cozies up to hate group - Anti-Gay leader praises chain for 'walking the straight-and-narrow'
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Equality works for everyone - Study details how employers can leverage LGBT workers' potential
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Viva les French kisses - National Assembly passes marriage equality bill
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The Pope is very tired - So who will replace him? The leading candidates don't look good
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Who wears a condom, anyway? (You do, of course ... right?)
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BREAKING NEWS
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The OutField: Philippe Kahn: A role model for all A California wrestling coach bridges the Gay-straight divide
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Pro soccer player comes out
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NAPWA Announces Suspension of Operations and Bankruptcy Filing
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Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
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A spouse is a spouse
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A Gay Ambassador to Denmark?
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Puerto Rico denies gays right to adopt children
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Gay marriage ad features Obama, Cheney
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Illinois Senate, YES on marriage equality
Valentine's Day vote a powerful tribute to LGBT lovers everywhere

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a vote symbolically scheduled for February 14, the Illinois Senate approved marriage equality legislation by a vote of 34 to 21, with two abstentions.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Heather Steans, called it 'a vote for the history b
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A one-two punch against discrimination - Senators Murray and Harkin pledge workplace equality push
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a one-two punch against anti-Gay discrimination, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called on the Obama administration to ban discrimination by federal contractors, and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) 'will move this year.'

Murray jo
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Activists to lobby for LGBTQ homeless youth in Olympia
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On February 22, LGBTQ Allyship, alongside Equal Rights Washington (ERW), will participate in a homeless and foster-care youth lobby day in Olympia, led by the Mockingbird Society, a foster-care youth lobby group.

'Homelessness is an LGBTQ issue,' said Doug Hamilton, ERW's op
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Not-so-sweet tweets - Anti-Gay leaders take their hate campaign to social media
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

As I write this, Gays and Lesbians everywhere are celebrating the fact that President Obama called for equal rights for everyone, not just straight people, during his Inaugural address. This was the first time a president has expressed his support for Gays and Lesbians at this eve more
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Pride Foundation welcomes new director of programs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation welcomed Gunner Scott as the Director of Programs this week.

A founding member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Scott is also its most recent executive director. He will begin work at the Seattle-based Pride Foundation in March. more
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Rev. Walden to speak on police accountability
A longtime LGBT community ally, the Rev. Harriett Walden will speak this Sunday, February 17, at a forum on police accountability at Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle. The hour-long program begins at 10 a.m.

Walden is a co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability and was nominated in January by Mayor Mike McG
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Civil unions advance in Colorado - Senate passes bill, House prospects look good
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Colorado Senate passed SB11, the Colorado Civil Union Act, on February 11. One Republican joined all the Senate Democrats to vote for the bill.

'I support this bill as a Republican who is right of center,' said Sen. Ellen Roberts. 'I believe strongly that individuals have the
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Still no same-sex marriage in Hawaii
Bill fails in state that gave equality its first court win

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hawaii's House Judiciary Committee decided on February 11 not to schedule a hearing on a marriage equality bill, effectively killing the measure for this legislative session.

In spite of a demonstr
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Taking a stand for love - Same-sex couples request marriage licenses on Valentine's Day
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Valentine's Day means different things to different people. Some call it consumerism at its finest, while others mock the fact that lovers might treat one day out of the year as being more special than any other day. For LGBT activists, February 14 was an opportunity they couldn't pass up.
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Senate passes VAWA in bipartisan vote - LGBT-friendly measure faces uncertain fate in House
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a rare bipartisan vote. Twenty-three Republicans joined all 53 Democrats and two independents to pass the measure.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Republican Party's rising star who delivered the official respo
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Requiem for a hero - Lesbian who fought for LGBT equality in the military dies of cancer
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When Leon Panetta, the outgoing defense secretary, announced that the Pentagon will extend new benefits to the spouses of Gay personnel, SGN and newspaper across the nation put the story on its cover - a welcome if belated development 17 months after the repeal of the longstanding 'Don't
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Walmart cozies up to hate group - Anti-Gay leader praises chain for 'walking the straight-and-narrow'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A nationally prominent opponent of Gay rights says he has persuaded Walmart executives to stop funding LGBT-friendly organizations.

On his February 6 radio broadcast, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said that as a result of his discussions, 'Walmart's bee
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Equality works for everyone - Study details how employers can leverage LGBT workers' potential
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new study by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) reveals important data on how employers can benefit from creating a workplace hospitable to their LGBT employees.

The report, titled The Power of Out 2.0, is based on a survey of 983 U.S. employees who self-identify a
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Viva les French kisses - National Assembly passes marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The French National Assembly passed President Fran├žois Hollande's marriage equality bill on February 12. The vote was 329-229, with Hollande's Socialists joining other left-leaning members to pass the measure over the objections of the right-wing opposition.

The result of the
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The Pope is very tired - So who will replace him? The leading candidates don't look good
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI this week has led many American Catholics to hope that his replacement will be more progressive - in particular, more sympathetic toward marginalized Catholics.

Unfortunately, none of the papabili - the so-called 'Pope-ables,' or f
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Who wears a condom, anyway? (You do, of course ... right?)
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It should be your mantra. It should be something you are doing every time you have sex - oral, anal, or otherwise. 'Wear a fucking condom' should be a way of life, not something you do every now and then. Billions of dollars have been spent on outreach, education, and more, since the years
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BREAKING NEWS!

The OutField: Philippe Kahn: A role model for all A California wrestling coach bridges the Gay-straight divide
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

As a volunteer assistant wrestling coach, Philippe Kahn had an easy relationship with the athletes at South High School in Torrance, California. They respected his talents, but like teenagers everywhere, they were wrapped up in their own lives.

Occasionally though, they'd
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Pro soccer player comes out
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times

Robbie Rogers revealed Friday that he is gay and retiring from professional soccerbut he's still welcome to play for the Chicago Fire, which acquired the MLS rights to Rogers in January as part of a trade with the Columbus Crew.

"Yesterday I thought he was a very good
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NAPWA Announces Suspension of Operations and Bankruptcy Filing
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)  the largest, oldest, and most trusted voice for the 1.2 million People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the U.S. has ceased operations and has filed a petition in United States Bankruptcy Court to discharge its debts in bankruptcy and liquidate.

NAPWA was founded in 1983 to impl
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Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
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A spouse is a spouse
SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
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A Gay Ambassador to Denmark?
SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
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Puerto Rico denies gays right to adopt children
SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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Gay marriage ad features Obama, Cheney
SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
more
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SPRINGFIELD - The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentines Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the b
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