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posted Friday, December 13 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 50


India recriminalizes Gay sex
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

India's Supreme Court said on December 11 that Gay sex should remain a crime, reversing a 2009 court ruling that decriminalized same-sex relations.

In the case of Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation, the top court upheld Section 377, an 1861 law that forbids 'carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman
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Atasha Manila sends help home Local drag entertainer participates in second benefit for Philippines relief effort
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Louie Alfajora, was born in Danao City, Cebu, Philippines. He moved to the U.S. in November 2001 where he was reunited with his mom, dad and oldest sister. Louie is known to few. His drag persona, Atasha Manila, however, is known to many.

As an entertainer, Atasha Manila is
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English weddings to begin in March 2014
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The first Gay and Lesbian weddings can begin in England and Wales on March 29, 2014, UK Equalities Minister Maria Miller announced on December 10.

Beginning in June 2014, British couples will also be able to celebrate same-sex weddings in some British consulates and armed forc
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Tour de Life: Love and Sex
by Beau Burriola - SGN Contributing Writer

Kev
From the first moment we met, we fell into an immediate heart comfort, wrapping around each other in perfect humor and a wondrous, effortless existence. For weeks we laughed about everything, we basked in the warmth and enjoyment of simple proximity to one another
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Sinfinite and SOSea team up with Fiat of Seattle at Southcenter and Baltic Room to spread holiday cheer
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), the organization that I am founder and president of, is rooted in helping others. We do this by raising both awareness and money for causes that the community tells us are important to us all. During the holiday season, millions of Americans go without. Th
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State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers dies - Voted in favor of marriage equality in Andersen case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers died of cancer on December 11. He was 70.

Chambers was one of four justices who dissented in Andersen v. King County, the 2006 case in which the majority of the state Supreme Court ruled that Gay and Lesbian couples do not have a cons
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An LGBT hero and the people who tried to keep him in the closet - Rep. Mike Fleck: PA's first out lawmaker, one year later
by Jen Colletta - Philadelphia Gay News

In his first interview with the LGBT press, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fleck (R-81st Dist.) spoke to PGN about the professional and personal whirlwind he found himself in after December 1, 2012, when he became Pennsylvania's first openly LGBT state lawmaker, and the first out sitting Republi
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Australian court voids Canberra marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Australia's High Court struck down a territorial law allowing Gay and Lesbian couples to marry, and ruled that same-sex marriages performed so far are annulled. Their decision was announced December 12.

Australia's Capital Territory, which includes Canberra, the country's cap
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Russian threats to LGBT Network keep Igor Kochetkov from Human Rights First Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Igor Kochetkov, Chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, today issued a statement making clear that threats against the Russian LGBT Network are preventing him from foreign travel. The revelation came today in a statement issued by Kochetkov after he was unexpectedly unable to participate in Human Rights First's second annual more
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Straight German male celebrities make out with each other to fight homophobia
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

How far would your straight allies go to fight homophobia? Well, some of our allies in Germany went pretty far by making the unthinkable, 'thinkable.' The editors at German GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly), GQ Deutschland, launched an exclusive photo campaign in which 13 well-known straight me
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Remarks by President Obama at the Memorial Service for former South African President Nelson Mandela
First National Bank Stadium
Johannesburg, South Africa

December 10, 2013
1:31 P.M. SAST


Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you.

To Gra├ža Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and
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Truvada: The once daily pill to prevent HIV that no one is taking
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

For over 30 years HIV/AIDS has been with us. That's quite a while. And it's killed a lot of people.

It still kills a lot of people.

At the height of the epidemic in America, HIV meant (to mothers whose sons were brave enough to come out as Gay to them) death.
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Uruguay legalizes pot - Accused of violating international treaty
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the growing and sale of marijuana on December 10, but the country was promptly accused of violating an international drug control convention by international regulatory agencies.

Marijuana use was already legal in Urugu
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Please see this week's holiday events calendar in Section 2 for additional LGBTQ holiday related events. RAT CITY ROLLER GIRLS - 'BLACK EYED BALL'
On Friday, December 13, starting at 7 p.m., at 1927 Events (1927 3rd Ave.), dive into the holidays by bringing back the past at the 2013 Black Eyed Ball. Rat City Roller Girls will be in full-swing with their prohibition-the
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Nelson Mandela: AIDS activist
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

After Nelson Mandela retired from the presidency of South Africa in June 1999, he began an entirely new career as an AIDS activist.

Taking on HIV/AIDS is a tough challenge anywhere, but particularly so in South Africa. In the year Mandela left the presidency, it was estimated
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German President and EU Commissioner will boycott Sochi Olympics
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

German President Joachim Gauck has informed the Russian government that he will not attend the Sochi Olympics, according to reports in Der Spiegel newsweekly.

The move 'is understood to be a response to the Russian government's violations of human rights and harassment of the
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Aggressive new HIV strain found in West Africa
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have discovered an aggressive new strain of HIV in patients in Guinea-Bissau on the west coast of Africa.

Patrik Medstrand, Professor of Clinical Virology at Lund University said it is highly likely that there are a large number of ci
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Kiki with D: Confused heart
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Kiki With D,

I am a married woman in my mid-40s. My husband and I met when we were undergrads. At the time, I was wrestling with the fact that I was probably a Lesbian. I had just started to date women and found an emotional and sexual connection I had never felt with
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How high or low is your blood sugar, Sugar?
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer 'I have Diabetes Type 2?' I asked my endocrinologist (thyroid doctor) with great surprise in my voice. I knew that I had high blood sugar, thanks to the side effect of a medication I was currently taking. I even had a blood sugar meter, and faithfully took my blood sugar content at least three times a wee more
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