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posted Friday, May 23 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 21


Marriage is on in Oregon
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled on May 19 that Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, opening the way for Gay and Lesbian couples to marry.

Couples were reportedly lining up at county courthouses as early as 5 a.m. in anticipation of McShane's ruling, and began to apply for marriage licens
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Pennsylvania Governor drops marriage appeal - Rush for licenses is on!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay and Lesbian couples rushed to get marriage licenses in Pennsylvania as Republican Governor Tom Corbett announced May 21 that he was dropping the state's fight to keep its ban on same-sex marriage.

Corbett, running for reelection and vastly unpopular, decided not to appeal
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Mary Yu sworn in as Associate Justice in Washington State Supreme Court
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Mary Yu was sworn in as the newest member of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, marking the first time the high court has had an openly Lesbian justice. The former King County Superior Court Judge was sworn in by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen following a symposium on juvenile justi
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ENDA's exemption
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Luckily for me, I get to write about a fun person in this column: my friend Matt Foreman, the former executive director of the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force (NGLTF), who has been lighting up social media lately.

It all has to do with ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimin
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In your face, with cake -
In your face, with cake - Reactions to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN show his impact by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

Among the predictable reactions to The Kiss between Michael Sam and boyfriend Vito Cammisano, which was shown by ESPN during the closing minutes of the NFL draft on May 10, was
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U.S., U.N. mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon were among the world leaders who observed the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

'As we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ou
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Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex adoptions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Utah Supreme Court put a stop to adoptions by same-sex couples in an order issued May 16.

The case is a spinoff of a federal challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriages, involving a Lesbian couple married after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down the ban on
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HRC Foundation releases inaugural edition of Equality Rising
Report outlines major developments in 2013 in the Global Equality Movement WASHINGTON - On Thursday, May 15, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released the inaugural edition of Equality Rising, a brief overview of many of the successes and setbacks of LGBT activists, advocates, and allies around the world in 2013. Released i more
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Showdown: Federal judge orders Utah to recognize marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a move that could set up a showdown between federal and Utah state courts, U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball ordered Utah state officials on May 19 to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages.

The marriages were legally performed between December 20, when Feder
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Two from the Ninth Circuit: Court expedites Idaho hearing; rejects NOM plea on Prop 8 names
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced two decisions related to marriage rights on May 20.

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In one, the court ordered expedited review of the state of Idaho's appeal of a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
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First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp held at the White House on May 22
On Thursday, May 22, at 3 p.m., the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation hosted a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House.

Attending the ceremony will be: Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representati
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the White
House's Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Dedication, May 22, 2014 Totally humbled to be among you. I look out at the audience and you are the people who have worked to create so much progress. I'm truly, truly moved to be here today. I work for a President - I get to work for a President - who is identified with two words: hope and change. B more
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Indian election: Disaster for LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The landslide victory of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India's month-long general election was a disaster for the governing Congress Party, but an even greater disaster for the country's LGBT community.

BJP leader and now Prime Minister Nar
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French Catholics short of cash; ask parishioners to Adopt-a-Priest
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Catholic Church in France is offering its parishioners the chance to 'Adopt-a-Priest' in an attempt to raise funds, the news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) reports.

According to the AFP website 20 Minutes, the Adopt-a-Priest campaign was initiated by six Catholic dioces
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'REVEALING QUEER' - LGBT HISTORY AT MOHAI FEBRUARY 14-JULY 6
Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union) presents 'Revealing Queer,' a landmark exhibit on the history of the Puget Sound region's LGBTQ community. Admission: $14 general; $12-student/senior/military/teacher; children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult. Museum hou
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Let us all be 'fighting mad'
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

For Al B. Feldstein, who now writes from Heaven

Al B. Feldstein, past editor of Mad Magazine, passed away on April 29, 2014 at the gleaming age of 88 years old. He grew up in the same area of New York that my father grew up in, the Flatbush part of Brooklyn. After a di
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New CDC campaign inspires life-saving conversations about HIV
'Start Talking. Stop HIV.' promotes candid discussions among Gay and Bisexual men

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new national communication campaign encouraging Gay and Bisexual men to talk openly with their sexual partners about HIV risk and prevention strategie
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HRC's statement on the launch of CDC's New Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign
WASHINGTON - [On Wednesday, May 21] the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) launched Start Talking, Stop HIV, a new national HIV prevention campaign encouraging Gay and Bisexual men to talk openly and honestly about HIV.

'It's time to turn the volume up on HIV prevention. The virus is disproportionately affecting Gay and Bisexual
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