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posted Friday, August 29 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 35


The woman who found the HIV virus:
Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi at Fred Hutchinson

by Doug Hamilton - SGN Contributing Writer

How soon will it be before we have a cure for HIV/AIDS? It is the 31 year-old question hounding viral researcher Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who isolated the HIV virus in France in 1983, and went on to win a Nobel Prize for that in 2008. Here in her capacity as global ambassador and President of the International AIDS So
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Seahawks team up with Free2Luv for anti-bullying campaign
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seahawks announced this week their support of the Free2Luv(TM)Friends Don't Let Friends Bully(TM) campaign that empowers fans and especially youth to celebrate individuality and stand-up to bullying.

Fans are encouraged to visit Free2Luv.orgto learn more about the camp
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Prominent retired generals say military is ready for Transgender service
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The former chief medical officer of the U.S. Army and two other retired U.S. military General Officers issued a joint statement August 26 concluding that the military's ban on Transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness
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There are LGBT allies, and then there was Rita
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

My friend Rita passed away recently. But her passing is not what this column will dwell on. It's about friendship and our straight allies - and if there ever was a straight ally, it was Rita.

Good friends encourage and support us, and they are also there in times of sorrow
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Excessive Force - Public order and justice require police who reflect and respect those they serve
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

When civil disorder followed the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, it was fueled by police aggression that exacerbated existing community mistrust.

Ferguson police, overwhelmingly
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LGBT Americans report lower well-being than straights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT Americans report lower levels of well-being than straight Americans, according to a new survey by Gallup-Healthways. The disparities hold true over all the categories of well-being tested by the survey.

Lesbian, Bi, and Trans women report the lowest levels of well-being,
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Hacker warns Grindr users about security flaw
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Like the old saying goes - 'It takes one to know one', a hacker, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims to have contacted Grindr to alert them that a security flaw in the app has allowed for other hackers - maybe the kind who like to lure Gay men to a hookup and then beat them or worse -
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Most liberal cities: Seattle tied for #3
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle is tied with Oakland, California, for third most liberal city in the country, according to a study published in the American Political Science Review and summarized in The Economist magazine.

The most liberal city should be no surprise - San Francisco, a minority-major
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Marriage bonanza for many states, Williams Institute predicts
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Legal same-sex marriage could generate an economic bonanza for state economies, according to new studies released by the Williams Institute.

The institute, attached to UCLA Law School, has been studying the economic effects of marriage equality for several years, and has rele
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Marriage rights on trial: Action in several cases
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Virginia and North Carolina
AFER (the American Foundation for Equal Rights) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on August 27, asking the justices to hear the Virginia marriage rights case Bostic v. Schaefer. Similar briefs have already been filed by Virginia Attorney Gene
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Obamacare helps LGBT community, but we still lag behind in healthcare - Report discrimination, WA Insurance Commissioner says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, has benefited LGBT Americans more than our straight neighbors, but we are still more likely than straight people to lack health insurance, a new study shows.

The study, done by Williams Institute Distinguished Schola
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Mariela Castro defied party line and voted against exclusion of HIV-positive and Trans workers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel, cast an unprecedented No vote last December, when Cuba's parliament adopted a new labor code establishing protections for sexual orientation and other characteristics.

Hers was not only the sole No vot
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Neo-Nazis attack Gay couple in Athens
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Gay couple was attacked in central Athens on August 23 by a neo-Nazi mob of 10 to 15 men.

According to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the attackers 'had shaved heads and were wearing black t-shirts,' the typical attire of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party.

Kat
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13-year-old girl's science project IDs fungus threat to HIV patients
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A 13-year-old girl's summer science project helped identify the source of fungal infections that have affected HIV patients in Southern California for decades.

Elan Filler, the daughter of UCLA infectious disease specialist Dr. Scott Filler, was looking for a summer science proj
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NIH finds possible substitute for antiretrovirals
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new NIH (National Institutes of Health) study suggests that HIV-specific antibodies can be effective at blocking HIV from entering human T cells, including HIV derived from so-called 'reservoirs' in HIV-undetectable patients.

The technique, called 'passive immunotherapy,' ma
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