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posted Friday, December 25, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 52


FDA relaxes Gay blood donation ban
Half-way measure pleases no one

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced December 21 that it was relaxing its 32-year-old ban on blood donations from Gay and Bisexual men.

Finalizing a policy change it proposed in 2014, the FDA said that Gay and Bi men may now donate blood if they have not had sex with other men in the previous year.
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UPDATE: No evidence Hamza Warsame was beaten before fall
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police officials told media this week that there investigation into the death of Hamza Warsame, the 16-year-old Seattle Central College student who fell 60 feet to his death from a building near Summit and Thomas on December 5, has not produced any evidence to support the clai
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Lesbian Air Force investigator among six killed in Afghanistan
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

An openly Lesbian Air Force investigator and a New York City police detective were among those killed in this week's Taliban attack, the deadliest insurgent assault on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in at least three years and a sign of mounting militant violence in that country.

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Religious schools may not discriminate against married Gays or Lesbians, Massachusetts judge rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Religious schools may not discriminate against married Gays or Lesbians in their employment policies, a Massachusetts judge ruled on December 16.

Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Douglas H. Wilkins said that Fontbonne, a Catholic girls school, could not rely on statutory r
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Discrimination against LGBTIQ people costs lives and global economic prosperity
Over $400 billion lost annually - enough to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide

by Jason Cianciotto - OutRight Action International

Too frequently the daily news includes stories about discrimination and violence perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) peo
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Statement by President Obama on the 5th anniversary of repeal of DADT
Five years ago today, I signed a bipartisan bill repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - extending our country's promise of equality to those who protect it every day. Today, Americans can serve the country they love no matter who they love, and openly gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women in uniform make our military stronger and America safer. more
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Title IX protects sexual orientation, federal judge rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge in California has ruled that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects sexual orientation.

In doing so, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson reversed his previous ruling in the same case.

Title IX prohibits schools that receive federal
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Trans man sues Minnesota for surgery
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender man says he will sue the state of Minnesota to have his gender reassignment surgery covered by state-sponsored insurance.

While some Trans people elect not to have surgery, Evan Thomas says the procedure is necessary for his transition.

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I'm not a bigot; I just want to roll back Gay rights, Marco Rubio says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a TV interview Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio denied he is an anti-Gay bigot but repeated his call to roll back LGBT rights.

'Increasingly, Americans feel out of place, because it seems like the people who have access to power and influence win, and everybody
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Setbacks for marriage equality in Europe: Austria, Slovenia, Romania reject relationship recognition
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three European countries have rejected bids to recognize and give legal protections to same-sex relationships.

In Austria, an administrative court rejected a lawsuit on behalf of five children of Gay parents seeking marriage rights for their parents.

In the Dec
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French sex-ed document stirs up furor
Mislabels Trans people, activists say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new sex-ed document issued by the French Ministry for Education has LGBT activists up in arms over its mislabeling of Trans people.

According to ANT (Association Nationale Transgenre, or National Transgender Association), the new sex-ed information offers few, if any, accura
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Greek bishop throws hissy fit over civil unions
Catholics not the only ones with bigot bishops

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A controversial Greek Orthodox bishop is spitting mad at the Greek parliament as it takes up legislation to allow same-sex civil partnerships.

While the synod that governs the Greek Orthodox Church simply reiterated its opposition to legal recognition for same-sex relationship
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Catholic Church has at least two bishops that are not total jerks
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Church has at least two bishops who are not blatantly anti-Gay, but neither of them are American.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai, India, has said that India should decriminalize Gay sex. The country's parliament is set to debate a propos
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