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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52


President Obama signs DADT repeal
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

President Barack Obama signed the law repealing the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on open Gays today.

'Yes, we did,' Obama said. 'You know, I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day. ... I couldn't be prouder.'

'No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Ameri
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Liberty and justice for all
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At 9:35 a.m. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) was dealt its final blow. The long wait is over and history was made as President Obama signed legislation repealing the discriminatory law. Now, for the first time in our nation's history, Gays and Lesbians can serve openly and without prejudi
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Everett high school associated with Salvation Army despite protest of Gay teacher
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associated Editor

The holiday season has long been a time when those who have give to those who do not. Students in schools across the U.S. hold fundraisers and collect food and toys to give a hand-up to the needy in their community. 'Tis the season, after all.

The students at Henry M. Jack
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General Gayety: HOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR
As 2010 draws to a close, I'm looking ahead. Here are some of my hopes for the LGBT community in 2011, along with a few predictions.

I hope next year the Pope will reveal a new attitude toward gays. I predict he won't.

Now for a bolder prediction concerning Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who
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YouthCare: Homeless youth off the streets preparing for life
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On any given night there are from 500 to 2,000 homeless youth in Seattle according to Seattle Police Department estimates. Half of them are LGBT teens.

'A study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Coalition for the Homeless puts the figure at 42%. Ot
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UN restores protections for Gays to resolution against unjust executions
Major victory for US ambassador

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The UN General Assembly voted on December 21 to restore language protecting Gays and Lesbians to a resolution against arbitrary executions.

The vote to restore the term 'sexual orientation' to the resolution was 93 in favor, 55 oppose
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Ban Gays from National Guard says VA legislator
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In the wake of the US Senate's historic vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a Virginia state legislator is seeking to bar Gays from the state's National Guard.

Republican state delegate Bob Marshall says he is drafting a bill for the 2011 legislative session to prohibit National
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Former Navy chaplain will try to block DADT repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former US Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt called on his supporters to bombard Congress with demands that it block implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.

"I hereby call upon the new Congress to never certify that the military is ready to implement repeal of Don't Ask,
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NC Supremes strike down same-sex adoption
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on December 20 that a Lesbian couple may not share parental rights to the biological son of one of the partners, but said the non-biological mother is entitled to joint custody of him.

The court ruled 5-2 that Julia Boseman's adoption of Jaco
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Winning equality in Florida : A glass half empty or half full?
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Equality Florida (eqfl.org) 'is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.' EQFL recently published a report, 'Winning Equality,' which details the progress of LGBT rights in the Su
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Latino church protests Ricky Martin TV special
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Miami-based Latino evangelical church has filed an FCC protest against the Spanish-language TV network Univision because the network aired a special featuring Ricky Martin.

According to the complaint, Univision aired a show with 'pornographic, indecent or obscene' content.
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International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Brazil creates national council to protect LGBTs
Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva and Human Rights Secretary Paulo Vannuchi signed a decree Dec. 9 creating the National LGBT Council.

The document says the council's purpose is to "formulate and propose guidelines for government actions,
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Northwest News
Northwest News
WOJNAROWICZ'S CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO, A FIRE IN MY BELLY, SHOWING IN SEATTLE
David Wojnarowicz's video, A Fire in My Belly, that had been part of a show of Gay and Lesbian related art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery until it was removed recently in response to a deluge of unfavorable calls and emails from partisans of the Catholic League, is bein
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Dan Choi hospitalized
Leading Don't Ask, Don't Tell activist Dan Choi said Dec. 14 that he was committed to a veterans hospital psychiatric ward on Dec. 10, the day after the U.S. Senate again refused to authorize repeal of the DADT ban on open Gays in the military.

On Dec. 18, the Senate reversed cour
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Bring the love back
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

The New Year is upon us. It's a time that most of us start thinking about resolutions and goals - lose weight, stop smoking, exercise. It is a perfect time to refocus your attention on the fact that your relationship is a priority. Here are some thoughts and steps you can use to ignite
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Outbound: Five things you'll love about Hilo, Hawaii
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Hilo may not be a hot tropical destination, but it's a terrific detour en route to volcano expeditions on the Big Island. Located on what is considered to be the wet side of this massive island, the largest of the Hawaiian chain, the harbor city is home to nearly 50,000 people, some of them
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