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Military struggles with growing sexual assaults - Why men in the military rape other men
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From Cameroon to Seattle - One Gay man's harrowing struggle to be free
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Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Wells Keeping Capitol Hill vibrant a labor of love
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Payback in Wisconsin: Conservative justice trailing, Republican county executive candidate loses in landslide
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LGBT elders raise serious fears about long-term care facilities
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Local Norwegian man does it All For Norway
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New survey tries to estimate LGBT population
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Congressman Jim McDermott issues statement on ENDA
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Wal-Mart wins court case for defending Lesbian
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Possible Gay caveman found in Czech Republic
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California: Prop 8 repeal ballot in 2012?
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Military chaplains group supports lawsuit against DADT
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Mysterious 'AIDS-like' disease hits China - New virus or psychosomatic phobia?
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Progress on HIV vaccine, Chinese researchers say
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Chinese police raid Gay bar in Shanghai - 60 arrested
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Gay men murdered in Mongolia
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BREAKING NEWS
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Gay student sues ex-Michigan official over stalking
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US gay-marriage ban under assault but still potent
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US Department of State: Religious Fundamentalists at Heart of Uganda's Human Rights Problem
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Coming Out: The story of one openly gay athlete
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Female-to-Male Transgender Man Sues to Reclaim Job
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Military struggles with growing sexual assaults - Why men in the military rape other men
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When men in the military rape other men in the ranks, no one wants to talk about it. In this week's Newsweek, writer Jesse Ellison proclaims that male-on-male rape is the Pentagon's secret shame and looks at why the sexual assault of males in the service is finally being confronted.

In the staunchly traditional
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From Cameroon to Seattle - One Gay man's harrowing struggle to be free
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gaston Dissake, 29, has never known life without soccer. For as long as he can remember, the soccer field has been where he found freedom.

Unfortunately for Gaston, an openly Gay man in the oppressive African nation of Cameroon, freedom stopped whenever he left the field.
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Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Wells Keeping Capitol Hill vibrant a labor of love
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle is a city of neighborhoods with which its citizens strongly identify. Capitol Hill has an identity all its own and is, perhaps, the most recognized of all.

More than a Gayborhood, 'The Hill' (as it's commonly referred to) is home to beautifully constructed parks,
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Payback in Wisconsin: Conservative justice trailing, Republican county executive candidate loses in landslide
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning reversal of political fortunes, conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser trails his opponent, Assistant State Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg, by a slim 204 votes.

At a press conference on April 6, Kloppenburg claimed victory, but the election more
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LGBT elders raise serious fears about long-term care facilities
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A majority of LGBT older adults who answered a national online survey believe that staff of long-term care facilities would discriminate against an LGBT elder who was open about his or her sexual orientation, and more than half believe that staff or other residents would abuse or neglect
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Local Norwegian man does it All For Norway
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In December of 2008, Doug Miner, 35, was stuck at home during the snowstorm that made headlines across the nation. Each morning, Doug would wake up and read the news. As luck would have it, he came across an ad asking for American-Norwegians to attend a casting call to learn about their h
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New survey tries to estimate LGBT population
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

How many LGBT Americans are there?

More than 9 million, according to Williams Institute researcher Gary Gates.

The Williams Institute is a think tank associated with UCLA Law School that studies law and public policy as they relate to sexual orientation and gender i
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Congressman Jim McDermott issues statement on ENDA
'I am an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - passing it is critical to moving our country closer to the goal of equal rights for all Americans. Beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we've recognized the importance of ending discrimination in the workplace, and the LGBT community deserves these basic protections. more
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Wal-Mart wins court case for defending Lesbian
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Wal-Mart was acting within both its legal rights and the stated policy of the company when it fired a fundamentalist Christian for harassing a Lesbian employee.

Tanisha Matthews, who worked as an overnight stocker in a Joliet, I
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Possible Gay caveman found in Czech Republic
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Five thousand years after he died, a group of archaeologists believe they may have unearthed the first known 'Gay caveman.'

So how do they know? By the way he was buried.

According to archaeologists, the skeleton is from the late Stone Age dating back to betwee
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California: Prop 8 repeal ballot in 2012?
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Equality California on April 4 launched a campaign to gauge community support for heading back to the ballot in 2012 to try to undo Proposition 8.

Approved by voters in November 2008, Prop 8 amended the state constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage, which had been legal
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Military chaplains group supports lawsuit against DADT
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On April 4, The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy, a group led by retired military chaplains, filed an amicus curiae brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the Log Cabin Republican's position in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Mysterious 'AIDS-like' disease hits China - New virus or psychosomatic phobia?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Reports of what some news sources characterize as 'a highly contagious AIDS-like disease' said to be sweeping China are circulating in Western news media.

If accurate, the reports would be cause for serious concern, because the as-yet-unidentified virus is said to be far more contag
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Progress on HIV vaccine, Chinese researchers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chinese researchers have successfully concluded the first stage in clinical trials of a new HIV vaccine, according to the country's top HIV/AIDS expert.

Shao Yiming, lead researcher for the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, told China Daily on April 4 that the
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Chinese police raid Gay bar in Shanghai - 60 arrested
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chinese police raided the popular Q Bar in Shanghai at 1 a.m. on April 3, arresting more than 60 patrons and employees.

According to the English-language newspaper Shanghai Daily, police were responding to reports of live 'sex shows' at the bar.

On Q Bar's blog, a
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Gay men murdered in Mongolia
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two brutal murders of Gay men have shocked Mongolia's small LGBT community.

The Mongolia LGBT Center, based in Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital, identified the first victim as 'A Gay male of 40 to 50 years of age who went by the nickname 'S' in the community, a dentist by profes
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Jury selection planned in trial of teen charged with killing Gay classmate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jury selection is scheduled to get underway next month in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, who is charged with the execution-style killing of a Gay classmate in 2008 that made headlines around the world.

McInerney is charged with killing 15-year-old classmate Lawren
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DOMA enforcement in green-card cases halted, restarted
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on March 28 said it had temporarily suspended enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act as it applies to U.S. citizens' foreign same-sex spouses.

Then, two days later, the agency said the suspension was over and that
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BREAKING NEWS!

Gay student sues ex-Michigan official over stalking
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Remember that jerk Andrew Shirvell, the former Michigan assistant state attorney general? Well, in a case of what goes around comes around, the openly Gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan Shirvell targeted for his blog rants is suing him on charges of stalking an
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US gay-marriage ban under assault but still potent
US gay-marriage ban under assault but still potent By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK - These are frustrating, tantalizing days for many of the same-sex couples who seized the chance to marry in recent years.

The law that prohibits federal recognition of their unions in under assault in the courts. The Obama administra
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US Department of State: Religious Fundamentalists at Heart of Uganda's Human Rights Problem
The United States Department of State submitted its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate as required by law for "countries that receive assistance" among others. The Uganda Report mentions the religious fundamentalists by name at th more
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Coming Out: The story of one openly gay athlete
By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
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Female-to-Male Transgender Man Sues to Reclaim Job
By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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By NANCY ARMOUR
AP National Writer

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Austin Hendrix thought he would be free once he got to college.

There would be no more hiding the fact he's gay, no more denying something that is as much a part of him as the color of his eyes. He could be himself, not the muted version he'd been prese
more
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