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posted Friday, June 7, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 23


Failure in Illinois - House adjourns without voting on marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On May 31 the Illinois House of Representatives adjourned without taking action on a pending marriage equality bill. The state Senate had already passed the measure, and Gov. Pat Quinn had promised to sign it into law if the House passed it.

House Speaker Michael Madigan told the Chicago Tribune on March 13 that he
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Lets beat this thing! - 35 groups commit to re-engage the fight against HIV/AIDS
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As the nation marks the opening of LGBT Pride Month, executive directors from 35 LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations from the United States released a joint letter on June 3, committing themselves and their organizations to re-engaging the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV. <
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Rally 'round the flag! - Activists urge Space Needle to fly Pride banner every year
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nearly two dozen LGBT, immigrant rights, and labor organizations have announced a '30 Days Till Pride' campaign to get the Space Needle to fly the Rainbow Flag this year and every year - and to settle its ongoing dispute with its workers.

COME OUT TUESDAY
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Murray supporters form campaign group - Organizers say fundraising will be main focus
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Gay state senator and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray will get new campaign help from an independent supporters' group calling itself People for Ed Murray.

'Ed Murray is facing tough competition in the primary election for Seattle Mayor, and he has the added challen
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Pentagon observes Pride Month for second year
Despite inclusion in memo, Trans people still barred from service by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In a memorandum dated May 31, signed by Clarence Johnson, Director of the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the Department of Defense has designated June as LGBT Pride Month for the second year in
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State Dept. recognizes LGBT Pride Month
The following statement was issued by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, June 5.

The Department of State joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Forty-four years after Stonewall, we see incredible progress in the fight to advance the human righ
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Heart of a SEAL - Former elite Navy corpsman comes out as Transgender
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Under current regulations, the U.S. military does not allow Transgender people to serve in uniform. The 'T' was deliberately left out of the September 2011 end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual service members. We now know that the repeal of that discriminatory l
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Confronting the 'Gay panic' excuse - Crime victims' sexuality is often used against them in court
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On June 3, the National LGBT Bar Association gave strong applause to the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section for taking up a resolution to protect victims of so-called Gay and Trans 'panic' legal defenses. The resolution supports the LGBT community by no longer allowing
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89 - Authored Ryan White CARE Act and other pro-LGBT laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died June 3 at the age of 89.

In a long career that included two separate stints in the U.S. Senate, Lautenberg made a reputation as a workhorse who authored a number of important bills. For people affected by HIV/AIDS, he is best known as the auth
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Brits begin new HIV vaccine study - Volunteers now being chosen for extensive two-year trial
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

British scientists funded by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) announced May 30 that they are beginning new research into an HIV vaccine. They said they are now recruiting 64 healthy adult volunteers for the trial, which is expected to take up to two years.

The
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Scientists map inner structure of HIV - Findings may be key to overcoming drug resistance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Central Florida have mapped for the first time the structure of the protein shell surrounding the HIV virus. Their findings are published in the current iss
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British marriage bill passes another test - House of Lords rejects attempt to derail equality legislation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Britain's House of Lords this week decisively rejected a so-called 'wrecking amendment' that would have derailed the marriage equality bill passed by the House of Commons on May 21.

Lords do not do anything as mundane as voting Yes or No. The procedure in the House of Lords is
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Jallen Messersmith comes out to play - Benedictine forward is first openly Gay male college basketball player
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jallen Messersmith was raised Mormon, overcame bullying, and is openly Gay on his Catholic college's basketball team in Kansas. He fits in with his teammates and says he was embraced after he came out last fall - first to his coaches and then to his teammates.

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German court adds one more right for same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, the country's highest tribunal, ruled on June 6 that same-sex registered partners may file joint tax returns, just as opposite-sex spouses do.

In its decision, the court said there were no 'objective reasons for unequal treatment [of sam
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Turkish police assault Lesbian activist - Officials escalating violence against dissidents; U.S. group protests
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Turkish police are accused of assaulting Lesbian activist and Member of Parliament Dr. Binnaz Toprak on May 31, four days into a massive crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Istanbul. Her injuries, if any, are not known at this time.

Toprak, a member of the secularist R
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