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posted Friday, December 27 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 52


Hundreds marry in Utah - Tenth Circuit panel refuses third appeal to halt weddings
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On Christmas Eve, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals refused for the third time to stop Gay and Lesbian couples from marrying in Utah after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Some 700 licenses have been issued to same-sex couples since U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December
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Change the Church
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor Last week, the students at Eastside Catholic High School staged a successful sit-in to educate, spread awareness, and take a stand on the Catholic Church's same-sex marriage policy. The protest garnered the support of nearly all of the other Catholic schools in the Seattle area as students at those s more
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Out of the Dark
J. Glenn Evans

It was a cold night. A fine sleet pelted me as I walked down Seneca towards town to do some last minute shopping. Walking on the north side of the street, I approached 6th Avenue where cars came roaring off the freeway. I wasn't paying much attention as I looked straight ahead, hoping to make the light.
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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce honors Seattle's ZippyDogs for outstanding achievement in LGBT supplies diversity
SEATTLE - Last month, on Friday, November 22, Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson, leaders of ZippyDogs, a Seattle-based supplier of Made in USA and eco-friendly promotional products, traveled to Washington, D. C. to be honored at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) National Dinner. This black-tie gala is dedicated to celebra more
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Transformative Year
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

2013 was a big year for the LGBT community, with six states (Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) joining the marriage equality ranks; landmark marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court; the Social Security Administration making it easier fo
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Court orders Ohio to recognize same-sex out-of-state marriages on death certificates
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge ruled on December 23 that Ohio must recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states, and therefore issue death certificates that list the deceased partner as 'married' to the survivor.

Judge Timothy Black, an Obama appointee, also wrote in his opinion that
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Chelsea Clinton to address Human Rights Campaign's inaugural conference on LGBTQ youth
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, will deliver special remarks at 'Time to THRIVE,' the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's first national conference addressing safety, inclusion and well-being for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Time to
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HRC announces $100,000 contribution to support the Russian LGBT Movement
HRC's successful 'Love Conquers Hate' campaign announces donation to fund supporting Russian LGBT advocacy in video 'holiday card' to Russia - Matt Damon, Robin Thicke, and Sarah Silverman join campaign

WASHINGTON - Just 50 days from the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation'
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Alan Turing: Was he murdered by the security services?
Call for full inquiry into the scientist's death - Pardon urged for 50,000+ men convicted of the same offence

LONDON - Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has written to the Prime Minister urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has just been granted a royal pardon for his 1952 convict
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Queen grants Alan Turing posthumous pardon
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Alan Turing, the British mathematician who cracked Nazi Germany's Enigma code, received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II on December 23.

Turing committed suicide in June 1954, two years after being convicted of 'gross indecency,' the legal term for having sex with a
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LGBT Humanists welcome pardon for Alan Turing
Courtesy The Pink Triangle Trust

The UK Gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed the posthumous royal pardon granted to Alan Turing, the Gay atheist code-breaking genius and father of the modern computer, who committed suicide in 1954 after being punished for homosexuality by being chemically castrat
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Russian court convicts Gay rights activist
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

What Vladimir Putin gives with one hand, he takes away with the other. Just as prominent political prisoners Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky were being released from prison by Russian authorities, another Gay rights activist was convicted of violating the country's 'Don't Say Gay' law. <
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Pussy Riot freed
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two jailed members of the Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot were released from prison three months early on December 23. Maria Alvokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were convicted of 'hooliganism' in 2012.

A third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also convict
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Uganda and Nigeria pass new anti-Gay bills - U.N., U.S., and Britain condemn them
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. and Great Britain - the two leading sponsors of aid to Africa - have joined United Nations officials in condemning new anti-Gay laws passed in Uganda and Nigeria.

Uganda passed an only slightly less draconian version of its infamous 'Kill the Gays' bill on December 20.
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Researcher admits he faked HIV data
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what an NIH official called the worst case of research fraud he had seen in his 24 years at the federal agency, a professor admitted he falsified HIV research data.

Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State University, resigned in October af
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Brian Boitano named to U.S. Olympic delegation - Comes out publically as Gay
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist came out as Gay in a statement issued several days after being appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Olympic Delegation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which open February 7. The Games are being held in Sochi, Russia during a t
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