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New York Times
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-After Hookups, E-Cards That Warn, 'Get Checked'
Steve, a health care worker in his 30s, had been told more than once that he had been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. So when it happened again, he was not upset - even though this time he learned about it through an anonymous online postcard, e-mailed by a man with whom he had had sex.

-Global Update
In Senegal, Where AIDS Efforts Are Often Praised, Prison for Counselors Is a Surprise
Human rights organizations, health groups and some foreign governments have united in condemning Senegal for imprisoning nine local AIDS activists.

Washington Post
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-Pastor Rick's Evolution
By Sally Quinn
Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration has been characterized as -- at best -- a giant blunder. But it might turn out to be just another canny move from this supremely confident politician.

-Portland mayor admits past relationship with teen
More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005. Sam Adams, who is openly gay, acknowledged the relationship in a statement Monday, after the Willamette Week newspaper broke the story on its Web site.

Wall Street Journal

-Obama Has Chance to Shape U.S. Courts
Vacancies of Appellate Judges, Makeup in Congress Should Give New President
Sway Over How Laws Will Be Interpreted
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is expected to have a speedy and significant impact on a number of federal courts of appeal, with the potential to lessen the conservative influence that several of these courts now wield. Given significant vacancies in some the nation's 13 federal appellate courts, Mr. Obama's appointments may shape the ways laws are interpreted across the country. "He really has an enormous opportunity," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia and expert on the federal judiciary. "At least initially, I don't see him having much trouble getting his seats filled."

-Party Politics: An Impresario Hustles to Stage the Inaugural
Clumsy Eagle, Pesky Celebs Put Mr. Beliveau To the Test; Running Short of 'Chum'
Barack Obama was the least of Emmett Beliveau's worries on the eve of the biggest inaugural ever held. Five thousand portable toilets were on his mind.

Pink News - UK
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-MSPs hear objections to new homophobic hate crimes proposal
By Tony Grew
The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has heard evidence on proposed legislation that allows courts to impose tougher sentences for offences aggravated by the victim's disability, gender identity or sexualorientation. The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.

-Obama looks to Lincoln in his inauguration address
By Tony Grew
An inauguration speech is the set piece of the American system of government. The new President, surrounded by the House, the Senate, military leaders, diplomats and watched by hundreds of millions of people on television, sets the tone for his administration.

-Martin Luther King's dream "comes a step closer" with Obama
By Tony Grew
America's largest LGBT civil rights organisation marked the birthday of civil rights activist Martin Luther King yesterday with a message of hope for Barack Obama's administration.
Dr King's birthday is a federal holiday, a mark of his unique importance in modern American history.

-Obama team "regrets" that gay bishop's prayer was not broadcast
By Tony Grew
A spokesman for the US Presidential Inauguration Committee has confirmed that a prayer by Bishop Gene Robinson was supposed to be televised as part of a celebration concert on Sunday.
Broadcaster HBO had been criticised for excluding the invocation by Bishop Robinson, who is one of the most prominent LGBT people in America.
There were accusations that he had been censored, as HBO began transmitting live from the We Are One concert ten minutes after the prayer.

-Anger as gay bishop's inauguration prayer is left out of broadcast
By Tony Grew
A US broadcaster has been criticised for starting their live coverage of a concert in Washington DC celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama after the opening prayer led by an openly gay bishop. HBO's coverage started after Gene Robinson, Anglican Bishop of New Hampshire, had addressed the crowd of 500,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial.


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