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Washington Post
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Amid Criticism, D.C. Plans Big Effort to Spread Word on AIDS
By Darryl Fears
On her drives from one end of the District to the other, Anita Hawkins is struck by the rarity with which she sees billboards or bus stop advertisements telling residents that AIDS is a major health threat in the city.

Cheney Endorses Gay Marriage on a 'State-by-State Basis'
By Dan Eggen
Former vice president Richard B. Cheney waded into another roiling public debate yesterday, saying that he supports legalizing same-sex marriage as long as the issue is decided by the states, rather than the federal government.

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Jonah Goldberg: GOP should be proud to promote its beliefs
It's a lovely thing when the conventional wisdom proves to be so spectacularly wrong. The entire Democratic Party, not to mention the media establishment, simply took as a given that suave and charming, President Barack Obama would mop the floor with grumpy, truculent, sardonic former Vice President Dick Cheney.,0,6045708.story

Steve Rothaus
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National Center for Lesbian Rights: ‘Tell Congress keep our families together!’
Letter from Kate Kendell, executive director of National Center for Lesbian Rights:
Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), a long-time champion of the LGBT community, will soon introduce the Reuniting Families Act. This landmark immigration bill helps to end discrimination that prevents loving families from being together, such as preventing same-sex partners from sponsoring their foreign partners for a permanent visa, long visa wait times, and more.

The Advocate
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India's Little Gay Magazine That Could
By Amita Parashar
In a country where it's still illegal to be gay, a newly relaunched LGBT magazine is becoming a strong voice for a growing community. Bombay Dost (Bombay Friends), India's first and only LGBT publication, has just relaunched after going out of print in 2002 when the then-underground publication ran out of financial support. The original Dost, which printed from 1990 to 2002, was available mostly through roadside vendors and often wrapped in plain brown paper.

Evangelical: Christians Owe Gays Apology
A prominent professor of Christian ethics says Christians should ask for forgiveness from gays and lesbians in his review of a new book chronicling the pain experienced by gay youths when religion is used to justify prejudice and discrimination.

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Vanasco: Christine Quinn thinks NY is getting gay marriage
By Jennifer Vanasco
Open lesbian and Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn says that after conversations with Albany lawmakers, she thinks gay marriage will pass. Read more...

Neff: Reaching out to Californians
By Lisa Neff
An angry, raw, bitter, hostile response from a stranger about idiotic, bigoted, uninformed voters of California. Read more...

Pink News - UK
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Sweden appoints lesbian bishop
The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November.

Scottish National Party and Catholic Church's 'secret plan' to defy gay adoption laws
The Scottish National Party and the Catholic Church worked together secretly in order to avoid new legislation requiring religious adoption agencies to help gay couples, it has been reported.

Spanish Supreme Court rules judges cannot refuse to marry gay couples
The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that judges in lower courts or in local town halls must marry gay and lesbian couples if required.

64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported
One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.

US President Barack Obama proclaims June to be LGBT Pride Month
The President of the United States yesterday issued a proclamation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Pride month. survey: Greens tipped for Euro elections but Tories on top for next general election
A survey of readers has found that support for Labour has dropped dramatically since the last general election. Thirty-seven per cent of the 270 respondents had voted for Labour in May 2005, compared with 24 per cent for Liberal Democrats and 23 per cent who voted Conservative.

Daily Queer News
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Life Only Gets Worse for LGBT Iraqis
Seth Michael Donsky | EDGE Contributor | EDGE Boston
Two young gay men were found dead recently in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum, wearing diapers and women’s lingerie–at least according to reports. The bodies of four other men, beaten to death, were discovered by Iraqi police, each bearing signs reading “pervert” in Arabic on their chests. Additionally several coffee shops in Sadr, that were popular with gay Iraqis have been set on fire recently.

WA: Gay Rights Group Wants to Name Petition Signers
Mark Rahner | Seattle Times
A gay-rights group is promising to “out” some people in a way, but in this case it won’t mean exposing closeted gays. Instead, members of Washington-based plan to shine a light on those who sign petitions for Referendum 71, an attempt by religious and conservative groups to overturn the state’s 2009 Domestic Partner Expansion Bill.

CA: Judge Says State Can Bar School Discrimination
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer | San Francisco Chronicle
California can prohibit public schools from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or identity, a judge ruled Monday, rejecting an invasion-of-privacy claim by a conservative group that said a new state law would force school officials to allow boys into girls’ locker rooms. The law, which took effect last year, added sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of categories in which schools may not discriminate in teaching or instructional materials. Other categories include race, sex and national origin. A legislative committee analysis said the new measure merely clarified existing statutes and didn’t actually change them. The committee noted that another section of the state’s education laws already prohibited bias based on any status covered by California’s hate crimes law, which included sexual orientation and identity. Read more

Gay Couples View Marriage as Legal Protection, Not Commitment Symbol, Study Shows
University of Texas
Challenging the idea that marriage is necessary for solidifying relationships, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin reveals same-sex couples in long-term relationships believe marriage is more important in terms of legal rights, but less so as a symbol of commitment.

When Asked, This Gay Soldier Told
TUSTIN In a calm corner of his garage, a soldier rummages through reminders of the last ten years of his life. Silver coins. A Middle Eastern sash. An Army pistol. Only a few of the souvenirs in Dan Choi’s war chest will fit into his travel duffel. As he packs, his mom walks in. She reaches around her son’s boulder-sized biceps for a hug. “Are you staying for dinner?” “I’m not sure.” By nightfall, though, Choi will surely be gone. He’s getting out of Tustin, maybe for good. Monumental change has unsettled the 28-year-old combat veteran and his family. In March, on national television, he said, “I am gay.” Read more

Australia to Clamp Down on Hate Crimes
Express Buzz
MELBOURNE: The string of attacks on Indian students in this Australian city has led the provincial government of Victoria to push for a plan that would have tougher sentences for hate crimes. The damage control action comes within months of Australia launching a multi-million dollar effort to woo Indian students. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria.


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