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HIV travel ban repealed, GSA wins in court

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HIV travel ban law repealed WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 30, President Bush signed into law the Tom Lantos & Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, a presidential initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The measure included a provision ending the government’s 21-year ban on …

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GLSEN: Schools settle bullying cases

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Schools settle bullying cases NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network said two recent settlements reaffirm the potential liability for schools that ignore anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. In California, the Upper Lake Union School District agreed earlier this month to implement comprehensive steps to protect students from anti-LGBT bullying and bias …

Equality for gay clergy advances

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Equality for gay clergy advances SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Presbyterian Church (USA) capped its 218th biennial General Assembly, held here the last week in June, with a historic decision moving the church toward full acceptance of lesbian and gay clergy. By a margin of 54 to 46 percent, the General Assembly passed an ordination …

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Calif. marriage brings economic windfall

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Marriage brings economic windfall LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has released a new study analyzing the economic gains that same-sex couples’ weddings will bring to California. According to the report, the state’s wedding industry will receive a substantial $683.8 million boost in direct spending by same-sex couples over …

Out-of-state marriages OK’d in NY

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Out-of-state marriages OK’d NEW YORK, N.Y. — New York Gov. David Paterson (pictured) issued a directive May 29 instructing state agencies to change their policies and recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples performed in other jurisdictions, such as Massachusetts, California, Spain and Canada. Paterson first announced his intention to grant the directive in a …

Sen. Kennedy battling brain tumor

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BOSTON, Mass. — On May 20, physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital announced that U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA, pictured) had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy, 76, was hospitalized the preceding weekend after suffering a seizure at his family’s compound in Hyannisport, Mass. Kennedy has served in the U.S. Senate since 1962 and …

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Black gay man wins Council seat

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Black gay man wins Council seat FALLS CHURCH, Va. — While most political watchers were following the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in N.C. and Indiana, Lawrence Webb (pictured) quietly made history as he became the state’s first openly LGBT African-American elected to public office. In his first bid for elected office, Webb …

GLAAD takes stand for fairness

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GLAAD takes stand for fairness SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) withdrew from a “Pride Rocks” event scheduled to take place this summer at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego because the property is owned by San Diego businessman Doug Manchester. He has publicly and financially supported a California …

Army OKs criminals, but not gays; Gov. stands up for equality

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Army OKs criminals, but not gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Apr. 7 edition of USA Today featured a report on the rising percentage of Army recruits needing a waiver to join the service because of a past criminal record. The article stated that the percentage has more than doubled since 2004 to an unprecedented one …