Judge Overturns Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By Boyce Hinman and Charles Peer

In the third of three recent court victories for the LGBTI community, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has ruled that the U.S. Military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is unconstitutional. She did so in a suit brought by the Log Cabin Republicans against the policy of the U.S. military.

In her decision, released Thursday, Sept. 9, Judge Phillips said "The Log Cabin Republicans have demonstrated the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act, on its face, violates the constitutional rights of its members. Plaintiff is entitled to the relief sought in its First Amended Complaint: a judicial declaration to that effect and a permanent injunction barring further enforcement of the Act."

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Beetlejuice Actor Glenn Shadix DiesGlenn Shadix

Actor Glenn Shadix, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 7 from a fall in his Birmingham, Alabama condo. Shadix was best known for his role as Otho in Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows.

Shadix was also active in the LGBT community and served as an Advisory Board Member of Truth Wins Out, an organization that fights the “ex-gay” myth.

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Make a Difference – Join the 10th Annual AIDS Run/Walk

The Sacramento Valley AIDS Run/Walk is this Sunday, Sept. 12, and if you haven’t yet joined a team or registered on your own to make this vital walk to help support HIV/AIDS services in Sacramento, you can still come on down to the West Steps of the Capitol on Sunday morning and make a difference.

State cutbacks are taking a huge a huge toll on HIV/AIDS service providers throughout the Sacramento region. Agencies are closing. Testing sites are drying up. Education efforts have gone by the wayside. Meanwhile, infection rates are on the rise.

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Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook: Taking a Stand for Tolerance

Commentary by David Alex Nahmod

Many of us complain about homophobic hate speech, but few of us take action.

Not so with Kevin Patrick O'Neil. A web designer by trade, the Durham, England resident grew tired not only of the anti-gay hate speech appearing on Facebook, but of the racism and sexism as well.

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Our 15th Annual Arts and Entertainment Issue is Out Now416 arts

Each year we work our Entertainment editor into a froth pulling together even more articles about entertainment, art and other fun stuff for your reading pleasure. This year is no different.

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