Illinois Governor Signs Historic Law, Extends a Measure of Fairness to All CouplesIll. Governor Pat Quinn

CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2011

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law the Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection and Civil Union Act, making civil unions available for same-sex couples in Illinois.

The law, drafted by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, marks an important step toward fairness for thousands of gay and lesbian couples in Illinois. Illinois now joins a growing list of states across the country that provide legal protections to the unions of same-sex couples.

The new law, signed by the Gov. on Jan. 31, permits Illinois couples – including those of the same sex – to enter into a legal relationship that provides them all the basic legal protections and responsibilities currently offered only to different-sex couples through marriage.

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The January 27 Issue of Outword Is Out Now!425

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been Bravo network’s most successful incarnation of the “Housewives” franchise, and during the whole first season there was a beautiful gay man staying with one of the wives, that was Cedric Martinez. And low and behold, that’s who’s on our latest cover. We also have an interview with him written by Dave Rupel. So check out page eleven.

Read more: The January 27 Issue


United Church Of Christ Nominates First Out-Gay Pastor to Top Denominational Post

Jan. 18, 2011

The United Church of Christ has nominated its first out-gay candidate to serve the 1.1-million-member denomination as one of its top elected national officers.

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, 44, was selected by a search committee to serve as a member of the UCC’s five-person Collegium of Officers and to head Local Church Ministries, one of the church’s four national bodies. Guess’ selection must be affirmed by a board of directors in April, before his name is put forward for election by 1,000 delegates attending the UCC’s biennial General Synod, July 1-5, in Tampa, Fla.

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Five Things About HIV (They’re Not Telling You)

by Mark S. King

In the early 1990‘s, I was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with national public health officials. They wanted to gauge what those on the front lines were thinking about HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns. I gave them an earful.

“Why won’t you tell gay men that being a top is less risky?” I lamented. They always resisted “promoting” anything that might conceivably transmit HIV, no matter how remote the odds, and it drove me nuts. “Give us something to feel better about…” I said. “Won’t you even say that oral sex is lots safer? Why can’t you throw gay men a bone?

Read more: Five Things About HIV


Hospital Visitation Regulations Now in Effect

Blogged by  Brian Bond

"There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital.  In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean – a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them."

With those words on April 15, 2010 President Obama directed HHS Secretary Sebelius to initiate rulemaking to ensure that hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid respect the rights of patients to designate visitors. 

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