Researchers Report Exciting AIDS Development


By Boyce Hinman

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that they have discovered two very interesting human antibodies that could lead to the development of an effective vaccine against the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

For decades a vaccine to prevent HIV infections has been like the holy grail of the AIDS research industry. But, so far, the search for an effective vaccine has failed.

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Pentagon Survey on DADT Called Incredibly Biased, Derogatory

Servicemembers United, a national organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, has strongly condemned what it terms the biased and derogatory design of the long-awaited Defense Department survey on issues related to the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law.

The survey, which was created and administered by the research firm Westat in conjunction with the Comprehensive Review Working Group, was sent out to 400,000 non-deployed active duty troops at a cost to taxpayers of $4.4 million.

Read more: Pentagon Survey on DADT Called Incredibly Biased, Derogatory


Sacramento’s Got Rainbow TalentTerry Sidie

Do you think you have what it takes to perform on the stage of Rainbow Festival 2010? If so, the Festival organizers want to see your act as they begin a search to fill the stages at this year’s Festival.

With a call out for local bands, acts, singers and performers of all types, the Rainbow Festival is looking to supplement the nationally known acts that headline the Festival each year with the best local talent Sacramento has to offer.

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Pioneers Reclaim Pride1970 Pride Marchers

by Mark Segal

This year, Gay Pride seems to be going on and on — especially for those of us who marched or help plan the first Gay Pride March in New York City on June 28, 1970.

While we knew it’s historic importance at the time, we often think that others have forgotten us, the reasons for that first march or its true significance.

Last Sunday proved to be a catharsis for many of us. On the 40th anniversary of the first parade, those of us who marched, marshaled or planned that event marched as a group with the banner “Original Marchers June 28, 1970.”

Read more: Pioneers Reclaim Pride


DOMA Section Ruled Unconstitutional

By Boyce Hinman
In a stunning victory for the LGBTI community, a federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that the US Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The decision by judge Joseph Tauro came in decisions in two separate cases.

In the first case, the state of Massachusetts sued the US Department of Health and Human Services. In its briefs, the state said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the state’s right under the federal constitution to sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents. The state alleged that the Defense of Marriage Act is based on prejudice and forces the state to discriminate against its own citizens.

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