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Midterm Elections: One Step Forward, One Step Back… and still Moving Forward

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The Nov. 2 election marked the largest Republican take-over in some 70 years.  For the last 22-months, Democrats held control of the House, Senate and the Presidency, but Tuesday’s stinging rebuke demonstrated voters’ frustration that visible change is not happening soon enough.

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Missouri Youth Respond To Bullying With Grassroot Organizing

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The kids are revolting and we should all be proud. On Nov. 20 a coalition of young queer and straight activists across the state are convening in Columbia, Missouri to empower themselves with the skills and tools to combat bigotry and bullying in their communities.

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Bethany Place to Observe World AIDS Day in Belleville, Dec. 1

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BELLEVILLE, IL – Bethany Place will observe World AIDS day (WAD) on December 1st, at 7pm. The Observance will be held at the ROHO Group, located at 100 N. Florida Avenue, in Belleville. This years observance marks the 22nd year of Bethany Place, which has served Southern Illinois since 1988.

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HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community in St. Louis

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On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as president.  “Larry”, (who asked that his real name not be used) a 28- year old gay African-American man from St. Louis, shed some tears to mark the historic day.  Three days later all the hope, all the pride that defined inauguration day vanished in an instant when Larry was told he was HIV-positive.

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Non-Profit of the Month: Growing American Youth

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[caption id="attachment_6" align="alignright" width="440"]gay2006logo300dpiGAY: Growing American Youth[/caption]Growing American Youth is social support organization for youth, 21 and under who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Youth served come from throughout the Metropolitan area, including St. Charles and Illinois.

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A Long Time Coming: Civil Union Bill Awaits Governors Signature in Illinois

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Landmark legislation swept through the Illinois General Assembly this week as both the House and Senate passed bills recognizing civil unions between same sex couples in back to back votes.

The Senate’s 32-24 vote on Dec. 1 followed the Illinois House passing the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act on Tuesday with a vote of 61 to 52. 

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