Friday, April 25, 2008 - Volume 36 Issue 17

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Opponents of Pierce County's partnership ordinance fail
Bigots lack required signatures for ballot measure to repeal law

by Josh Freides - Courtesy of Equal Rights Washington

On Wednesday, April 23, a small group of ultra-conservative activists seeking to repeal Pierce County's Domestic Partnership Ordinance failed to turn in the 25,361 valid signatures necessary to qualify the measure for the November 2008 b
Uruguay holds first same-sex marriage in Latin America
Courtesy of - Agence France-Presse

Uruguay became the first nation in Latin America to marry a Gay couple last Thursday, after a law allowing couples living together to formalize their union went into effect at the start of the year.

Judge Estrella Perez officiated the civil union between Adrian Figuera, 38, and ac
GLBT issues may have cost Obama Pennsylvania
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

Maybe it was Senator Barack Obama's refusal to do an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News; maybe it was Senator Hillary Clinton's well-organized LGBT support in and out of Pennsylvania, but in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, Clinton stayed competitive in a part of Philadelphia in which the O
"It's a cut in your soul..."
LGBT immigrants speak out

Courtesy of Allyship - Special to the SGN

On Thursday, May 1, Comite pro Amnistia will hold its ninth annual Immigrant Rights March and Rally, beginning at Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St, at 4:00 p.m. and concluding at Seattle Center.

The following interview is part of a
Day of Silence held at Mount Si High School
A press conference will be held at the Snoqualmie Library (7824 Center Blvd SE, Snoqualmie, WA) on Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m. to address misconceptions being perpetuated regarding the annual Day of Silence, which seeks to bring attention to anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. < more
Seattle's Gay Choruses raise more than $525,000
by Tim Peter - Special to the SGN

Flying House Productions, also known as Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, held its 12th annual fundraising gala Saturday, April 19, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle.

Scott Walden, Special Events Manager for Flying House, told the SGN
The systematic fleecing of America
by Dennis Cavalier - Special to the SGN

By now, everyone has heard about the sub-prime lending fiasco. Those banks and other lenders who cut corners to extend credit for high-risk home loans are now reaping what they have sown. The front page of every newspaper in the country has had at least one headline about it. What we ar
Pope Benedict XVI: Waving away Gay people
by Lisa Neff - Courtesy of

The pope came to America last week&.

And waved at some Gay people.

Sound like the first line of a joke?

But it's true, and the Gay people he waved toward were pleased, though not totally pacified.

The members of Dignity Washin
The (ex) governor's wife, my best friend and the down low
by Matt Foreman - Courtesy of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

I never thought I'd have much in common with Eliot Spitzer's wife, Silda, but in recent weeks the down low came charging into both of our lives.

A few weeks ago, New Yorkers learned that their uptight, frequently sanctimonious then-governor
Should we register? - Things you should know before saying "I do"
by Robert Morrison - Special to the SGN

There has been much excitement in our community about the Washington Domestic Partnership Registration that became the law of our state in July of 2007. It granted 30 rights (and obligations) to partners who paid $50.00 and registered with the Secretary of State. I have heard several
Winter Ball comes to ECSA
by Nick Bowen - Special to the SGN

For big-league baseball, the term "Winter Ball" summons up images of Venezuela and hot days south of the border. For the Emerald City Softball Association, "Winter Ball" took the form of snow flurries during this Sunday's games played at Celebration Park in Federal Way. The short-lived snow
Get Woody for Gay Softball World Series
During the month of May, participating bars will be selling "Woodys" as part of a Stoli-sponsored fundraiser for the Gay Softball World Series! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the World Series to help pay their costs to put on this event. Your support is greatly appreciated!

How does it work? The "Woodys" will be sold
Anything But Straight - The question of choice matters
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

In 2002, a large Gay rights organization was hosting a luncheon that featured a Transgender speaker. During the Q&A, there was discussion on the merits of adding "gender identity" to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - which, if passed, would protect people from being fired be
Imperial Court of Snohomish County Empire of Dreams Coronation
ICSCED Coronation 19 - "A Night of Elegance, Sophistication, and Dreams"

Voting Day (Snohomish County ID required) April 27, 12-6 PM Castle Ristorante & Lounge, 425-438-4111 11501 Hwy 99, Everett, WA

Coronation Events May 1-2 - In-Town/Out-of-Town Shows & Awards Castle Ristorante & Lounge
Ask Michael - Sexual abuse and its effects
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

A few people have asked me to talk about the issues of sexual abuse as children. It is a huge, complex issue that effects upwards of one in five women and one in 10 men - maybe more. Regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or economic status, sexual abuse victims can be found in
Feminism discussion heats up the cold
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Full Frontal Feminism
New Freeway Hall
Thursday, April 17

The weather outside may have been nutty and unseasonably cold, but inside New Freeway Hall, not only did the barbecue dinner warm those who attended Monika Goforth's presentation on Jessica
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