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Washington's 2008 Pride season kicks off in Centralia
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

It was a cool, cloudy afternoon at Centralia College on Wednesday, but the warm, friendly atmosphere created by the GSA at the college and all of the people who came out to celebrate their second annual Gay Pride made it seem like a very bright day. There was no conservative protest to cast a shadow on the fun, affirmative amb
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Moscow Gays trick police, stage two Pride actions
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Faced with Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's ban on Gay pride activities for the third year in a row, about 35 Moscow activists misled police into going to the wrong location and then successfully staged two surprise actions May 31.

As city police and riot police blockaded City Hall,
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Olympia "expects 10,000" for Pride
Olympia's 2008 Capital City Pride parade and festival will be the city's largest-ever, according to Pride Co-Chairs who said they expect up to10,000 people to come to Washington's capital city for Pride weekend June 21 and 22. The parade and festival takes place Sunday June 22.

"We're very fortunate again this year," says Tony Se
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New York marriage
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Some think that the one-two punch of California legalizing Gay marriage and New York recognizing them will mean a resurgence of the Gay culture wars.

Not that they've ever fully gone away. Gays and Lesbians are still at the center of a debate about whether it's "mo
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Soldiers' Iraq testimony draws hundreds
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Northwest Winter Soldier
May 31
Town Hall


In spite of little mainstream media coverage, hundreds of people from various anti-war and other concerned groups showed up at Town Hall last Saturday, May 31, for the second Northwest Winter Soldier: Iraq
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GLSEN spotlights GSA organization achievements
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Not only was it a cheery event for a rainy, gray start to the long Memorial Day weekend, but this year's GLSEN banquet honoring GSAs around the area also gave many who attended a first chance to see 43rd District Representative Jamie Pedersen's and partner's baby boy. And dressed in
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Obama secures Democratic nomination - (B'rak's got Dem nom)
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

U.S. Senator Barack Obama secured enough delegate votes Tuesday to clinch the Democratic nomination for president. The achievement marks the first time in the nation's history that a racial minority has won the nomination of one of the two major political parties.

Most evidence
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Interdivision Play Begins for ECSA
by Nick Bowen - Special to the SGN The Emerald City Softball Association Open C division finished their round robin schedule last week, and the division was split into upper and lower. The upper C divisional teams are now playing against the B division squads, in games that may determine divisional champs for both B and C divisions. The low more
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Gay Softball World Series raises nearly $9,000
During the month of May, several bars in the Seattle/Kent area participated in a "Supportin' Woody" fundraiser to help raise funds for the Gay Softball World Series, to be held here in Seattle August 22-30. Thirteen bars participated, including 88 Keys, CC'Attle's, Changes, Crescent, Eagle, Elite, Martin's, Neighbours, Purr, R Place, Swank, T more
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Ask Michael: Pride and community
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

June is the month when people in our community focus on and celebrate Pride. Pride represents a lot of different things for different people. For many of us, it is a time of celebration and it highlights struggles we've been through, challenges we still face, and the accomplishments
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