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GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Banquet
GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Banquet with Gov. Gregoire
February 19, 5:30 PM
Seattle Marriott Waterfront


The spotlight will shine on the best and brightest Puget Sound area business and community leaders at the Greater Seattle Business Association's 28th Annual Business and Humanitarian Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19
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SGN EXCLUSIVE: Mr. Sims goes to Washington
Ron Sims talks about his 24 years in county government

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

"It's been an incredible experience," says Ron Sims, describing his 24 years in King County government. Sims was first elected to the King County Council in 1985, succeeding the legendary Ruby Chow. He was re-elected in 1989 and
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HIV/AIDS advocates seek funding in tough times
by Liz Meyer - SGN Contributing Writer

With the Washington State Legislature facing nearly a $6 billion budget deficit this year, how will area lawmakers prioritize HIV/AIDS funding? Given the dire state of the local and national economic situation, perhaps the better question is this: "How much will they cut?"

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Federal judge takes swipe at DOMA
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The good news: A well-known federal appeals judge this month took a legal swipe at the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), declaring it unconstitutional. The bad news: The decision packed very limited punch, helping on a small cluster of employees in one federal appeals court.

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Upgrade your vacation plans with next week's Spring Travel issue
Seattle Gay News is taking you on a trip to the sandy beaches of Maui, the hip interior of Las Vegas' re-sparkled Treasure Island, and to the cool shores of Port Townsend - all in next week's Spring Travel issue, our first special travel section of 2009. Richard Kennedy is your guide in the lovers' paradise of Maui, visiting the only Gay and more
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Local Gay men start prostate cancer support group
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

When Don Miller was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2007 at age 52, he didn't know where to turn as a Gay man searching for support.

"The resources out there were rather limited - there's like one book written on prostate cancer for Gay men," Miller laughed. Desirin
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Entre Hermanos: La legislatura del Washington
by Marcos Martinez - SGN Contributing Writer

Actualmente, la legislatura del estado de Washington se reúne en Olympia para crear el presupuesto. Este año, hay un déficit de más de $6 billones de dólares, que hará difícil la tarea de servir a los más necesitados en nuestro estado.

Para nosotros que trabajamos e
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The OutField: Peeking out of the All-American closet
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

Last month, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored its college All-Americans. With up to three men's and women's teams in the NCAA (Division I, II and III), NAIA, community and junior college, the list reaches the hundreds. Logic dictates that dozens of those All-America
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DYKE ABOUT TOWN: Mercy dances and discusses
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Rain Country
Mercy and Cuteness took the first in a five-week series of two-step lessons from Jim Drew and Christa Erwin of Rain Country. Having the class meet in Miller Community Center was a good improvement over having classes in bars, especially The Cuff, whos
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Lesbian couple given marriage license in Tuscon
TUCSON, ARIZONA CLERK GRANTS MARRIAGE LICENSE TO LESBIAN COUPLE

Sheri and Theresa, a lesbian couple who have been together for two years, were issued a marriage license today at a Freedom to Marry action event in Tucson, Arizona.

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Hawaii House of Representatives Passes Civil Unions Bill
Bill moves to state senate; would provide gay and lesbian couples rights provided to married couples under state law

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, today praised Hawaii's House of Representatives for passing a civil unions bill by a
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GLAAD APPLAUDS ALL MY CHILDREN'S LANDMARK WEDDING
New York, NY, February 11, 2009 - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation today applauded the upcoming marriage that will be featured on ABC's All My Children. On Monday, Feb. 16, the Emmy-winning, 39-year-old soap opera is scheduled to air the marriage of lesbian couple Bianca Montgomery and Reese Williams, the first ever marr more
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Bailey-Boushay House Celebrates Valentine's Day
SEATTLE - (Feb. 12, 2009) - More than 700 heart-shaped and red balloons will adorn the Bailey-Boushay House Saturday, Feb. 14, as a sign of hope and caring. The annual Valentine's Day Remembrance is a special way staff and volunteers at the skilled nursing facility thank the community for its continued support.

"Bailey-Boush
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7 arrested at Chicago Freedom to Marry action
Gay Liberation Network
a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Direct Action Group (formerly known as the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network)

7 Arrested at Chicago Marriage License Bureau Sit-In While Hundreds Protest Outside

Seven activists with the Gay Liberation Network (www.GayLiberation.net) and the Chi
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Gays picket Bill Clinton in San Diego
GAYS PICKET HYATT AS BILL CLINTON SPEAKS INSIDE by Rex Wockner

SAN DIEGO -- About 200 GLBT activists and union activists picketed the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on Feb. 15 as former President Bill Clinton spoke inside to the International Franchise Association.

The protesters were upset that Clinton "crossed
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