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Section One - ALL STORIES
Lesbian couple attacked in South Park
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Police are looking for a man who savagely attacked two Lesbian women in their South Park neighborhood home in the early hours of July 19. The attack, which left one of the women dead, was so brutal it left neighbors feeling terrorized and prompted a 26-year Seattle Police Department veteran to say, "It's one of those things, unfortun
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Mayor Nickels holds roundtable with LGBT community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels met with Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities and executives from a number of LGBT organizations to discuss issues of importance for the Gay community on July 22.

The afternoon meeting at City Hall included representatives from PFLAG, Lambert Hous
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VICTORY! Hate crimes bill passes US Senate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act passed the Senate Thursday night as an amendment to the 2010 Defense Department authorization bill, although it took an odd and round-about route to passage. The final vote on the defense authorization bill was 87-7.

Also known as the Local Law En
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Referendum 71 deadline Saturday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The deadline for Protect Washington Families and Faith and Freedom Network to file their signatures with the Washington Secretary of State is quickly approaching. The coalition of conservative organizations seeking to place Referendum 71 to repeal domestic partnerships on the November ballot c
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GLSEN fundraiser a success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) held their second annual 'School's Out For The Summer' fundraiser at C.C. Attle's Bar and Restaurant July 18.

The fundraiser, which consisted of raffle and Jell-O shot purchases, supports the local Gay-Str
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CARA barbeque for a good cause
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Enjoy good food? Enjoy karaoke with fun people and lots of laughter along with knowing you're supporting a very good community group? Then you should put on your summer best and get yourself to the CARA (Communities Against Rape and Abuse) offices this Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m. for their
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Fort Worth: Excuses unravel as raid is investigated
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The administrator of the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission (TABC) admitted his agents committed 'clear violations of policy' in their June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge, a Gay bar in Fort Worth.

TABC Administrator Alan Steen told the Dallas Voice LGBT newspaper last Friday that
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Sen. Murray honored by Bailey-Boushay House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Bailey-Boushay House honored State Senator Ed Murray as the recipient of the Bailey-Boushay House Citizenship Award during a reception at the Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle July 16. Murray was recognized for his leadership in securing state funding for Bailey-Boushay House outpatient progra
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Gays and friends stage kiss-in at San Diego Mormon temple
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Thirty Gays, Lesbians and friends staged a kiss-in at the San Diego Mormon temple July 22 in solidarity with a Gay couple who were arrested in Salt Lake City July 9 for kissing on Main Street Plaza.

Salt Lake City sold the plaza to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
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A Seattleite on New York's Williamsburg Bridge
by Don Paulson- SGN Contributing Writer

In 1966, New York City had a massive transportation strike that left millions walking to work for two weeks. I had moved to New York to pursue a pop art career that did not happen because I was too late on the scene, so I decided to return to my roots in Seattle, Washington. I gave it my b
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The OutField - Pride House: A home for Gay Olympians
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

It's mid-summer, so the 2010 Winter Olympics are just a few months away. Already in the host city of Vancouver, the Gay community is making sure that GLBT athletes - and their families, friends and supporters - won't be left out in the cold.

Gay Whistler - a group that works
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Seattle Frontrunners set to compete in 2009 World Outgames
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Thirty-seven athletes from the Seattle Frontrunners, Seattle's running and walking club for Gay men, Lesbians and friends, left for Copenhagen, Denmark this week to compete in the 2009 World Outgames.

Seattle Frontrunners track coach Len Tritsch says the team is ready to repr
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Seattle Stonewall soccer team to represent America in 2009 Outgames
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Over the past couple of years, Stonewall F.C., Seattle's premier Gay men's soccer team, has refocused its energy as a highly competitive team with a dream to win gold on the world stage. This week, 18 Seattle Stonewall athletes embarked for the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen, Denmark to make
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Join the Impact volunteers have just made a video to remind voters just how much is at stake for Washington families if Referendum 71 qualifies for the ballot.
Take the Decline to Sign Pledge:

If you have not done so already, please click here to take the Pledge to Decline to Sign Referendum 71, and forward this e-mail to friends and family. You can also print out and take Decline to Sign Pledge Forms with you. Ask people at public events who haven't yet pledged to decline to sign to fill
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Bloggers call for nationwide kissing demonstration
AP
July 24, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY-Gay rights activists are organizing a nationwide string of kissing demonstrations in response to the treatment of gay couples in Utah and Texas who tangled with security guards or police after kissing in public.

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Same-sex marriage backers weigh ballot date
Joe Garofoli
Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bakersfield

Nearly nine months after California voters banned same-sex marriage in the state, gay marriage supporters are ready to ask them to overturn Proposition 8. They're just not sure when to ask: In November 2010 or Novemb
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Chico's Tacos incident sparks comparisons to civil-rights movement
By Darren Meritz / El Paso Times
07/26/2009

EL PASO -- Tensions revolving around homosexuality are not isolated to El Paso, and the gay kiss at Chico's Tacos may be the latest example of a decades-old pattern of social conflict in the fight for equal protection under the law.

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Leduc remembered as Olympic champ, gay role model
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CBC Sports
Friday, July 24, 2009

Canadian boxer Mark Leduc earned a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.Canadian boxer Mark Leduc earned a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. (Hans Deryk/Canadian Press)

Mark Leduc, who earned a silver medal in boxing for Cana
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FGG Statement on Anti-Gay Violence at OutGames in Copenhagen
July 28, 2009

Statement from Federation of Gay Games concerning Attacks on LGBT athletes in CopenhagenSubject: FGG Statement on Anti-Gay Violence at OutGames in Copenhagen

We condemn the violent attacks against LGBT athletes and spectators during the OutGames taking place this week in Copenhagen
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Equality California Calls Governor's Veto of Critical AIDS Funding Shortsighted, Immoral
Equality California
July 28, 2009

Sacramento -- Governor Schwarzenegger today line-item vetoed close to $52 million in funding to the State Office of AIDS. These funds support education and prevention, therapeutic monitoring, counseling and testing, early intervention, home and community based care, and housing. more
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Militias target some Iraqis for being gay
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Prosecutor: No charges will be filed in the SLC/Mormon kissing case
July 29, 2009

After a careful review of the current law and the underlying facts of the incident at the Main Street Plaza involving two alleged trespassers on July 9, 2009, the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office has decided not to prosecute this case.

The law requires before anyone can be charged with criminal
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