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LGBT teen center attacked in Tel Aviv
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Ed Murray comments; Ref. 71 signature count, week two
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July 24 Capitol Hill street attack, victim asking questions
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SGN exclusive interview: City Council candidate David Bloom on LGBT issues
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ENDA introduced in US Senate
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Obama to honor Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King with Medal of Freedom
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SEAMEC endorses Rob Holland for Port Commission
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Texas admits agents acted improperly in Fort Worth raid
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Vancouver Pride shatters attendance records
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PFLAG stickers an icon of change
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Ask Michael: Coping with tragedy
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Sotomayor confirmed to high court
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HRC announces 'No Excuses' campaign
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BREAKING NEWS
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U.S. military probes claims of anti-gay atrocities
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MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR OCTOBER 11 NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
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AFTRA Convention Delegates Re-Elect Actor Roberta Reardon National President and Approve Initiation Fee Increase to Fund Organizing
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Croatia is Condemned by European Social Rights Body for Homophobic School Text Books
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MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR OCTOBER 11 NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
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LGBT teen center attacked in Tel Aviv
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

In what activists are calling 'Israel's deadliest crime again homosexuals,' a masked gunman slipped into a community center for Gay teenagers in Tel Aviv on August 1 and sprayed the room with automatic M16 rifle fire, killing three people and wounding at least 10 others.

The gunman, dressed in all black, appeared quietl
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Ed Murray comments; Ref. 71 signature count, week two
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

After the Referendum 71 sponsors turned in 137,689 signatures July 25, the formal count to verify them began immediately. So did a giant guessing game. Do they have the signatures they need? How many are valid? Amid the counting, the Washington Secretary of State's office has been transparen
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July 24 Capitol Hill street attack, victim asking questions
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On July 24, David Gonzalez and his friend Robert Harkins were walking east on E. Pike St. from R Place when Gonzalez was beaten and kicked by three men less than two blocks from Broadway. Gonzalez considers this to be not just an anti-Gay, but anti-Latino motivated attack.

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SGN exclusive interview: City Council candidate David Bloom on LGBT issues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council candidate David Bloom is philosophical about hearing his principal opponent described in the media as 'frontrunner Sally Bagshaw.'

'Sally is definitely the frontrunner when it comes to raising money!' he says with a smile. 'I talk to people - working people - more
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ENDA introduced in US Senate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Senate version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was introduced Wednesday by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Like the House version introduced by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) in June, the measure includes protections for Transgender workers.

To date, 37 S
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Obama to honor Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King with Medal of Freedom
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama announced July 30 that he will honor Harvey Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, recognizing significant contributions to the nation and the world.

Milk shares the list of recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal
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SEAMEC endorses Rob Holland for Port Commission
SEAMEC has endorsed Rob Holland, an openly Gay African American man, for Port Commission Position 3.

Holland was interviewed by SEAMEC on July 25. After interviewing all his competitors for Position 3, and reviewing his record, SEAMEC concluded that Holland merits one of its rare endorsements.

SEAMEC endorses ca
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Texas admits agents acted improperly in Fort Worth raid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission (TABC) released its internal investigation of its June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge on Thursday. According to the report, two TABC agents and their immediate supervisor committed 19 separate violations of state policy in connection with the raid on t
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Vancouver Pride shatters attendance records
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Last week, Vancouver, B.C. joined the hundreds of other cities who shattered attendance records for Gay Pride 2009. Over 600,000 people enjoyed the Vancouver Pride Parade August 2 and 110,000 enjoyed the Pride festival site and beer garden at Sunset Beach.

This year's Vanco
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PFLAG stickers an icon of change
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

One of the most common sights at this year's Seattle Pride Parade was the bright neon pink stickers that read 'I'm loved by PFLAG.' They've been around for years, but the story behind them is relatively unknown. They are often simply taken for face value as free stickers to get people
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Ask Michael: Coping with tragedy
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Last week, I read with anger and sadness about the horrific and violent death of Teresa Butz and the vicious attack on her partner. Currently, police are reporting that this was a random crime. There is speculation that the crime might have been motivated by hate. No matter what leg
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Sotomayor confirmed to high court
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The U.S. Senate confirmed on August 6 the appointment of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, with many Democrats emphasizing her credentials as a 'moderate' and 'mainstream' judge and many Republicans insisting she is 'liberal' and 'activist.'

Although she has
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HRC announces 'No Excuses' campaign
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Human Rights Campaign launched a national, grassroots campaign called 'No Excuses' last week. HRC officials say the campaign is designed to demand action for Congress on key issues of equality.

The timing was not by mistake; HRC officials said "No Excuses" will take advan
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Great Nationwide Kiss-In planned for August 15
A GLBT 'Great Nationwide Kiss-In' is planned for August 15 at 11 a.m. Pacific time, 2 p.m. Eastern time. Organizers include Join The Impact, which organized the 50-state anti-Prop-8 marches last November, bloggers and SitIn4E
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BREAKING NEWS!

U.S. military probes claims of anti-gay atrocities
Army, Rep. Frank investigating charge that soldiers killed gay Iraqis

Chris Johnson
Aug 07, 2009

The U.S. military is investigating claims that U.S. service members were involved in committing atrocities against gays in Iraq, although at least one activist is skeptical about the veracity of the allega
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MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR OCTOBER 11 NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
LGBT leaders and organizations join national mobilization for full equality.

Equality Across America, the new grassroots network calling for Federal action to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, has moved forward with plans for a massive national day of action on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Maj
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AFTRA Convention Delegates Re-Elect Actor Roberta Reardon National President and Approve Initiation Fee Increase to Fund Organizing
CHICAGO (August 9, 2009)-The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists concluded its biennial National Convention Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago last night with a wide range of actions including the re-election of Roberta Reardon as National President and approval of an increase in the initiation fee to join AFTRA.
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Croatia is Condemned by European Social Rights Body for Homophobic School Text Books
New York-Today, the European Committee of Social Rights, which monitors state compliance with the European Social Charter, has found that Croatia's limited curriculum covering sex education discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. The Committee stated that the state has an obligation to ensure that educational materials do not reinforce more
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"Quote Unquote"
QUOTE UNQUOTE by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"[I]t's nice to be able to type the word 'fucking' and just hit publish. I need the sort of valve so many others have discovered on the great grassy bloglands of the new frontier - a quasi-space of my own to write whatever else I'm not being paid to write. We'll see how it
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