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APA says homosexuality cannot be 'cured'
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Ref. 71 signature count saga enters third week
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SEAMEC announces endorsements for 2009 primary
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ENDA picks up votes in House and Senate
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Remembering Ed Ruby
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SGN writer remembers Merce Cunningham, dead at 90 July 26
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Ronald Weightman, new activist fights back
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Queer Asian exhibit packs a punch
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No Justice Dept. investigation of Fort Worth bar raid
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'No credible evidence' US troops killed Gay Iraqis
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SGN endorses candidates David Bloom and Rob Holland
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BREAKING NEWS
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Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it
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Meanwhile in Alaska: Anchorage's Summer of Hate
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Clinton recollections draw fire
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DOJ acknowledges DOMA discriminates, But hints that it's also constitutional
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LGBT Community Groups Disappointed By Court's Denial To Join Federal Prop 8 Case
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Iraqi gays tortured, murdered: rights group
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Meanwhile in Alaska: Anchorage's Summer of Hate
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APA says homosexuality cannot be 'cured'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report August 5 firmly stating that homosexuality cannot be cured and that mental health professionals should not tell Gay clients they could become straight through therapy or other treatments.

In a resolution adopted by a 125 to 4 vote by the APA's governing co
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Ref. 71 signature count saga enters third week
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

As of Thursday, August 13, the Secretary of State's signature verifiers have checked 50,493 of the more than 137,000 signatures that Protect Marriage Washington turned in to the office July 25 in hopes of qualifying R-71 for the November 3 General Election.

The Secretary of State
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SEAMEC announces endorsements for 2009 primary
SEAMEC announced its endorsements this week for the 2009 primary election.

SEAMEC has endorsed Dow Constantine and Larry Phillips for King County Executive, David Bloom for Seattle City Council Position 4, Nick Licata for Seattle City Council Position 6, and Dave Kaplan for Des Moines City Council Position 7.

SEAM
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ENDA picks up votes in House and Senate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect LGBT workers from discrimination in hiring and on the job, continues to pick up support in both houses of Congress.

ENDA was introduced in the US House of Representatives in June by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), and more
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Remembering Ed Ruby
The Knights of Malta are holding a Celebration of Life for our friend, Ed Ruby. Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 3-5 p.m. at the Elite Tavern. Please join us in celebrating the life and good times of Ed Ruby.

I was surprised and saddened to learn of Ed Ruby's passing a short time ago.

Ed and I went back a long
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SGN writer remembers Merce Cunningham, dead at 90 July 26
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

It was late fall in Chicago, and I worked for my then-school paper at Northeastern Illinois University, and somehow we'd gotten an invite to see the new, splashy dance performance which was a collaboration by world-renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham, designer Oscar De La Renta (cos
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Ronald Weightman, new activist fights back
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

In 2004, Ronald Weightman went from managing a Gay nightclub in Kent, Washington to spending five hours a day, three days a week on kidney dialysis. The road to dialysis was a perilous one, but it's the road Weightman traveled during and after his dialysis treatment that has inspired so many.
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Queer Asian exhibit packs a punch
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Across the Spectrum: Stories from Queer Asian Pacific America
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Through February 11


"Across the Spectrum: Stories from Queer Asian Pacific America," currently on display at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, consists of 12 varied s
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No Justice Dept. investigation of Fort Worth bar raid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In spite of a Fort Worth City Council resolution asking him to investigate the controversial June 28 police raid on a Fort Worth Gay bar, US Attorney James Jacks said he would not get involved in the case.

In an e-mail sent to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper, Jacks sai
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'No credible evidence' US troops killed Gay Iraqis
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

There is 'no credible evidence' US troops participated in atrocities against Gay Iraqis, a US Army spokesperson said August 11.

US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) spokesperson Chris Grey circulated an e-mail announcing the results of an internal Army investigation int
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SGN endorses candidates David Bloom and Rob Holland
by SGN Editorial Staff

The SGN doesn't endorse many candidates for office, deferring to SEAMEC, but this year we are proud to endorse David Bloom for Seattle City Council Position 4, and Rob Holland for Port Commission Position 3.

Bloom's endorsement list reads like a Who's Who of Seattle progressive politics, tes
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Employment Gay-rights bill introduced in U.S. Senate
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on August 5.

The proposed law would make it il
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BREAKING NEWS!

Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama insisted Monday he still wants to scrap what he calls a discriminatory federal marriage law, even as his administration angered gay rights activists by defending it in court.

The president said his administration's stanc
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Meanwhile in Alaska: Anchorage's Summer of Hate
Posted by Dan Savage Tue, Aug 18, 2009

This post is by Brendan Joel Kelley.

On Monday, August 17, our newly elected mayor-conservative Dan Sullivan (it's a non-partisan office, so D and R don't apply)-vetoed a gay rights ordinance that the Anchorage Assembly had voted 7-4 to approve on Tuesday, August 11. Althou
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Clinton recollections draw fire
Keen News Service Former President Bill Clinton lambasted the gay community in a speech to a national convention of liberal bloggers in Pittsburgh this month, blaming the community itself for the enactment of two pieces of anti-gay legislation during his administration. But gay leaders weren't buying the blame. They said it was Clinton who more
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DOJ acknowledges DOMA discriminates, But hints that it's also constitutional
By Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

In a dramatic turnaround, a brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice August 17 states emphatically that the Obama administration "does not support DOMA as a matter of policy, believes that it is discriminatory, and supports its repeal."

While gay legal activists applauded t
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LGBT Community Groups Disappointed By Court's Denial To Join Federal Prop 8 Case
SAN FRANCISCO - Today Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco denied the request of Our Family Coalition; Lavender Seniors of the East Bay; and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to join Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8.

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Iraqi gays tortured, murdered: rights group
Warning: this story contains graphic details

Monday, August 17, 2009

Iraqi militias are torturing and killing "hundreds" of men in a growing, systematic campaign against suspected homosexual activity that may be aided by Iraqi security forces, an international human rights group said Monday.

The bodies of several gay men were found in Baghdad's main Shia dist
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"I have love in my life, a soul mate - absolutely. When someone asked me why Angie and I don't get married, I replied, 'Maybe we'll get married when it's legal for everyone else.' I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it - hate mail from religious groups. I believe everyone should have the same rights. They say Gay marriage ruin more
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