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Clinton's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' recollections draw fire from leaders
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Anne Levinson interviews & signature count week four
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SGN Exclusive Interview: 'It's happening & equality for all.' HRC President Joe Solmonese talks with SGN
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Obama: DOMA is discriminatory, but we'll defend it Anyway
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Rep. Murphy says DADT repeal months away
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Anchorage mayor vetoes LGBT discrimination bill
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LGBT groups denied federal Prop 8 case
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Celebrating Ed Ruby's life
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'They want us exterminated' - New report on crimes against Gay Iraqis
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MCC Seattle celebrates 37th anniversary
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Lifelong's Rustic Sunday Supper a gourmet success
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Seattle Stonewall Football Club are world champions
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Community events highlight weekend
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The great oral sex dilemma: swallow or spit?
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Seattle Stonewall Football Club are world champions
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BREAKING NEWS
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Senator Ted Kennedy dead at 77
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Clinton's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' recollections draw fire from leaders
by Lisa Keen - 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 failed the
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Anne Levinson interviews & signature count week four
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The verification process of the more than 137,000 signatures Protect Marriage Washington turned in to the Secretary of State's office July 25 has now entered its fourth week. The Secretary of State's initial count is expected by the end of the month.

In order for R-71 to make
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SGN Exclusive Interview: 'It's happening & equality for all.' HRC President Joe Solmonese talks with SGN
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality. Joe Solmonese has quickly emerged as one of the nation's most powerful voices for the Gay movement since becoming the organization's president in 2005. With the launch of a new
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Obama: DOMA is discriminatory, but we'll defend it Anyway
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a brief that satisfied neither marriage equality activists nor the Christian right, the Obama administration intervened again in Smelt v United States, a suit that seeks to overturn key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The Justice Department brief filed more
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Rep. Murphy says DADT repeal months away
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) told the Huffington Post August 14 he was confident that a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) would pass through Congress and make it to the president's desk in months.

Murphy is considered the point man in Congress on overturning the law bann
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Anchorage mayor vetoes LGBT discrimination bill
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On August 17, Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed the Anchorage Assembly's recent ordinance to ban discrimination against LGBT people in Anchorage.

Proposition 64 - introduced on May 12 by then-acting Mayor Matt Claman, who is now one of the voting supporters of
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LGBT groups denied federal Prop 8 case
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On August 19, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker set January 11, 2010 as the trial date for the legal challenge to Proposition 8. Vaughn also ordered lawyers on both sides of Perry v Schwarzenegger to get ready quickly for the trial, which foes of California's same-sex marriage ban ho
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Celebrating Ed Ruby's life
A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 3-5 p.m. at Martins Off Madison, 1413 14th Avenue.

After 60 great years of life, Ed Ruby passed away August 1, 2009 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle Washington. Born in Alameda, CA on September 2, 1948, Edmond E. Ruby was the son of Edgar Edmond Ru
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'They want us exterminated' - New report on crimes against Gay Iraqis
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a report released on August 17, Human Rights Watch charges that Iraqi militias are carrying out systematic atrocities against Gay Iraqis.

Titled 'They Want Us Exterminated: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq,' the 67-page report documents a campaign of exec
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MCC Seattle celebrates 37th anniversary
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle, the oldest welcoming and affirming congregation in the Pacific Northwest, celebrates its 37th anniversary on August 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Temple de Hirsch Sinai at Capitol Hill.

"It is exciting to be a part of a church
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Lifelong's Rustic Sunday Supper a gourmet success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Rustic Sunday Supper Fundraiser
August 16
Chicken Soup Brigade
Warehouse


On August 16, Lifelong AIDS Alliance hosted a 'Rustic Sunday Supper' benefit from 6-11 p.m. at the Chicken Soup Brigade warehouse. The event raised over $3,000, with all proc
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Seattle Stonewall Football Club are world champions
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On August 16, the boys of Seattle Stonewall Football Club (FC) crowded the Elite for their welcome home party - and their victory party. Stonewall FC won the gold medal at the OutGames in Copenhagen, Denmark July 31, a victory they were fully expecting.

Stonewall FC pl
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Community events highlight weekend
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

CARA's Nat Turner Teach-in and Central Area
Community Festival
August 22
E. Cherry YWCA and
Garfield Community Center


Even though the days are winding down for summer, there are still things to see and do that are not only enterta
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The great oral sex dilemma: swallow or spit?
What do you do when a guy unloads in your mouth?

by Steven Petrow - SGN Contributing Writer

It's an age-old predicament and one with no simple answer. Of course, it makes a big difference how well you know the guy. An anonymous trick is not the same as a boyfriend who is not the same as your husband. But comm
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Seattle Stonewall Football Club are world champions
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On August 16, the boys of Seattle Stonewall Football Club (FC) crowded the Elite for their welcome home party - and their victory party. Stonewall FC won the gold medal at the OutGames in Copenhagen, Denmark July 31, a victory they were fully expecting.

Stonewall FC p
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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!

Senator Ted Kennedy dead at 77
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service The man whom many in the LGBT community consider their greatest friend in the U.S. Senate has died.

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who fought for equal rights for Gays on many fronts and was an early defender of people with HIV, died Tuesday night, August 25. He had been suffering from br
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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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