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Section One - ALL STORIES
Senator Harry Reid endorses National Equality March
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed the National Equality March on September 30, adding his name to the over 200 notable leaders and supporters of the LGBT community who've endorsed the march.

On October 11, thousands of people are expected to participate in the National Equality March in Washington,
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Fight to Approve Ref. 71 hits ballots
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

By this time next week, Washingtonians will have received their ballots asking whether or not they want to keep the state's domestic partnership law, which grants the same rights and responsibilities for registered same-sex domestic partners and some seniors as married couples. If voters decide
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Hate crimes bill passes US House as amendment to DOD authorization
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Legislation adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate crimes protections passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday, October 8.

The vote was 281-146, with 44 Republicans joining 237 Democrats to pass the bill. Voting No were 131 Republicans and 15 Democr
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Obama to address Human Rights Campaign at annual dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced October 5 that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the organization's 13th annual National Dinner in Washington D.C. on October 10.

Obama's appearance at the dinner comes one day before thousands of people are expec
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Tour de Life: In defense of my whining
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column that pissed a lot of people off. As a result, I got an e-mail box full of people taking me to task over my insensitivity toward Muslim cultures. Reading some of the responses made me angry that so many people who live in liberal bio-bubbles would presum
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Domestic partnership certificates issued in Nevada
Domestic partnership certificates issued in Nevada by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller issued domestic partnership certificate No. 1 at the state Capitol on October 1, as a state law providing many of the same legal rights as marriage to same-sex couples who register with the state went in
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R. Kelly Ettleman, 1959-2009;
Randy Wells, 1952-2009

R. Kelly Ettleman
R. Kelly Ettleman, 50, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, to Andrew and Mildred Ettleman on March 25, 1959. Kelly lived in Missouri for a number of years and helped run the family business until he moved to Florida in the 1980s. From Florida, he mo
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Seattle OUTprotest Equality March and Rally
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle OUTprotest, a local grassroots LGBTQ advocacy organization, has put together Seattle Equality Weekend. The event consists of two days, October 10-11, of LGBTQ education workshops, the HIV/AIDS vigil, the march and rally, and the Generation Q Mega Mixer.

Seattle OUTprotest o
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MCC Seattle joins UDECC in feasibility study
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle recently joined the University District Ecumenical Campus Coalition (UDECC). Members of MCC voted unanimously September 27 to accept UDECC's offer to join in a feasibility study.

The purpose of UDECC is to gather progressive
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Local Gay author to speak at Q-Squared Book Group
Q-Squared Book Club with Rick R. Reed
October 17
Capitol Hill Branch Library


Rick R. Reed, author of Bashed, will meet with members of the Q-Squared Book Group at their next meeting to discuss his recent novel, the group's selection for October. Bashed is the story of a Gay hate crime and its aftermath. The
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Gay History: Wally Stevenson, 'Wizard of the Organ'
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

"I was born for music on October 31, 1920, and began piano lessons at age four," says Wally Stevenson. "A piano fell on me when I was 12, resulting in back injuries that kept me out of the army. Later a blender blew up in my hand, and then a plate glass incident ruined my classical music
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Homophobic graffiti reports investigated in West Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

A recently released police report details another case of homophobic graffiti in West Seattle. The case is strikingly similar to previous incidents in the neighborhood, where a suspect was arrested and released last May.

On September 10, at approx 2:30 p.m., a woman repo
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MCC Seattle hosts POZ Seattle's monthly social
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

POZSeattle monthly social October 14 The Cuff

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle is sponsoring POZSeattle's monthly social this month on Wednesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cuff. MCC offered to host the event in celebration of National Coming Ou
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Pentagon airs criticism of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

An article in the Pentagon's top scholarly journal, Joint Force Quarterly, calls for lifting the ban on Gays serving openly in the armed forces. The author, Air Force Colonel Om Prakash, argues that the military is essentially forcing an estimated 65,000 Gay and Lesbian service members to lead d
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Texas divorce ruling challenges DOMA, state constitution
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas judge challenged the one-man-one-woman definition of marriage enshrined in the Texas state constitution and called the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into question with a controversial ruling on Thursday, October 1.

Judge Tena Callahan of the Dallas County 302nd Famil
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Arctic Club Hotel goes union
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

UNITE HERE Local 8 - which represents hotel and restaurant workers in Western Washington - announced on October 8 that workers at the Arctic Club Hotel at 3rd Avenue and Cherry Street had won union recognition.

The historic building, known for its third-floor frieze of 29 carved wa
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UFCW president pledges support for ENDA
Courtesy of - Pride At Work AFL-CIO

UFCW International President Joseph Hansen pledged at a Seattle conference that his union would endorse ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act giving federal protection to LGBT workers).

UFCW represents 1.3 million workers in the retail, grocery, and food processing industr
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Can Obama win over the gay community?
Josh Gerstein Josh Gerstein
Sat Oct 10
Politico

Strident conservative attacks on two of President Barack Obama's gay nominees could temper the impatience gay and lesbian activists show as he speaks to a major gay civil rights group Saturday night  but the widespread restlessness still will be palpable.

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Rep. Frank says DC gay rights march misses mark
By ANDREW MIGA (AP)

WASHINGTON - Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay member of Congress, says he'd rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend, calling the demonstration "a waste of time at best."

Frank said in an interview with The Associated Press that he
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In a Changing Era, a Reminder of AIDS
more By MICHAEL WINERIP Published: October 8, 2009

BY the fall of 1995, Sean Strub was near death from AIDS.

He'd already lived longer than he was supposed to. He was sure he'd experienced the first symptoms while a student at Columbia in 1979, though by the time he was tested and his disease formally diagnosed it was
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Obama Tells HRC
By Chuck Colbert And Lisa Keen
Keen News Service

WASHINGTON, DC -- The content of President Barack Obama's speech to an audience of LGBT supporters on the eve of the 2009 March on Washington offered nothing new. He reiterated his promises to the community, said he was "with" the community "in the fight" for equality, and offer
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Governor Signs Harvey Milk Day and Marriage Recognition Bills
Sacramento -- Today Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law two historic LGBT rights bills -- recognizing the contributions of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk and a bill that underscores that same-sex couples married before the passage of Proposition 8 are entitled to full recognition as married spouses in California, regardless of wheth more
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Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in Washington
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

US District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled on Wednesday, October 14, that a federal lawsuit to overturn California's Prop 8 may go to trial.

After hearing two hours of oral argument, Walker rejected a motion to dismiss Perry v. Schwarzenegger - which argues that Prop 8 violates th
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HRC Building Vandalized
HRC VandalizedEarly this morning the Human Rights Campaign building was vandalized. Early police reports say that around 4am this morning the building was defaced. According to police the vandals used either paintball guns or balloons filled with paint. It appears to have been a drive by and the police have no suspects.

The vandalism
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