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250,000 march on Washington, demanding full equality
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Seattle marches in show of solidarity
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President Obama, speaker at HRC gala in Washington, DC
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GLBT veterans lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier
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Tour de Life : The highway
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9th Circuit Court OKs release of R-71 names
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California Governor honors Gay Activist
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Study finds more Gay characters on network TV
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VOTING BEGINS - Final push to approve Referendum 71
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Anti-Prop 8 lawsuit OK, federal judge says
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Dyke Community Activists turns 21
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Registration open for Jet City Hoops
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Seattle OUT protest's Generation Q Mega Mixer
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Community college hosted stirring HIV/AIDS vigil
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HRC HQ allegedly vandalized by radical Queer group
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SGN exclusive interview GLAAD's new board president Jarrett Barrios
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BREAKING NEWS
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Ask Michael: Hurtful assumptions about homosexuality and pedophilia
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Final push to approve Referendum 71
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Gregory M. Ploub
Michael Bartholomew

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JOINT STATEMENT RESPONDING TO THE DENIAL OF MARRIAGE TO AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE IN LOUISIANA
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Mississippi School Refuses to Publish Yearbook Photo of Lesbian in Tux
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White House Says No to Antigay Referenda
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Gay Vet, Discharged Under Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elected National President of American Veterans For Equal Rights
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Senate beats back filibuster on Hate Crimes bill
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Final push to approve Referendum 71
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250,000 march on Washington, demanding full equality
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

The Stonewall 2.0 generation descended on the nation's capital October 11 to demand 'equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.'

National Equality March lead organizer Cleve Jones estimated the turnout at 200,000 to 250,000. Towleroad.com's Andy Towle said police gave him the same fig
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Seattle marches in show of solidarity
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On October 11, over 200,000 people marched on Washington D.C. in the National Equality March to demand equal protection for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. In a show of solidarity, over 2,000 people marched in the Seattle OUTprotest Equality March from Volunteer
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President Obama, speaker at HRC gala in Washington, DC
by Chuck Colbert and Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

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 offered no timetable. And
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GLBT veterans lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A significant number of LGBT veterans joined Army Lieutenant Dan Choi at the National Equality March on October 11 after President Obama issued his strongest statement yet on ending the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

The policy, enacted into law by Congress is 1993, pre more
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Tour de Life : The highway
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Chase pulled the sliding back door of the rented truck down by the rope handle and locked it. The sound of the lock clicking into place sent an excited chill through him. There was something final in the sound of that click. There's no turning back now. In just a couple of short d
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9th Circuit Court OKs release of R-71 names
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

[Editor's note: At press time Protect Marriage Washington announced an appeal to the full Circuit Court of Appeals.]

A 3-member panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, October 15, that Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed may release the names of vo
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California Governor honors Gay Activist
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill on October 13 commemorating Harvey Milk, the first openly Gay politician elected to public office in the state. Under the measure, the governor proclaims May 22 - Milk's birthday - as a day of significance across the state. The day of signi
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Study finds more Gay characters on network TV
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On September 30, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released their 14th Annual Diversity report, previewing the 2009-2010 television season. The number of LGBT characters on primetime network TV is up slightly this season to 18 out of a total of 600 roles.

The G
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VOTING BEGINS - Final push to approve Referendum 71
Final push to approve Referendum 71 by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

This week, Washingtonians began to receive their General Election ballots - ballots that contain Referendum 71 - asking them to approve or reject the state's domestic partnership law. After months of signature gathering, declining to sign petitions, signat
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Anti-Prop 8 lawsuit OK, federal judge says
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 t
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Dyke Community Activists turns 21
by Tina Gianoulis - Special to the SGN

Dyke Community Activists
21st Anniversary Party
October 24, 5 PM
Central Area
Community Center


The rush of optimism over electing a president that many call our "community organizer in chief" gave local activism a brief moment on the nati
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Registration open for Jet City Hoops
Jet City Hoops, the largest GLBT basketball league on the West Coast, is now registering for the upcoming season. Registration must be received by October 23. This season, Jet City Hoops has expanded and is now offering a Co-ed Recreational League and a new Competitive League. The Recreational league is primarily for players who are newer to b more
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Seattle OUT protest's Generation Q Mega Mixer
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On October 11, just a few hours after the Seattle solidarity march coinciding with the National Equality March on Washington, local youth and experienced leaders in the community gathered for the Generation Q Mega Mixer at the Sole Repair Shop, a small venue on Capitol Hill.
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Community college hosted stirring HIV/AIDS vigil
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

What can be said about the power of a vigil in remembrance of those we have lost to HIV/AIDS? Words can't do it justice. On October 10, about 100 people gathered in Seattle Central Community College's South Plaza for a memorable and emotional candlelight vigil.

Opening w
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HRC HQ allegedly vandalized by radical Queer group
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On October 11 at approximately 4 a.m., the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) headquarters building in Washington D.C. was vandalized with graffiti entailing criticism of HRC's operating methods. Later in the day, after the national march, a group claimed responsibility for the graffiti, which
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SGN exclusive interview GLAAD's new board president Jarrett Barrios
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) recently elected Jarrett Barrios as president of the nation's LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.

Barrios, a Cuban American immigrant who first made a name for himself as a lawyer, became both the first openly Gay man and
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US Justice Dept will act on anti-Gay bias, official says
by Mike Andrew- SGN Staff Writer

Assistant US Attorney General Tom Perez said on Wednesday, October 14, that the US Justice Department would act against anti-Gay discrimination.

Perez heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting discrimination and h
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National News
NATIONAL NEWS by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Texas Gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Dallas District Judge Tena Callahan ruled October 1 that Texas' constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

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BREAKING NEWS!

Ask Michael: Hurtful assumptions about homosexuality and pedophilia
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

At the end of September, I read an article posted on the website of the Seattle weekly newspaper The Stranger where it reported that the Vatican's representative to the UN, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, had stated that child molestation in the Catholic Church was due to the problem of "ho
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Final push to approve Referendum 71
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

This week, Washingtonians began to receive their General Election ballots - ballots that contain Referendum 71 - asking them to approve or reject the state's domestic partnership law. After months of signature gathering, declining to sign petitions, signature verification, and litigation - th
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Gregory M. Ploub
Michael Bartholomew





Gregory M. Ploub

Greg was a one-of-a kind person with friends ranging from the homeless to music's superstars. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where his sister Geri Edwards and niece Laura and nephew Paul still live.

Greg was a generous and passionate advocate for the weak or vulnerable.
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JOINT STATEMENT RESPONDING TO THE DENIAL OF MARRIAGE TO AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE IN LOUISIANA
WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 16, 2009 - The following statement was issued today by a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality advocates in response to the refusal by a Louisiana justice of the peace to issue a marriage license to interracial couple in the southeastern part of the state. Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Ta more
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Mississippi School Refuses to Publish Yearbook Photo of Lesbian in Tux
Wesson Attendance Center, a K-12 school located south of Jackson, Mississippi, is refusing to allow out lesbian Ceara Sturgis to publish a photo in the yearbook in which she is wearing a tuxedo.

The AP's Shelia Byrd reports: "Traditionally, female students dress in drapes and males wear tuxedos. Now, the American Civil Libert
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White House Says No to Antigay Referenda
By Kerry Eleveld
ADVOCATE.COM

In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House sent the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's position on same-sex relationship recognition voter referenda in Maine and Washington.

"The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts
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Gay Vet, Discharged Under Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elected National President of American Veterans For Equal Rights
American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER)

Danny Ingram, a former US Army Sergeant who was among the first to be discharged in 1994 under the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) law, was elected president of American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER) at its convention in Ft. Lauderdale 15-18 Oct. Sgt Ingram, of Atlanta, will lead the
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Senate beats back filibuster on Hate Crimes bill
Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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Posted by Joe Sudbay (DC)

UPDATE: Here's the roll call vote. Five Republicans vote yes: Collins, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich. Feingold was the only Democrat to vote no.

By a margin of 64 - 35, the Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the conference report for Department of Defense authorization. That
more
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


"I realized that I was, you know, over 60 years old, I grew up at a different time, and I was hung up about the word [marriage]. I had all these Gay friends, I had all these Gay couple friends, and I was hung up about it. And I decided I was wrong. That our society has an interest in coherence and strength and commitment and mutually reinforcin more
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