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Sen. Murray joins small business owners to launch Main Street Alliance of Washington
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Constance McMillen in Mississippi sent to fake prom
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First Hill/Broadway Streetcar project picks up speed, code 'pink' project
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'ENDA 4' get six-month probation
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Seattle Gay history: Rhinehart, Seattle's psychic wonder
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Seattle City Attorney intervenes in R71 lawsuit
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Houston mayor issues non-discrimination policies
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Purr's '70s party benefits Lambert House
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Trikone Northwest's BollyQ event a South Asian celebration
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Oklahoma officially OK again Hate crimes nullification killed in committee
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Utah Senate blocks federal money for people with HIV/AIDS
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Ask Michael: Crisis of faith
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APIWFSC Fights Domestic Violence in the Queer Community
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Transgender inmates have a right to hormone therapy, federal judge says
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Bryan James Flaherty, 1958-2010
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Emerald City Softball Association turns 30
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BREAKING NEWS
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Lance Bass, Others Sponsor Gay-Friendly Prom
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Gay Iranians increasingly fleeing their country after June's crackdown
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Protest demands Social Security benefits for gays
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Repeal Prop 8 in 2010 misses deadline for signatures
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Constance, Dan Choi & Judy Shepard grand marshals of NYC Pride parade
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Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Comes Out
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VIDEO AND STORY: Father wages court battle against funeral protests
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ACLU, Human Rights Watch Report Calls for End to Segregating Prisoners With HIV
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Gainesville, Fla. elects gay man mayor
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Vatican 'clarifies' cardinal's homosexuality abuse link
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Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate
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Egypt's homosexuals find home in cyberspace
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Argentine judge voids Latin America's first gay marriage
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Obama extends health care rights to gay partners
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Gay Iranians increasingly fleeing their country after June's crackdown
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Sen. Murray joins small business owners to launch Main Street Alliance of Washington
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On the heels of the historic health care reform victory, U.S. Senator Patty Murray joined a local coalition of small business owners to announce the formation of the Main Street Alliance of Washington on April 7 at Cupcake Royale in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Murray, flanked by local business owners L
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Constance McMillen in Mississippi sent to fake prom
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen who made news recently for standing up to a high school administration that decided to cancel the prom rather than allow her to wear a tux and invite her girlfriend, alleges that she was sent to a 'fake prom.'

'They had two proms, and I was
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First Hill/Broadway Streetcar project picks up speed, code 'pink' project
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A streetcar is coming to First Hill and Broadway, that much is certain. The exact route, on the other hand, was less certain - until recently. On April 5, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent his recommendation to the City Council for the Broadway/Jackson route as the preferred option for the First Hi
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'ENDA 4' get six-month probation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The four women arrested March 18 for a non-violent sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's D.C. office agreed to six months of probation at their April 6 hearing.

Lt. Dan Choi, who was arrested the same day after chaining himself to the White House fence to protest 'Don't Ask, Don't T more
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Seattle Gay history: Rhinehart, Seattle's psychic wonder
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

The most controversial and discriminated-against Gay man in Washington state history was Keith Milton Rhinehart (born April 1, 1936, died April 30, 1999), founder of the largest psychic and occult center in the USA, the Aquarian Foundation, Church of the New Age. When Keith was 10 years o
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Seattle City Attorney intervenes in R71 lawsuit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the names and addresses of voters who signed Referendum 71 should be public information.

Holmes filed his brief on April 5. He joins the Washington Secretary of State and Washingt
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Houston mayor issues non-discrimination policies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced sweeping new city anti-discrimination policies.

For the first time, Transgender city employees are explicitly protected, and various forms of hate speech - including electronic media - are banned in city workplaces.
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Purr's '70s party benefits Lambert House
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Friday April 2, the normally classy Purr came alive with grit, muscle, masculinity, and - of all things - disco wigs. As a fundraiser for Lambert House, Purr and the local rugby team Quake put on a night of '70s-style dancing, hair, and attitude, featuring special cocktails like the 'Psyched
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Trikone Northwest's BollyQ event a South Asian celebration
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

BollyQ
April 3
Café Metropolitain


Trikone Northwest (TrikoneNW), a supportive LGBTQ organization for South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, held BollyQ, a community outreach event, at Café Metropolitain on April 3. SGN was on hand for the fun and festive even
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Oklahoma officially OK again Hate crimes nullification killed in committee
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill intended to nullify federal protections for the LGBT community has been killed in the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee.

The nullification bill - SB 1965 - passed the Oklahoma Senate on March 10 by a vote of 39-6. It was intended to thwart enforcement of the Matthew Shepa
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Utah Senate blocks federal money for people with HIV/AIDS
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a surprise move, Republican leaders of the Utah Senate blocked approval of a federal grant for people living with HIV/AIDS, potentially depriving them of treatment for at least a month.

The Republican action came on April 7, during a routine post-session review of federal grants
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Ask Michael: Crisis of faith
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

The Catholic Church is facing a crisis regarding how it is handling child sexual abuse cases perpetrated by those in positions of power within the church. It is a crisis on many fronts for the church.

In my opinion, from the perspective of the GLBTQ community, there are th
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APIWFSC Fights Domestic Violence in the Queer Community
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Domestic violence. When most people hear these words, they tend to think of a husband and a wife. This is why relationship violence can often be overlooked in same-sex couples. Domestic violence can cause immense isolation, especially in Queer communities and the minority subdivisions that exist
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Transgender inmates have a right to hormone therapy, federal judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge ruled on April 1 that a Wisconsin law prohibiting hormone therapy for Transgender prison inmates was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert said the law violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment because it 'results in the denia
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Bryan James Flaherty, 1958-2010
Bryan, a longtime resident of Seattle and outgoing member of Seattle's Gay community, passed away peacefully and surrounded by love on March 31, 2010, at his home in Palm Springs following a two-year battle with cancer. Bryan was born November 25, 1958, in Olympia Washington to Leon and Pat. He moved to Seattle at a young age where he began his more
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Emerald City Softball Association turns 30
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA), an athletic club open to both Gay and non-Gay men and women, is celebrating their 30th season this year. To commemorate the milestone, ECSA officials got all of their 35 teams together at Purr cocktail lounge for an April 4 season kickoff party. <
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Trikone Northwest's BollyQ event a South Asian celebration
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

BollyQ
April 3
Café Metropolitain
Trikone Northwest (TrikoneNW), a supportive LGBTQ organization for South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, held BollyQ, a community outreach event, at Café Metropolitain on April 3. SGN was on hand for the fun and festive event, which, ac
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National News
U.S. State Dept. reports on LGBT life in nearly every nation

This year's U.S. State Department "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" looked at LGBT life in nearly every nation on the planet and did an excellent job of documenting anti-LGBT abuse across the globe, the Council for Global Equality said March 11.
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BREAKING NEWS!

Lance Bass, Others Sponsor Gay-Friendly Prom
Lance Bass, others sponsor gay-friendly prom in Miss. after teen couldn't take same-sex date

The Associated Press

Green Day, former 'N Sync member Lance Bass and celebrity chef Cat Cora are among those helping to pay for a gay-friendly prom in Mississippi next month.

Organizers say the event is ope
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Gay Iranians increasingly fleeing their country after June's crackdown
By Anthony Faiola As Hassan walked - well, more like sashayed - through the market in this southern Turkish city, the population on the sidewalk -- elderly women in dark veils, men behind stalls selling Turkish pears five to a bag, children in woolly striped sweaters - all gawked.

'Yes, look! Look all you want,' Hassan s
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Protest demands Social Security benefits for gays
The Associated Press
San Jose Mercury

LOS ANGELES-Protestors chanting slogans and carrying signs marched in Hollywood to demand equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples.

Full story:
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Repeal Prop 8 in 2010 misses deadline for signatures
INITIATIVE TO REPEAL PROP 8 WILL NOT BE ON THE BALLOT IN 2010

All-Volunteer Petition Drive Triggered Conversations Across California

(LOS ANGELES - April 12, 2010) -- Love Honor Cherish, which spearheaded an effort to place an initiative on the November 2010 ballot to repeal Proposition 8 and restore equal m
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Constance, Dan Choi & Judy Shepard grand marshals of NYC Pride parade
more:
http://nycpride.org/march.html
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Christian Singer Jennifer Knapp Comes Out
Award-winning Christian pop singer Jennifer Knapp discusses her return to music from a soul-searching hiatus and reveals how she reconciled her spiritual life with her sexuality.

By Emily Drabinski

Advocate.com

When Jennifer Knapp settles in for coffee and a conversation in a midtown Manhattan ap
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VIDEO AND STORY: Father wages court battle against funeral protests
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
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ACLU, Human Rights Watch Report Calls for End to Segregating Prisoners With HIV
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
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Gainesville, Fla. elects gay man mayor
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
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Vatican 'clarifies' cardinal's homosexuality abuse link
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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Melissa and Tammy Etheridge Separate
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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Egypt's homosexuals find home in cyberspace
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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Argentine judge voids Latin America's first gay marriage
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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Obama extends health care rights to gay partners
By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
more
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By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

YORK, Pa. - Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

"Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

"You're Going to Hell
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QUOTE UNQUOTE by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"I'll tell you, this last election was a big learning experience for me and I've come to the very clear realization that the battle is not between Republican and Democrat - and yes, we disagree on many social issues and the government shouldn't legislate morality anyway. ..
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