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Capitol hill pickpocket victim teams with cops to bust the bad guys
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Reid promises DADT vote in lame duck Senate session
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Assault near Tribe men's club investigated as bias crime
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GSBA gala dinner and auction raises record $345,000
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World Bank smart to de-fund PFOX
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Letter from Nevada's largest union suggests Reid get DADT done
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Patty Murray letters calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be brought before Senate
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Jeff Parsons, 1962-2010
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The closure of SCAN TV
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Café Metropolitain says goodbye - for now
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Tea Party and GOProud to GOP: No movement on Gay issues
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Ed Murray to chair fiscal policy Ways and Means committee
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SHIFTgiving an annual celebration for people in recovery
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Lame duck session may be lame, insiders say
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Ask Michael - Homophobia: A battle on two fronts
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BREAKING NEWS
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Democrat leads close California Attorney General race - she won't appeal Prop 8 ruling
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Binational couple to reunite
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Forth Worth city attorney drops charges against Rainbow Lounge Patrons
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GOP's gains ready to propel social issues back into national spotlight
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Study: AIDS pill helps gay men avoid HIV infection
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Daily Pill Greatly Lowers AIDS Risk, Study Finds
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Kamala Harris Defeats Steve Cooley For California Attorney General
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Are the Courts Ahead of the Public on Gay Rights?
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Anti-AIDS groups hail drug but worry over cost
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Gates, others to testify next week on 'Don't Ask'
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UN General Assembly Votes To Allow Gays To Be Executed Without Cause
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Binational couple to reunite
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Capitol hill pickpocket victim teams with cops to bust the bad guys
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The constant reports of pickpockets, muggings, and violence in the early morning hours on Capitol Hill reached a fever pitch this year. It is commonplace to read headlines on neighborhood blogs or in Seattle-area newspapers that tell the tale of a Gayborhood in the grip of a crime wave.

Well, this reporter is happy
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Reid promises DADT vote in lame duck Senate session
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and top White House officials announced this week that the Democratic majority leader is committed to bringing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) repeal to a vote as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before the end of the year.

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Assault near Tribe men's club investigated as bias crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An October 30 assault on a Gay man in the heart of Capitol Hill is being investigated as a bias crime.

The victim, Dustin Hamm of Seattle, was injured in the assault, but did not require hospitalization.

The assault took place in front of Tribe (formerly Basic Plumbin
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GSBA gala dinner and auction raises record $345,000
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the nation's largest LGBT Chamber of Commerce, announced that their annual TASTE of GSBA benefit dinner and auction brought in a record-breaking donation total. According to GSBA officials, the November 13 event raised more than $345,000 to su more
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World Bank smart to de-fund PFOX
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

In August, two key members of the 'ex-Gay' organization PFOX spoke at the 'Truth Academy.' The conference was hosted by the paradoxically named Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, whose founder Peter LaBarbera's website is listed as an official 'hate site' by the Southern Poverty Law C
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Letter from Nevada's largest union suggests Reid get DADT done
The Honorable Harry Reid,

As you know, the culinary workers in Nevada, along with the members of UNITE HERE across the country, were delighted that you won another term. We were pleased to join in that winning effort. You have always been our friend, and we yours. We're in this for the long haul, to make America a just and fair natio
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Patty Murray letters calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be brought before Senate
Chairman Levin and Ranking Member McCain:

I believe that now is the time for Congress to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military by repealing the statute underlying 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It was a huge step forward when the Senate Committee on Armed Services included a repeal provision in the Nationa
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Jeff Parsons, 1962-2010
Jeffrey Ray Parsons, the 'voice of reason' to so many in Seattle, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, while dealing with the effects of multiple illnesses.

An informal celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 26 at 5 p.m. in Ballard. Bring a story - there are many out there - and share in the mem
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The closure of SCAN TV
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

As it stands right now, SCAN (Seattle Community Access Network) TV will cease operations on December 31, 2010. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn cut the funding for SCAN in his 2011 budget, released September 27. Viewers, producers, and free speech and media activists aren't taking the closure sitting d
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Café Metropolitain says goodbye - for now
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On November 13, after five years, Café Metropolitain, a Gay bar on Capitol Hill unlike any other, had its closing-night party. There were hugs and kisses, but tears were few and far between as loyal patrons, longtime bar staff, and owner Quyen Luu looked optimistically to the future.

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Tea Party and GOProud to GOP: No movement on Gay issues
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Tea Party helped to return the Republicans to legislative power in the House and narrow the Democratic majority in the Senate. Now the Tea Party - along with Gay conservative group GOProud - is asking the GOP to keep in mind who their friends were in the last election and what it is
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Ed Murray to chair fiscal policy Ways and Means committee
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) returns to Olympia in January, he will chair the senate's powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Ways and Means is the state senate's primary fiscal committee with responsibility for developing operating and capital budgets and setting tax and pension polic
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SHIFTgiving an annual celebration for people in recovery
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

SHIFTgiving
November 25
Dunshee House


SHIFT, an LGBT peer recovery network, is hosting their fourth annual and likely final SHIFTgiving on November 25.

'SHIFTgiving is an annual celebration that we hold for LGBTQ people in recovery,' said Robert
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Lame duck session may be lame, insiders say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Remember ENDA?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would protect LGBT workers by banning discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to Politico.com, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a conference
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Ask Michael - Homophobia: A battle on two fronts
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

We are all too aware of the battle being waged against us by others who hate the GLBTQ community - certain religious, community, and political leaders who vilify us in many ways. Their disdain for us generates a secondary battle. This is a battle that grows within us. It is the battle
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Gays seek refuge in Cambodia slum
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Along the train tracks in one of Phnom Penh's ubiquitous slums, roughly 100 new residents in search of asylum and community, have trickled in over the last several years and lead lives in deplorable desperation. Almost all of them are homosexual men. This place, Beuong Kak 2, has become a
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National News
Gays sue feds over marriage again
The New England legal group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed a multiplaintiff lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on November 9.

In Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, GLAD represents five married same-sex couples and a wido
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BREAKING NEWS!

Democrat leads close California Attorney General race - she won't appeal Prop 8 ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Democrat Kamala Harris leads Republican Steve Cooley in the race for California Attorney General.

As SGN goes to press, Harris leads by 30,730 votes and is widening her lead over Cooley as counting continues.

The winner will replace current attorney general Jerry B
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Binational couple to reunite
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In a strange but lucky turn of events, a Filipino man who was denied permission multiple times to remain in the U.S. with his American husband has been granted a tourist visa to reenter the country.

Roi Whaley, a 46-year-old casino worker in Gulfport, Mississippi, who has
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Forth Worth city attorney drops charges against Rainbow Lounge Patrons
A spokesman in the office of Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief has just confirmed reports we received earlier this morning that the city attorneys office has dropped all charges against Chad Gibson and George Armstrong in connection with the June 28, 2009 raid on the Rainbow Lounge.

The spokesman said the city would release a state
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GOP's gains ready to propel social issues back into national spotlight
By Sandhya Somashekhar
Washington Post

Liberal groups in Wisconsin are bracing for a fight over contraception coverage under Medicaid. Battle lines are being drawn over sex education in North Carolina. And conservatives in several states intend to try to limit the ability of private insurers to cover abortions.

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Study: AIDS pill helps gay men avoid HIV infection
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
AP Medical Writer

Scientists have an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. A pill already used to treat HIV infection turns out to be a powerful weapon in protecting healthy gay men from catching the virus, a global study found.

Daily doses of Truvada cut the risk of infect
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Daily Pill Greatly Lowers AIDS Risk, Study Finds
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
New York Times

In the study, published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that the men taking Truvada, a common combination of two antiretroviral drugs, were 44 percent less likely to get infected with the virus that causes AIDS than an equal number taking a placebo.
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Kamala Harris Defeats Steve Cooley For California Attorney General
By Gene Maddaus
LA Weekly

We've been saying for a while that the math didn't look good for Steve Cooley. But now we can go ahead and make it official.

Steve Cooley has lost. Kamala Harris will be the next attorney general of California.

Out of an abundance of laziness caution, we've held off unt
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Are the Courts Ahead of the Public on Gay Rights?
By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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Anti-AIDS groups hail drug but worry over cost
By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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Gates, others to testify next week on 'Don't Ask'
By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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UN General Assembly Votes To Allow Gays To Be Executed Without Cause
By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
more
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By Michael A. Lindenberger
Time

Are federal courts the best hope for gay rights? Even with Harry Reid promising to bring the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" to a Senate vote after Thanksgiving, many activists feel the judiciary is still their best avenue to win change. But could court victories end up backfiring and sl
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