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Remembering Bayard Rustin
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Community makes Tree of Life fundraiser a success
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Councilmember Harrell announces six LGBT Commission appointees
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Gibbs: DOMA repeal 'inordinately challenging'
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Two employees assaulted at Wildrose
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Iran sentences Gay men to death by stoning
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Karen Jean Lemieux, 1945-2010
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General Gayety: Gay stamp of approval
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Goodbye, Joe - Senator Joe Lieberman will not seek reelection
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Gay parents find the South more welcoming
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Gay City goes to Olympia to save stop-smoking programs
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Hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners now required by federal rules
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Facebook co-founder engaged to Gay-rights advocate
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U.S. Embassy in Honduras concerned about LGBT murders
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Trans pioneer Marcia Alejandra dies
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BREAKING NEWS
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Arizona Hero Hernandez to Sit With Michelle Obama at SOTU
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Grocery Store Finds Gay Parenting Magazine Cover Too Offensive For Kids
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Ugandan gay activist slain after photo published
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Americans' Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push
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Poll Affirms New Yorkers' Support for the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
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Task Force: Roberta Achtenberg excellent appointment to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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Grocery Store Finds Gay Parenting Magazine Cover Too Offensive For Kids
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Remembering Bayard Rustin
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As we look back at another Martin Luther King Day march and rally and remember Dr. King's eloquent calls to social justice, we might also remember Bayard Rustin, one of Dr. King's closest associates and one of the least known.

Like most of King's inner circle, Rustin was African American. Unlike most of them, he was openl
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Community makes Tree of Life fundraiser a success
SGN and participating bars raise money for YSPP

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

During the month of December, the Seattle Gay News in conjunction with the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) conducted a fundraising program, the Tree of Life, to raise money to further assist YSPP in their critical role of
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Councilmember Harrell announces six LGBT Commission appointees
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced the appointment of six new members to the Seattle LGBT Commission.

Harrell ensures that the Office for Civil Rights actively enforces the rules prohibiting bigotry in all of its forms (including attacks against the
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Gibbs: DOMA repeal 'inordinately challenging'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on January 18 that given Republican control of the House, it would be 'inordinately challenging' to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in this Congress.

Gibbs made the remarks in an exchange with the Washington Blade. He al more
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Two employees assaulted at Wildrose
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Fire Department were called to the Wildrose bar on January 19 after two men assaulted two employees and a passerby at the popular Lesbian bar.

According to the SPD police report filed by the responding officer, law enforcement was dispa
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Iran sentences Gay men to death by stoning
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two young Iranian men have been sentenced to death by stoning for having sex with each other.

According to the International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS), the two men - identified only as Ayub, 20 years old, and Mosleh, 21 - are currently being held in prison in the Iranian city
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Karen Jean Lemieux, 1945-2010
Karen passed away at home in her apartment due to complications from multiple myeloma, which she was diagnosed with in March of 2009. She is survived by her daughter Zoë Lemieux (of Karen Jassy and Zoë) and her two sisters, Sharon Armstrong of Bremerton, WA, and Kristine Lemieux of Kirkland, WA, as well as her stepmother, Mickey Lemieux, and s more
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General Gayety: Gay stamp of approval
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I've kept a secret for years. Now it's time for me to come out - as a stamp collector.

I'm throwing off my shame. I'm a nerd and I'm proud!

My orientation, philatelically speaking, is toward general collecting. I amass all kinds of postage stamps. Other co
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Goodbye, Joe - Senator Joe Lieberman will not seek reelection
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Senator Joe Lieberman announced on January 19 that he would not seek reelection when his current term is up in 2012.

'The reason I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012 is best expressed in the wise words from Ecclesiastes: 'To everything there is a season, and a time
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Gay parents find the South more welcoming
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The longer you live in progressive Seattle, the easier it becomes for you to forget that in most parts of the country, LGBT families do not feel safe, do not have anything resembling equal rights, and may feel unwelcome. Often times, when one thinks of a 'welcoming' city, images of San F
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Gay City goes to Olympia to save stop-smoking programs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 26, Gay City Health Project will join a number of other community organizations in Olympia who are trying to save state funding for tobacco cessation programs.

According to Gay City Community Organizer Lark Ballinger, stop-smoking programs will take a devastating hit in
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Hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners now required by federal rules
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Under new federal rules, nearly all hospitals this week are extending visitation rights to the partners of same-sex couples. The change in policy is due to the Obama administration's continuing efforts to expand the rights of LGBT Americans.

The federal regulations, however,
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Facebook co-founder engaged to Gay-rights advocate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Chris Hughes, the 27-year-old Facebook co-founder who was Mark Zuckerberg's former Harvard roommate and is said to be worth more than $500 million, is engaged to his long-time boyfriend and Gay rights advocate Sean Eldridge.

The couple, who has been together for five year
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U.S. Embassy in Honduras concerned about LGBT murders
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, issued a statement on January 19 expressing concern over several recent murders of LGBT Hondurans.

'The U.S. Embassy notes with concern the five killings that have been committed against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgen
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Trans pioneer Marcia Alejandra dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marcia Alejandra, the first documented Transgender woman in Latin America, has died according to reports in the Chilean newspaper La Nación.

Her death was reported by her friend, Queer activist Pedro Lemebel, on January 13.

'With her departure, this country loses
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National News
U.S. News by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Justice Dept. appeals rulings that struck down DOMA
HRC to Obama: Support same-sex marriage now

The Human Rights Campaign called on President Barack Obama January 13 to abandon his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Obama has said he supports
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BREAKING NEWS!

Arizona Hero Hernandez to Sit With Michelle Obama at SOTU
Chris Geidner

hernandezgiffords.jpgDaniel Hernandez Jr., the intern who aided Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) until medical personnel arrived after she was shot earlier this month, will be attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, as a guest of Michelle Obama, according to ABC News. more
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Grocery Store Finds Gay Parenting Magazine Cover Too Offensive For Kids
Last night Twitter user JennHudd tweeted out this photo she took at Harps, a grocery store in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Apparently US Weekly's cover shot of Elton John, his partner, and baby is just too shocking for children. Harps has over 60 locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Call their home office at 877-772-8193 or use their cont more
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Ugandan gay activist slain after photo published
Max Delany And Godfrey Olukya
Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda - A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words 'Hang Them' was bludgeoned to death. Police said Thursday his sexual orientation had nothing to do with the killing and that one "robber" had bee
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Americans' Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: January 3, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda - Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about 'curing' homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda's capital to give a series of talks.

The theme of the event, according to
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Poll Affirms New Yorkers' Support for the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
'Time to Act,' Says Freedom to Marry

Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager
Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, January 24, 2011) - Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today's Quinnipiac poll affirming that
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Task Force: Roberta Achtenberg excellent appointment to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the appointment of former board member Roberta Achtenberg to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an advisory panel charged with investigating, reporting on, and making recommendations to the president and Congress on issues concerning civil rights in the United Sta more
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