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posted Friday, February 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 05

Section One

Increased services aim to make big difference for homeless
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Youth homelessness is a problem that doesn't fit neatly into a box. The exact number of youth experiencing homelessness is difficult to determine; they are undercounted in national data, as unaccompanied youth are often unconnected to services or shelters.

As they do not have a safe, stable place to call home, many w
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Pentagon's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal plan on table
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pentagon officials have released their plan to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy and it looks like the implementation process will happen sooner, rather than later.

At a 45-minute briefing on January 28, Vice Chairman General James E. Cartwright of the Joint Chie
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OUR HISTORY - The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle
Forty years of service via wigs & smiles

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

John Scott, 68, is a gentle man. He is easy to talk to. Over a cup of coffee on a rare sunny Seattle afternoon, John told me that his friends call him Scotty, and his even closer friends know him as Olympia I Scotty - the very first
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VICTORY - Illinois governor signs civil unions law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed his state's new civil unions bill into law on January 31.

The law will take effect on June 1.

'Here we are in 2011 on the eve of Abraham Lincoln's 202nd birthday and I think this is very special,' Quinn said at the signing cer
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Three Gay appointments by Obama administration
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 26, President Obama announced the appointment of three openly Gay or Lesbian federal officials.

Roberta Achtenberg, who co-founded the National Center for Lesbian Rights, was chosen to sit on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Achtenberg had
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Barbara Bush supports same-sex marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara broke ranks with her conservative father's ideals to endorse same-sex marriage in a video released February 1 by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

As president, Bush pushed for an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Th
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Breakfast Without Bigotry protests National Prayer Breakfast and The Family
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sixty activists protested the National Prayer Breakfast outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on the morning of February 3.

The protest, Breakfast Without Bigotry, was called by the LGBT direct action group GetEQUAL, and supported by several other organizations, including the NGLTF, t
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Senator Murray standing up for Washington state veterans
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Senator Patty Murray was named chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee January 27, and said she is the one who will 'hold any president accountable - regardless of political party - accountable for making sure that veterans get the care they need.'

Murray was
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AVER to offer lifetime membership to all vets 80 and over
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

To commemorate the end of the United States military's nearly 90-year policy of discrimination against Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual military servicemembers, and to honor senior LGBT veterans for their many contributions to our nation and our community, American Veterans for Equal Rights (A
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Dan Choi ordered to pay the Army
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Despite the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT), former Army Lt. Dan Choi remains a target of the armed services. Under DADT, not only does an openly Gay servicemember get kicked out of the military, but he or she may have to repay the Defense Department for any unfinished service -
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Lesbian couple and school district reach agreement
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Just 24 hours after a letter sent by the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Faegre & Benson, LLP, urging the Anoka-Hennepin School District and Champlin Park High School (CPHS) to immediately restore the rights of two Lesbian students, Desiree '
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Queer beer debuts in Mexico
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Mexican microbrewery says it has successfully marketed a line of beer aimed at Mexico's LGBT community.

Jalisco-based Minerva brewery released and immediately sold out of its first 500 cases of Purple Hand beer.

Purple Hand, and its companion brew Salamandra, ar
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International News
Russia appeals Euro Court's Pride ban ruling
On the last possible day, the Russian government on January 22 appealed a European Court of Human Rights ruling from last October that struck down Moscow's yearly bans of public Gay pride events.

The government asked the court's Grand Chamber to reconsider the ruling that had been made by a smaller group of the c
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Northwest News
Northwest News
AN EVENING AT LE FAUX DUNSHEE HOUSE FUNDRAISING EVENT
On Friday, January 28 at 10 p.m. at Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.), join the cast of Seattle's longest-running celebrity impersonation show, Le Faux, in supporting the community through services provided at Dunshee House. Proceeds from ticket sales on Friday, January 28 will go directly to benefit Dunshee Hous
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National News
National News
Gay groups react to Obama's State of the Union address

President Barack Obama made one reference to Gay people during his January 25 State of the Union address.

'Our troops come from every corner of this country,' he said. 'They're black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that
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Greek basketball players' union protests homophobic remarks
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Greek basketball players' union, PSAK, denounced homophobic remarks made by the management of Iraklis basketball team after a bizarre incident in which the team manager publicly humiliated his players after a loss to rival PAOK.

Iraklis lost to PAOK 87-68 in a game on January 29
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Oral sex: how safe is it?
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH, is deputy director of community services for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at Harborview Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology
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Honor murdered Ugandan activist with bill in Congress
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

The defilement of slain Gay activist David Kato's funeral by a 'preacher' and local villagers who refused to bury his body shows the capacity of Ugandan society to commit extreme violence against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people. Thanks to the hateful messages spewed by Ame
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