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Controversy continues in Kennewick over Gay-straight alliance
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New UW president Michael Young promises support for LGBT clubs, faculty
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Gay City's Magic Pill forum educates community
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Tacoma City Council's Ryan Mello
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Maryland Transgender woman brutally attacked
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Psychiatrist Alfred Freedman dies at 94 - Led effort to de-pathologize LGBT community
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New organization supports servicemembers through repeal of DADT and beyond
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LGBT publisher raises funds for anti-bullying comic book
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Texas Republicans want to strip Transgender marriage rights
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DOMA defense drama - Law firm backs out under pressure, partner quits
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2011 Capitol Hill Pride Festival to take place June 25
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Rachel Maddow wants Gay anchors to come out
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Teens with LGBT parents contribute to new online magazine
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Equal Rights Washington's 2011 legislative update
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BREAKING NEWS
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Tanzania Film Censorship Board Bans Films 'Promoting Homosexuality.'
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Defend Glee's Anti-Bullying Episode - Tell FOX Houston to Apologize for Broadcasting Extremist Views
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HRC to Rick Santorum: Get Your Facts Straight and Put Children First
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IGLHRC Urges Malaysian Authorities to Stop Camps that Violate Rights of LGBT Youth
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South Africa: No Arrests in Lesbian Murder Case - Homophobic Violence Continues Unchecked in Townships
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Lenk approved for SJC; first openly gay justice on state's highest court
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Brazil's Top Court Approves Civil Unions
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President Bill Clinton Endorses Marriage Equality Legislation in New York
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Attorney General Holder Vacates Immigration Decision Based on DOMA
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EQCA, NCLR, and Lambda Legal File Amicus Brief in California Supreme Court in Proposition 8 Challenge
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Controversy continues in Kennewick over Gay-straight alliance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Kennewick School Board voted on April 21 to give a Gay-straight alliance at Kennewick High School equal access to school resources.

Their vote did not end the controversy, however. Instead, new charges are being leveled by the respective sides in the dispute.

Kennewick School Superintendent Dave Bond c
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New UW president Michael Young promises support for LGBT clubs, faculty
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Board of Regents of the University of Washington (UW) announced this week their unanimous decision to appoint Michael K. Young, 61, as the next president of the university.

When reports came in that Young was a devout Mormon and former Bush administration official, t
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Gay City's Magic Pill forum educates community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor In an age of instant communication, the lines can sometimes get crossed. Reporting on complex events - such as the medical trials of a new HIV/AIDS prevention pill - can get a bit tricky if not handled with care. Does the reader need an opinion piece, or just info? Should a blogger be telling someo more
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Tacoma City Council's Ryan Mello
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ryan Mello is running for his first full term on the Tacoma City Council. He was appointed to his at-large Council seat in January of 2010.

This is not his first political campaign, however.

'I ran citywide for Parks Commissioner in 2005,' he tells SGN, 'and I bea more
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Maryland Transgender woman brutally attacked
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Any way you look at it, what happened to Chrissy Polis was a hate crime.

On April 18, Polis, 23, a member of the Transgender community, was attacked by two teens in a Baltimore-area McDonald's. The assault was filmed by a McDonald's employee and shows two women kicking Po
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Psychiatrist Alfred Freedman dies at 94 - Led effort to de-pathologize LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Dr. Alfred Freedman, psychiatrist and social reformer, died on Sunday, April 17, at the age of 94.

Freedman was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 when the group declared that homosexuality was not a mental illness.

In spite of mounting pressure
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New organization supports servicemembers through repeal of DADT and beyond
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On April 1, the Military Acceptance Project (MAP), a new organization which focuses solely on the promotion of acceptance for all former, current, and future servicemembers, launched a new website designed to provide information, resources, and support to servicemembers regarding the repea
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LGBT publisher raises funds for anti-bullying comic book
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Northwest Press, a publisher of LGBT graphic novels and comics, is raising funds to produce an anti-bullying comic book for youth groups and teachers.

The Power Within tells the story of a junior high school student who imagines himself as a superhero to deal with his constant
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Texas Republicans want to strip Transgender marriage rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill introduced by Republican legislators would strip Trans people in Texas of their right to get married.

Texas Sen. Tommy Williams says he has nothing against Trans people; he is just trying to clean up the 2009 state law banning same-sex marriage.

'The Texas Constit
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DOMA defense drama - Law firm backs out under pressure, partner quits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The law firm of King & Spalding - hired by House Speaker John Boehner to defend DOMA in court - announced on April 25 that it would drop the case.

King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays, Jr. said in a statement through his spokesman, Les Zuke, that the decision to accept the cont
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2011 Capitol Hill Pride Festival to take place June 25
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore, Seattle Gay News, and Broadway businesses are proud to announce the Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2011 on Broadway, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The event is designed as a community festival celebrating pride and diversity. It will ta
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Rachel Maddow wants Gay anchors to come out
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In an interview that has garnered much attention, out Lesbian MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow sent a clear message to closeted Gay news anchors: come out.

Maddow made the comment in an interview with The Guardian of London, which was published April 25.

Here is part of
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Teens with LGBT parents contribute to new online magazine
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Rainbow Riot, a new online magazine for teens with LGBT parents, has launched at www.rainbowriot.org to serve the 9 million young people with LGBT parents in the United States.

Rainbow Riot features interviews with youth who have LGBT parents, artwork and video created by youth,
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Equal Rights Washington's 2011 legislative update
by Josh Friedes - Executive Director of Equal Rights Washington The 2011 regular legislative session ended on April 22. During the session, both the House and Senate passed all three of Equal Rights Washington's priority bills. This marks the sixth consecutive session where significant LGBT civil rights legislation was passed. That three major more
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National News
U.S. NEWS by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay bills introduced in Congress
Two recurring LGBT-rights measures were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in April: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act.

ENDA would ban discrimination
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Tanzania Film Censorship Board Bans Films 'Promoting Homosexuality.'
The Tanzania Film Censorship Board of the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports has barred the public showing of five local films, some being blamed for 'promoting homosexuality, which in a criminal offence in Tanzania.'

The Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports has barred public show of five loc
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Defend Glee's Anti-Bullying Episode - Tell FOX Houston to Apologize for Broadcasting Extremist Views
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Petitions by Change.org On April 26, 2011, KRIV FOX 26 in Houston, Texas, gave voice to one of the country's most vocal anti-gay activists during a "debate" on its news program entitled, "Is TV Too Gay?" The focus was that night's episode of the show Glee whi
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HRC to Rick Santorum: Get Your Facts Straight and Put Children First
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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IGLHRC Urges Malaysian Authorities to Stop Camps that Violate Rights of LGBT Youth
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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South Africa: No Arrests in Lesbian Murder Case - Homophobic Violence Continues Unchecked in Townships
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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Lenk approved for SJC; first openly gay justice on state's highest court
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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Brazil's Top Court Approves Civil Unions
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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President Bill Clinton Endorses Marriage Equality Legislation in New York
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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Attorney General Holder Vacates Immigration Decision Based on DOMA
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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EQCA, NCLR, and Lambda Legal File Amicus Brief in California Supreme Court in Proposition 8 Challenge
Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
more
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Presidential hopeful begins assault on children and families.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today denounced former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's comments that adopti
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