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posted Friday, May 13, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 19
Section One - ALL STORIES
Seattle City Council moves forward to provide Trans health care equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 11, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee, sent a letter to the Health Care Committee to encourage them to consider removing the exclusion of coverage for the city's Transgender employees.

Seattle Gay News was provided a copy of the letter by
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Equal Rights Washington gala is a resounding success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) announced this week that their Fifth Annual Gala Dinner & Auction on May 7 was their biggest event ever, bringing in over $130,000 from a sold-out, 300-person crowd at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle.

ERW officials say the community can rest as
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Navy changes course on same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On May 11, Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark Tidd announced that any consideration of Navy chaplains performing same-sex marriages would be suspended 'until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-Departmental coordination.'

The May 11 announc
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WA state Republicans love pizza, hate Gays
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A presidential straw poll taken at a Washington state GOP fundraising dinner on May 6 shows Republicans leaning to former pizza executive Herman Cain.

Cain got 54 votes at the Republican event, or 15.13% of the attendees.

His nearest competitors were former Massachuset
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Congressman McDermott introduces single-payer health care bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on May 10 that they would introduce legislation to extend health care coverage to every resident of the U.S.

The American Health Security Act of 2011 would provide health care for every American throu
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Delaware governor signs civil unions bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a civil unions bill into law on May 11.

'Tonight, we say to loving and committed couples across the state who want the law to endorse the promise that they made long ago in their hearts, 'Your love is equally valid and deserving. Your family is n
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SGN UPDATE: Judge reprieves immigrant in same-sex marriage deportation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 6, an immigration judge in Newark suspended the deportation of a Venezuelan man who is married to an American man. The reprieve is said to be a response to a signal from the Obama administration that it is exploring legal avenues for recognizing same-sex marriage in immigration cases
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Seattle LGBT Commission releases preliminary findings from major survey
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle LGBT Commission released a preliminary report this week of the results from a six-week online survey to assess the needs of Seattle's LGBT community on issues including housing, education, health, public safety, and community involvement. The preliminary report can be viewed a
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Gay activist murdered by stoning in Mexico
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The body of Gay activist Leija Herrera was discovered on May 4, near the center of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. According to La Jornada Guerrero newspaper, the body was covered with bruises. Mexican authorities suggested Herrera was stoned to death.

Herrera was the director of
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LGBT cash flowing to 2012 Obama campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only a year ago, the LGBT community was seething with discontent over the perception that President Obama was dragging his feet on Gay rights issues. Today community money is flowing to Obama's re-election campaign.

'It's ironic - a year ago there was no constituency more unhappy
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Doric Wilson, noted playwright and Gay activist, dies at 72
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Doric Wilson, one of the founding fathers of New York's Off-Off-Broadway scene, anti-war activist, Stonewall rioter, and champion of Gay rights, died May 7. He was 72.

Born in Los Angeles on February 24, 1939, and raised on his grandfather's ranch at Plymouth, Washington, Wilson studied drama b
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Syphilis increase continues in 2011 : New local education campaign launched to increase awareness and testing
Courtesy of Public Health - Seattle & King County

Syphilis cases continue to increase dramatically in King County. After reaching a 30-year high in syphilis cases in 2010, the period of January through March of 2011 has seen 101 cases of syphilis - about twice as many as during the first three months of 2010.

This wee
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Gay theater legend Arthur Laurents dies at 93
Blacklisted in 1950s, he won Tony Awards ?in 1968 and 1984 by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Playwright, librettist, and director Arthur Laurents died on May 5 from complications of pneumonia. He was 93.

The next day, marquees of theaters in New York were dimmed for one minute in the traditional tribute to the me
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After landmark lawsuit, Maj. Witt to retire with benefits
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Major Margaret Witt, a decorated Air Force flight nurse who had been dismissed under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, has reached a final settlement in her landmark lawsuit, the ACLU of Washington announced May 10.

Witt will retire with full benefits, the govern
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SGN CONGRATULATES MADISON PUB ON 25 YEARS
In May of 1986, a small tavern on Madison St. was bought by Chet Herald, remodeled, and turned into a Gay bar. As the downtown Gay bar scene changed later that year, Michael Lull was hired, and he quickly set the example of what a bartender at the Madison Pub should be. After many years, Mikey stepped down from the day-to-day operation of th more
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Donors to G.O.P. Are Backing Gay Marriage Push
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL BARBARO
Published: May 13, 2011

As gay rights advocates intensify their campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the bulk of their money is coming from an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party, most of whom are known for
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H.I.V. S O S
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: May 13, 2011

Treatment as prevention.

That's the way scientists describe a striking and incredibly encouraging new finding of a large clinical trial released on Thursday that found that H.I.V.-infected people who took antiretroviral drugs were 96 percent less likely to pass on the
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A Sports Executive Leaves the Safety of His Shadow Life
Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Rick Welts, the president of the Phoenix Suns, hopes his coming out can break the silence surrounding homosexuality in men's team sports.

By DAN BARRY
Published: May 15, 2011

Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime frie
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Uganda Gay Death Penalty - We Won!!
Dear friends,

Frank Mugisha and other brave human rights defenders delivering our petition to the Ugandan Parliament just before leaders dropped the gay death penalty law.

Uganda's anti-gay law has failed! It looked sure to pass last week, but after 1.6 million petition signatures delivered to Parliament, tens of
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CNN anchorman Don Lemon comes out as a gay man
AP
Mon May 16, 7:09 pm ET

NEW YORK - CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out as a gay man in his new book, a disclosure he knows comes at a risk.

While Lemon's memoir, titled "Transparent," also covers his journalism career, he's prepared for much of the reaction to focus on more personal matters, which include
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Barney Frank in Seattle
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer 'You think John Boehner cries a lot?' Barney Frank said defiantly in his rapid-fire staccato. 'You ain't seen nothin' yet. I could return to my youth, to Johnnie Ray - 'cry me a river.'

In Seattle on May 17 to support the reelection bid of his House of Representatives colleague, Seattle's C
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Cameroon: 'Sodomy' Law Violates Basic Rights
Eliminate Law Used to Entrap for Sexual Orientation

(Johannesburg, May 17, 2011) - The March arrest, conviction, and sentencing of Roger Jean-Claude Mbede to three years in prison for being homosexual is a gross violation of Mbede's rights to freedom of expression and equality guaranteed by the Cameroonian constitution, Alternative
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Moscow Gay Pride Officially Banned
Russian government marks the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) by once again preventing LGBT people to exercise their right to freedom of assembly

The Moscow City Hall said this morning that the Moscow Gay Pride Rally scheduled for May 28 on Bolotnaya Square in front of the Office of the European Commission w
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