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Pentagon: Chaplains may officiate over same-sex weddings
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Seattle adds Transgender health care to employee benefits
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Obama headlines 15th Annual HRC National Dinner on Oct. 1
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One Anchorage files initiative application for legal protections
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Victory in Kennewick
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House Republicans slash AIDS funding, triple money to defend DOMA
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Columbia City Bakery Sells 'Equality Cookies'
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Federal Bureau of Prisons makes major change in Transgender medical policy
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Labor backs Occupy Seattle
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James Buchanan: America's first Gay president?
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William Rufus King: First Gay U.S. vice president?
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Serbian police ban Gay Pride and anti-Gay demo
Pride organizers respond with flashmob
Six anti-Gay extremists arrested

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Seychelles and Palau agree to decriminalize Gay sex
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Saving critical family planning programs and taxpayer money
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General Gayety - Unreal: The Haggards on reality TV
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New report on human rights violations in Iran
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BREAKING NEWS
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Uganda's only Gay bar closes
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting ballot initiative to November elections
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It's a Setback, Not a Breakthrough
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San Diego considers an openly gay GOP mayor
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Denied Veterans Benefits Over Same-Sex Marriage, Ex-Sailor Challenges Law
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting ballot initiative to November elections
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Pentagon: Chaplains may officiate over same-sex weddings
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On September 30, the Pentagon issued guidance clarifying that military chaplains are allowed to perform same-sex weddings, and that base facilities can be used for such weddings in states where Gay marriage is legal.

In two separate memos to the military services, top Pentagon officials specify that such actions
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Seattle adds Transgender health care to employee benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights announced Oct. 7 that for the first time, healthcare benefits offered to City employees will cover procedures for Transgender workers.

'Starting on January 1, 2012, transgender health care procedures will be included in all plans,' the statement s
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Obama headlines 15th Annual HRC National Dinner on Oct. 1
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) welcomed President Obama to its 15th Annual National Dinner, the largest HRC National Dinner to date, drawing more than 3,000 people to the Washington Convention Center on Oct. 1.

As usual, Obama was a slick talker, garnering several extended m
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One Anchorage files initiative application for legal protections
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The One Anchorage campaign filed an application Sept. 1 with the Anchorage, Alaska, municipal clerk's office to place an initiative on the April 2012 ballot asking voters to give LGBT Alaskans the same legal protections already provided to women and minorities in employment, housing, an more
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Victory in Kennewick
by Joshua Michael Rumley - SGN Contributing Writer

Students, parents, community members and alumni of the Kennewick School District last week rejoiced in the school board's decision to reverse their policy that restricted Gay-Straight Alliances in the district. This victory may seem small but it's the small victories that ofte
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House Republicans slash AIDS funding, triple money to defend DOMA
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than one week after the House Appropriations Committee proposed slashing nearly $33 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) along with a $1 billion cut to the Preventio
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Columbia City Bakery Sells 'Equality Cookies'
by Anthony Greer - SGN Staff Writer

Columbia City Bakery will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Friday, October 14, by donating every dollar spent in the bakery that day to three charities, including Equal Rights Washington.

'The community has really supported us from the start and a couple of years ago we realized o
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Federal Bureau of Prisons makes major change in Transgender medical policy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A settlement was announced Sept. 30 in the case of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at FMC Butner in North Carolina, who has gender identity disorder (GID). Adams sued BOP to receive appropriate treatment for her GID.

Adams' challenge to BOP's treatment
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Labor backs Occupy Seattle
Special to SGN from Pride At Work

On October 5, Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, read a strong statement of support to the people of Occupy Seattle gathered at Westlake Plaza.

The letter read:

'On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and our 50
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James Buchanan: America's first Gay president?
by Timothy Cwiek - Special to Seattle Gay News

Courtesy of the National Gay History Project

More than 150 years before America elected its first black president, Barack Obama, it most likely had its first Gay president, James Buchanan (1791-1868).

Buchanan, a Democrat from Lancaster County, Pa., was
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William Rufus King: First Gay U.S. vice president?
by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Special to the SGN
Courtesy of the National Gay History Project

William Rufus DeVane King, the 13th U.S. vice president, has the distinction of having served in that office for less time than any other vice president.

He died of tuberculosis on April 18, 1853, just 25 days after
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Serbian police ban Gay Pride and anti-Gay demo
Pride organizers respond with flashmob
Six anti-Gay extremists arrested

By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Serbian police announced Oct. 1 that they would not allow either a Gay Pride march or a right-wing anti-Gay demonstration scheduled for the following day in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.

Pride organizers immediately responded with a flashmob in downtown Belgrade. Several dozen
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Seychelles and Palau agree to decriminalize Gay sex
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two small island nations - Seychelles, near Madagascar, and Palau, in the South Pacific - have told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that they will decriminalize same-sex relations.

Seychelles said it will also prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation o
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Saving critical family planning programs and taxpayer money
by Elaine Taylor Rose and Lauren B. Simonds, M.S.W.
Special to the SGN

The latest revenue forecast puts Washington state even further in the hole, prompting Gov. Chris Gregoire to call for another round of cuts. But not all budget reductions will save the state money.

Further cuts to the state's family pla
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General Gayety - Unreal: The Haggards on reality TV
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

By now you've heard - if maybe not believed - that disgraced preacher Ted Haggard and his wife Gayle will appear on Celebrity Wife Swap. Actor Gary Busey and his baby-mama Steffanie Sampson are scheduled to be the other fun couple.

I have to think Gayle Haggard had ma
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New report on human rights violations in Iran
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new report by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Iranian Queer Organization details continuing human rights violations in Iran.

The report was issued as part of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review Process. Eve
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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan present 'OMG! Who Arted?'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattleites are an artsy lot. If you like to draw, or paint, or just sketch and doodle, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan and Vermillion Art Gallery want you to enter an art contest for a chance to have your work featured on the Sisters' 'Condom Saviour' packaging
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BREAKING NEWS!

Uganda's only Gay bar closes
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uganda's only Gay bar, Sappho Islands, closed on October 2 after only one year in business.

The bar's landlady was not particularly sad about losing a tenant, however. The 'bar brings people who look strange,' she told LGBT activist Frank Mugisha.

Named after hist
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting ballot initiative to November elections
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com

In a huge victory for organized labor, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday restricting California ballot initiatives to November elections, when turnout is higher and more advantageous for Democrats.

The bill, passed by legislative Democrats in the final hour
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It's a Setback, Not a Breakthrough
Tuesday Night's Meeting: In Light of EQCA's Decision to Abandon the Effort to Repeal Prop 8 in 2012, How Can Activists Continue the Fight for Marriage Equality?

Join us Tuesday, October 11th, at 7:30 pm, at the National Council of Jewish Women, Room 103, 543 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90036.

This
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San Diego considers an openly gay GOP mayor
By Elliot Spagat Associated Press / October 8, 2011

SAN DIEGO - Two leading Republican contenders for mayor of America's eighth-largest city are openly gay, and voters have barely noticed. It doesn't come up at campaign appearances or in local news coverage.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and City Counci
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Denied Veterans Benefits Over Same-Sex Marriage, Ex-Sailor Challenges Law
By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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By JAMES DAO

In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners, saying the government denied her veterans benefits because she is married to a woman.

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