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West Seattle hate crime victims turn hate into help
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Youth suicide prevention funds on WA state's chopping block
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Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny dies
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Vet sues feds for equal benefits, challenges DOMA
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A Celebration of Drag, Art and Life
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Jared Polis (D-Colo.) becomes first Gay parent in Congress
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Supremes deny Lambda Legal appeal in Louisiana adoption case
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California's FAIR Education Act safe
Bigots' signature drive fails - no ballot in 2012

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HUD pledges more help to end anti-LGBT discrimination in housing
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GLAAD and allies speak out against anti-LGBT bullying on Spirit Day
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Trans woman elected to Polish parliament
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Historic military summit welcomes LGBT and straight military members
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Katharine Lee Bates: Author of America the Beautiful
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Brits warned about drug-resistant gonorrhea
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Ask Michael: Friends as family
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Is HIV Awareness Enough?
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BREAKING NEWS
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General Gayety: Unreal: The Haggards on reality TV
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A Morning After That Turns Into a Dance of Discovery
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West Seattle hate crime victims turn hate into help
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lyle Evans and Chris Ilovar, a Gay couple living in West Seattle who were the victims of a hate crime, have refused to let the attack keep them down. In fact, when generosity was offered to them, they paid it forward to LGBT youth, turning a story of hate into help.

Late last month, vandals smashed glass and slashe
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Youth suicide prevention funds on WA state's chopping block
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Each week in Washington state, an average of two young people die by suicide and another 17 suicide attempts result in hospitalization. And yet, according to Vicki Wagner, executive director for Washington state's Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP), our state government is proposing
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Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny has died at the age of 86. Appropriately, he died on National Coming Out Day, Tuesday, October 11.

Kameny's life story is a long list of firsts - first federal civil rights suit based on sexual orientation, first Gay rights organization in the nat
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Vet sues feds for equal benefits, challenges DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Lesbian navy veteran has filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying she was wrongly denied extra disability benefits because of DOMA.

Carmen Cardona, a former sailor living in Norwich, Connecticut, has been receiving disability benefits for service-related i more
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A Celebration of Drag, Art and Life
Members of the LGBT community came together to raise money for Seattle Counseling Service at the annual ICON - A Celebration of Drag, Art and Life on October 9, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Seattle, Washington. This year's celebration marked the seventh year Aleksa Manila has put on the event. Seattle Counseling Service has offered a variet more
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Jared Polis (D-Colo.) becomes first Gay parent in Congress
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On September 30, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) became the proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly Gay parent in the U.S. Congress.

On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who weig
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Supremes deny Lambda Legal appeal in Louisiana adoption case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Lambda Legal petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith v. Darlene Smith.

Adar and Smith are a same-sex couple now living in New York, where they adopted their son.

Darlene Smith is
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California's FAIR Education Act safe
Bigots' signature drive fails - no ballot in 2012

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California's FAIR Education Act will not go up for a vote in 2012.

Anti-LGBT organizers admitted on October 11 that they had failed to get enough signatures on a petition to refer the law to California voters.

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Educatio
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HUD pledges more help to end anti-LGBT discrimination in housing
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an October 13 posting on the White House blog, a high official in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pledged his agency to combat anti-LGBT discrimination in housing.

Kenneth J. Carroll, director of the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP), cited an
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GLAAD and allies speak out against anti-LGBT bullying on Spirit Day
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced on October 13 an initial list of participants in Spirit Day as well as the launch of its 'Amplify Your Voice!' public service announcement (PSA) campaign f
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Trans woman elected to Polish parliament
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anna Grodzka has become the first openly Transgender person elected to Poland's parliament.

Her election was announced on the Transgender Europe (TGEU) website on October 10.

Grodzka is president of Trans-Fuzja, the Polish TGEU affiliate. She was elected represent
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Historic military summit welcomes LGBT and straight military members
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In the wake of DADT repeal, a historic, first-ever conference sponsored by active-duty LGBT military members is scheduled to take place this weekend in Las Vegas.

The OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit will welcome more than 200 currently serving LGBT and straight milit
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Katharine Lee Bates: Author of America the Beautiful
by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns - Special to the SGN - ?Courtesy of the ?National Gay History Project

Katharine Lee Bates was born on August 12, 1859, on Cape Cod in Falmouth, Mass., to William and Cornelia Frances Lee Bates. Known as Katie early on, things would not be easy from the start. Her father, a pastor of the First Cong
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Brits warned about drug-resistant gonorrhea
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Britain's Health Protection Agency has warned doctors that the antibiotic usually used to treat gonorrhea is no longer effective because the bacterial infection is now largely resistant to it.

Prof. Cathy Ison, a gonorrhea expert at HPA, says that unless new treatments are found
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Ask Michael: Friends as family
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Sometimes we forget our strengths as individuals and as a community until we are placed in a life circumstance that challenges us to reflect upon our situation and values. Yet, again, I was reminded of this as I just spent the last six months with another dear friend as he finished th
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Is HIV Awareness Enough?
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

Joanne Stekler, M.D, 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 at
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Seattle Red Dress Party rescheduled
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Everyone loves the Seattle Red Dress Party - it's just plain fun. The Red Dress Party is the one night out of the year when everyone - and I do mean everyone - comes together and dons red dresses to raise money for HIV/AIDS organizations. Hairy legs 'n' all, bad drag and sneakers, it is t
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BREAKING NEWS!

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 major
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A Morning After That Turns Into a Dance of Discovery
By A. O. SCOTT The collapse of sexual taboos has caused some trouble for love, or at least for love stories. That sex often precedes emotional intimacy - or proceeds without it - is a fact of life that movies, with their deep and longstanding investment in romance, especially have a hard time dealing with. Contemporary sexual mores tend to be ex more
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