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posted Friday, December 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 52

Section One

Winning our fight in 2011
A monumental year for LGBT equality

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

We are winning the fight. Slowly but surely, we'll get there.

That is what we can take away from 2011 and the LGBT community's struggle for equality in the U.S. - and in many cases, around the world. This was not a year of baby steps and begging; on the contrary, 2011 was a year for leaps and screams of 'Victory
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Freedom to Marry's Thalia Zepatos
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There was talk - lots of talk, actually - about when marriage equality would come to Washington state and when, if ever, an organized campaign effort would begin. In November we got those answers: 2012.

This year, Washington United for Marriage was formed, and Equal Right
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DADT repeal one year later
Nathaniel Frank on understanding the politics of paranoia

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week marked a full year since Congress passed and President Obama signed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.' It also marks three months since the new policy of open Gay service went into effect in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

So far, so go
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A great year for LGBT Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Any way you look at it, 2011 was a good year for Seattle.

We saw equality advance in ways previously unimagined. We were victorious in our fight for visibility during Pride as the rainbow flag waved proudly atop the Space Needle. Although the news in our community wasn't
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Lawrence v. Texas plaintiff dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

John Geddes Lawrence, Jr., the lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, died November 20, according to an obituary posted online by a funeral home in Texas. He was 68 years old.

Why the death was announced more than a month after the fact was not
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Marko Liias gives up run for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'You win some and you lose some,' Marko Liias chuckled, 'and then there's the third possibility: you get redistricted out.'

In a letter to supporters, Liias announced on December 29 that he was giving up his bid to succeed Jay Inslee as U.S. congressman from the 1st District.
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Gay activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

French human rights activists have launched a campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to international LGBT rights advocate Louis-Georges Tin.

Tin, a native of Martinique, is black and also campaigns against racism.

His first experience in activism came in 1997, w
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Belarus KGB security harassing LGBT activists
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Gay activist was detained and questioned by the Belarus KGB in December, according to reports published by the British Gay Star News.

Like its Soviet-era namesake, the Belarus KGB is a special security service detailed to deal with supposed threats to the Belarus
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

CHINA: GAY-THEMED POSTERS STIR CONTROVERSY
Beijinger Zhang Lei was surprised to see posters in her neighborhood showing two bare-chested men smiling at each other as they opened a condom. According to the China Daily, when she posted photos on her blog, she got people talking.

Some residents can
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Northwest News
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to
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FOR A CALENDAR LISTING: Send details to: SGN, Attn: Community Calendar, 1605 12th Ave, Ste 31, Seattle, WA 98122. SGN phone: 324-4297. Fax: 322-7188. E-mail: sgn2@sgn.org. INCLUDE: Date, time, location, contact phone # for publication (if possible), brief description of event & sponsoring organization. DEADLINE: Tuesday 5pm.

ACCESSIBILITY: Is your event accessible to LGBTQ people with disabilities? See Jean’s List webpage www.scn.org/activism/calendar/disabilities.html for Marla Nonken’s disabilities more
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D.C. considers same-sex divorce bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A District of Columbia Council member has introduced a bill to allow same-sex couples who marry in D.C. but live in states that do not recognize their marriages to return to D.C. to get divorced.

The D.C. Council legalized same-sex marriages in December 2009.

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Priests behaving badly: Christmas brawl in Bethlehem
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Palestinian riot police armed with batons and plexiglass shields had to break up a brawl between Greek and Armenian priests in Bethlehem on December 29.

About 100 priests were involved in the fight, which broke out as the two factions were sweeping the Church of the Nativity - t
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Catholic cardinal doubles down on anti-Gay stand
Repeats KKK remarks, cancels charity contracts

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, is not retreating from his comparison of Chicago's Pride Parade to the Ku Klux Klan.

In a statement to reporters on December 27, George said that '[Pride] organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who
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