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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
Section One - ALL STORIES
Intoxicated off-duty SPD officers involved in scuffle at Neighbours
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police Department investigators are looking into a disturbance involving three off-duty police officers that allegedly began with a racially charged statement at Neighbours Seattle, a popular Gay dance club on Capitol Hill.

The incident began at approximately 1 a.m. Monday outside the alley entrance to
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'The next evolution of civil rights in the U.S.'
Support for marriage equality in WA continues to grow

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

State Senator Ed Murray (D-Seattle) filed Senate Bill 6239 on January 13, only two votes shy of having enough support in the state Senate to pass marriage equality legislation. By January 19, that number had shrunk to one, as an undecided Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyall
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Two state GOP representatives back marriage equality; NOM threatens
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group opposed to same-sex marriage, announced on January 18 that it is prepared to spend $250,000 on primary challenges against any Republican legislators who vote for Washington's marriage equality bill.

The NOM announcement came
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American Catholics & Marriage Equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Religion and marriage. For many Americans, separating the two is an impossibility.

Others, however, take a personal journey, like Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, and come out the other side as a supporter of marriage equality. Gregoire is a Catholic. So is
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Seattle's McGinn joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined mayors from the across the country this week to support the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry at a press conference during th
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Two major benchmarks in LGBT history
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

If you sneezed last week, you might have missed them. Two major changes in the fight for LGBT equality took place, and they will change the playing field forever.

During the Republican presidential debate last Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, before the New Ha
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Washington's Catholic bishops nix marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's four Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter against marriage equality on January 14.

Titled 'Marriage and the Common Good,' the letter was signed by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, his auxiliary bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Spokane bishop Blase Cupic
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GLSEN reports on bias, bullying, and homophobia in grades K-6
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has released a new report on school climate, biased remarks, and bullying, 'Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States.' The report, based on national surveys of 1,065 elementary school students in 3rd to
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Canada backs off challenge to marriages of foreign couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after a Canadian government lawyer provoked an international controversy by challenging the validity of some 5,000 marriages of foreign same-sex couples, Canada finally clarified the situation: all same-sex marriages performed in Canada are valid and always were.

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Pastor Rick Warren vs. AFA leader Bryan Fischer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren has joined the near-universal condemnation of so-called 'HIV denialism' - the theory that AIDS was a scheme concocted by scientists in order to justify their research grants, and not a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Warren
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Saudi Arabia arrests Gay man for hooking up on Facebook
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested a Gay man for using Facebook to meet other men, activists in the kingdom say.

The man - who was not identified by name - was arrested on December 23, but details of the case are only now being revealed by reporters for the Gay Middle
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Cuba will consider same-sex civil unions this year
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mariela Castro, niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro, says that Cuba will consider legalizing same-sex civil unions later this year.

She made the remarks to Cuba Si website, an official government news source, on January 17.
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GLBT and Growing Older: Legal Issues in the Golden Years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington (QLaw Foundation) is scheduled to present a community education event focusing on legal issues facing elder members of Washington's LGBT community.

This presentation is the third in a series of community education panels
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Ending the epidemic: Why is 2012 so important?
by Paul Kawata - Special to the SGN

For many years I've enjoyed sharing my thoughts with the National Minority AIDS Council's (NMAC) constituents and friends through my periodic 'musings.' In 2012, my writings - 'Ending the Epidemic' - will reflect NMAC's efforts to realize its new mission and discuss the various changes brough
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National group joins fight over gay rights
By ROSEMARY SHINOHARA; Anchorage Daily News

A national conservative Christian legal group says the gay rights initiative on Anchorage's April 3 city election ballot, coupled with existing Anchorage discrimination law, undercuts religious liberty.

But a well-known Anchorage employment lawyer, Thomas Daniel,
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Cuts at GLAAD Hit Nearly a Quarter of Jobs
By Lucas Grindley

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation laid off nearly a quarter of its workforce today as it tries to regroup for the year ahead.

The cuts come against the backdrop of an economy that still has not fully recovered, and nonprofits everywhere continue to face fund-raising challenges.
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Washington State has enough votes to legalize gay marriage
Associated PressBy RACHEL LA CORTE | Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - As lawmakers held their first public hearing on legalizing same-sex marriage, a previously undecided Democratic senator on Monday announced her support for the measure, all but ensuring that Washington will become the seventh state to allow gay and lesbian couples to more
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Dan savaged by glitter before Vancouver talk
Activists accuse provocative columnist of a variety of 'isms'

Gareth Kirkby / Vancouver

Dan Savage was glitter-bombed before his appearance at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on Jan 21, the third such action against the high-profile sex columnist and political commentator in recent months.

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Romney's Tax Returns Reveal Donations to Anti-LGBT Groups
Romney Gave to Massachusetts-based Group Advocating for Ex-Gay Movement

Washington - The tax returns for Mitt Romney's charitable foundation reveal that the GOP presidential hopeful has given at least $35,000 in recent years to groups actively working to halt the spread of LGBT equality and, in some cases, intentionally de
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Two lesbians in gallery for State of the Union address
by Lisa Keen, Keen News Service

Colonel Ginger Wallace, an openly lesbian intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, will be one of two openly gay people in the First Lady's gallery seats tonight, when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address for 2012.

The second openly gay guest is Lore
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Romney Millions Fuel Anti-Gay Crusade
Michelangelo Signorile
Editor-at-large, HuffPost Gay Voices

Surely one among many realities Mitt Romney hoped he could keep on the down low regarding his tax returns is how much tax-exempt money he donated to the Mormon Church.

As it turns out, he gave almost as much of the nearly $43 million dollars he m
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Starbucks endorses gay marriage in Washington state
Corporation joins Microsoft, other major companies in support of new law

Starbucks is giving a jolt of support to a gay marriage bill in its home state of Washington.

The popular coffee chain said in a statement on Tuesday it was "proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington state
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Gay marriage returns to political spotlight
By DAVID CRARY - The Associated Press

With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue.

In Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, bills t
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Written by Richard Gary

'I remember when I told my mom I was gay, she said, 'You can't be, you're not even good looking!'

- Paul Harris, 2002

Paul Harris, a South Florida gay freelance journalist who had written for more than one hundred publications worldwide, has passed away.

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