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posted Friday, April 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 16

Section One

Seattle archbishop to lead Vatican crackdown on nuns
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's Roman Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who recently opened churches in his jurisdiction to a petition drive against marriage equality, has now been appointed by the Vatican to lead a crackdown on the largest U.S. nuns' association.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) represents about 80% o
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The obligation to make history
SGN interview - Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Longtime Gay marriage activist and executive director of Freedom to Marry (FTM) Evan Wolfson came to Seattle Thursday, April 19, as the keynote speaker at the annual banquet of the Washington-based LGBT bar association QLaw. From arguing in front of the Supreme Court on Gay rights to being na
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Voters rank marriage equality last when listing their concerns
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted April 4-15, finds that people say the economy and jobs will be very important to their vote. A majority of respondents, 86%, said the economy is 'very important' to them, leaving marriage equal
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Catholics for Marriage Equality's Barbara Guzzo
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Barbara Guzzo, one of the founders of Catholics for Marriage Equality, says she is upholding the best traditions of her Catholic faith, even as she speaks out against her archbishop's decision to support the petition drive against marriage equality.

'I don't think I'm a heret
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Boston Tea Party speaker: 'We will not be silenced by faggots'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

During a Tea Party Tax Day protest that took place in Boston, Massachusetts, last weekend, a speaker reportedly told LGBT protesters that supporters of the conservative movement would 'not be silenced by faggots.'

The comment was allegedly made while local authorities were a
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Catholic priest declines to circulate R-74 petition, gets standing ovation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Father Tim Clark told his congregation at Sunday Mass that he would not allow Referendum 74 petitions to be circulated at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, they gave him a standing ovation.

The Wedgwood church became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive
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Spokane council tables marriage equality resolution
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Following five hours of public testimony and debate on April 16, the Spokane City Council tabled a resolution supporting the state's new marriage equality law, by a 4-3 vote.

According to news reports, Councilman Mike Fagan requested the council table the issue, pointing to a
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Jason Hamilton
Jason Hart Hamilton, 37, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Seattle, Washington. Jason was a native of Shreveport, LA, and resident of Seattle for 14 years. He was a graduate of Captain Shreve High School where he played golf and tennis. Jason worked in Seattle as a service engineer in the information technology field, working most recent more
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The Day of Silence 2012
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Friday, April 20, is the annual National Day of Silence, a student-led event that brings attention to anti-LGBT harassment and bullying in schools. In middle schools, high schools, and colleges, students take a vow of silence for a day to promote visibility of anti-LGBT behavior. The idea is t
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Support and acceptance of LGBT refugees
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As increasing numbers of LGBT refugees flee to the United States, ORAM (the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) has released the first-ever guide for American LGBT and accepting communities on welcoming people fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Rainbow Brid
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Marriage equality study suggests foes assume own marriages are stable
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to a new report in the Huffington Post, 'Opponents of same-sex marriage worry that extending the institution's rights to Gay people will harm heterosexual marriages. But a new study suggests that no one really believes their own relationships are at risk - only other people's.'
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One thousand mourn victim of Halifax hate crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

One thousand people turned out to mourn Gay activist and journalist Raymond Taavel outside the bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was murdered April 17.

Police have charged a suspect in the killing. Andre Noel Denny was arraigned April 18 on a charge of second-degree murder.
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International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

NEW RESEARCH ON WOMEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH WOMEN IN AFRICA AND ASIA
There are not many scientifically rigorous studies focused on LGBTQ and women who have sex with women in Africa or Asia. Social scientists often claim that Lesbians are hard to find in those countries, and that there is no funding for such project
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

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 themselve
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Catholic bishop compares Obama to Hitler and Stalin
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what is possibly the most hysterical language used to date in the Catholic church's fight against the Affordable Care Act, Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, compared President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.

In an April 15 speech condemning the president's 'radi
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Ask Michael: 'Relationship' is a verb
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

How many of you have found yourselves saying, 'I'm in a relationship' or 'I'm working on my relationship'? Do you know the difference? These statements have very different connotations. When we hear about someone being in a relationship, it feels as though the relationship is going wel
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Report: Meth users more likely to contract HIV
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor According to a new study headed by Robert Bolan, M.D., medical director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center since 1996, crystal meth users are more likely to contract HIV than non-users.

'My interests have always been driven by what the problems are that threaten our community,' B
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Stem cells can kill HIV,
UCLA researchers say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Human stem cells can be genetically engineered to kill HIV-infected cells in a living organism, a new UCLA study says.

The study, published in the journal PLoS Pathogens on April 12, follows up on previous research providing 'proof-of-principle' that stem cells can become anti-HIV
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