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posted Friday, August 10 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 32

Section One

Pride in Uganda
Nation holds its first LGBT parade; Clinton honors activists

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Uganda for an official visit, presented Ugandan LGBT rights activists with the State Department's 2011 Human Rights Defender Award on August 5.

The next day, activists celebrated with the count
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Primary results look good for Democrats, LGBTs
Here are seven races to watch in November by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If the results of the August 7 primary election are any indication, Democrats and LGBT folks of whatever party affiliation should be optimistic about the outcome of the November election.

In spite of the fact that people who v
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We have Queer youth space!
Multi-year campaign for a community center succeeds

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Three Wings, the nonprofit organization behind the long-running 'We Need Queer Youth Space' campaign in Seattle, has signed a lease for a 1,750-square-foot space on Capitol Hill.

Located near Broadway at
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LGBT candidates smiling after primary
Despite threats, NOM was not a factor

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Most Gay and Lesbian candidates had reason to smile after the August 7 primary. Some might have cheered.

State Representatives Marko Liias (D-21) and Dave Upthegrove (D-33) were unopposed in the primary. Their names
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Broadway Video back on Broadway
Store moves out of Broadway Market building, holds marriage equality fundraiser

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Broadway Video, the long-lasting video rental business on Capitol Hill, held an open house August 8 to show off its new space on Broadway, just across the street from the old one. The event
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Lifelong's 'Gay Bingo' draws enthusiastic crowd
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Approximately 900 people gathered August 4 at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall for the long-awaited return of Gay Bingo, a popular Lifelong AIDS Alliance fundraising event that was last held two years ago. Seattle drag superstar Gaysha Starr served as emcee.

'We hosted Gay Bingo
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'Parent ambassadors' wanted for marriage equality
SCS and GSBA team up to host workshop on outreach and education

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 27, Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), in cooperation with the Pride Foundation, will co-host a 'parent ambassador workshop' for marriage equal
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New Pride Foundation ad focused on love and commitment
by Christina Rocks - Special to the SGN

The Rev. Gib Rossing of Olympia and his wife, Beth, who have been married for 52 years, talk about the importance of marriage for their four children, including their Gay son and his partner, in a new TV ad by the Pride Foundation.

This is the second statewide ad released
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Sister Boom Boom becomes a 'Nun of the Above'
On August 5, 2012, at 9:30 p.m., Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, age 57, died of liver cancer in the loving presence of his partner, Elias Trevino. His weekly astrological column, 'Q Scopes,' distributed by Q Syndicate, has run in SGN for several years.

As Sister Boom Boom of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of San Franci
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Federal judge says legislatures must decide on marriage equality
Lesbian couple denied right to marry in Hawaii, a 'civil union' state

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge in Hawaii has ruled against a Lesbian couple who wish to marry instead of entering into a civil union, which is the legal form for recognizing same-sex relationships in Hawaii. <
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HRC gives Murray and McDermott perfect score on LGBT issues
Republicans score consistently low in new ratings

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Seattle's veteran congressman, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7th Dist.), both earned a 100% rating on HRC's new congressional scorecard. The ratings were released August 3.

HRC
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Transgenderism more likely in military, study finds
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last month, a writer at Courthouse News Service, a nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media based in Pasadena, California, wrote a controversial report saying biologically male U.S. veterans were twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to identify as female.
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Hudson Taylor: The power of an athlete ally
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

Hudson Taylor is not Gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But three years ago, when the University of Maryland wrestler put a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his headgear, some people wondered about his sexuality.

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Renton health facility named 'leader' in LGBT-sensitive care
Valley Medical Center (VMC) of Renton has been recognized as a 'Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality' in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest LGBT organization.

VMC earned top marks for its commitment to e
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Madonna speaks up for Russia's LGBT community, is fined 500,000 Rubles
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Madonna spoke out publicly in support of Russia's beleaguered LGBT community during her St Petersburg concert on August 9, and will be fined 500,000 Rubles (somewhat more than $17,000) for violating the city's 'Don't say Gay' law.

'The gay community here, and all around the worl
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

AUSSIE PRIEST WANTS TO ELIMINATE 'GAY PANIC DEFENSE'
An Australian Catholic priest's online campaign to close a controversial legal loophole in the state of Queensland's criminal code has received a massive boost with nearly 160,000 people signing his petition - more than 100,000 in just the last week.
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NATE GOWDY AROUND TOWN
Celebrated SGN photographer Nate Gowdy is displaying and selling his photographs around town at four locations this summer! His work can be seen at Poco Wine Room (1408 E. Pine St.) thru mid-July, at Adobe's Fremont Campus (801 N. 34th St., near the Fremont Bridge) thru July, The Grill on Broadway (314 Broadway E.) thru August, and Frame Central (901
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Goodwill ambassadors
Matthew Shepard's parents to visit six European embassies and consulates

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced this week that Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew's parents, will visit U.S. embassies and consulates in six European countries beginning later this mo
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Defining domestic violence
Researchers develop new metric, explore possible link to HIV infection

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay and Bisexual men who experienced domestic violence were twice as likely to not use condoms during their last sexual encounter, according to research presented July 27 at the 19th Internati
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Chavela Vargas, Latina Lesbian singer, dies at 93
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chavela Vargas, an open Lesbian who defied gender stereotypes and still became one of Mexico's most famous ranchera singers, died August 5. She was 93.

According to her friend and biographer, Maria Cortina, Vargas died at a hospital in Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted f
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I'm a Patches Pal, aren't you?
by Desperately Seeking Susan - Special to the SGN

As the morning light squeaked through my 'Sugar Shack,' I gazed at the television. It showed the dates '1928-2012' with a picture of my hero, J.P. Patches, in the background. 'Oh no, not this,' I thought. 'The world now has one less clown.'

I grew up with J.P.,
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The 'Gay Crusaders' at 40
Landmark 1972 book an invaluable guide to the early movement

by Jesse Monteagudo - Special to the SGN

The year 1972 was to Lesbian and Gay books what 1969 was to Lesbian and Gay politics. Many important 'Gay 101' books were published in 1972. These were not scientific studies by heterosexual academics,
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