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Friday, December 7, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 49

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SGN endorses State Senator Ed Murray's 2013 campaign for Mayor
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Let the weddings commence!
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Still no deal at Boeing
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Our best year yet?: Why 2012 should take its place next to 1969 in LGBT history
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ACLF: Building better community leaders
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Holiday Calendar
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Taking pride in service
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Not your average Dear Abby
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'Ex-Gay' battle continues
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Bye bye, Jim DeMint
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Archbishop Tutu to Uganda: Drop 'Kill the Gays' bill
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Libyan militia kidnaps, beats Gay men
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We're here, we're healthy
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Equal time: British Boy Scouts writing Scout Promise for atheists
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Jesse's Journal: Something sinister
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United we dream
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BREAKING NEWS
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SGN endorses State Senator Ed Murray's 2013 campaign for Mayor
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) announced December 6 the formation of an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of being elected Seattle's next mayor. If Murray decides to go for it, he would challenge the current mayor, Mike McGinn, in 2013 - presuming McGinn runs for re-election, as he has strongly hint
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Let the weddings commence!
County issues first same-sex marriage licenses after election victory

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 6, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed the first same-sex marriage license in Washington state - for Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen at the King County Recorder's O
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Still no deal at Boeing
Talks on same-sex spousal benefits suspended until 2013

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Contract negotiations between Boeing and SPEEA, the union that represents 23,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers, were suspended December 5 without agreement on pension survivor benefits for spouses of the com
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Our best year yet?: Why 2012 should take its place next to 1969 in LGBT history
by Abby Dees - SGN Contributing Writer

Fights and fabulousness make history; polite protests and policy shifts rarely do. As an example, I don't think I've seen more than two pictures from the 1969 Stonewall riots, but my mind is filled with images of those amazing '60s drag queens using handbags like weapons and kicking out th more
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ACLF: Building better community leaders
by M.C. Atalig - Special to the SGN

Recently I attended the 13th Community Leaders Program (CLP) graduation for the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF). Truth be told, I'm one of 12 graduates of this year's CLP.

The program teaches participants about the significant contributions of A
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Holiday Calendar

ARTS/CRAFTS/GIFTS

The Arboretum Foundation presents Gifts and Greens Galore annual holiday sale, Dec. 7 (noon-5 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). A unique selection of more

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Taking pride in service
The director of Seattle PrideFest describes his experience building houses in Haiti

by Egan Orion - Special to the SGN

When the images of the January 10, 2010, earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were broadcast, I watched in horror at the massive destruction and ensuing suffering. Like many of you, I r
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Not your average Dear Abby
Project NEON peer educators take it to the streets

by Morgan Jade - Special to the SGN

'A lot of people harm themselves when using & they get stuck doing unsafe behaviors, and sometimes it takes something tragic to make them start using more safely,' says Rone┬┤┬┤, who has volunteered as a Project NEON peer
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'Ex-Gay' battle continues
Dueling judges in California 'conversion therapy' cases

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two federal judges have handed down contradictory rulings on the constitutionality of California's new law prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of LGBT minors.

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Bye bye, Jim DeMint
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ultra-right anti-Gay Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced on December 6 that he will resign from the U.S. Senate in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington, D.C., think tank.

DeMint was elected to the Senate in 2004 after three terms in t
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Archbishop Tutu to Uganda: Drop 'Kill the Gays' bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has called on the government of Uganda to drop the controversial 'Kill the Gays' bill pending in that country's parliament.

'I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination, and would that I could persuade legislators in Uganda
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Libyan militia kidnaps, beats Gay men
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A powerful Islamist militia in Tripoli, Libya, reportedly kidnapped a dozen Gay men on November 22, beat them, and only let them go after a week in detention.

The U.S. State Department said it was concerned about the incident, and had raised the issue of militia groups with t
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We're here, we're healthy
Transgenderism no longer a 'disorder' in new APA manual

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Being Transgender will no longer be listed as a mental 'disorder' in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In an announcement on December 4, the
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Equal time: British Boy Scouts writing Scout Promise for atheists
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While the Boy Scouts of America bars Gays, agnostics, and atheists from membership and leadership roles, the British Scouting organization has never discriminated against Gay scouts or scout leaders, and is now rewriting its Scout Promise to accommodate atheists.

The U.K. Scou
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Jesse's Journal: Something sinister
Left-handed and Queer: Is there a connection?

by Jesse Monteagudo - Special to the SGN

According to a 2003 study by Canadian scientists, Lesbians and Gay men are more likely than others to be left-handed. Putting together the results of 20 previous studies that involved more than 23,000 men and women, th
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United we dream
Young immigrant and Queer rights activists join forces

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Galvanized by winning a momentous victory earlier this year with the creation of the deferred action policy and having earned their place at the forefront of the debate over immigration, 600 representatives o
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