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posted Friday, August 23 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 34


Labor Council: No endorsement in Seattle mayor's race
Union reps sharply divided between Murray, McGinn
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Union supporters of Mayor Mike McGinn and challenger Ed Murray fought to a standstill at the August 21 meeting of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC). The meeting adjourned after two hours with no endorsement in the race for Seattle mayor.

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New Jersey bans 'conversion therapy' - Liberty Counsel sues to keep it, citing parental rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey this week became the second state, after California, to ban so-called 'conversion therapy' for minors, a practice that claims to 'cure' same-sex attractions and make Gay people straight, but the right-wing Liberty Counsel has filed suit to overturn the ban.

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No Lesbian kissing at Seahawks stadium? - Lesbian couple told no public display of affection in the bar
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For Zizi Rachid, August 17 seemed like it would be a promising Saturday.

A local Internet sales manager, Rachid had tickets to the Seahawks preseason game at Century Link Field with what she describes as some of her 'guy friends' and 'a woman I'm dating.'

With her c
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Of seniors and stereotypes - Most older LGBTs are far from rich - and they need our help
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Like most LGBT people, you may not think regularly about our seniors and their needs. Did you ever note how few of them are out at community events, with the exceptions of fundraisers and benefits? But those at events where they can contribute are those with funds. These are the ones the mai
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Death of a legend - José Sarria founded the International Court System, was first-ever Gay political candidate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The first openly Gay man to run for political office in the United States, José Julio Sarria, passed away August 19, at the age of 90.

Whenever one of our own passes, and I have to write a news lead like that it just seems wrong. The truth is, we don't have very many he
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New Mexico county issues same-sex marriage licenses
Doña Ana official asserts state marriage law is 'gender-neutral'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Mexico's Doña Ana County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples August 21.

County Clerk Lynn Ellins said the decision to grant the licenses was based on a legal opinion issued
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Two setbacks for porn industry - New HIV+ finding as federal court upholds LA condom ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two stunning setbacks have hit the multimillion-dollar porn industry centered in Los Angeles.

On August 16 a federal district judge upheld the Los Angeles County ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms during their performances.

Less than a week later, ye
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Scott Lively in the dock - Anti-Gay pastor to stand trial for crimes against humanity
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A U.S. district judge ruled on August 15 that American pastor Scott Lively may be tried for crimes against humanity because of his global anti-Gay activities.

The suit against Lively was brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the leading LGBT rights group in that country. It
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'I am Chelsea Manning' - Soldier who leaked secrets seeks to live as a woman
Here is the full statement aired Thursday, August 22, on NBC-TV by 25-year-old Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced August 21 to 35 years in military prison for leaking classified documents.

I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of suppo
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A fine day, begorrah! - Northern Ireland's Derry celebrates 20 years of Pride
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

In the very north of Northern Ireland, there's a beautiful city named Derry that is home to an estimated 106,000 residents. It isn't a big place by any means, but it's a wonderful retreat from larger urban areas in other parts of the island nation.

It is here in Derry, techni
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Repeal 'Gay propaganda' law, UN tells Russia
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The United Nations human rights office rejects Russia's so-called 'Gay propaganda' law and is calling on the Russian government to repeal it, a U.N. spokesperson said August 19.

Human rights advisor Claude Cahn of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), sai
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Let the bidding begin! - Michelle Visage hosts 'Queen for a Day' charity auction
Michelle Visage, superstar international TV and radio personality, makes her debut Seattle appearance this weekend at Sinfinite Events' 'Queen for a Day' charity auction as well as a meet & greet appearance at 'EletroPOP-HeatStroke,' the beach-themed summer dance party hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race superstar Morgan McMichaels and Seattle's own Ro more
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SEATTLE SEA DAWGS ICE HOCKEY TEAM
The Seattle Sea Dawgs is a new ice hockey team that is forming open to Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Transgender and straight ally adult players. The Sea Dawgs mission is to provide a relaxed, friendly team environment for GLBTA hockey players to play hockey, socialize and support the greater GLBT community. The Sea Dawgs will play locally and organiz
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Brits challenge their version of 'Don't Say Gay' - Thatcher-era law still widely influential a decade after its repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Before there was Vladimir Putin's 'Don't Say Gay' law, there was Maggie Thatcher's Section 28.

Introduced by Thatcher's Conservative government in 1988, Section 28 of the Local Government Act banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality by local authorities and said that schools coul
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God told me to quit, ex-Pope says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former Pope Benedict XVI said 'God told me to' resign the papacy, in a report filed by the Catholic news agency Zenit.

The former Pope's remarks, which Zenit made public on August 21, were said to have been made 'a few weeks ago.' The person to whom the Pope made the statement
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Germany introduces genderless birth certificates
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Germany will become the first country in the European Union to offer a genderless option for birth certificates when new regulations come into effect in November.

Under the new system, German parents will have the option of choosing 'male,' 'female,' or 'blank' for their child
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Olympia activist honored by USA Network - Characters Unite cites Safe Schools Gabi Clayton as human rights champion
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When any one of us faces an unimaginable personal tragedy, it changes us forever. For many it means permanent depression, withdrawal and hopelessness, said Safe Schools Coalition officials in a media release.  But a few extraordinary individuals are able to channel their grief into
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