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posted Friday, September 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 36


PA judge: No same-sex marriage licenses - Status of couples who already received them remains uncertain
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on September 12 that Montgomery County may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Unless and until either the General Assembly repeals or suspends the Marriage Law provisions or a court of competent jurisdiction orders that the law is not to be obeyed or enforced, the Marriage Law in
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A regal send-off for Mama José - Beloved Gay icon, pioneer, and legend is laid to rest in style
by Aleksa Manila - Special to the SGN

On September 6, José Julio Sarria - Mama José as fondly referred to by her courtiers - was laid to rest next to her beloved, Joshua Norton, Emperor I of the United States and Protector of Mexico, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma, near San Francisco. Her tombstone is inscribed, United we s
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Hawaii on the brink - Governor initiates special session to pass marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hawaii's governor, Neil Abercrombie, said on September 9 that he will call his state's legislature into special session to act on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The session will begin October 28.

If legislators move quickly and efficiently, Abercrombie said, they could p
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Colvilles recognize same-sex marriage
Central WA confederation is fourth in U.S. to embrace equality

by K.C. Mehaffey - The Wenatchee World

This article appears in our print edition courtesy of Wenatchee World. It can be read online at more
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Safety emerges as a top concern in mayoral race
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On September 11, the two remaining candidates for mayor of Seattle - incumbent Mike McGinn and State Sen. Ed Murray, both Democrats - participated in the Greater Seattle Business Association's (GSBA) Candidate Forum at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle.

For the mos
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'Spot it, snap it, share it' - New GLSEN program asks LGBT youth to help identify safe spaces
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced this week their new #SpotTheSticker campaign.

GLSEN's Safe Space stickers and posters send a message to LGBT students that there is a space on campus where they will be respected and supported, say officials.
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Come out and play! - Long-running 'Game Night' offers fun, friendship, community
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

It's Tuesday night and I'm sitting in my apartment. There are 20 people here, probably more. It's the first time I've offered up my own place for a weekly game night that I was first introduced to in the spring. While it might sound a little innocuous at first, it's clear there's something sp
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Safety and Self: Defense is a necessity, not a luxury - and knowledge disperses fear
by Mac McGregor - Special to the SGN

Editor's note: This is the first in a series on personal safety and self-defense.

With the recent rise in crime in Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle, it is more important than ever to learn skills to protect ourselves and those we love. The first step to safety and se
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Putting the 'T' in LGBT - AFL-CIO adds gender identity protection pledge to its constitution
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The nation's largest labor federation amended its constitution September 9 to add language pledging it to fight discrimination against Transgender workers.

The language of the AFL-CIO's constitution now reads: 'To encourage all workers without regard to race, creed, color, sex,
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Quinn polls #3 in NYC mayoral race - City will have to wait at least four more years for first woman mayor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New York City Council President Christine Quinn lost badly in her bid to become the first woman and the first Lesbian mayor of New York City in the city's September 10 primary election.

Once the Democratic Party frontrunner, Quinn finished a distant third in a field of seven c
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Showdown looms over WI domestic partnerships - Opponents say law signed in 2009 is too similar to marriage
Wisconsin's law allowing domestic partnerships is being challenged in court by opponents, who say it is unconstitutional.

In June 2009, then-Gov. Jim Doyle signed domestic partnerships into law, granting limited but important legal protections to same-sex couples, including hospital visitation and the ability to take family med
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Quinn polls #3 in NYC mayoral race - City will have to wait at least four more years for first woman mayor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New York City Council President Christine Quinn lost badly in her bid to become the first woman and the first Lesbian mayor of New York City in the city's September 10 primary election.

Once the Democratic Party frontrunner, Quinn finished a distant third in a field of seven c
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Getting the most from Obamacare - Out2Enroll offers LGBT-specific guide to new health coverage options
The Center for American Progress, the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, and the Federal Agencies Project have announced the launch of Out2Enroll, a campaign to inform LGBT communities about new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to encourage LGBT individuals to enroll in coverage. The Out2Enroll campaign kicked off on more
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'A HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOR ALL: FOUR AUTHORS WHO CELEBRATE GAY ROMANCE'
On Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m., at University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE), gearing up for their September 14 conference 'Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up' at the Seattle Central Library, Old Growth Northwest presents a special reading event with four authors attending the Meet-Up - Megan Derr, A
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SoCal porn industry shuts down again - Two more performers test HIV+, including boyfriend of Cameron Bay
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Los Angeles-based porn industry shut down on September 6 after two performers tested positive for HIV.

The Free Speech Coalition and Performer Availability Screening Services (FSC/PASS), a trade organization that represents porn producers, announced its second production
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NM Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Mexico's Supreme Court announced on September 6 that it would decide whether same-sex marriages are legal in the state. The court's decision to weigh in on the topic came at the request of all 33 of the state's counties.

The court set October 23 as the date for a hearing o
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Turkey bans Grindr - Increasingly religious country cracks down on Gay hookup culture
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If you were Gay in Istanbul and you wanted company, you might have cruised Gezi Park, at least until this past May, when the Turkish government decided to shut it down and build an Ottoman revival-style strip mall on the site.

Now, you couldn't even hook up on Grindr.
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Simian HIV vaccine passes major test - Possible human application within two years, say researchers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A vaccine against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) - the monkey equivalent of HIV - has passed a significant clinical test, and human applications may be only two years away.

In the study, the results of which were published September 12 by the scientific journal Nature, 16
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