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posted Friday, November 22 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 47


Illinois governor signs marriage law - Bishop holds 'exorcism' to cleanse state of LGBT demons
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed his state's marriage equality bill into law on November 20, while thousands of supporters cheered and the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield held a formal exorcism to drive Gay demons out of the state.

Quinn signed the law on a desk once used by Abraham Lincoln, and in his speech at the signing cere
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LGBT trailblazers honored - Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and astronaut Sally Ride were among the 16 Americans honored with the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony led by President Obama on November 20.

Rustin - an openly Gay man and a communist in an era when being either one earned you a pr
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Queer Youth Space faces funding crisis - Group appeals to community to help keep Pike Street facility open
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Queer Youth Space (QYS), a community organization for youth led by youth, needs your help to survive.

QYS officials report that they have recently experienced serious struggles in fundraising to keep their physical space open. As a result, the space faces the possibility
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Why LGBTs should help Obamacare succeed
by Paul Kawata - Special to the SGN

Three years ago, I asked, 'Are you ready?' With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I understood that our organizations and clients were facing radical change. Little did I know the extent of this change. In addition to getting ready for ACA implementation, in the last two years w
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Seattle activist named to POZ 100 - Magazine honors peer advocate Kelly Hill on list of 'unsung heroes'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online resource for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, this week announced the fourth annual POZ 100.

This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate an HIV-positive person in their community who is an uns
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Murray announces transition plans - Mayor-elect seeks support for his agenda from a broad range of interests
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray is moving rapidly to transition to a new city administration.

On November 19, he announced that he would meet with every city department head 'over the next several weeks.' Days earlier, he revealed the complete 43-person transition team that will
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Lyft Seattle asks supporters to petition City Council - Ridesharing service hopes to avoid being regulated as 'for-hire'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lyft, a mobile-phone-based ridesharing service, is asking its passengers to petition Seattle City Council members to let them know they want to keep this option available in the city.

Lyft is popular among Gays. I use it all the time, my friends use it, and some of them
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Missouri to recognize out-of-state marriages - Governor expresses 'hope' that in-state ban will be reconsidered
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on November 14 that he would issue an executive order allowing Gay and Lesbian couples married in other states to file joint Missouri tax returns, just like opposite-sex spouses do.

Missouri tax law says that couples who filed joint federal tax
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Same-sex benefits no problem for Houston - Mayor says denying LGBT couples equal treatment would be illegal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced this week that her city will begin offering spousal benefits to Gay and Lesbian partners legally married to City workers.

The openly Lesbian mayor was first elected in 2009, and re-elected in 2011, and again this year.

Texas
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Army accused of bias against same-sex couple - Lesbian pair say they were barred from religious marriage retreat
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families, reports that a legally married same-gender couple at Fort Irwin, California, was denied participation in a U.S. Army marriage enrichment pro
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State Dept. honors Transgender Day of Remembrance
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has issued the following statement regarding Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20).

The State Department joins people around the world in marking Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the memory of lives lost to violence provoked by fear and hatred of Transgender and gender-nonco
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The bigots are broke - Tax return shows NOM is $2.7 million in the hole
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has published its Form 990 tax return for 2012, and it shows the anti-Gay organization with a $2.7 million deficit. Form 990s must be filed by nonprofit organizations to report their income and expenditures.

On the spending side, NO
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Kiki with D: Cold feet
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear D,

My fiancé and I just called off our wedding, and I don't know if I should stay with him. Let me give you a little background info: I am a mid-20s professional working in Boston. He is in his early 30s and was in the military. We've been together for over five yea
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NORTHWEST ART ALLIANCE - 'BEST OF THE NORTHWEST' FALL 2013 PART 2 25TH ANNUAL ART & FINE CRAFT SHOW
On Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, November 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the 'Best of the Northwest' Fall 2013 (Part 2) 25th Annual Art & Fine Craft Show returns to Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE) with 100 new artists.
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Gay Chamber honors MSNBC's Thomas Roberts
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) will honor MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts with the NGLCC/American Airlines ExtrAA Mile Award for his longstanding commitment to promoting equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people at the sold-out NGLCC National Dinner on November 22 in Washington, D.C.

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Injustice at work - Data show anti-LGBT discrimination still persistent, pervasive
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Surveys, polls, and wage data indicate that employment discrimination against LGBT people is persistent and pervasive, according to new research conducted by UCLA's Williams Institute.

Research further indicates that enforcement of anti-discrimination protections is not
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Michael Jordan's daughter comes out as Lesbian
AAcancer tells how she gets the most out of every day

Jane Schwartzberg cringes when she hears someone say that a terrible accident or frightening medical diagnosis made them realize what's important in life.

'In some ways, I do wish everyone could experience a taste of terminal, if that's what it takes to
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Musings of a past football cheerleader
by Sugie Gemson - Special to the SGN

'Hooo-hooo, hooo-hooo, hooo-hooo!' is my battle cry when I sit back in my armchair quarterback chair. I am a Seattle Seahawks fan, although I do not paint my face in shades of Seahawk colors like those at Century Link field. I had to ask a good friend, Charlie 'Our Team Is Red Hot' Gefelta
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