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posted Friday, November 29 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 48


Another loss for NOM? Effort to block CA Transgender student protection law appears dead
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

What a difference a week makes!

On November 11, Frank Schubert, master strategist for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), announced he had submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California's new law protecting Transgender students.

The law, named the School Success
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County health officials honor Aleksa Manila - Seattle drag icon to receive award for 'excellence in HIV prevention'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Aleksa Manila is no stranger to Seattle Gay News. She is featured regularly because of all the work she does in the community, both as an entertainer and as an activist. Whether she is running Pride ASIA or headlining a party to benefit a local charity, she remains in the public eye co
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Meet GLAAD's new leader - Media advocacy group elects Sarah Kate Ellis president and CEO
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation's premier LGBT media advocacy organization, announced the election of Sarah Kate Ellis this week as the organization's new CEO and president following a nationwide search.

'GLAAD's unparalleled history in shifting Ame
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The dark days of AIDS - Dallas Buyers Club recalls a time many of us wish we could forget
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Watching Dallas Buyers Club, the new film about the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, on the big screen last week had me recalling those dark days when we as a community were literally fighting for our very lives, and had me appreciating the real heroes of the era. Those of you with deli
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Confused by Obamacare? Here's help - Gay City to host community forum on the Affordable Care Act
by Tim Moffett - Special to the SGN

Do you want to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, but have questions or need assistance? Gay City Health Project invites the community to learn about and sign up for ACA coverage on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in Gay City's Calamus
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Oregon bigots file counter-initiative - Group seeks to block any requirement to accommodate same-sex weddings
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Oregon Family Council, the right-wing fundamentalist group leading the campaign against that state's marriage equality initiative, has filed its own counter-measure.

Called the 'Protect Religious Freedom Initiative,' the proposed ballot measure would allow individuals and
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Trans cop in Connecticut alleges workplace harassment - Officer Francesca Quaranta says her transition led to discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer A Transgender police officer in Middletown, Connecticut, has filed a complaint against her department, alleging that she has had to contend with a hostile work environment since transitioning to female.

Officer Francesca Quaranta's complaint was filed this week with the Connecticut Commiss
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PA judge sets date for marriage trial - Eleven couples seek to overturn state ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Federal District Judge John E. Jones III this week rejected a motion to delay a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. He set June 9, 2014, as the date for trial to begin.

Jones also said he would allow two weeks for the trial, and would set a timetable f
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Grindr founder Simkhai: Fewer Gay bars not our fault - The bar business is changing, but hookup apps aren't to blame
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This scene could be played out in any number of Gay bars and clubs across the country.

It is 10 p.m., on a weekday (maybe even a weekend for some) and nestled up to the bar is a guy whose barstool is his home, i.e., 'Joe.' Serving him and the other (maybe) 10 people in the ve
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Compassion from the bench - Federal judge allows early marriage for woman with terminal cancer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Vernita Gray will get to marry her partner, Patricia Ewert, seven months early.

The couple lives in Illinois, where the newly signed marriage equality law does not go into effect until June 1 next year. That will likely be far too late for Gray, who is terminally ill with canc
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Supreme Court rejoins Obamacare debate - Justices will decide if private businesses can deny contraceptive coverage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted review of a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the section mandating that employers provide coverage for contraceptives in the insurance plans they offer to employees.

The U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Obama administrati
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Kiki with D: When Johnny comes marching home
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear D,

My husband of many years is nearing the end of two years of military deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's due to come back for good in a few months.

Everyone around me has been very sympathetic and supportive of my family during his deployment. H
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NOTE: PLEASE SEE THIS WEEK'S HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR FOR DETAILS ON SEVERAL UPCOMING LGBTQ HOLIDAY RELATED EVENTS. GAY CITY ARTS - 'GATHER AND GLEAN'
Gay City Arts presents 'Gather and Glean,' a solo exhibition of works by Therese Buchmiller from Thursday, November 14 through Monday, December 9, at Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.). For this exhibition, Buchmiller has c
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Madrid Pride faces heavy fines - City officials want to 'strangle' event, organizers charge
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Madrid Pride Week organizers are accusing the city's mayor of trying to 'strangle' the event after she fined the organizing committee 160,000 euros (about $216,000) for noise violations.

The LGBT festival, one of Europe's largest, has had to contend with fines before. In fac
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Tour de Life: Lost and found
by Beau Burriola - SGN Contributing Writer

I stood outside a building, unsure if it was the dentist's office or not. In Brussels, they don't always feel the need to put a street number on the buildings you are looking for. Very often, they don't bother with street names either. In this case, the street address went from 31
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Jesse's Journal: Come to Lavender Country - The first Gay C&W band was formed right here in Seattle
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Much has been written lately about Steve Grand, the 23-year old who is often described as 'the first openly Gay country singer.' Grand is cute, a good vocalist, and the first openly Gay artist in his genre to achieve mainstream recognition - but the title of 'first' almost certainly
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The sinister server - 'No tip' waitress apparently also lied about cancer, military service
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There are few things in this world that are off-limits to even the most heinous of liars. Military service - a heroic, all-volunteer thing that many Americans dream about but only a relative few actually do - during a time of war is one of them. Another thing you will find on that same li
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