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posted Friday, January 24 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 04

WOW, THE WORLD IS CHANGING!
BLACK AND WHITE, GAY AND STRAIGHT
ALL BEING MARRIED ON STAGE AT THE GRAMMYS

I AM SO PROUD OF SEATTLE GROUP - Macklemore and Lewis. Aside from their performance, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stole the show by scooping three prizes in the rap category, as well as winning best new artist. They won best rap album for The Heist and beat Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran in the best new artist category and best rap performance for Thrift Shop over Drake's Started.

See Madonna performing with them in support.

Watch their performance at the Grammy Awards above and the 34 couples that got married,
BLACK AND WHITE - GAY AND STRAIGHT
Equality is coming in the world!



Virginia Attorney General rules state marriage ban unconstitutional - Will not defend it in pending suits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced on January 23 he had concluded that his state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Consequently, he said, he will not defend the law in two lawsuits challenging it.

'After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia's ban on marriage betwe
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Utah gets extension on filing appeal as ACLU sues state
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The legal situation for same-sex couples in Utah has become even more complex.

The federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Utah's request for an extension on filing papers in the pending marriage case, while the ACLU sued the state on behalf of four Gay and Lesbian c
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Sochi will be remembered as the anti-Gay Olympics
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

These anti-gay Olympics are Putin's disgrace but they shame the whole world.

The Winter Olympics start in the Russian resort of Sochi on 7 February. They are destined to go down in history as the anti-gay Olympics.

The intensely homophobic atmosphe
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Senator Patty Murray's statement on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade Monarch Candidacy Announcements
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, January 22, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the following statement on the 41st anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision to constitutionally guarantee access to safe and legal reproductive choice in the United States:



'As we mark the 41st anniversary of the h
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ECSA to host January 25 Field Day
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Emerald City Softball Association, the largest Gay-softball league in the Northwest, invites players of all skill levels to its January 25 Field Day, starting at 10 a.m., at North SeaTac Park (S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S.).

'The new-player clinic and skills assessment
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Freedom to Marry: Majority of voters even in non same-sex-marriage states support Gay couples Monarch Candidacy Announcements
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Freedom to Marry and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research released a first-of-its-kind poll January 23, showing that a majority of registered voters who live in states without the freedom to marry nevertheless support marriage for same-sex couples, with only 41 percent still opposed. The poll, c
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Heightened scrutiny required in sexual orientation cases, Ninth Circuit says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the judicial standard of heightened scrutiny must be applied to cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In a ruling issued on January 21, a three-judge panel of the court said unanimously that a Gay juror was impro
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NIH research network finds many youth have high levels of HIV
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Some alarming news to report this week as Seattle Gay News learned that more than 30 percent of young males who had sex with other males and who were subsequently enrolled in a government treatment and research network were found to have high levels of HIV, reported researchers from the
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Starkville becomes first city in Mississippi to pass resolution recognizing LGBT residents
by Chad Griffin - Human Rights Campaign

On Tuesday, January 21, the city of Starkville, Mississippi passed an inclusivity resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city's residents - including those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). This is the first time any municipality in Mississippi has rec
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Gender reassignment is necessary medical care, federal court says Massachusetts ordered to pay for prisoner's surgery
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal appeals court ruled on January 17 that the state of Massachusetts must pay for gender reassignment surgery for an inmate in the state prison system because the surgery is necessary medical care.

A three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2012
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Houston Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker gets married!
HOUSTON, Texas - Mayor Annise Parker and her long-time partner, First Lady Kathy Hubbard, were joined in marriage on Thursday, January 16 in a sunset ceremony held at a private home in Palm Springs, California. A small gathering of family and friends, including the mayor's mother and Ms. Hubbard's sister, were on hand for the exchange of vows, more
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Couples sue for right to marry in Florida
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Six Gay and Lesbian couples and the Equality Florida Institute sued the state of Florida for the right to marry on January 21.

Their lawsuit argues that Florida's laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the U.S. Constitution by denying them the legal protections an
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GAY CITY ARTS - 'PORTALS TO SPIRITUALITY'
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Join Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) for 'Portals to Spirituality' by Darnita L. Howard.

Through digital fractals and traditional media (acrylics, ink, and photography), Damita L. Howard explores spirituality, nature, love, beauty, and culture.

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Dr. Rizi Timane - Transgender activist from Nigeria responds to anti-Gay law
by Dr. Rizi Timane - Special to the SGN

I grew up in Nigeria. In Lagos, to be exact. And I have known since I was eight years old that I am Transgender. I was born as a girl but knew in my heart that I was meant to be a boy, and it is only now, 28 years later, that I am truly coming to live as my authentic self.

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U.S. won't cut AIDS funds to Nigeria
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. will 'absolutely not' cut AIDS funds for Nigeria, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle said on January 20.

Entwistle spoke at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja. The INEC is an independent commission set up in 1998 to monito
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Cuba arrests anti-Gay Russian gang leader
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Violent anti-Gay Russian gang leader Maksim 'The Cleaver' Martsinkevich was arrested in Cuba on January 19, according to Russian news agency RIA Novotsi.

Martsinkevich reportedly fled to Cuba in December to escape a Russian prison term on charges of 'extremism.' Martsinkevich
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Catholic officials endorse anti-Gay pogrom in Nigeria
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nigeria's highest-ranking Roman Catholic officials endorsed the country's new anti-Gay law while a lynch mob in one of the country's northern states demanded that Gay prisoners be stoned to death.

Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan, appointed Apostolic Administrator for a dioc
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On death and dying
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

At some point in your life - if not already - you will be faced with one of the most commanding paradoxes of the human experience. That is the death of a loved one. A loved one could be a parent, spouse, child, friend, or family pet. The form (human or animal) is of no consequence. The
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