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posted Friday, February 21 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 08


Musmari charged with first-degree arson
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Musab Masmari, the suspect in the Neighbours NYE arson case, has changed lawyers and, as of press time for Seattle Gay News, has only been charged with first-degree arson.

At a February 18 arraignment hearing in the case, Musmari dropped his public defender and hired Jeff Cohen as private counsel.

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So, am I married now, or what?
by Denise Diskin - Special to the SGN

It's been a little more than a year since we all went through the whirlwind of Washington's successful Referendum 74 campaign, which resulted in Washington's same-sex GLBT couples being able to get happily, legally married on December 9, 2012. For many, it felt like the wave of positive c
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Washington Senate considering ban on 'conversion therapy' Bill passed House 94-4
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer

The State Senate is now considering a bill to ban so-called 'conversion therapy,' a controversial practice that claims to turn Gay youth straight. The Senate's Committee on Health Care will hold a hearing on the legislation February 20.

The bill would make it an act of unpro
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Jesse's Journal: Knocking on history's closet
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

The LGBT community has been speculating about the sexual orientation or gender identity of great historical figures long before Noel I. Grade wrote Jonathan to Gide (1964), the first tell-all compilation of 'great Gays in history.' To many of us, the fact that Leonardo or Tchaikov
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Earnestine Blue (1949-2014)
Earnestine was born on February 5, 1949 in Sarah Village, Utah. She was still in elementary school when her family moved to San Francisco, where she finished high school and gave birth to her two daughters, Tasha and Curtistine. She also became politically active in San Francisco, working in the Black Panthers' breakfast program, which provided f more
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War Dispatches
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

We laugh to avoid screaming. Or maybe we try therapeutic tweeting.

There were no new media to distract us in 1989. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau did a series of Doonesbury strips in which the character Andy Lippincott is diagnosed with AIDS. Andy survives on morphin
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Shortage of heartfelt greeting cards for same-sex couples
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last Friday was Valentine's Day. And I'm married. My husband and I tied-the-knot last May and, while I find it easy to remember our anniversary, May 25, I often times find myself forgetting about Valentine's Day. I don't know about you but I don't really need a 'special' day to give my
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Ed Murray lays out ambitious agenda in State of the City speech
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mayor Ed Murray laid out an ambitious political agenda in his first State of the City speech February 18, in front of a standing room only crowd in City Hall's Council Chambers.

Returning to themes he first touched on in his inaugural address on January 6, Murray talked about
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Couples ask judge to expand ruling on Kentucky marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two Kentucky couples have asked a federal judge to expand on his recent ruling that the state must recognize Gay and Lesbian marriages performed elsewhere. The couples filed suit on February 14 asking Federal District Judge John G. Heyburn II to strike down the Kentucky law barring same-sex ma
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Michigan governor goes to court to uphold anti-Gay discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder filed a motion February 17, asking a federal judge to uphold a law depriving Gay and Lesbian partners of public employees any access to domestic partner benefits.

In June 2013, U.S. District Judge David Lawson issued a preliminary inj
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Protestors return to Idaho capitol - Demand protection from discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Several hundred protestors occupied the Idaho Capitol Building on February 17, to demand that lawmakers act on legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people.

They were part of the 'Add the Words' movement - the words in question being 'sexual orientation' and 'gen
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Oregon AG won't defend Gay marriage ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will not defend her state's law banning same-sex marriages, she said in a February 20 court filing.

The law 'cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review,' she wrote.

Nevada Attorney Ge
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Lambda Legal files suit to defend insurance coverage for HIV+ patients
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal filed a federal class action suit February 20 against Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Louisiana, the largest insurance provider in the state. BCBS has announced it will no longer accept Ryan White premium subsidies, federally-funded payments that enable low-income people with H
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Alan Turing and the medical abuse of Gay men - The hidden homophobic shame of the NHS
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

February is LGBT History Month in the UK:

The posthumous royal pardon granted to war-time code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing was a long overdue attempt to put right a grave injustice. Turing had been convicted of homosexuality in 1952, under the same nineteent
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Shawn Marie Johnson's 'On the Trail of Trees' vividly captures her naturalist outings in the great Northwest, with colorfully saturated watercolors, sumi-ink paintings, and bold metal sculptures. Her work is on display at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.)

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Let's not bully the bullies
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

'I never met a man I didn't like,' opined Will Rogers, one of the more famous homespun American philosophers. I bet he would change his mind, if he were persecuted by a bully, as many of us have been. Bullying is caused by 'imbalance of power' so says some of the experts. There is more evi
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I had no idea it was coming
Dear Kiki with D,

I was in a year-long relationship with a wonderful man - up until a month ago, when he decided to tell me (the day before our one-year anniversary) that he 'found someone else.' I had no idea it was coming. We never really fought and he never expressed any concerns about our relationship. Everything was gr
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Low wage-workers demand fair wage, respect
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'We want change - and we don't mean pennies!' fast food workers and their supporters chanted outside the McDonald's at Minor and Madison on February 20.

The picket line of some 40 people was timed to coincide with breakfast rush at the fast food restaurant, which once won a cor
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