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posted Friday, February 28 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 09


Arizona Governor vetoes anti-Gay bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have authorized discrimination against LGBT people in the state, as long as it was justified on religious grounds.

The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences, Brewer told reporters at a February 26 news conference.
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Federal judge strikes Texas ban on same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge ruled on February 26 that the Texas law banning Gay and Lesbian marriages is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said in his ruling that the Texas law did not pass even 'rational basis review,' the lowest standard of judicial scrutiny.
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Oregon and the new Jim Crow - Same-sex marriage fight shifts to discrimination measure
by Denis C. Theriault
Portland Mercury
Special to the SGN

On February 20, in a compact legal filing, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shook Oregon's political bedrock with an announcement she wouldn't defend the state's 10-year-old constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court.

Joining a fe
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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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Jesse's Journal: Gays in the news! (Film at eleven.)
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

There was a time when a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender person had to get arrested in order to make the news. Homosexuality, when it was mentioned at all, was the source of scandal; the grave sin that ruined a person for life. Before 1895, Oscar Wilde was a family man who wrot
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Mixed signals this week for Gays and the NFL
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When news that college football star Michael Sam came out as Gay hit the Internet a few weeks ago the chatter reached a fever pitch. He was hailed as a hero, people said he was brave and a trailblazer, and our own openly Gay Mayor, Ed Murray, hinted that Seattle would be a great place for
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GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On February 26, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) continued its annual tradition with the 33rd GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.

The GSBA Awards Committee Chair, Jeanne Barwick, welcomed the crowd of over 400 peopl
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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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It's official: Bigots fail to force vote on California law protecting Trans students.
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A coalition of anti-Gay hate groups has failed to force a vote on repealing the new California law that protects Trans students from discrimination.

According to the final count of signatures posted on the California Secretary of State's website on February 24, their initiativ
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State AGs not obligated to defend anti-Gay laws, Holder says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a gathering of state AGs that they are obligated 'to see that justice is done,' not to uphold state laws that discriminate against LGBT people.

In a speech to the National Association of Attorneys General on February 24, Holder said that
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92-year-old Trans widow wins fight with Social Security Administration
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Robina Asti, the 92-year-old widow of World War II veteran Norwood Patton, has won a two-year legal battle with the Social Security Administration for the spousal survivor benefits due her when her husband died.

Patton died at 97 years of age in 2012, and Asti, his wife since
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Why a $15/hour minimum wage matters to LGBT workers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new study from the Williams Institute reveals that more than one in four LGBT Americans have experienced a time in the past year when they did not have enough money to feed themselves.

According to the study, 29% of LGBT respondents said that at least once they lacked the mo
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Federal judge to Kentucky: Recognize legal same-sex marriages now
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II issued final orders on February 27 in a case brought by same-sex couples who wanted the state of Kentucky to recognize their marriages from other jurisdictions.

Kentucky laws barring such recognition 'violate the Equal Protection Clause of t
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No, young man, you can't be Queen
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Every Gay boy in Britain may dream of growing up to be Queen, but alas, those dreams will never come true after parliament finishes redrafting the laws that govern royal titles.

Britain's new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act will take effect March 29, and officials are currentl
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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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Uganda loses aid money after anti-Gay law is signed - Museveni still defiant
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Even as European countries begin to withdraw foreign aid money from Uganda, its president Yoweri Museveni remains defiant after signing a tough new anti-Gay law.

Al Jazeera news service reported on February 24 that the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark would redirect money form
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Kiki with D: I'm starting to doubt our relationship
Dear Kiki with D,

After three marriages I finally met a man that made my world turn. His heart was the best thing about him. Forget the six-pack and the personality; he was kind and he fell in love with me. I think. After 10 years, I'm starting to doubt whether he did or not. For seven years we NEVER had one argument, th
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The State Department's Global Equality Fund named 2014 Nonprofit Partner for Out Leadership
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The State Department announced this week that the Global Equality Fund was named the 2014 official nonprofit partner for Out Leadership, a new global organization that enables top executives and senior leaders in financial services, law, and insurance to come together to promote LGBT e
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