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posted Friday, June 6 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 23


Double homicide
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police are investigating the double homicide of 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young, Sunday morning, at 29th Ave. S. and S. King St. Both of the victims were Gay and the two men had been seen earlier in the evening on Capitol Hill near R Place and Hot Mama's.

A vigil was held i
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Feds say Medicare must cover sex reassignment surgery - State Insurance Commissioner prepares to follow suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Obama administration ended a 33-year ban on Medicare funding sex reassignment surgery on May 31, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) ruled that excluding such surgery from coverage is 'no longer reasonable.'

Kara Klotz, s
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Mayor signs minimum wage bill, but it's not a done deal yet
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mayor Ed Murray signed Seattle's new $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance into law June 4 in a ceremony at Cal Anderson Park, but the measure is already being challenged by a lawsuit and an initiative campaign sponsored by business groups.

'We have taken a great step forward i
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Pennsylvania marriage equality - Gov. Corbett, the inside story, and the thank-yous
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

I'd like to believe that we are a community that gives appreciation where it is just. And we need to recognize and give thanks to those involved in last week's major change in Pennsylvania's marriage-equality fight.

First and foremost, to Judge John Jones, who wrote one o
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Out & Equal launches 2nd annual Northwest Regional Summit in Seattle, June 13
Features leading edge programming on LGBT diversity with renowned speakers, workshops and entertainment!

Executives, human resources and diversity professionals, employee resource groups and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and allies representing the vibrant businesses of the Pacific Northwest will
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GSBA awards $330,000 to LGBTQ and allied scholars - Record-breaking amount of scholarships awarded by local businesses
Over 400 business leaders in attendance at the GSBA Scholarship Fund Dinner demonstrated their commitment to invest in the next generation of leaders by awarding over $330,000 in scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students in Washington state.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to undergraduate Lesbian, Gay
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Rejected! SCOTUS turns down NOM attempt to stop Oregon marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected NOM's attempt to stop Gay and Lesbian couples from marrying in Oregon in a curt one-sentence order on June 4.

On May 27, NOM appealed to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who supervises federal courts in Oregon, to stay the ruling of U.S. District Judge
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Idaho Governor asks for full Ninth Circuit review of marriage ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Idaho Governor Butch Otter filed a motion on June 2 to have his state's marriage equality case heard by the full Ninth Circuit Court rather than a three-judge panel, as would normally be the case.

In the usual course of appeals, a case would be heard by a three-judge panel of
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Gay Prom in Hawai'i draws over 300 for memorable kiki
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Everyone remembers their Prom night. And everything leading up to it - choosing the dress, coordinating tie and corsage colors, deciding where to go for dinner, picking up the suit from the drycleaner, the obligatory home photos taken by a teary-eyed mother. Memories that never quite fade aw
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Maine Commission rules unanimously against NOM; imposes record fines and disclosure of donors
Commission Chair says NOM makes 'a mockery' of Maine's election laws

On Wednesday, May 28, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted unanimously to impose record civil penalties against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) totaling $50,250 and directed NOM to file disclosure reports w
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Kiki with D
Dear Kiki with D,

I am still completely in love with my ex who lives overseas. It has been two years since we talked. Six months ago when I was traveling in the area, I sent him a text asking him to meet up. He saw my message, but never responded. It broke my heart, and I haven't tried writing him again.

Two yea
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South Africa appoints Lesbian cabinet minister
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lynne Brown became South Africa's first Lesbian cabinet minister May 26, and probably the first LGBT cabinet officer in Africa.

Brown was appointed by South African President Jacob Zuma to the post of Minister of Public Enterprises. Like Zuma, she is a longtime member of the g
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Porn safety bill passes California committee, goes to assembly floor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill designed to protect porn actors by requiring condom use for all film shoots has passed the California state Assembly Appropriations Committee and will head to the floor for debate. The vote was 9-3.

In addition to the condom requirement, AB 1576 also requires that porn
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Gay widower sues Bayer for survivor benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) has filed a federal lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer on behalf of a Gay widower who was denied survivor benefits that would normally be paid to spouses of Bayer employees.

Gerald Passaro married his partner of more than
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NOTE: Please see PRIDE EVENTS calendar this week for Pride related events. 'REVEALING QUEER' - LGBT HISTORY AT MOHAI
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Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union) presents 'Revealing Queer,' a landmark exhibit on the history of the Puget Sound region's LGBTQ community. Admission: $14 general; $12-stude
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First ever Cyprus Pride - Cypriot parliament considers bill to ban homophobic acts
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Republic of Cyprus celebrated its first ever LGBT Pride on May 31 with a parade through the capital city of Nicosia.

Several thousand people joined the march, astonishing the organizers, who said they expected only a few hundred. It was reportedly the largest demonstratio
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ERW celebrates 10 years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Ten years ago, Equal Rights Washington (ERW) was founded with the mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all LGBT Washingtonians.

'We are so proud of how that work has helped improve the lives of individuals in our state and build foundations for
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Anti-Gay groups can't intervene in marriage case, Florida judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Florida District Judge Sarah Zabel ruled on June 3 that three anti-Gay groups may not intervene in a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The groups include Florida Family Action (FFAI), the Florida Democratic League (FDL), and People United to Lead the Strug
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My Chacha is Gay - First Gay-themed Pakistani children's book
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Pakistani woman living in Canada has published what is thought to be the first-ever Urdu language children's book with a Gay theme.

The author, who goes by the name Eiynah, is also the creator of the Nice Mangos blog, which deals with sexuality and Pakistani culture. Publica
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Have kids not cats, Pope says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Francis warned couples who choose not to have children that they will be bitter and lonely in their old age.

In a June 2 homily, the Pope said that couples should procreate rather than adopting pets.

A worldly 'culture of wellbeing' has 'convinced us it's
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State of Utah appeals ruling to enforce its own marriage laws
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

On May 19, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball (United States District Court, Utah Central Division) ordered that the State of Utah must immediately recognize the validity of over 1,000 LGBT couples who were legally married in the state between December 20, 2013 and January 6, 2014. In his or
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