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Gay Ambassador resigns over State Department discrimination
Appointed by President Bush in 2001 to be Ambassador to Romania, Michael Guest was the first publicly Gay man to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. Ambassador. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell explicitly noted the presence of and positively recognized Guest's same-sex partner, Alex Nevarez, during the swearing-in ceremony. The Human Rights Campaign called Powell's more
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LGBT Community Center admits financial woes, uncertain future for its programs
"At what point do you fire off the flare? & I think it is fair to say mistakes were made," says Center Co-President Breanna Anderson.

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's LGBT Community Center will likely close its doors at its current 5,000-6,000 square foot location at 1115 East Pike St. by the
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Matthew Shepard Act removed from Dept. of Defense bill
House-Senate conferees confirmed Thursday that the Matthew Shepard Act, which had passed the Senate as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill, would be removed from the final version of the bill. This announcement was made after House Leadership's whipping the vote count on the conference report concluded there were not enou more
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Young Iranian man executed for alleged sex crime
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) learned Wednesday that despite an order by the Iranian Chief Justice to nullify his death sentence, Mr. Makvan Mouloodzadeh was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison at 5 a.m. November 6, Iranian time. Neither Mr. Mouloodzadeh's family or his lawyer were told about the execution more
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GLBT rights champions react to Matthew Shepard Act removal
On Thursday, Congress announced that they would strip the Matthew Shepard Act from the upcoming Department of Defense bill. The Act would have extended federal civil rights protections to individuals targeted for violent crimes based on their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. The amendment's withdrawal prompted matthewshe more
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The case for a fair fight
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

The courts last Friday upheld the conviction of disgraced Labour councillor Miranda Grell. She was originally found guilty at Waltham Forest Magistrate's Court on 21 September of smearing a rival Gay Liberal Democrat candidate, Barry Smith, as a paedophile - in breach of electoral law - dur
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OUTfront Seattle Write-A-Thon
Every year Amnesty International activists around the country come together to do what AI does best: use the power of ink! Amnesty International's letter writing campaigns have helped to free over 40,000 prisoners of conscience worldwide. OUTfront Seattle is proud to host this year's Seattle Write-A-Thon, along with Amnesty International Puget more
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Contrarian Holiday Gifting Plan
by Rev. Barbara Allen, CMP - SGN Contributing Writer

Last year I wrote a piece about giving of oneself rather than from any commercial resource, as practiced by Native Americans in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

This year, Tikkun's Rabbi Michael Lerner published for sharing his viewpoint as a spiritual progre
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