Friday, March 28, 2008 - Volume 36 Issue 13

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SGN EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Oklahoma City PFLAG President Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's comments spark PFLAG protest and rally, PFLAG-OKC meets with Kern

by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Members and allies of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) protested on March 18 against Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern to express concern about her widely b
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London protest drew 120 Mehdi Zahemi supporters
Over 120 protesters braved hail and rain to demand that Gay Iranian asylum seeker, Mehdi Kazemi, be granted refuge in the UK.

They also urged asylum for the Iranian Lesbian refugee, Pegah Emambakhsh, and an estimated 12 other Gay Iranians who are at risk of deportation back to Tehran.

There were calls for a "fun
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Did GLBT art trigger vandalism?
Benham Gallery's windows smashed, smeared with feces during display of Trans photographs

by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Two acts of vandalism hit the downtown Benham Gallery over the Easter weekend during its Erotic Beauty exhibition, timed to coincide with the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. Gallery owner M
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Cuba to vote on sweeping Gay rights bill in June
Courtesy of 365Gay.com

Cuban lawmakers will vote in June on a bill that would make the country one of the world's most progressive in LGBT civil rights.

The draft legislation would make it illegal to discriminate in jobs and housing against Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transpeople. It would recognize same-sex d
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Letter to Howard Dean: The honeymoon is over
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Howard,

It's us, the Gay community. We need to talk. You know what about - our relationship.

It's no secret we've been drifting apart, all that romance and excitement from the halcyon days of 2004 seems like a lifetime ago now. These days, all we do is a
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Where the girls are
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

I've lived in New York for 18 months now, in a Dominican neighborhood in Harlem Heights - so far uptown that locals sometimes call it "Upstate Manhattan."

In the entire time I've been here, I've seen only one Lesbian couple that I could identify. Gay men are here i
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Anything But Straight: A new stage for the Sultan of Stigma
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Since 1973, the once-dreaded American Psychiatric Association has become an ally of Gay and Lesbian equality. They have consistently withstood outside pressure from right wing organizations and instead chose to do what was in the best interest of GLBT mental health. Most notably, they
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The Obama and Wright controversy
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service "God damn America" was the phrase that so quickly riveted the country's attention this month and it came, not from some Islamic terrorist, but from the former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"God damn America - that's in the Bible - for killing innocent people," said
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'Hot mess' brewing at Kitsap County caucus
by Andrew Miller - Special to the SGN

On April 28, 2007, the State Democratic Central Committee approved a Delegate selection plan for Affirmative Action, which was later adopted by the DNC rules and Bylaws Committee on June 30th, 2007. As with most Affirmative Action plans, the intentions are to include more individuals that
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In memory of Petals
We have all lost longtime friends over the years, as I have, with so many obits and memorials in the SGN. So this time it's for another old friend and joy of 17 years, my ol' pooch Petals!

Petals was given to me in 1991 by Paul Creasman, whose mamma dog had other pups, which he named all of them for flowers!! Petals was the ult
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Radical Women commemorate fifth anniversary of war
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Female and Fearless Against The War: Blockaders of Military Shipments Speak Out
New Freeway Hall
March 20


With yet another delicious dinner to start things off, members of both Radical Women and The Freedom Socialist Party commemorated the start of
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Real Estate: Compare options when investing in a vacation property
Investing in a vacation property is an investment in memories. It promotes relaxation and spending quality time with friends and family. But with all the options available, there are a lot of things that should be considered before making a final decision.

"Choosing the right vacation property is complex," comments Steve Greer,
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CLARIFICATION:
Last week the SGN ran a press release from the Rainbow Wedding Network announcing their upcoming GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expo on April 6th. Their press release said they were producing "Seattle's first-ever GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expo." While this is the first GLBT wedding show that the Rainbow Wedding Network is presenting in Seattle, in ac more
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Georgia court overturns contempt conviction of Lesbian mother
Courtesy of the ACLU

A long nightmare has ended for Elizabeth Hadaway, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court last year for not handing her daughter over to foster care after she lost custody solely because she's a Lesbian. A year and one day after a county court judge sentenced Hadaway to 10 days in jail, the Georgia
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Ask Michael: What is Gay?
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

It occurred to me the other day that many people, including some in our own community, aren't clear on what it means to be Gay or Lesbian. A lot of straight people, and some Gay men and women as well, think it is just about having sex. It makes sense because we are labeled with the t
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Entre Hermanos
by Marcos Martinez - SGN Contributing Writer

Por algunos meses hemos oído reportes de violencia en contra de personas gay en el vecindario de Capitol Hill. Hoy escribo sobre algo igualmente alarmante, la violencia dentro de nuestra misma comunidad Latina LGBT.

Recienmente, ocurrió un incidente violento fuera del c
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