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Section One

Victory in India!
Courtesy of 365gay.com

A court ruled Thursday, July 2, to decriminalize homosexuality in the Indian capital, a groundbreaking decision that could bring more freedom to Gays in this deeply conservative country.

The Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual Gay sex as a crime is a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. The
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Another Stonewall? Ft. Worth police raid Gay bar
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As LGBT communities around the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion with Pride Parades, parties, and festivals, Fort Worth police and agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission marked the occasion by raiding the Rainbow Lounge, a Gay bar in south Fort Worth, Te
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DC judge says no delay or ballot on Gay marriage
by Chuck Colbert - Keen News Service

In a yet another win for Gay civil rights advocates, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge Tuesday, June 30, denied a request for an injunction to delay the effective date of new same-sex marriage recognition law. This means DC can start legally recognizing same-sex marriages from other
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Seattle to Iowa City: Marc and Matthew get married
by Fred Ketteman - Special to the SGN

On Friday, June 12, 2009, Seattleites Matthew Haggerty and Marc Stiles were legally wed on the steps of the Old Capitol in Iowa City, Iowa.

Coincidentally, this building is where the Iowa Constitution was drafted - the document that ultimately led to the April 3, 2009 unanimous
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Local Gay soccer team wins gold
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Jet City Strikers, a Gay men's soccer team from Seattle, won Division 2 gold after defeating the West Hollywood Eclipse 3-1 at this year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Cup, in Washington, D.C., June 20. The Jet City Strikers were the only Division 2 tea
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Task force launches New Beginnings initiative
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a national collaboration of expert organizations announced last week the New Beginning Initiative, designed to push for concrete federal administration policy regulatory changes directly benefiting the lives of LGBT people and eliminating discrimina
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Dennis Moyers cannabis patient and advocate will be missed
by Robert Christian - Special to the SGN

May 11, 2009, Mr. Dennis Moyers who served along with Hempfest in Seattle, and served on the 11th Legislative District Democratic party has passed away.

The Memorial Service for Dennis was June 6 at the Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.

Dennis was known for m
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More labor leaders endorse ENDA
More leaders of organized labor are speaking out in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), introduced by Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) last Wednesday. ENDA would correct a glaring omission in US civil rights law by prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

SEIU Executive Vic
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Reflecting on growing up Gay
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

To paraphrase Quentin Crisp, after a very long youth I am becoming one of the stately homos of Seattle. Contrary to the testimony of some other men about themselves, sexuality was part of me from a very early age. It must have been about 1951 or 1952, because I was walking already. My par
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International News
International News
British Gay newspaper shuts down
The venerable British Gay newspaper Pink Paper ceased publication June 24 due to falling ad revenue.

However, no one was laid off by the company, which also publishes the glossy monthly magazines Gay Times and Diva, and the Pink Paper will continue to publish at pinkpaper.com.

"The publishers hope to start p
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Northwest News
Northwest News
'EYE CONTACT: VISUAL DIALOGUES ON IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY' - A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BLENDING ART AND WORDS BY QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) GLBTQ Youth Peace & Social Justice Program presents a photography exhibit by Queer youth blending art and words at Kaladi Bros. Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., through July 17.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANC
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National News
National News
Gay Portland mayor cleared in Breedlove affair
There is no credible evidence that Sam Adams, the Gay mayor of Portland, Ore., had inappropriate sexual contact with Beau Breedlove before Breedlove turned 18, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said June 22.

Adams, 45, and Breedlove, 22, have acknowledged having sex in 2005 after Breedlove's 18th birthday,
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GLSEN fundraiser to benefit Washington GSAs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

School's Out
For Summer fundraiser
July 18, 7-9 PM
C.C. Attle's


The Second Annual Washington State Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 'School's Out For Summer' fundraiser is scheduled at C.C. Attle's Bar and Restaurant July 18 from 7-
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White House honors Stonewall anniversary
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

On Monday, June 29, President Barack Obama urged the LGBT community to judge him 'not by promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps.'

'I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough,' said Obama, speaking to a large gathering
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DIFFA/Seattle offers amazing night of fashion
by Marcus James - SGN Contributing Writer

When I found myself at the W Hotel on Saturday, June 20 for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) /Seattle's summer 2009 show, raising money to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention and research, I immediately fell in love. Downstairs, the lobby was filled with patrons and photographers
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Speaking with Jael Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps
by Marcus James - SGN Contributing Writer

We've all had days that we don't look forward to, those we approach with a sense of dread. Sunday, June 14, was definitely one of those days; Fred Phelps was coming to town, or at least members of his reviled Westboro Baptist Church.

As a young Gay man who can still vivid
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The 2009 New York Gay Pride Parade
Heritage of Pride March, New York City, June 28th, 2009

by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

I love the Gay Pride Parade in New York because so many organizations are involved and participants wear such wonderful, sumptuous and sometimes wacky costumes and everyone is smiling and having such a good time. In the p
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Celebration at this year's Dyke March
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

After the color and flashiness of the newly-risen Pride Festival (called the Broadway Festival by its organizers, mostly members of the Museum of Mysteries, and Charlotte LeFrevre in particular), the crazy quilt gathering on the lawn of the Seattle Central Community College was a bit o
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Fort Worth update: Police Chief compromises investigation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As SGN goes to press, new details coming from Fort Worth challenge police claims that there will be a fair internal investigation of the June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge, a Gay bar in south Fort Worth, Texas.

Although Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead promised an internal
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BREAKING STORIES!
Time to review policy on gays in U.S. military: Powell
Rainbow Lounge incident puts Fort Worth at forefront of struggle for gay rights The guy Obama listens to on gay issues - An interview with Steve Hildebrand
The New Republic goes off on Obama over the gay thing
Silent Partners: The Other Victims of Don't Ask, Don't Tell National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds D.C. for honoring and recognizing same-sex marriages
BrĂ¼no will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm
Mass. sues feds over definition of marriage HRC, at least, is very pleased with the suit
Gay festival organizer defends Conservative government AIDS activists arrested inside U.S. Capitol Massachusetts Sues US over DOMA

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