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Section One

Pope to Brits: Equality is a sin!
Brits to Pope: Mind your own business!

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Benedict XVI touched off an international controversy when he declared to visiting British Catholic prelates on February 1 that LGBT rights legislation pending in parliament is sinful.

In remarks to 35 Roman Catholic bishops visiting Rome from England and Wales, the pope said that Britain's Equality Bill would "imp
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ADMIRAL MULLEN: Gays in the military - 'the right thing to do'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. military's top uniformed officer, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, said the armed services should lift the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on openly Gay persons because 'it's the right thing to do.'

'I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that
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Seattle activist Stuart Wilber joins Radical Minds Retreat
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

In January, a group of 45 LGBT activists from around the country converged on the historic Highlander Research and Educational Center near Knoxville, Tennessee for the Radical Minds Retreat. The idea behind the retreat was to get all the LGBT activists together who were sick of delays, compromis
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Obama's 2011 budget : How does the LGBT community fare?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama's 2011 budget, released by the White House on February 1, is already controversial.

The likely effect of the $3.83 trillion budget on the U.S. economy will no doubt be debated for weeks in Congress, and perhaps for longer than that in the media. The key provisions t
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 5
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Three cigarettes a day. I'm pleasantly surprised I've been able to get this far. I have not lapsed in my tapering plan once - it hasn't been easy, but it has also not been as difficult as I was anticipating. I'm beginning to see myself as a nonsmoker. In the past week, I have become much less re
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Watertown Coffee hosts Queer social, a tremendous success
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Watertown Coffee Queer Mixer
January 28
Watertown Coffee


On January 28, about 60 people gathered at Watertown Coffee (550 12th Ave.) for the Watertown Coffee Queer Mixer. The mixer was an event open to all ages. Events like this are uncommon on Capitol Hil
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GLAD beats IRS - Yes, sex reassignment is deductible
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery are legitimate medical treatments, qualify as 'medical care' under the Internal Revenue Code, and are tax deductible, the US Tax Court ruled on February 2.

The court's decision in O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue wrote a
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Gay Super Bowl ad rejected by CBS
In the Super Bowl, a kiss is just a kiss

by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

In the ad, the two men are watching the Big Game.

They are scruffy, wearing football jerseys, and appear to be straight.

A roar rises from the TV. The men cheer and both reach for the chips. Their hands
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Tour de Life: The tempo of anger
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Tick & tick & tick & tick &.

The second hand of the kitchen clock ticked loudly in unison with my heartbeat. Each second was swelling more and more with the raw anger of every word we were both holding back now, biting our lips, not speaking.

He sat t
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International News
International News
Mayor Luzhkov lashes out at Gays again
Homophobic Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov is at it again.

'For several years, Moscow has experienced unprecedented pressure to conduct a Gay pride parade, which cannot be called anything but a Satanic act,' he said during a public appearance January 25.

'We have banned such parades and will ban them in the fut
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Northwest News
Northwest News
CALL FOR ARTISTS - SOUND TRANSIT ON BROADWAY
An open call for professional artists. Sound Transit needs someone to act as the lead artist in overseeing projects that will be created by a variety of artists for the construction wall surrounding the light rail construction site on Capitol Hill. Make the fence surrounding a block of the Broadway neighborhood active, inte
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National News
National News
Federal Prop 8 trial pauses The trial in the federal case against Proposition 8 paused January 27 after the final witness testified at U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Judge Vaughn Walker plans to review the evidence, then call the attorneys back for closing arguments, likely in March.

Gay lawyers, activists and others who followed the trial predicted, n
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Controversial political compromise in Utah
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Utah state legislators concluded what may prove to be a history-making deal on February 1, with Democrats promising not to bring up new LGBT rights bills till 2011, and Republicans dropping their efforts to roll back anti-discrimination ordinances in Salt Lake City.

While Equal
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Hawaii postpones civil unions, Lambda will sue
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Hawaii House of Representatives indefinitely postponed action on the state's civil unions bill, effectively killing it for this year.

The action came on an unrecorded voice vote on January 29.

On February 2, Lambda Legal and ACLU Hawaii announced that they are
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General Gayety: The words of our LGBT world
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

The Word Warriors website, a project of Wayne State University, aims to retrieve expressive English words from obscurity. Hoping to re-inject some colorful words into conversation and writing, Word Warriors released its 2010 list of neglected but useful words.

I'm will
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Obama says targeting Gays and Lesbians 'unconscionable'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Speaking to the National Prayer Breakfast on February , President Barack Obama strongly condemned anti-Gay laws both here and abroad.

"We may disagree about Gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target Gays and Lesbians for who they are, whether it is
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GSBA hosts Young Professionals with Pride anniversary mixer
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On January 26, the Greater Seattle Business Association Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) celebrated their one-year anniversary at the Rosebud Restaurant and Bar (719 E. Pike St.) on Capitol Hill. About 35 young professionals showed up to mix, mingle and sip complimentary wine while they
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Just Ask Michael: Bullied? Help is out there.
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

As a child/adolescent, were you called a faggot or a dyke? Were you threatened or physically attacked? Did you feel isolated, or were you excluded because people perceived you as being GLBTQ? Was fear a motivating factor to keep you in the closet to avoid being labeled as Gay and, ther
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Watertown Coffee hosts Queer social, a tremendous success
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer Watertown Coffee Queer Mixer
January 28
Watertown Coffee


On January 28, about 60 people gathered at Watertown Coffee (550 12th Ave.) for the Watertown Coffee Queer Mixer. The mixer was an event open to all ages. Events like this are uncommon on Capitol Hill, as most
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