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Section One

Ricky Martin comes out on his own terms
'I am very blessed to be who I am,' singer says

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When pop music star Ricky Martin came out as Gay in a March 29 web posting, the general consensus across the globe was, 'Well, duh.' Seconds after his online admission, the internet was abuzz with chatter about Ricky. Yes, maybe we all did know. But let's peel the layers
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Seattle activist Kami Bodily talks about health care reform, Obama, and teabaggers
Witnesses signing of historic health care bill by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle activist Kami Bodily - in Washington, D.C. for the signing of the historic healthcare reform bill - has vivid memories of the experience.

"We had less than 12 hours' notice when we flew back for the signing," she told SGN in
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HRC President Joe Solmonese fires back
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The battle to allow Gays and Lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces seemed to splinter over the past two weeks as Lt. Dan Choi publicly criticized the nation's leading Gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Choi accused the LGBT advocacy organization of being more concerne
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'PFLAG Presents' shows Seattle in good hands
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender persons (PFLAG) held their first 'PFLAG Presents' gathering at the Producer's Club Lounge at the 5th Avenue Theater on March 31. The first in a series of periodic events intended to support the
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Tour de Life: Leave Ricky alone!!
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

I cracked three eggs over the skillet and turned the radio on. I had exactly 25 minutes before I had to be out the door and off to the train.

I don't normally keep the radio tuned to morning news because my ears reject anything in French before 10:00 in the morning, but t
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Mob breaks up international LGBT conference
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A mob of Muslim fundamentalists attacked an international LGBT conference in Surabaya, Indonesia, on March 26.

Intimidated by the mob, Indonesian police banned the conference, and two of the host hotels evicted conference participants.

The conference had been organ
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U.K. partnerships show progress since 2004
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two civil partnership ceremonies celebrated in Britain March 27 show how far the United Kingdom has come since Britain's Civil Partnership Act was passed in 2004.

In one ceremony, Labor Member of Parliament Chris Bryant was united with Jared Cranney in Westminster Palace, the home
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Republican National Committee lives it up by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As Republican leaders denounced President Obama for the cost of healthcare reform, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele presented the GOP with an expense account detailing lavish spending on deluxe hotels, chartered jets, limousine servic
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Malcolm X's confessed killer granted parole
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

After being turned down for parole 16 times, Thomas Hagan - also know as Mujahid Halim, the confessed assassin of civil rights leader Malcolm X - is about to be released from Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan.

On March 3, on his 17th appearance before a parole board, H
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Jesse's Journal - Dems: Stop taking us for granted
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

The Dolphin Democrats are South Florida's oldest, largest and most successful LGBT political organization. Founded in 1982 by Karl Clark, Tom Bradshaw, Jamie Bloodworth and other activists, the Dolphins have made Broward County the most Gay-friendly county in a still-homophobic sta
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Purple Vortex wins Jet City Hoops championship
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On March 27, Jet City Hoops, Seattle's only Gay basketball league, finished its most recent season with two heated championship matches at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center. Purple Vortex won the Competitive Division Championship and Nutz and Honeyz won the Co-Rec Cham
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Iowa to celebrate one-year anniversary of marriage equality
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer On April 3, Iowa will celebrate the first anniversary of Varnum v. Brien, the groundbreaking legal case which legalized same-sex marriage in the Hawkeye State. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit in December of 2005 on behalf of six same-sex Iowa couples who held that their inability to legally marry was in more
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C. Wight Reade; September 25, 1923-March 13, 2010
C. Wight Reade, Jr., M.D. passed away after a long battle with cancer on March 13, 2010 at his Seattle, WA home. He was born September 25, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio to Carleton Wight Reade and Margaret Bushong Reade Wall. Dr. Reade was a pediatrician in Olympia, WA for 25 years before board-certifying as a radiologist. He served on the radiology staff more
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International News
International News
Skinheads attack Bulgarian Gay rally
Six skinheads were arrested in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, on March 20 after they attacked Gay and Lesbian activists who were protesting a City Council decision to ban public displays of homosexuality.

The protesters, from the youth group LGBT in Action, had traveled to the city from Sofia, the capital.

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Northwest News
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National News
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U.S. State Dept. reports on LGBT life in nearly every nation

This year's U.S. State Department "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" looked at LGBT life in nearly every nation on the planet and did an excellent job of documenting anti-LGBT abuse across the globe, the Council for Global Equality said March 11.

The council further applauded the
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SOaP announces 2010 Pride events
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), producers of the annual Seattle Pride Parade, announced on March 24 their collaboration with Esurance for this year's inaugural Seattle Pride Family Picnic.

According to SOaP officials, the organization is enthusiastic about the collaboration with the
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Oklahoma not OK as anti-Gay Senate bungles bills
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In trying to sabotage enforcement of new hate crimes laws protecting LGBT people, the Oklahoma State Senate accidentally declared their state exempt from federal laws protecting race and religion.

As reported in SGN (March 12), the Oklahoma Senate voted 39-6 to require state prosec
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Out Lesbian Chai Feldblum appointed to EEOC
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama appointed openly Lesbian law professor Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on March 27.

Feldblum is currently a professor at Georgetown University School of Law, and is co-director of the university's Federal Legislation and Adminis
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Possible DADT repeal raises partner benefits questions
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Momentum appears to be building for ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT), the ban on Gays in the military. If Gay servicemembers are allowed to serve openly, the U.S. military will face another tough question: Should Gay partners be entitled to military benefits?

On March 25, Se
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Poll: 50% of Californians support Gay marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

According to a new poll, support for same-sex marriage appears to be increasing in California.

A Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) survey released on March 24 found that support for Gay marriage has reached 50% for the first time since the San Francisco-based think tank
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Portrait of America urges community involvement in census
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

If you happen upon a blue truck covered with the smiling faces of people of all ages and ethnicities, it should serve to remind you that, just like the beginning of every decade, it's census time. The truck is part of the 2010 Portrait of America Road Tour. The U.S. Census Bureau - the gover
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General Gayety: The lot of the LGBT elder
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

As if arthritis and profuse nose hair weren't enough. Aging is already loaded with physical and emotional challenges. Now we hear that LGBT elders face a distinct set of burdens in addition. It gives growing old all the appeal of a colostomy bag.

Called the first maj
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