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posted Friday, June 11, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 24

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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Victory Fund's Robin Brand
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Robin Brand, deputy executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, will be in Seattle for a June 14 event with local LGBT political leaders and supporters.

The Victory Fund describes itself as an organization that 'identifies, trains, and elects LGBT leaders to all levels of office, in every corner of America.' more
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Partners of LGBT federal workers get new benefits, still not equal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new directive issued by President Obama on June 2 expands the benefits same-sex partners of federal workers can obtain, but still stops short of full equality with married spouses of straight workers.

Obama directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the fam
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Pink Gorillas vs Muffin Tops raises over $2,000 for Lambert House
by Gaysha Starr - Special to the SGN

Despite all the rainy weather last week, on June 5, the sun miraculously appeared just in time for the Second Annual Muffin Tops vs. the Lambert House Pink Gorillas Softball Exhibition Game at Cal Anderson Park at 2 p.m. Over 150 people gathered to raise over $2,000 in cash to benefit the Lambe
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UPDATE: Malawi couple splits up - Steven dumps Tiwonge for another woman
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The saga of the Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga has taken a dramatic new turn.

On June 7, Monjeza announced he was dumping his Transgender partner for another woman.

According to The Nation newspaper, Monjeza announced he would marry Dorothy Gu
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No condoms at World Cup?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

HIV/AIDS activists have accused FIFA - the governing body of world soccer - of banning the distribution of condoms at this year's World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

FIFA is also preventing the distribution of safe sex information at World Cups stadiums and other venues, in spit
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Political cowardice threatens AIDS funding
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal program designed to help low-income people living with HIV/AIDS to pay for their medication is in jeopardy because members of Congress fear that voting for it could hurt their chances of reelection.

That charge was made by William Arnold, executive director of the Nationa
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New Gallup poll shows historic shift in opinions
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Last week, Gallup released a remarkable report on Americans' evolving views on homosexuality.

According to the results of Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, for the first time, the percentage of Americans who perceive "Gay and Lesbian relations" as morally acceptable has
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Study finds kids raised by Lesbians are well-adjusted
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A 25-year study concluded that children raised by Lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavior problems than their peers.

The study, published June 7 in the journal Pediatrics, followed 78 Lesbian couples that conceived through sperm donations and as
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New passport rules for Transgender travelers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. now has more flexible passport rules for Transgender people, according to a statement issued by the State Department on June 10.

'Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance,' the statement said.

Beginning June 10, "when a p
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Gay couples get equal tax treatment
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that same-sex couples must be treated the same as heterosexual couples under a feature of California tax law - the first time the agency has acknowledged Gay couples as a entity for tax purposes.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the
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Taking the Queer members of the U.S. House for a test drive
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

There are 435 members of the United States House of Representatives. Of those 435 members, only three openly identify as Queer: Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado.

Estimating Queer population is dicey business
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SEXY UNDERWEAR PARTY! 'Not Required, But Desired'
by Gaysha Starr - Special to SGN

On June 5, over 400 supporters of the Rain City Soccer Club and patrons of the Lobby Bar attended "Not Required, But Desired," a fundraiser and sexy underwear party to celebrate the RCSC 2010 Friendly Soccer Tournament held earlier that day. Sponsoring the event were three Seattle Teams: haloPONY
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PRIDE EVENTS CALENDAR

UNCORKED GAY WINE TASTING
AND LAUNCH PARTY
FOR GAY CITY VOLUME 3
On Friday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m., join hosts Roy Schaefer and Randy Shields on the Garden Terrace at Continental Place (2125 First Ave., 5th floor) for Uncorked, the 5th more
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

British treasury secretary resigns in Gay housing scandal
British Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws, 44, resigned his job May 29 after it was revealed that he had been giving his second-home allowance to his secret male partner.

Since 2006, British MPs have not been allowed to take the allow
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Northwest News
Northwest News
COMMUNITY CAR WASHES
On Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan, host a car wash at C.C. Attle's, 15th Ave. and E. Madison St., to benefit the Sisters' Charity Grant Fund.

Also on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seattle Gay Flag Football hosts a car wash at 14th Ave. E. and E. John S
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Senate could consider DADT repeal June 18
The full U.S. Senate could take up repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on open Gays in the military as soon as June 18.

The measure, which is attached to the bill that funds the U.S. military for 2011, has passed a Senate committee and the full Hou
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MCCS becomes Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

MCC Seattle has changed a lot since Reverend Ray Neal took charge of the church - so much, in fact, that the church is changing its name to represent those changes. On top of that, they're moving to the University District.

"We are a very different congregation than we were t
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