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posted Friday, August 6, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 32

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Lady Gaga issues call from stage (for peaceful Arizona boycott
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

International pop sensation Lady Gaga is no stranger to political controversy - to say she was "stirring the pot" when describing her public criticisms of homophobia in music and other hot-button issues would be putting it lightly. So far, the star's hugely successful Monster Ball Tour has been applauded - and marred by backlash.
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VICTORY! Prop. 8 trial upholds equal protection
Prop 8 lacks 'any rational basis' for denying same-sex marriage by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 4, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, striking down California's Proposition
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Arizona's SB 1070 and the Gay community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Arizona has become a battleground.

Senate Bill 1070 has taken the state down a path towards racial profiling, discrimination, and anti-immigrant extremism. The LGBT community knows all too well how easily people who look or act "different" can be singled out for harassment an
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Rosencrantz to be new SO&P president
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 5, Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) President Eric Gauthier announced his retirement from the SO&P Board of Directors after 10 years of service. According to Gauthier, although he will be retiring as president, he will become the founding member of the new Emeritus/Advisory Board and
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General Gayety: Back in the news groove
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I've shirked my duty. I haven't provided you with a GLBT news quiz in an eon. Shocking behavior.

I'm back on the case now, ready to help you figure out whether you know your news. For each multiple-choice question below, circle the right answer. Or the wrong one - in m
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ACLU files suit in Alaska tax equality case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU has filed suit in an Alaska court on behalf of three same-sex couples who allege they are treated unfairly by the state's property tax assessment rules.

Alaska allows up to $150,000 in property tax exemptions for seniors and disabled veterans.

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Week 5 - In Botswana, Africa
On our way from Gaborone, Botswana to Maun
On Tuesday morning we were up at 6 am so we could make it to the bus at 7. We checked out the buses going to Maun the night before by going down to the bus area to chat with them. The first thing you need to know, that in Botswana there are no bus terminals as there are in most places in
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Zimbabwe arrests girls soccer team - Charges players with Lesbianism
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Twenty high school soccer players have been arrested in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and charged with being Lesbians, according to Zimbabwe news media.

The story broke in the state-run Zimbabwe Times and ZimDiaspora, a publication catering to Zimbabwean exiles, on August 3.

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SGN Exclusive Interview: District Court candidate Donna Tucker
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Donna Tucker is running for King County District Court, Northeast Division Position 7.

District courts typically deal with the most common offenses, and with a range of civil issues.

'The criminal cases we see most are DUIs, reckless driving, domestic violence, and s
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DADT surveys troops in war zones
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A survey of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan concluded that having Gay or Lesbian servicemembers in fighting units has no significant impact on unit cohesion or readiness.

The favorable survey results come at a time when the Obama administration is trying to win
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Chilean senator to introduce marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chilean Senator Fulvio Rossi, the president of Chile's Socialist Party, announced August 3 that he will introduce a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Rossi said his proposal would amend Article 112 of the Chilean Civil Code, which currently defines marriage as a union between a
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WA makes top 10 liberal states, Gallup says
Conservatives still ahead across the country

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new survey released by Gallup shows Washington as number nine among the top 10 liberal states. The District of Columbia was the most liberal, and Wyoming was the most conservative.

The new update in Gallup's 'State of t
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International News
International News
First pride parade planned in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal, will see its first LGBT pride parade August 25, says Sunil Pant, an openly Gay member of Parliament.

The procession will include elephants, a band and street performers, he said. There also will be a festival in Basantapur Durbar Square.

August 25 also is a Hindu and Buddhist festival day, "Gai J
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Northwest News
Northwest News
THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER TO VOTE
King County residents still have time to register to vote. If you are not currently registered to vote in Washington state you can still register for the Tuesday, August 17, primary election by visiting the King County Elections Office, 9010 East Marginal Way S., in Tukwila, in person on Monday, August 9. The office will be open 8:3
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Lambda fights for Arizona partner benefits
Lambda Legal presented oral arguments in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on June 28 to block a law that strips domestic-partner benefits from Gay and Lesbian state employees.

Arizona lawmakers eliminated health care for Gay state employees' partners in a
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Target CEO apologizes for donation
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

In a letter directed to Target leaders dated August 5, 2010, Target President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized for the company's recent $150,000 contribution to MN Forward, a political group that has endorsed and is paying for ads for conservative Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candid
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GOProud sleeps with the wrong people
Cleve Jones speaks out, community protests

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

GOProud, a group of ultra-conservative LGBT Republicans, outraged the San Diego community by holding an event at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel - a venue being boycotted by Gay-rights and labor activists.

GOProud, which
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Aleksa Manila's inspirational work at Seattle Counseling Services
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The creation of Seattle Counseling Service (for Sexual Minorities) in 1969 coincided with the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which sparked the modern Gay rights movement in this country. This makes SCS the first and oldest community mental health agency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Tra
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Polycamp prepares for August weekend celebration
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Polycamp, the annual celebration of all things poly, is set for the last weekend of August (August 26-29). The annual weekend getaway offers classes and activities targeted towards the polyamorous community in order to build and enrich the poly community. Now in its seventh year and with ne
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