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posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02

Section One

Remembering Bayard Rustin
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As we look back at another Martin Luther King Day march and rally and remember Dr. King's eloquent calls to social justice, we might also remember Bayard Rustin, one of Dr. King's closest associates and one of the least known.

Like most of King's inner circle, Rustin was African American. Unlike most of them, he was openl
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Community makes Tree of Life fundraiser a success
SGN and participating bars raise money for YSPP

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

During the month of December, the Seattle Gay News in conjunction with the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) conducted a fundraising program, the Tree of Life, to raise money to further assist YSPP in their critical role of
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Councilmember Harrell announces six LGBT Commission appointees
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced the appointment of six new members to the Seattle LGBT Commission.

Harrell ensures that the Office for Civil Rights actively enforces the rules prohibiting bigotry in all of its forms (including attacks against the
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Gibbs: DOMA repeal 'inordinately challenging'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on January 18 that given Republican control of the House, it would be 'inordinately challenging' to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in this Congress.

Gibbs made the remarks in an exchange with the Washington Blade. He al
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Two employees assaulted at Wildrose
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Fire Department were called to the Wildrose bar on January 19 after two men assaulted two employees and a passerby at the popular Lesbian bar.

According to the SPD police report filed by the responding officer, law enforcement was dispa
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Iran sentences Gay men to death by stoning
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two young Iranian men have been sentenced to death by stoning for having sex with each other.

According to the International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS), the two men - identified only as Ayub, 20 years old, and Mosleh, 21 - are currently being held in prison in the Iranian city
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Karen Jean Lemieux, 1945-2010
Karen passed away at home in her apartment due to complications from multiple myeloma, which she was diagnosed with in March of 2009. She is survived by her daughter Zoë Lemieux (of Karen Jassy and Zoë) and her two sisters, Sharon Armstrong of Bremerton, WA, and Kristine Lemieux of Kirkland, WA, as well as her stepmother, Mickey Lemieux, and s more
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General Gayety: Gay stamp of approval
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I've kept a secret for years. Now it's time for me to come out - as a stamp collector.

I'm throwing off my shame. I'm a nerd and I'm proud!

My orientation, philatelically speaking, is toward general collecting. I amass all kinds of postage stamps. Other co
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Goodbye, Joe - Senator Joe Lieberman will not seek reelection
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Senator Joe Lieberman announced on January 19 that he would not seek reelection when his current term is up in 2012.

'The reason I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012 is best expressed in the wise words from Ecclesiastes: 'To everything there is a season, and a time
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Gay parents find the South more welcoming
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The longer you live in progressive Seattle, the easier it becomes for you to forget that in most parts of the country, LGBT families do not feel safe, do not have anything resembling equal rights, and may feel unwelcome. Often times, when one thinks of a 'welcoming' city, images of San F
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Gay City goes to Olympia to save stop-smoking programs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 26, Gay City Health Project will join a number of other community organizations in Olympia who are trying to save state funding for tobacco cessation programs.

According to Gay City Community Organizer Lark Ballinger, stop-smoking programs will take a devastating hit in
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Hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners now required by federal rules
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Under new federal rules, nearly all hospitals this week are extending visitation rights to the partners of same-sex couples. The change in policy is due to the Obama administration's continuing efforts to expand the rights of LGBT Americans.

The federal regulations, however,
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International News
International News
Gay senator leads Irish president race
A poll has found that openly Gay Irish Senator David Norris leads the pack seeking to be the nation's next president.

The Red C poll conducted in early January found that Norris, 66, is favored by 27 percent of voters, followed by Member of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness at 13 percent, former Prime Minister
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Northwest News
Northwest News
DAVID WOJNAROWICZ'S CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO, A FIRE IN MY BELLY, SHOWING IN SEATTLE
David Wojnarowicz's controversial video, A Fire in My Belly, that was part of a show of Gay and Lesbian related art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery recently, until it was removed from the exhibition in response to a deluge of unfavorable calls and emails from the Ca
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National News
National News
U.S. News by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Justice Dept. appeals rulings that struck down DOMA
HRC to Obama: Support same-sex marriage now

The Human Rights Campaign called on President Barack Obama January 13 to abandon his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Obama has said he supports civil unions for Gays but thinks marria
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Facebook co-founder engaged to Gay-rights advocate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Chris Hughes, the 27-year-old Facebook co-founder who was Mark Zuckerberg's former Harvard roommate and is said to be worth more than $500 million, is engaged to his long-time boyfriend and Gay rights advocate Sean Eldridge.

The couple, who has been together for five year
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U.S. Embassy in Honduras concerned about LGBT murders
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, issued a statement on January 19 expressing concern over several recent murders of LGBT Hondurans.

'The U.S. Embassy notes with concern the five killings that have been committed against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgen
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Trans pioneer Marcia Alejandra dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marcia Alejandra, the first documented Transgender woman in Latin America, has died according to reports in the Chilean newspaper La Nación.

Her death was reported by her friend, Queer activist Pedro Lemebel, on January 13.

'With her departure, this country loses
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