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posted Friday, March 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 10

Section One

Republicans drag Wisconsin back to 19th century
Sixty LGBT organizations pledge solidarity with workers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a move former Labor Secretary Robert Reich called a 'coup d'etat,' Wisconsin Republicans stripped state workers of their right to collective bargaining on March 9.

Collective bargaining is the process of unions negotiating labor contracts with employe
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Key LGBT-friendly bills pass state House, go to Senate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three bills offered by openly Gay or Lesbian legislators have passed the Washington State House of Representatives, and will now go to the state Senate for consideration.

If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, all will expand protections for LGBT residents of the stat
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Dennis Weymouth and the Seattle United Soccer League
Courtesy of Seattle United Soccer League

Dennis Weymouth has been very busy with soccer in recent months. He's working to get the new Seattle United Soccer League off the ground and kicking.

'Our mission is to give back to the community spiritually, financially and socially. We express ourselves through the diversity
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Brutal attack in Saint Lucia
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Looking for some fun in the sun on your next vacation? Allow us to suggest a Hawaiian alternative to your Caribbean dream.

Seriously, Gay travelers, the U.S. State Department has not been releasing warnings about Gay travel in the Caribbean for their own health. On the co
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Sen. Patty Murray issues statement on House Republicans' DOMA defense
On March 10, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the following statement after Republicans in the House of Representatives initiated action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court:

'I am extremely disappointed that House Republicans are attempting to once again shift the focus from jobs and the economy and are pl
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Sen. Ed Murray does the right thing for injured workers
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) joined 14 other Democratic state senators in voting to protect workers' compensation insurance from the latest attempt to cut benefits to injured workers.

Unfortunately, 12 Democratic senators joined all 34 Republicans to pass SB 5566, and allow employers to
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SO&P to launch new Seattle Pride website
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P), the organization responsible for the annual Seattle Pride Parade, announced the launch of their new website and parade registration system this week. According to SO&P officials, the new website, www.seattlepride.org, set to go live March 15, is designed to
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Ron Dupre, 1941-2011
Ron Dupre, 69, of Rancho Mirage, CA, died from liver failure on February 13, 2011.

Ron was born July 27, 1941, in Putnam, CT, graduated from Putnam High School in 1959, received a BA from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, in 1963, and worked in Hartford from 1963 to 1967. He then moved to Los Angeles, was general sales
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General Gayety : The sandwich-generation Lesbian
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Ever heard of the Lingerie Football League? It's a women's football league where the women wear helmets, shoulder pads, bras, panties and garters. Billed as 'true fantasy football,' the teams have names like the Los Angeles Temptation and the Dallas Desire.

If this l
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British Rugby League club set to make LGBT history
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Sheffield Eagles Rugby League club will make history this Sunday by becoming the first sports team in U.K. history to wear a kit (uniform) openly displaying an anti-homophobia message.

The Sheffield Eagles have joined forces with the Rugby Football League to show thei
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Culture war 'truce,' or GOP civil war?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former Bush speechwriter and neo-con guru David Frum came out for a 'truce' in the ongoing culture wars in a panel discussion on MSNBC's Daily Rundown on March 7.

In response to a question from host Chuck Todd, Frum backed away from the Republican Party's previous commitment to
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Toronto: Rich in history, culture, and food
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America, and yet it is a city most people don't know anything about. Littered with activities ranging from museums, great restaurants, sports, and the CN Tower - their equivalent to the Space Needle - Toronto is a place everyone should visit
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Russian Gay activist visits SF despite some opposition
by Matt Baume - Courtesy of the Bay Area Reporter

Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev visited San Francisco this week on a speaking tour that faced protest from several local leaders over perceived anti-Semitic comments.

The controversy boiled over last week when Alekseev's California sponsors canceled their
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At the heart of every religious tradition is love of humanity and love of creator – not hatred for our neighbors. Creating a climate of hate runs contrary to the very idea of faith – but that's exactly what the right wing in America is doing.

Whether or not we're people of faith, we cannot stay silent or stand idly by while a radical minority pushes a hateful agenda in God's name. Please stand with us and speak out today.

Prop 8: Not another year

In the latest twist in the saga to overturn Prop 8 – the ban on marriage for same-sex couples in California – the state Supreme Court has announced it will review a legal question that could delay the case for another year! Our allies at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) continue to fight Prop 8 in court but they need our help.

While Prop 8 remains on the books, thousands of families are denied their basic equality guaranteed by the constitution.

HRC sent a letter to the California Supreme Court asking them to speed up their process. We have also called on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – which has "pressed pause" on equal marriage in California – to lift their stay on a lower court ruling that overturned Prop 8 and allow same-sex couples to marry just like everyone else. Please stand up for LGBT families and add your name to these letters by filling out the form below.

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International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer Open Gays elected to Irish Dáil
Two Gay men made history by being elected to Ireland's lower house of Parliament, Dáil Éireann, on February 25.

Dominic Hannigan will represent Meath East, a parliamentary constituency in the northeast of the nation, for the Labour Party.

And John Lyons will rep
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Northwest News
Northwest News
SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL: IRISH FESTIVAL
On Saturday, March 12, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Irish Festival at Seattle Center's Center House offers entertainment, exploration and insights into the culture of Ireland. Shop for authentic Irish products, create Celtic arts and crafts and enjoy a weekend of non-stop Irish music, award-winning danc
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Supreme Court OKs Phelps funeral pickets
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on March 2 that Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church has a constitutional right to picket military funerals carrying signs that say such things as 'God hates fags.'

The court said the church's 'speech' is 'certainly hurtful an
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Gay dating app Grindr now on Android
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Grindr, the popular location-based app Gay men use to find other Gay males in their immediate area, is now available in an Android version.

Grindr, a Los Angeles-based company, has more than 1.65 million regular users in 180 countries worldwide, with London being the app'
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Gay activist sues Botswana over anti-Gay law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Caine Youngman, an openly Gay Botswana man, is suing his country over section 164 of its penal code, outlawing same-sex relations, which the law calls 'carnal knowledge against the order of nature.'

In his suit, Youngman asks the Botswana High Court to declare section 164 uncon
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Trump says no to Gay marriage and civil benefits
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Donald Trump is known as many things: a real estate mogul, reality TV star, and the wearer of an iconic haircut. For decades, The Donald has built an empire and reputation as a no-nonsense businessman. Now, according to Allen Roskoff, who co-authored the nation's first Gay rights bill in
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Gay sex still illegal in Kansas
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Aren't you glad you live in Washington state? We may not always be on the mark as far as full Gay rights go, but we fare pretty well compared to, let's say, Kansas.

The ranking Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say they intend to leave a law criminalizi
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Hate comes to Harvard
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Sometimes the bogeyman is real and a vast right wing conspiracy truly exists in the shadows. This happens to be the case with the Seven Mountains Movement, an extremist group of evangelical Christians with a radically different vision of America.

This fringe group of zealo
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