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posted Friday, March 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 12

Section One

Capitol Hill Alano Club hit by arson
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The hand-lettered sign on the door of Capitol Hill Alano Club read, in big block letters, 'CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO FIRE.'

A police officer driving by the building at 1900 E. Madison at 2:40 a.m. on March 22 saw smoke pouring out of a second floor window. He called the fire department.

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Family Acceptance Project builds healthy futures for youth
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Part one of a two-part series exploring the link between family acceptance of LGBT children and preventing homelessness and suicide.

Caitlin Ryan, director of the California-based Family Acceptance Project (FAP) believes that the best way to keep LGBT teens off t
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U.S. calls on U.N. to act on LGBT rights, Vatican is outraged
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Obama administration has issued a call for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council to address discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

The U.S. declaration was made at the Human Rights Council's headquarters in Geneva on March 22.

Two days later, the U.S. stateme
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Gay soldier killed in Afghanistan
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Responsible journalists around the world will tell you that there is no place for glorifying death in print. Is one loss of life more important than another? The simple answer is no.

But every now and then, a story comes along where a loss of life helps to point out a fact.
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I'd reinstate DADT, Huckabee says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Possible Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he would support legislation reinstating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

He made the statement in a OneNewsNow interview on March 22.

'I would [reinstate DADT] because that's really what the military wants,' Huck
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U.S. Catholics support marriage equality, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff writer

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released March 18 says that a large majority of U.S. Catholics support civil marriage for same-sex couples.

The poll, conducted by Laver Research Associates, indicates that 53% of Americans in general support same-sex marriage. For Roman Catholi
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Gay man 'stoned to death' in Pennsylvania
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Grim news came out of Pennsylvania this week as a young man who claims a Gay senior citizen made unwanted sexual advances toward him said the Old Testament instructed him to beat the victim to death with a sock full of rocks.

According to news reports, John Joe Thomas tol
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Queer-centric writing class at Richard Hugo House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Local writer Katie McClendon will teach the Queer-centric writing class 'Beyond Coming Out' at Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.) April 5-May 10 from 7-9 p.m.

'The LGBTQ community is filled with a variety of experiences and identities that run along a spectrum. Now that
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Protecting LGBT youth
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

It's great when LGBT media from around the country gets a chance to meet with each other and share their experience and knowledge. After all, we are the communications platform of this community, and the more accurate information we have on any given subject, the better. more
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Openly Gay Republican Fred Karger announces 2012 presidential run
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Openly Gay GOP member Fred Karger told CBS News that he has filed to run for president of the United States.

This is the first time Karger has run for political office, but he has been a behind-the-scenes player for 35 years - serving as an advisor to Presidents Ford, Reaga
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Patrick Young
1963-2011

Patrick Young, 48, died March 10 at his home in Seattle, Washington.

Patrick was born on March 1, 1963, in Washington, D.C., to Marion Young Perkins and Elwood Young, Jr.

Patrick moved to Seattle in 1988 after honorably serving in the U.S. Army. He fell in love with the beauty of Washington state and the vitality of
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Rob Hight, 1966-2011
After a courageous five-month battle with cancer, Rob passed away peacefully at his home in Orlando, Florida. Rob was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, where he graduated from Eastern High School and Indiana University. Rob went on to work for American Trans Air and Alaska Airline. He then made a career working with AT&T wireless as a region more
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GLSEN launches new program to address LGBT issues in K-12 sports
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In an effort to make K-12 sports and physical education safer and more inclusive for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) and a diverse coalition of athletes, journalists, and sports figures launched
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On March 22, hundreds of Washingtonians gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington, for Equality Day 2011 to educate their legislators about the lives of LGBT persons. Washington State Senator Ed Murray, Reps. Jamie Pedersen, Marko Liias, Dave Upthegrove, and Equal Rights Washington Executive Director Josh Friedes were among the guest speakers at the rally.

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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Moldovan anti-discrimination bill under attack
A government-supported bill to ban anti-Gay and other discrimination has come under attack in Moldova's Parliament, where it is being debated.

According to ILGA-Europe, a number of MPs have called for the deletion of 'sexual orientation' from the dra
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Northwest News
Northwest News
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S 4TH ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION
On Friday, March 25, at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.), at Sodo Park (3200 1st Ave. S.), join Three Dollar Bill Cinema for 'Velvet Goldmine,' their 4th annual dinner and auction. Enjoy silent and live auctions, appetizers, sit down dinner, hosted wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and some cinematic surprises! All proceeds f
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National News
National News
Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage
Another national poll has found that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll, released March 18, found that when asked, 'Do you think it should be illegal or legal for Gay and Lesbian couples to get married?' 53 percent of adults said 'legal' and 44 percent said
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Rev. slams civil rights, Gay rights link
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The struggle for LGBT equality is often linked to the historic 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

However, there are some, like Reverend Keith Ratliff, Sr., who disagree completely with that comparison and have begun to publicly disavow the link between the two movements.
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Labor Council reaffirms support for inclusive anti-discrimination language
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) 'supports inclusive contract language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and urges its affiliates to adopt such language,' according to a resolution passed unanimously at its
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Fort Worth settles suit in Gay bar raid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The City of Fort Worth, Texas, will pay $400,000 to a man injured in a raid on the Rainbow Lounge Gay bar in 2009.

The Fort Worth City Council approved the payment to Chad Gibson on March 22.

Gibson suffered head injuries in the raid, which took place 40 years almost
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Barcelona dedicates LGBT Memorial
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mayor Jordi Hereu of Barcelona dedicated a memorial to LGBT victims of persecution in central Ciutadella Park on Sunday morning, March 20.

The pink marble triangle slants slightly upward toward the observer, with an inscription in Catalan that reads, 'In memory of the Gays, Lesb
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LGBT homeless youth in NYC outraged by possible budget cuts
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to an analysis by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the proposed budget cuts by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would drastically reduce support from New York State for homeless youth, with 37 shelter beds for youth facing closure. Currently, New Y
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