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posted Friday, April 1, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 13

Section One

Laurie Jinkins' relationship recognition bill passes - Governor Gregoire promises to sign it
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On March 30, the Washington Senate passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages concluded in other jurisdictions as valid domestic partnerships in Washington.

The vote was 28-19.

The bill, originally proposed by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27), has already passed the state House of Representatives by a margin
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Family Acceptance Project explores acceptance in Always My Son
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Part two of a two-part series exploring the link between a healthy family acceptance of LGBT children and preventing homelessness and suicide. For part one, visit http://sgn.org/sgnnews39_12/.

Can a father accept his Gay son? What does it take to change the heart a
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InterPride holds conference to help Pride in hostile areas
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 26-27, 10 of the 26 known Pride organizations in the Pacific Northwest region converged on Seattle to commit to the fight for human rights while showcasing their community pride by becoming members of InterPride.

Founded in 1982, InterPride is the international as
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Barney Frank to reintroduce ENDA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rep. Barney Frank (D-N.Y.) announced at a D.C. news conference on March 30 that he will reintroduce ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act).

ENDA would amend federal civil rights laws governing employment to prohibit most employers from discriminating in hiring and promotions
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General Gayety: The fabric of our lives
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

We Americans like to express ourselves with our chests.

I'm not speaking of Jane Russell, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I'm talking about our proclivity for wearing T-shirts with slogans on them. Americans have been human billboards for decades.
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LATE BREAKING: Derek Morado not discharged
On the evening of March 31, openly Gay Petty Officer Second Class Derek Morado - who faced military discharge even though the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was authorized by Congress in December of 2010 - won his fight to continue in the military.

After a brief hearing, the three-person administrative board voted against dis
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United Way helps to keep Chicken Soup Brigade's van rolling
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 29, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Chicken Soup Brigade was announced as a United Way of King County recipient of the 2011 Hunger Relief Capacity Program.

'Over 1,000 sick and vulnerable people count on the Chicken Soup Brigade for meals and groceries each week - but
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Researchers need to engage LGBT population in health studies
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Researchers need to proactively engage LGBT people in health studies and collect data on these populations to identify and better understand health conditions that affect them, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

According to the committee that wrote the rep
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Group Health LGBT & Allies group works for equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In October of last year, Group Health formally recognized the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Staff Resource Group (LGBT & Allies) as a formal group. Since that time, the organization's membership has swelled to over 100 people.

'For several years, a small
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Parents, students, and teachers ask Congress to support school bullying bills
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 29, parents, students, and educators concerned about school safety for LGBT students met with senators, representatives, and congressional staff on as part of GLSEN's third annual Safe Schools Advocacy Summit.

According to GLSEN officials, the three-day summit hi
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New EEOC regulations include HIV as a disability
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) - the federal agency responsible for enforcing laws against workplace discrimination - has announced that it will consider HIV infection to be a disability covered by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

The EEOC's decisio
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One for the goddess
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

The death of a screen goddess is bound to attract a circus-like atmosphere in addition to the normal obituaries and video tributes. Following the news of Elizabeth Taylor's death on March 23, 94-year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor's blood pressure rose and she was rushed to the UCLA Medical Cen
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Obama, Brazil champion OAS LGBT rapporteur
During a visit to Brazil on March 19, President Barack Obama joined with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to call for establishment of an LGBT rights 'special rapporteur' at the Organization of American States.

In a statement issued three days later, t
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Northwest News
Northwest News
'DINA MARTINA: LIVE AT RE-BAR PLACE'
On Fridays and Saturdays, through April 30, at 8 p.m., at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.), join the talent-stuffed Dina Martina and ultra-gifted accompanist Chris Jeffries for their semi-awaited return to Re-bar for a Spring show that's oozing with razzle-dazzle - minus the dazzle! Dina Martina's shows are brimming with unwittingly hilarious
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Ninth Circuit refuses to lift stay of Prop 8 strikedown
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 23 refused a request from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies that it lift its block on the August 2010 federal district court ruling that struck down Proposition 8.
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Bisexual actor Farley Granger dies at 85
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Farley Granger, who made his professional reputation in the Alfred Hitchcock thrillers Rope (1948) and Strangers on a Train (1951), died on March 28.

He was 85.

Granger was never 'out' in any sense of the word that a modern audience would recognize, but he refused to
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Mixed messages from feds on bi-national marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT rights advocates briefly celebrated reports that two U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) district offices were reversing long-standing policy and accepting alien relative petitions and green card applications filed by married same-sex couples.

The reports were
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Labor calls for a Week of Action, April 2-8
Pride At Work AFL-CIO

Responding to a call from the AFL-CIO for a Week of Action to defend collective bargaining rights and state budgets that put people before profits, local labor organizations have put together a program of actions for the first week in April.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
2 p.m. at Peac
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'Equality' beyond marriage - An interview with activist Ryan Conrad
by Rahul K. Gairola - SGN Contributing Writer

Less than five years ago, in July 2006, Justice Barbara Madsen (now chief justice) of the WA Supreme Court wrote the infamous 5/4 decision to uphold the state's ban on Gay marriage. At the time, Madsen followed the lead of the state of New York, thus making Washington state the seco
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