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posted Friday, April 22, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 16

Section One

'We have to remind people we're Queer'
Dante Obcena, award-winning student, talks to the SGN

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'It's not me meeting the governor, it's not me getting the medal - it's my work,' says Dante Obcena, winner of a prestigious All-Washington State Academic/Leadership Team award.

Award-winners represent 33 community and technical colleges in the st
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SGN sits down with Seattle's flash mob boss
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Egan Orion, executive producer of One Degree Events, knows that the world is watching. His team of volunteers, choreographers, and flash mob enthusiasts are taking the game to a whole new level - locally and throughout the nation - to dance, sing, perform, surprise, and ultimately deligh
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'Halfway there' GLAMAZONIA and Lily celebrate five years
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

GLAMAZONIA and Lily Armani, two of Seattle's most famous and accomplished drag superstars, celebrated their five-year anniversary on April 15. Now, for the first time in any publication, the pair discusses their relationship as both Gay men and as drag performers, and from how they first
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Why Gay history is American history
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Forty-five years ago, a debate was raging in California.

The state Board of Education had adopted a new junior high school history textbook with inclusive treatment of the civil rights movement.

California conservatives were outraged. They warned of the disa
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Anti-Semitic 'demonbuster' runs for Jacksonville City Council
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Just yesterday, it seemed that Maryland-based anti-Gay activist Bishop Harry Jackson was a shoo-in for providing the nutty quote of the week. On a right-wing radio show, he said that attempts to win LGBT marriage equality were 'a satanic plot to destroy our seed.'

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Raising a glass to Dining Out For Life
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The 18th annual Dining Out For Life event is scheduled for April 28, when participating restaurants, grocery stores, caf├ęs, and bakeries will donate a percentage of their proceeds to Lifelong AIDS Alliance to support the fight against illness and hunger in our community.

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GLSEN holds students of color organizing event
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, will hold a Students of Color Organizing Conference (SOCO) on May 7 at Seattle University.

The event, made possible by a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation, will gather high school students of color from the Pug
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Low Income Housing Institute to build affordable housing for youth
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) announced plans to develop 50 units of housing in the University District for formerly homeless youth and those transitioning out of foster care. A new home for the University District Food Bank will be located on the first floor.

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Indictment in Rutgers suicide case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former Rutgers University freshman Dharun Ravi has been charged with a hate crime and 14 other counts in the suicide of his college roommate, Tyler Clementi.

Clementi, then 18, took his own life last fall by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, after Ravi allegedly taped him
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African Truvada study halted, anti-HIV drug found ineffective for women
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Family Health International (FHI), a nonprofit AIDS research organization, announced on April 18 that it was abandoning its study on the AIDS-prevention potential of the drug Truvada.

FHI said it made the decision because an interim review of data by the trial's independent data m
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Thousands of students observe National Day of Silence
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Students from thousands of schools around the country observed a day of silence on April 15.

Sponsored by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the National Day of Silence is a day of action during which students across the country take some form of a vow
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Malaysian authorities send 66 boys to anti-Gay camp
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Authorities in the Malaysian state of Terengganu have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys to a four-day camp to discourage them from being Gay.

The boys, all between 13 and 17 years old, were singled out by their teachers for 'effeminate' behavior.

Their stay at the camp is mean
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Moscow Pride: Sixth time's a charm?
Gay activists will try again next month to stage a Gay pride march in Moscow.

This time, they are armed with a final ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that previous years' bans by the ex-mayor and the city were illegal.

Last October
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
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GENDER ODYSSEY SHOW SEEKS ART SUBMISSIONS
As part of Gender Odyssey's 10th anniversary conference, the We Made This Road by Walking art show is an opportunity for reflection and celebration. We Made This Road by Walking references creating a path for oneself when the road to
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U.S. NEWS by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay bills introduced in Congress
Two recurring LGBT-rights measures were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in April: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act.

ENDA would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and
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Serbia sends anti-Gay neo-Nazis to prison
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fourteen leaders of the Serbian neo-Nazi organization Obraz were sentenced to prison terms by Serbia's Higher Court in Belgrade on April 20.

All had been charged in connection with riots they instigated at Belgrade's 2010 Pride Parade.

Obraz leader Mladen Obradovi
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Truth Wins Out calls for investigation of anti-Gay Ugandan activist Martin Ssempa
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Truth Wins Out in Burlington, VT, recently called on Ugandan authorities to investigate anti-Gay activist Martin Ssempa for potential extortion, perjury, and fraud, following the New York Times' discovery that Ssempa may have paid and pressured a witness to give false testimony in favor o
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Outfield: Puck buddies
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

One day a couple of months ago, Craig Brownstein was enjoying a Washington Capitals game. He turned to his partner, Doug Johnson, and said, 'You're my puck buddy.' The two hockey fanatics laughed at the pun - a sly reference to you-know-what.

A couple of weeks later, a Gay h
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