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posted Friday, May 20, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 20

Section One

Hopeful news on HIV vaccine

New study could 'significantly contribute' to development by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) may offer hope for an eventual HIV vaccine.

In a study published in the journal Nature on May 11, researchers reported that they had developed a vaccine th
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Barney Frank visits Seattle
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'You think John Boehner cries a lot?' Barney Frank said defiantly in his rapid-fire staccato. 'You ain't seen nothin' yet. I could return to my youth, to Johnnie Ray - 'cry me a river.'

In Seattle on May 17 to support the reelection bid of his House of Representatives colleague, Sea
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Seattle LGBT Commission to put survey findings to good use
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, the Seattle LGBT Commission released a preliminary report of the results from a six-week online survey to assess the needs of Seattle's LGBT community on issues including housing, education, health, public safety, and community involvement.

Nearly 1,600 people par
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C.C. Attle's announces opening dates
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Otters, cubs, and bears - oh my!

C.C. Attle's will hold a 'soft opening' (with a limited selection of food and alcohol) by Memorial Day weekend. Chris Daw, C.C. Attle's general manager, told Seattle Gay News that the official grand opening is scheduled for June 11.

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Madison Pub birthday celebrating 25 years
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

Madison Pub, one of Seattle's most laid-back and comfortable neighborhood bars, celebrated their 25th anniversary on May 14.

'We had happy hour all day and pretty much had a good time,' Roland Hyre, Madison Pub's current owner, said. 'We gave away money prizes every hou
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Guilty plea in hate crime against Seattle resident
by Richard L. Tso - Special to the SGN

When you come face-to-face with someone who wants to hurt you, you feel utterly alone. You may have a loving family at home and friends who believe in you, but when you are looking straight into the eyes of a complete stranger who hates you based on preconceived notions of who you are, it is
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LGBT group backs sick pay proposal
by C.J. Bille - Special to the SGN

A proposal to require all businesses in the City of Seattle to provide paid sick leave to their employees has won a key LGBT endorsement.

Pride At Work, a constituent group within the AFL-CIO, is listed among more than 70 organizations that make up the Seattle Coalition for a Healt
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Sen. Patty Murray co-sponsors bill to combat LGBT youth homelessness
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Senator Patty Murray will co-sponsor a bill to combat homelessness among LGBT youth.

The Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act was introduced by former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on May 14.

The bill addresses the needs of young peopl
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Mayor McGinn agrees with LGBT Commission
On May 9, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued this response to the Seattle LGBT Commission: 'I have reviewed your memorandum of March 23, 2011, regarding Transgender health insurance coverage exclusions. Thank you for the thoughtful and compelling work that you have done to research this issue and formulate your recommendation.

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 17, members of the world community observed the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The day aims to coordinate international events to call for respect for LGBT persons worldwide. Unlike Gay Pride, which is largely meant to emphasize pride in one's sexual
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Sisters giving out money, soliciting grant applications
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, want to give you money! On May 16, the Sisters announced they are opening the coffers they have been steadily filling the past 12 months and are now accepting applications for their 2011 Charity Granting Cycle.

For
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New data links anti-LGBT school bullying with suicide, HIV, STDs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Critical new research has found that LGBT youth who experience high levels of school victimization in middle and high school report impaired physical and mental health in young adulthood, including depression, suicide attempts that require medical care, sexually transmitted diseases (ST
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Phoenix Suns executive announces he is Gay
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 15, Rick Welts, president and CEO of the NBA Phoenix Suns basketball team, announced he is Gay. Welts says he went public with his announcement because he wants to break down one of the last significant social barriers in sports.

According to news reports, Welts talked t
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Ask Michael: The crippling effects of being shy
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

There are a certain number of people who label themselves as 'shy.' They experience times when all they want is to be alone, they are sometimes afraid of certain social situations, and they generally feel like they can't connect with people.

This is a double-edged sword
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Barney Frank comes to Seattle for Jim McDermott re-election fundraiser
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'This is great!' beamed Congressman Jim McDermott as he wrapped up a successful campaign fundraiser at the new offices of Nyhus Communications. 'I always make money when Barney comes.'

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was in Seattle May 17 to help raise money for McDermott's re-election
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A condom in a pill bottle: What the HPTN 052 study means for Gay men
by Stephen Fallon, Ph.D. - Special to the SGN

Big news lit up the internet this week: HIV treatments seem to block the virus from spreading during sex. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health tracked more than 1,700 couples and found that 'earlier initiation of [the medicines that fight HIV] led to a 96% reduction i
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Section One
International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Euro court slaps Hamburg over pensions
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice slapped the city of Hamburg, Germany, on May 10 for paying smaller pensions to same-sex registered partners than to married people.

Retired city employee Jürgen Römer claimed that his reduced pension violate
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
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GSBA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BANQUET
On Friday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (reception and hors d'oeuvres) and 6:30-9:30 p.m. (dinner and awards), at the Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave., join GSBA members and friends for an evening celebrating this year's GSBA scholarship award recipi
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National News
Presbyterians OK noncelibate Gay pastors
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has become the latest American Protestant denomination to allow noncelibate LGB people to become pastors.

On May 10, a vote of a regional governing body in Minnesota pushed the number of 'presbyteries' supporting the change over the halfway mark.

The development effectively
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Out in Front graduates their third class
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Out in Front Seattle, a leadership development effort seeking to secure the future of the movement for LGBTQ equality at all levels of government and society, graduated its third class of new leaders this week.

Over eight months, through six full-day sessions, two weekend-l
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Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill still alive
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uganda's government has Gays, political opponents, and the news media on its hit list, according to reports from Kampala, the country's capital.

Although Uganda's parliament adjourned on May 13 without acting on the notorious 'Kill the Gays' bill, the measure will reportedly be re
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Lewis Country kicks off Pride celebration on May 26
Courtesy of Centralia College GSA On May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Centralia College Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Lewis County Pride 2011. Pride started back in 2006 with a handful of energetic supporters, and has grown each year to a bigger and better event. We would like to invite you to join us wit more
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CNN's Don Lemon: 'I'm Gay'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 16, multiple Emmy-winning CNN anchor Don Lemon came out as Gay in an official statement to the media. Lemon's statement, 'In My Own Words & I Was Born Gay,' read:

'Today I chose to step out on faith and begin openly living my own truth. And let me say right up front
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NBA joins GLSEN to address anti-Gay language among teens
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Ad Council joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) to debut a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley designed to address the use of anti-Gay language a
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