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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23

Section One

Our flag: Community energized by Space Needle's refusal to fly Pride flag
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last year, the Space Needle made history by hoisting the Pride flag atop its spire for the first time ever.

The community was jubilant. It was an affirmation; a symbol that Seattle and the LGBT community that inhabits it (the second largest in the nation) are in sync. Photos were taken of smiling executive direct
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Despite Gay teacher's reservations, school still donates to Salvation Army
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since 1995, the student body of Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington, has organized and conducted a food drive, donating the collected food and money to the Everett Salvation Army. Three years ago, a complaint was made by an employee of the Everett School District conc
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2011 Pride Parade marshals announced
Daniel Hernandez, Armistead Maupin, community leaders among honored

Courtesy of Seattle Out and Proud

Seattle Out & Proud (SO&P), a leading non-profit organization that annually produces and promotes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride events and campaigns in the Greater Seattle area, is pleased to
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Portland strikes down Transgender insurance exclusions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Portland City Council voted unanimously to end health insurance discrimination against Transgender city employees on June 8.

Portland now becomes the third jurisdiction in the country to cover gender transition expenses, including gender reassignment surgeries. The others are
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Capitol Hill Cycling hits the road for summer
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Capitol Hill Cycling (CHC) is thriving. The LGBT cycling group is based in Seattle and combines the close-knit friendships and networking of a recreational group with the pace and skill building of a professional cycling team.

According to Jordan Simonson, president and f
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Reigh 'Rosarita' Stratton 1972-2011
by Boy Mike

Reigh was born on September 18, 1972, in Fresno, CA, and passed away on April 28, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Reigh was referred to by most of his friends simply as 'Rosarita,' a nickname which seemed to stick after just a few memorable drag performances at Neighbors and the Oz nightclubs in the early '90s in
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Nat'l Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Darlene Nipper
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'We have a very short window of opportunity,' said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper. 'We have to be focused and directed at getting things done - before the president and every agency head focus exclusively on the election.'

Nipper was
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Bar promises a new home for Seattle's Bear community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The bear community is BIG - no pun intended.

Mike Reis, of Luxor Bears fame (a Seattle area private poker club for Gay and Bi bears, cubs, and admirers - cigar and pipe smoking encouraged), has taken notice and, along with his partner Mark Hurst and operations manager Mar
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The case of the Syrian Lesbian
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Amina Arraf - who blogs under the names 'Gay Girl in Damascus' and 'Amina Abdallah' - was reported to have been kidnapped by Syrian authorities on June 6.

She immediately became the focus of an international online campaign to pressure the Syrian government to free her, as Queer bloggers pick
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CDC report: LGB students at greater risk for unsafe behavior
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Students who report being Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual (LGB) and students who report having sexual contact only with persons of the same sex or both sexes are more likely than heterosexual students and students who report having sexual contact only with the opposite sex to engage in unhealt
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On 30th year of HIV/AIDS, White House officials recommit to fighting pandemic
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Thirty years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported on the condition that would eventually become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. Since then, HIV has emerged as a potent global pandemic, and now more than 33 million people around the wo
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Rate of new HIV infections down by 25%, UNAIDS says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer According to a new report by UNAIDS, the agency that manages the international response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the rate of new HIV infections is down by almost 25%.

The report, issued June 3 - the 30th anniversary of the world's first AIDS diagnosis - is titled 'AIDS at 30: Nations at the Cr
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Officials denounce ban, crackdown on Moscow Pride
European and U.S. officials have denounced the Moscow government for banning Gay pride for the sixth year in a row and violently arresting people who defied the ban.

France's Foreign Ministry said Russia has an obligation to protect freedom of spe
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Northwest News
Northwest News
ALL THINGS JAPANESE SALE - JAPANESE CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY CENTER JUNE 10-11
The Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) is holding its first ever All Things Japanese Sale on Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Cultural Center (1414 S. Weller St.). The sale will feature a wide variety of Japanese items includ
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Illinois civil-union law takes effect
Illinois' civil-union law came into force June 1. Couples lined up early in the morning at the county clerk's office in Chicago to pick up paperwork. Then, by law, they had to wait one day before tying the knot.

The following morning, 35 couples got hitched
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'We changed the world' - a 30 year retrospective
by Paul Kawata - Executive Director, National Minority AIDS Council

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS, the HIV community can look back with pride at all that was accomplished. We changed the world!

However, this milestone is a sad day for me. Sad because so many friends are
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Springing into exercise
by Que Areste, N.D. - Special to the SGN

There are many reasons to start an exercise program or to get back into one you have let slide over the winter. I could tell you that there are several studies showing exercise goes hand-in-hand with a long life, but I don't tend to think that far ahead. I exercise to feel good today.
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