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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25

Section One

Legendary activist Cleve Jones visits Seattle June 28th
by Mike Andrew-
SGN Staff Writer

Cleve Jones - creator of the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt and co-chair of the October 2009 National Equality March on Washington, D.C. - will be in Seattle for a community forum on Tuesday, June 28.

'Seattle is one of my favorite cities,' he told SGN. 'Seattle was extremely supportive of the quilt. That means a lot to
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Our flag, part III: Healeo threatened over Pride flag giveaway
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The owner of a mod retail space on Capitol Hill received threats last week because of his support for the LGBT community through an ongoing Pride flag giveaway at his store.

Justin Brotman, founder and proprietor of the swanky vitamin and juice bar Healeo (1520 15th Ave.), re
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New Approach Washington files to legalize cannabis
Powerful coalition supports decriminalization, launches initiative to the legislature

by Rahul K. Gairola - SGN Contributing Writer

On June 22, a panel of diverse state leaders hosted a press conference at the Central Seattle Public Library to sponsor the legalization, taxation, and regulation of cannabis in the s
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Gay activists' 'glittering' tactic comes under fire
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Glittering,' the act of dousing an anti-Gay GOP candidate in glitter, has come under fire as Gay activists debate whether or not the tactic should be called off.

The glitterati have struck three different times. The first incident occurred on May 17, as Republican presidenti
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What it means to live proud
by Joshua Friedes, executive director of Equal Rights Washington - Courtesy of Equal Rights Washington

Live Proud is the theme of this year's pride festival. At ERW, we believe that sharing our stories and being active in the struggle for LGBTQ equality is an essential element of living proudly. This is true whether you are a
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Printing company refuses Gay bar flyer
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When Mike Reis and his partner, Mark Hurst, needed flyers printed to announce the grand opening of Diesel, a new bear bar on Capitol Hill's 14th Avenue, the last thing they thought they would encounter was discrimination. The idea was to get the posters up - 2,500 in total - during Pride
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GSBA's Women at the Top: Combining business development and social justice
by Joshua Michael Rumley - Special to the SGN

It's no longer a 'man's world,' to reference the title of a famous James Brown song. Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and allied women are advancing quickly in the business world by obtaining influential and important positions. The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) has answere
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Marine Corps top brass tells troops opposing DADT to 'Get over it!'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When a commanding officer, regardless of service branch, commands you to do something, you do it.

The concept is not new, and in fact, the military simply could not be as effective as it is without such structure. Questioning an order is unwelcome, against regulation, and not t
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GSBA's Women at the Top
Combining business development and social justice

by Joshua Michael Rumley - Special to the SGN

It's no longer a 'man's world,' to reference the title of a famous James Brown song. Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and allied women are advancing quickly in the business world by obtaining influential and important positions. The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) has answe
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To these Lesbians, 'old' is not a four-letter word
by Margaret Purcell - Courtesy of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change

'It used to be when I referred to myself in concerts as a Lesbian, some of the people in the audience would gasp,' said singer-songwriter Alix Dobkin, now 72 years old, when she visited the Seattle and Tacoma area in early April. 'Times have changed. When I r
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Sens. Cantwell and Murray urge IRS to fix filing problems for same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's U.S. senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, are among six senators sending a letter to the IRS urging them to fix problems faced by same-sex couples while filing their 2010 federal income tax returns.

The letter was sent to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman on J
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Researcher seeks hate speech victims
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Have you been a victim of hate speech in the last two years? Still upset about it? Over 18? Want to help others to deal with the emotional stress caused by hate speech?

If so, John Crowley wants to talk to you.

Crowley is a graduate student at the University of Wa
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Study reveals the power of being out
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, featured in the July/August issue of the Harvard Business Review, quantifies the loss to individuals and to the bottom line when organizations fail to create a workplace hospitable to their LGBT employees. The data, based on a survey of 2,95
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U.N. Human Rights Council condemns anti-Gay discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.N. Human Rights Council issued its first-ever condemnation of discrimination against LGBT people in a cautiously worded declaration, which passed by a narrow margin on June 10.

In addition to condemning anti-Gay discrimination, the resolution commissions a study of discrim
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Legalize Gay sex to control HIV, WHO says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The World Health Organization is urging countries to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men as part of an effort to ensure that men who have sex with men get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment.

WHO, the U.N.'s public health agency, made the
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Hundreds of LGBT counter-protesters and allies showed up at Volunteer Park
On June 19, hundreds of LGBT counter-protesters and allies showed up at Volunteer Park on the corner of 15th and E. Galer to meet the Westboro Baptist Church in a face-off of love vs. hate. The upbeat crowd came bearing signs (every bit as ridiculous as the WBC's, but much funner), rainbow flags, and a whole lot of positive energy. The protesters c more
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LGBT Equality at a Crossroads
On June 21, The American Constitution Society, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Lambda Legal, Legal Voice, Pride Foundation, Equal Rights Washington, and Q Law presented "LGBT Equality at a Crossroads" at Town Hall in Seattle. Speakers at the event included panelists Sarah Dunne, legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Wa more
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Thirty-two arrests at Moscow Pride, city flouts Euro Court ruling
Undeterred by the April ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that banning Moscow Pride is illegal in multiple ways, the city banned the May 28 Gay pride parade for the sixth year in a row. Activists responded by trying to rally near the Tom
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Northwest News
Northwest News
MASSAGE THERAPISTS NEEDED FOR BABES NETWORK RETREAT
BABES Network-YWCA is seeking volunteer licensed massage therapists for their summer retreat Friday to Sunday, July 8-10, on Vashon Island. A 3-day commitment is preferred from noon on Friday through 3 p.m. on Sunday, but a 2-day commitment from Saturday to Sunday would also be accepted. Volunteer massage therapists woul
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National News
National News
Nevada passes Trans bill
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, signed a bill May 24 that bans employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

Sandoval said he also will sign other Transgender-protection bills that are en route from the Legislature. Those measures cover housing and public accommodations.

Nevada becomes the 14
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El VIH/SIDA en la cuminidad Latina en Seattle
by Luis Viquez - Special to the SGN

Este junio 2011 marca el 30 aniversario de el inicio de la epidemia del VIH/SIDA en USA.

Como un fantastama obscure y sigiloso, este virus ha aprendido como adaptarse, esconderse, mutarse y infectar a diferentes comunidades en el mundo. Al inicio era mas que nada gays/bisexual
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Why we need a Queer and Transgender people of color contingent at Pride
by Bish Paul - Courtesy of Trikone Northwest

Pride can be the one day of the year when the public expression of sexuality and difference becomes fun and educational at the same time! We need a Queer and Transgender people of color (QTPOC) contingent to increase our visibility as a group and to work towards achieving unity and so
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GLAAD president resigns as scandal stirs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), resigned over the weekend amidst criticism for sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of a pending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

While it is not uncommo
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Kevin Jennings to critics: 'You completely failed'
by Jeremy Schulman - Courtesy of Media Matters

Kevin Jennings has a message for the people who tried to destroy him: 'I'd like you to know that you completely failed.'

I'd reached Jennings last week as he was cleaning out his office on his final day as the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe and
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Liechtenstein approves same-sex partnerships
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Voters in the European country of Liechtenstein have approved same-sex 'registered partnerships' in a nation-wide referendum.

More than 68% of Liechtenstein's voters approved the new law. The results were announced by the Swiss news agency ATS on June 20.

Under th
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