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posted Friday, July 8, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 27

Section One

DOJ says DOMA unconstitutional DOMA, motivated by bias
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief in federal court on July 1, arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it was 'was motivated in large part by animus toward Gay and Lesbian individuals and their intimate relationships.'

The DOJ brief presented a detailed account of the
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Friedes: Marriage equality in WA achievable in 2012
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Josh Friedes is synonymous with LGBT equality. It's what he knows. It's what he is good at. Friedes has served in a number of roles with Equal Rights Washington (ERW), the state's leading LGBT advocacy organization, since he arrived from Mass Equality and the Freedom to Marry Coalition of
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LGBT protections an issue in negotiations at Westin Hotel
Workers picket in show of strength by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chanting 'Union power!' and 'Corporate greed has got to go!' more than 100 workers from Seattle-area hotels gathered in front of the Westin hotel on July 7 to call for livable wages, job security, and respect on the job.

This summer, contrac
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Kalebu found guilty in South Park rape and murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On July 1, a King County jury convicted Isaiah Kalebu of aggravated first-degree murder. The South Park murderer and rapist will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, putting an end to a haunting chapter in Seattle - and LGBT - criminal history.
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RI governor signs civil unions bill, some unhappy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed his state's new civil unions bill into law on July 1, but nobody celebrated.

LGBT rights organizations had urged him to veto the bill, because it contained language allowing religious organizations - including service providers like h
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Gay and Lesbian elected officials host fundraiser to support Bob Ferguson for AG
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Prominent Gay and Lesbian elected officials are scheduled to host a fundraiser to support Bob Ferguson's campaign for attorney general on July 14 at Nyhus Communications (720 3rd Ave., 12th floor) in downtown Seattle from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The host committee includes King County C
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General Gayety: Seattle Pride notes
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I had a peachy time marching in Seattle's Pride parade. My partner Anne and I, members of a Unitarian Universalist church in Seattle, marched with a host of Unitarians representing churches from all over Puget Sound.

Now it behooves me to make a few notes about this year'
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CT governor signs Transgender protection bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed legislation on July 5 barring discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The new law covers employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and all other areas under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights
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Anti-bullying settlement announced following the suicide of California teen
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The stories used to appear only in newspapers like Seattle Gay News. The headlines were somber, the topic was cruel: another Gay teen has died by suicide. But something happened when the 2010-11 school year began. An alarming number of teens - the youngest just 13 years-old - took their o
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California Assembly passes landmark LGBT education bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California's state Assembly passed a landmark LGBT education bill on July 5.

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity to California's existing laws barring discrimination in school activities and instruction mat
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U.S. Embassy hosts Pride celebration in Islamabad, mullahs outraged
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland and members of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) hosted a Pride celebration on June 26, at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

It was, the embassy said proudly, the 'first ever' in Pakistan's capital cit
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The religious right's shadow nation
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Lately, it seems Christian fundamentalists have campaigned to pervert the notion of 'religious freedom' to mean they have the absolute right to control lives and dictate how other people live. If they are unable to coerce or browbeat non-believers into following their church's rules in
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Pride ralliers arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia
Fourteen activists were jailed overnight after police broke up the second Gay pride march in St. Petersburg, Russia, just two minutes after it started June 25.

The detainees said their jail cell was tiny and suffocatingly hot, and that police gave
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Northwest News
Northwest News
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEER GARDENERS
The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at 12 neighborhood branches this summer and fall. Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. Work parties will be scheduled June through October - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information,
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Prop 8 proponents push on to undo verdict
The proponents of California's same-sex-marriage ban are pushing on with their latest attempt to undo the federal District Court ruling that found Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

On June 28, the people who put Prop 8 on the ballot in 2008 ap
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Emerald City Classic tourney recap
by Anthony Greer - SGN Staff Writer

This past weekend, roughly 500 softball players from cities all over the West Coast, Phoenix, and Denver participated in the Emerald City Classic, the Emerald City Softball Association's annual tournament.

On Saturday, the 47 teams played two different games, round-robin style
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HIV: Test week? What test?
by Dr. Eva Hersh - Courtesy of Healthy Living News

The HIV epidemic in the United States has been going on for 30 (thirty!) years now. Many of you don't remember a time before AIDS, but I do. The worst thing that could happen to you from sex was (people thought) herpes. Eeeeewwww, herpes. Did you know that once you have the h
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Two Gay service members attacked in Colorado Springs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Two Gay service members and several civilians were attacked in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at a fast food restaurant in the early morning hours of July 2. According to news reports, the attackers hurled anti-Gay and racial slurs as the assault took place.

The two soldiers
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No appeal of bankruptcy court DOMA decision - DOMA still unconstitutional
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Assistant U.S. Trustee Jill Sturtevant announced on July 6 that she would no longer challenge a ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy court in California that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Trustee is a program under the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as
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Ninth Circuit halts enforcement of DADT
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its own stay of a lower court's injunction barring enforcement of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy July 6.

This move once again renders DADT unenforceable by the Pentagon.

'With the wait for cert
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