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posted Friday, November 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 44

Section One

State's voters support marriage equality, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Washington poll released on October 31 shows that voters could approve a law giving equal marriage rights to same-sex couples if the legislature passes it in 2012.

The University of Washington Center for Survey Research sampled 938 registered voters by phone between October 10 and October 30.

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Plans for LGBTQ community center not concrete
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In 2007, the Seattle LGBT Community Center closed, leaving America's third-largest LGBT population without a space to call their own. There has been talk - mostly among LGBT non-profit executive directors, community organizers, and the City of Seattle LGBT Commission - to once again la
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Defense Department confirms 14 benefits for Gay and Lesbian troops
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In their ongoing review of military benefits in connection with the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where service members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing - regardless of sexual orientation.
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The Advocate's founder Aristide 'AJ' Laurent dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Aristide J. Laurent, Gay rights pioneer and founder of The Advocate newspaper, died on October 26 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 70.

Of Louisiana/Creole ancestry, Laurent was born in Alabama to Duval 'Buck' Laurent, a farmhand, and Betty Weeks. He was reportedl
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Historians need to step up to the plate
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

Was President Lincoln a Gay man? Were President Buchanan and William King partners? Can we prove that Lesbians and Trans people fought in the Revolutionary and Civil wars? Was a Gay man the founder of the U.S. military? Why is any of this important?

A new passion
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Stories captured in Day with HIV in America photo project
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Six weeks ago, more than 120 people across America captured a moment of their day to show the world the challenges and resolve of living with HIV. The poignant images and powerful stories of September 21, 2011, are now captured in a photo essay, A Day with HIV in America, and are available
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Danish LGBT pioneer Axel Axgil dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Danish LGBT rights activist Axel Axgil died October 29. He was 96.

Born Axel Lundahl-Madsen, he and his partner, Eigil Eskildsen adopted a new surname, Axgil, to symbolize their relationship.

They had already been together over 40 years when formal recognition for the
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Senate panel advances Gay judicial nominee
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

By a unanimous voice vote on November 3, a Senate committee approved Michael Walter Fitzgerald, a judicial nominee who could become the fourth openly Gay person to sit on the federal bench. President Obama nominated Fitzgerald in July, and he was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to
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California Lesbian couple crowned homecoming King and Queen
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Two California high-school students became one of the first Lesbian couples crowned homecoming king and queen in the nation last weekend.

Rebeca Arellano, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, was made the school's first female homecoming king when her name was announced Octo
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Lesbian veteran fights discrimination at Dallas VA Medical Center
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Former Marine lance corporal Esther Garatie, 28, went to the Dallas VA Medical Center on October 12 to 'seek treatment for severe depression and possible post-traumatic stress disorder - including thoughts of suicide.' Garatie, who was wounded and honorably discharged from the Marines, clai
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New book explores the prehistory of AIDS
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

We all 'know' that the AIDS epidemic began on June 5, 1981, when the CDC identified a cluster of mysterious pneumocystis cariniipneumonia infections in five Gay men in Los Angeles.

At that time the disease was not even known as AIDS. It was usually called GRID - Gay-related immune
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African countries defy pressure for Gay rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A number of African countries have responded with anger after British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to cut aid to countries that refuse to repeal anti-LGBT laws.

Speaking at a Commonwealth Conference in October, Cameron said he would consider discontinuing a type of Br
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Labor Council reaffirms support for marriage equality
Special to the SGN - Courtesy of Pride At Work

The executive board of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council voted unanimously on November 3 to reaffirm its support for marriage equality.

The MLKCLC also committed to lobby for a marriage equality bill expected to be introduced in the 2012 state legislative
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Ask Michael: Youth suicide prevention
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

I find myself very disturbed because of the need to write about young LGBTQ men and women killing themselves. It means that youth suicide is still a major concern in our community. I was reflecting how this issue eerily mirrors the struggles the community had in the early years of HIV
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Iranian soccer players face flogging for butt squeeze
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two players for Iran's most popular soccer club, Persepolis, have been indefinitely suspended from their team, fined, and may be publicly flogged on the soccer pitch - all over a televised butt squeezing incident.

Fars News Agency reported on November 1 that members of the Iranian
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