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posted Friday, November 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 47

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Hotel workers win new contract with LGBT protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The hotel workers union announced on November 22 that they had reached a tentative agreement with the management of the Westin Hotel on a new contract for Westin employees.

UNITE HERE Local 8 community organizer Jasmine Marwaha announced the agreement in an email to the union's supporters.

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Washington United for Marriage rides wave of enthusiasm across the state
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington United for Marriage, the coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for loving, committed Gay and Lesbian couples in Washington state, held several community meetings throughout the state in recent days and hear
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Danny Vega - Seattle Gay man beaten into coma by teens
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Early last week, well-known Filipino hairdresser Danny Vega, 58, was beaten into a coma. Vega, an openly Gay man who has been running a successful shop in south Seattle for 30 years, is now on life support. Police are looking for members of the community to come forward with any informa
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No death penalty for Chen
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Louis Chen, the First Hill physician who police say killed his partner Eric Cooper and their 2-year-old son Cooper Chen earlier this year, will not face the death penalty.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced November 21 that he would seek a sentence of life in
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Seattle activist Van Cleve says proposed LGBT community center should focus on seniors
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

You could spend hours debating the number of uses for the proposed LGBT civic center that may or may not be housed at the Broadway SoundTransit Light Rail station. If the project is going to succeed, it will need solid funding and the backing of the LGBT community. As with any project o
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block release of Ref. 71 names
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

By a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block release of the names of voters who signed the Referendum 71 petition to put Washington's domestic partnership law up for a vote.

The court did not give a reason for its November 21 ruling denying an injunction to block re
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Glenn Allen Carlson, 1964-2011
Glenn passed away unexpectedly on 11/3/11 surrounded by the love of family and friends. Glenn was a licensed Radiologic Technologist and enjoyed his work with the public. He loved to cook and watched every cooking show available. He loved baseball and attended a Mariners game on his birthday and stated it was one of the greatest days of his life. W more
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California teen pleads to Larry King murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Brandon McInerney, 17, pleaded guilty November 21 to the murder of 15-year-old Larry King three years ago in a fit of homophobic rage at an Oxnard, California, junior high school. The guilty plea to second-degree murder will send McInerney to prison for 21 years.

The case dre
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Top 10 myths about HIV vaccine research
Courtesy of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network

December 1 is World AIDS Day, and in commemoration of the occasion, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, headquartered at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, debunks the top 10 myths about HIV vaccine research.

Myth No. 1: HIV vaccines can give people HIV.
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International News
by Scott Wittet - Special to the SGN

Rise in homophobia in Cameroon
In an interview with the UK Guardian newspaper, Alice Nkom, a Gay rights lawyer, warns that illegal imprisonments and torture of Gay men is increasing in her country, pointing out that the government has introduced a bill that would formalize the section of the country's penal code that
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'OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHILDREN' - BEAUTIFUL 2012 CALENDAR FEATURES LGBTQ PARENTED FAMILIES FROM THE SEATTLE AREA
The Lesbian and Gay Child Care Task Force is excited to offer once again its beautiful calendar of LGBTQ parented families from the Seattle area. The task force has been producing the calendar for ten years with the mission of providing the visual reminder to chi
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FOR A CALENDAR LISTING: Send details to: SGN, Attn: Community Calendar, 1605 12th Ave, Ste 31, Seattle, WA 98122. SGN phone: 324-4297. Fax: 322-7188. E-mail: sgn2@sgn.org. INCLUDE: Date, time, location, contact phone # for publication (if possible), brief description of event & sponsoring organization. DEADLINE: Tuesday 5pm.

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Prop 8 cases consolidated
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Moving to speed up its coming hearings on Prop 8 - California's ban on same-sex marriage - the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined two of its pending cases.

The court announced on November 21 that it would join the appeal of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Prop 8 i
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Gay soldier booed at GOP debate speaks out
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It was a moment of complete shame. Just two days after the discriminatory policy banning openly Gay service known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed, Army Captain Stephen Hill - a Gay man - asked Republican candidates at a September 22 GOP debate if they would reinstate the ban if el
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No one can marry until everyone can marry, NC Baptist church says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The congregation of a Baptist church in Raleigh, North Carolina, voted on November 20 to prohibit their pastor from marrying anyone until same-sex couples can marry under North Carolina law.

A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage has been approved by the North Caroli
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National study finds LGBT seniors face harder old age
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new study from the University of Washington's School of Social Work released some startling news this week: LGBT seniors and baby boomers (a group whose numbers are expected to be more than 4 million by 2030) have greater rates of disability, depression, and loneliness compared with h
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40,000 same-sex couples affected by U.S. immigration law
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new Williams Institute study has found there are an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples in the United States in which one partner is a U.S. citizen and one is not, and nearly 11,500 same-sex couples in which neither partner is a U.S. citizen.

'None of these 40,
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Dr. J : Take action, Seattle
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN Joanne Stekler, M.D., MPH, is Deputy Director of Community Services for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at Harborview Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Univ more
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Rightists win Spanish election, marriage equality in jeopardy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Spain's marriage equality law is in danger of being repealed, after the right-wing Popular Party won a landslide victory in elections on November 20.

The law was passed by the Socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in 2005.

Popular Party leader Maria
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Baseball to add 'sexual orientation' protection to union contract
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Major League Baseball announced November 22 that it was adding protections for Gay players to its collective bargaining agreement.

Article XV, Section A of the expiring Basic Agreement, in effect from 2006-2011, states, 'The provisions of this Agreement shall be applied to all Pla
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UNAIDS says AIDS deaths down, people living with HIV/AIDS up
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New figures released by UNAIDS - the United Nations HIV/AIDS agency - reveal that the number of AIDS-related deaths and the number of new HIV infections are down world-wide, while the number of people living with HIV is at record high levels.

The new figures, covering the year 2
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