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posted Friday, March 16, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 11

Section One

Gay murders in Iraq condemned by U.S. State Department
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department has condemned a wave of brutal murders targeting Gay men in Iraq, and has contacted the Iraqi government about the situation.

At least 14 young men have reportedly been killed, and the death toll may exceed 40. According to some reports, victims had their skulls crushed with cement blocks.
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Court challenge wins - Ref. 74 ballot language changed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee ruled March 13 that a proposed referendum seeking to overturn the new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington will not contain the phrase 'redefine marriage.'

Judge McPhee finalized the language for the ballot title
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Gay City's Project BuildOUT hits $71,000
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay City (511 E. Pike St.) officials announced this week that funds raised for the organization's Project BuildOUT have hit $71,000.

Gay City Health Project is a multicultural Gay men's health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County, wh
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U.S. Senate overcomes Republican obstruction, confirms fourth Gay judge
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Michael Fitzgerald, an openly Gay California lawyer, got overwhelming Senate approval on March 15 for his nomination as U.S. District Court Judge. He now becomes the fourth out LGBT federal judge in the country.

The 91-6 vote was a triumph for Fitzgerald, but perhaps even more so
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Vote like a woman
by Richard J. Rosendall - Special to the SGN

When Rick Santorum talks of imposing his idea of God's Plan on his fellow citizens; when Rush Limbaugh calls a law student a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' for advocating access to contraceptives; when Republican state legislators try to define embryos as persons and require women seeki
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Youth Suicide Prevention Program makes progress
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, mental health professionals are celebrating the successful passage of the Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Training Act of 2012 (ESHB 2366) by Washington state lawmakers.

The Matt Adler Act requires frontline mental health practitioners an
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GLAAD launches Commentator Accountability Project
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GLAAD, the nation's LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced the launch of its Commentator Accountability Project (CAP) March 15. According to officials, CAP 'aims to educate the media about the extreme rhetoric of over three dozen activists who are often given a pla
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QYS looks at space to house Three Wings
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Queer Youth Space (QYS) officials spoke with Seattle Gay News this week to update our readers on the youth-led organization's search for a physical space in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

'These past few months we have been busy touring a very promising space with the
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GLSEN WA announces 2012 GSA Leadership Summit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GLSEN Washington State announced this week that the Puget Sound GSA Leadership Summit is scheduled for March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave.). The event is free ($10 for lunch) and is open to GSA leaders, students, teachers, advisors, and educator
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Ex-porn star gets teaching job back
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Shawn Loftis, who starred in Gay porn films under the name Collin O'Neal, has been reinstated as a substitute teacher by the Miami-Dade school district.

His past career was not a reason to prevent him from teaching, the Florida Education Practices Commission ruled on March 9. more
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Same-sex relationship ban fails in Pennsylvania
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania's constitution banning recognition of any same-sex relationships was abruptly withdrawn just prior to a scheduled committee hearing on March 13.

The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee announced it would postpone a vote on HB 1434, th
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Picket line - Catholic civil war in Minnesota:
Bishops give money to anti-marriage campaign, activists picket cathedral

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More than 100 Catholic activists picketed St. Paul Cathedral on March 11 to protest their archbishop's support for a proposed amendment to Minnesota's constitution that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

They have promised to come back every Sunday through
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Breaking Stories

EQCA struggles for direction

Gay Cruise Passengers Arrested For Having Gay Sex In Caribbean

Madonna Vows to Oppose Gay Law in Putin's Hometown

UDPATE: Gay cruise ship docks in Dominica; two passengers arrested indecent exposure

Dutch Roman Catholic church 'castrated' boys in 1950s Catholic prayers - file pic Allegations of abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions multiplied after ex-pupils at a school came forward

HRC Encourages Consumers to Support Starbucks in Face of National Organization for Marriage Attack

International Olympic Committee says discrimination is banned but fail to slap down Russian authorities who have outlawed Pride House from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi

Nobel peace prize winner defends law criminalising homosexuality in Liberia

REPUBLICAN MARINE FIGHTS FOR GAY BROTHER AS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REPEAL VOTE IS SCHEDULED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

HRC Questions NOM's Endorsement of Civil Unions

House to vote on repealing NH's gay marriage law

 

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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

LONDON OLYMPICS VOLUNTEERS QUIZZED ON HOW TO DEAL WITH GAYS The summer Olympics in London require a lot of preparation, apparently including a quiz for volunteers that included advice on dealing with complaints about Gays holding hands.

Seventy thousand volunteer hopefuls have been given the quiz. It also
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Northwest News
Northwest News
compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

SEATTLE LGBT COMMISSION - AN EVENING WITH ISRAELI LGBTQ COMMUNITY LEADERS
On Friday, March 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at City Hall (600 4th Ave., Room 370), join Seattle LGBT Commissioners for an evening with leaders of Israel's three leading LGBTQ organizations, the Alliance of Israeli LGBTQ Educational Org
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'We got burned' on marriage bill passage, New York cardinal says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says the Catholic Church failed to stop his state's marriage equality bill because Republican leaders assured him there was no chance it would pass.

'We got burned last year when we were told the redefinition of marriage didn't have much of a c
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Russian judge bans Olympics Pride House
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Russian judge has banned a Gay Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Plans for the Pride House were developed by Russian Gay rights activists following the 2010 Games in Vancouver, which featured a very successful Pride House.

Russia's Ministr
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Gay couples have a right to family life, Italian Supreme Court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a ruling that may open the way for recognition of same-sex relationships in Italy, the country's Supreme Court said on March 15 that Gay couples have a 'right to a family life.'

The court's ruling came in the case of a Gay Italian couple who married legally outside Italy, and
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Syrian newspaper says Gays 'infest' society
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer Gay Syrians are 'social germs' who 'have infested our society and took the opportunity to strike once the first signs of weakness appeared,' Baladna newspaper said. They are 'prospering' because of the mass uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, the newspaper added.

Baladna is an independent
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Ugandan Gay rights group sues American evangelist
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Ugandan LGBT rights group filed a federal suit on March 14 against right-wing U.S. evangelist Scott Lively.

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the group associated with murdered Gay activist David Kato, accused Lively of violating international law by inciting persecution of L
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