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SEIU gives $100K to Approve R-74
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Referendum 74 certified for November ballot:
Statewide campaign to APPROVE R-74 campaign is launched

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Olympia celebrates Capital Pride
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Cupcake lovers rejoice: 'The Gay' is back!
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WA senators seek change in blood donation policy
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Purr bartender auction raises over $12K
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Celebrating Pride down South (South Seattle, that is)
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Youth anti-suicide activist: 'Let's make it better'
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HRC releases LGBT youth survey
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Obama tells Marylanders: Vote for marriage equality
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Republican senators file brief supporting DOMA
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Senate committee holds ENDA hearing
Murray reaffirms support for inclusive law

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HIV-positive saliva not a deadly weapon, NY court rules
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No Bible giveaway at Minneapolis Pride, federal judge rules
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Good Catholics can support marriage equality, priest says
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Bad penguins: bird sex horrified polar explorer
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BREAKING NEWS
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British government defends marriage equality plans
Church of England opposed

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Irish Gays protest church congress in Dublin
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SEIU gives $100K to Approve R-74
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Washington State Council has given $100,000 to the Approve Referendum 74 campaign.

The contribution makes the progressive union the top donor thus far to Washington United for Marriage.

'We are excited to have the strong support of labor in this campaign
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Referendum 74 certified for November ballot:
Statewide campaign to APPROVE R-74 campaign is launched

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Washington Secretary of State's office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 has passed the signature-verification process, qualifying the anti-Gay measure for the ballot.

Referendum 74 seeks to overturn the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage, which was passe
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Olympia celebrates Capital Pride
by Janine Unsoeld - Special to the SGN

A downtown parade, thousands of people, live music and entertainment in Sylvester Park, face-painting, flags and food, kids of all ages dancing, politicians, petition signing, community nonprofit booths and vendors, smiles, sunshine, and rainbows galore - that was the scene in Olympia la
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Cupcake lovers rejoice: 'The Gay' is back!
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

A limited-edition cupcake from Cupcake Royale, 'The Gay,' is back for Pride Month 2012.

One dollar from each $4 cupcake sold goes to Washington United for Marriage, to keep marriage equality in the state this November.

Last year, Cupcake Royale donated proce more
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WA senators seek change in blood donation policy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's two U.S. senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, have signed on to a letter supporting a new policy on Gay blood donors.

The letter, initiated by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), is addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathl
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Purr bartender auction raises over $12K
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Wednesday, June 6, Purr Cocktail Lounge held its fifth annual bartender auction. Patrons bid on dates with bartenders from Madison Pub, the Baltic Room, R Place, the Lobby, and Purr to benefit Rise n' Shine, a local nonprofit providing emotional support, stability, and advocacy for child
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Celebrating Pride down South (South Seattle, that is)
Special to the SGN

Nearly 200 people enjoyed the beautiful weather at the second annual South Park Gay Pride Picnic. Held Sunday, June 10, on the banks of the Duwamish River, the picnic attracted a delightful mix of people from the South Park neighborhood, Georgetown, and the White Center area. Neighborhood activists and families w
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Youth anti-suicide activist: 'Let's make it better'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A couple of years ago, Julian Gaspay, an out Gay student and local entertainer turned LGBT youth advocate, dealt with the aftermath of emotions that flood your world when someone you care for dies by suicide. Those were some of the toughest moments of his life, and dealing with the los
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HRC releases LGBT youth survey
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released what it called a 'landmark' survey of LGBT youth. The survey, titled 'Growing Up LGBT in America,' interviewed more than 10,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 17, measuring factors that impact their daily lives. These included their
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Obama tells Marylanders: Vote for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

To sustained applause, President Obama told 600 supporters at a Baltimore rally that Maryland voters should vote to keep the state's new marriage equality law.

'We're moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect,' t
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Republican senators file brief supporting DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and nine of his GOP colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have filed an amicus brief in support of DOMA with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Golinski v. OPM.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled in February that
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Senate committee holds ENDA hearing
Murray reaffirms support for inclusive law

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on June 12. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, one of the senior Democrats on the committee, used the occasion to reaffirm her support for the bill.
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HIV-positive saliva not a deadly weapon, NY court rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New York's highest court has ruled that the saliva of an HIV-positive man cannot be considered a deadly weapon.

The state Court of Appeals on June 7 unanimously overturned the aggravated-assault conviction of David Plunkett, who had been convicted of punching and biting a police o
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No Bible giveaway at Minneapolis Pride, federal judge rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge in Minneapolis ruled June 12 that a man is not entitled to hand out Bibles inside the city's Pride Festival.

Brian Johnson had sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds. He claimed he had been distributing Bibles at the Minneapol
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Good Catholics can support marriage equality, priest says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An openly Gay Catholic priest is urging his fellow Catholics to vote against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

Speaking to an audience of more than 200 Catholics in a Minneapolis suburb, Father Bob Pierson said the amendment violates Ca
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Bad penguins: bird sex horrified polar explorer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Century-old journals newly published by England's Natural History Museum show that polar explorer Dr. George Murray Levick was so offended by the sexual habits of Antarctic penguins that he suppressed all the notes he wrote about them.

Levick was chief medical officer on Capta
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Pride Events Calendar
PORTLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL AND PARADE
From Friday, June 15, to Sunday, June 17, Portland is Pride Central in the Northwest. This year's parade begins at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17, at Park Avenue and Burnside Street downtown. Marchers will proceed through historic Old Town/Chinatown to the Willamette River and then head down to Waterf
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BREAKING NEWS!

British government defends marriage equality plans
Church of England opposed

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The British government and the Church of England traded political jabs over marriage equality only three days before an official 'consultation' period on the matter was due to close.

The consultation, which ended June 14, was the government's idea to prepare public opinion for
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Irish Gays protest church congress in Dublin
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Irish LGBT Noise group is protesting the Catholic Eucharistic Congress, which opened in Dublin on June 11 and runs through June 15.

'Church leaders lobby governments to prevent LGBT people's civil rights,' the group says on its website.

'Among the issues No
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On Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. (the field opens at 1 p.m.) at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11t more

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