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posted Friday, June 22, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 25

Section One

Flag flap: Space Needle says 'No' to Pride flag this year
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The officials in charge of Seattle's Space Needle announced this week that although they support LGBT rights, they will not fly the Rainbow Pride flag atop the Needle this year.

If you feel like we've been here before, it's because we have.

Space Needle officials said the same thing last year, b
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Obama hosts Seattle activists at Pride Month reception
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On the afternoon of June 15, President Obama hosted a reception in the East Room of the White House in observance of LGBT Pride Month. The President welcomed community leaders, students, politicians, and members of the armed forces from across the country for the annual cocktail reception, an
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SGN exclusive interview: 11th District House candidate Rob Holland
Seattle's openly Gay port commissioner urges economic development focus

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rob Holland, currently a Seattle port commissioner, is running to represent the 11th District in the state House of Representatives. If elected he will become the first Gay person of color to serve in the House, just as he was the first Gay man and the first African American to sit on the P
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New poll shows encouraging numbers on marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new PPP poll released June 19 shows encouraging numbers on marriage equality in Washington state. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said same-sex marriage should be legal, while only 42% said it should be illegal.

'A majority of Washington voters now support Gay marriage,'
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Maine poll finds support for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll shows that Maine voters are likely to approve a ballot initiative for marriage equality in November.

The survey, by MassINC Polling Group for Boston's WBUR-TV, released June 18, found that 55% of Maine voters would vote to approve equal marriage rights for Gay and L
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In Memoriam: Randy Roberts (1950-2012)
Randolph Earl Roberts passed away of undetermined causes June 5 at his home in Seattle. He is survived by his brother, Leigh Roberts of Olympia, and Leigh's wife, Pam; his aunt, Ida Haugen of Seattle; his cousin, Chris Barton of Burien; and his best friend of over 26 years, Lee Olsen of Seattle, and Lee's husband, Stephen de Tasnady. Randy was b more
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In Memoriam: Bruce Mixan (1965-2012)
Bruce Jon Mixan passed away last week at his home in Seattle. He was a cancer research scientist for 23 years. Bruce is survived by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Mixan of Omaha, Nebraska; his sister, Joleen Misek of Omaha; his brother, Brian Mixan of Jefferson City, Montana, and Brian's wife, Melissa; his nieces, Rebecca, Gabriella, and Savanna; more
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MCC celebrates four decades in Seattle:
Church founder Troy Perry to visit, speak at Pride

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), will be in Seattle for Pride Weekend 2012. Perry will be keynote speaker at MCC Seattle's 40th anniversary celebration. He will also speak at the Capitol Hill Pride street fair on Saturday and at PrideFest on Sunday af
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Brits honor trailblazing Transgender activist
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender pioneer and activist April Ashley has been named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for 2012.

The MBE was established in 1917 by Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, George V, to recognize people who have
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Lambda Legal takes on HIV exposure case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal has filed an appeal on behalf of an Iowa man sentenced to 25 years in prison for exposing a sex partner to HIV.

In papers filed on June 14, Lambda Legal attorneys pointed out that the Iowa law was intended to protect HIV-negative people from criminally negligent act
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Ask Michael: How do you spell PRIDE?
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Celebrating PRIDE means different things to different people. This year, as I reflect, here are some things that make PRIDE meaningful for me.

P: Parents. Regardless of how old we are, most of us want and need our parents' love and acceptance. Every year I hea
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Media do the work of Satan, says #2 Catholic official
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Vatican's second-in-command is accusing the media of doing the work of Satan by spreading 'pettiness and lies' about the Catholic Church and 'intentionally ignoring' the good things the church does.

'The truth is that there is an attempt to sow division that comes from the
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

DANISH PARLIAMENT APPROVES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Denmark's new law allowing Gay couples to marry in the state church took effect June 15.

The Folketing, Denmark's national parliament, approved gender-neutral marriage last week by 85 votes to 24, reports Pink News.

After the vote, th
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Northwest News
Northwest News
compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

2012 PRIDE EVENTS CALENDAR
See the SGN's Pride Events Calendar starting on page 12 for a comprehensive listing of Pride Events in the Seattle area, around Washington state, and in Victoria and Vancouver, BC.

CONCERT UNDER THE COLUMNS
Every Friday from June 1 to September 7, noo
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New elections put France on track for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When French voters gave newly elected President Francois Hollande a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections on June 17, they virtually guaranteed that France would pass marriage-equality legislation.

Hollande, a Socialist elected on May 6, had promised during the campaign
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Uganda raids Gay rights meeting, bans 38 NGOs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after Ugandan authorities raided a Gay rights conference and interrogated its participants, they announced they are banning 38 NGOs - non-governmental organizations the Ugandan government accuses of promoting homosexuality.

Ugandan Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo a
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General Gayety: Puzzling out the Phelpsians
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Some people argue that the best way to handle the ever-present, ever-protesting members of the Westboro Baptist Church is simply to ignore them.

That sounds sensible. But I just can't do it.

The truth is I find Fred Phelps and his congregation fascin
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A Noble endeavor: Activist walks across America for LGBT rights
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gay activist Richard Noble completed a solo walk across the United States this month, arriving in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 9.

Noble, a 46-year-old from Palm Springs, California, spent 15 months on the road, meeting hundreds of people, speaking to Native American tribal
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Pride Events Calendar

friday, june 22

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) hosts the 10th annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival, through Sunday, June 24. The Grand Finale Weekend features the mainstage performance 'Everything in Between'; a bondage suspension performance, 'Le Petit Piege'; a Gay art retros
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Seven words you can now say on TV
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

George Carlin famously said there are seven words you can't say on TV: 'Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits.'

Well, now you can. Sort of.

In a unanimous (8-0) ruling announced June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court said the FCC may not enforce i
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