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posted Friday, June 29, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 26

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Mama Tits kicks ass - The creator of the dress that wowed Pride 2012 speaks her mind
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It wouldn't be Pride in Seattle without controversy. Leading up to Pride weekend, it began like it always does. Some community members didn't like the Pride Parade theme. Others did not agree with Seattle Out & Proud's decision to raise the entrance fee for politicians to march in the parade. And, once again, the community f
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Murder in Texas: Shooting of young Lesbian couple remains a mystery, FBI assisting
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A teenaged Lesbian couple, Mollie Judith Olgin and Mary Kristene Chapa, were shot at a park in Portland, Texas, near Corpus Christi, on June 23.

Olgin was hit in the neck and died at the scene. Chapa was shot in the head and remains in a local hospital in serious but stable
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Pride 'dance party' bust-up by SPD raises questions - Videos of event outside Madison Pub appear to conflict with official story
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

In the early hours of Pride Day, June 24, a self-described 'organic' group of 50 to 100 people staged a loosely planned march and 'street dance party' that moved through Capitol Hill. The group, called Queers Fucking Queers (QFQ), has taken responsibility for the action.

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Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
'Obamacare' mandate ruled legal under government's power to tax

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a 5-to-4 decision announced June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The court's decision was surprising for two reasons.

First, Justice Anthony Kennedy - who was
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SGN exclusive interview: Liz Berns, candidate for King County Superior Court
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For Liz Berns, the desire to run for Superior Court judge came gradually.

'I've spent three years as a pro tem [acting] judge,' she explained. 'Through that experience it all came together for me. It seemed to me that as a judge, I was bringing the best of who I am to the commun
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PFLAG turns 40 - Pioneering LGBT ally group launches year-long celebration/awareness campaign
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the nation's largest grassroots nonprofit group for families, friends, and straight allies of LGBT people, kicks off its milestone 40th anniversary campaign this week.

'PFLAG Then & Now & 40 Years of Family and Al
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Allyship discussion series fosters LGBT common ground
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

LGBTQ Allyship is currently presenting the fifth season of Queerly Classed, its signature discussion series. The most recent forum, held May 30 in South Seattle and titled 'Limited Access,' focused on health-care disparities unique to the LGBT community.

Allyship says the reas
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Fighting the flames: Gay military personnel lend a hand as wildfire threatens USAF Academy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Firefighters continue to struggle against a wildfire at the edge of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that has forced at least 35,000 people from their homes and prompted a partial evacuation of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

As of late Thursday, the Waldo Canyon Fire has burned
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National Council of La Raza endorses marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States - the National Council of La Raza - endorsed marriage equality at its June 9 board of directors meeting, NCLR leaders told The Washington Blade.

The vote reportedly was unanimous, and came only a month after the
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Mary Cheney marries partner Heather Poe
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Mary Cheney, the openly Lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, on the morning of Friday, June 22, in Washington D.C. Same-sex marriage was signed into law in the District of Columbia on December 18, 2009, and has been legal there si
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Last known Gay Jewish Holocaust survivor dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gerhard 'Gad' Beck, anti-Nazi resistance fighter and the last known Gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died in Berlin on June 24, six days short of his 89th birthday.

He is survived by his partner of 35 years, Julius Laufer.

Beck was born in Berlin in 1923,
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Pride parade attacked in Thessaloniki, Greece
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Pride parade in Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, was attacked on June 24.

According to Associated Press reports, about 50 people threw eggs and plastic bottles of water at some 400 Pride paraders. Police then moved in to cordon off the attackers, but made no arres
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International News
By Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

BERLIN ACTIVISTS MOCK RUSSIAN ANTI-GAY LAWS
Gay activists created a fake Berlin Wall checkpoint in the city during the annual Christopher Street Day Gay Pride march, to protest 'homosexual propaganda' laws in Russia.

Around 750,000 people attended the June 23 event, reports Gay Star News. The par
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CONCERT UNDER THE COLUMNS
Every Friday from June 1 to September 7, noon-2 p.m. and 4-8:30 p.m., the public is invited to FREE concerts by local musicians at the Columns (Boren Ave. & Pike St.).

BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
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German court bans circumcision
No religious exemption granted

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A regional court in Cologne, Germany, ruled on June 27 that circumcisions of young boys amount to 'grievous bodily harm' and therefore may not be performed by doctors even if parents request them.

The decision came in the case of a doctor in Cologne who circumcised a four-year-o
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Scottish government delays decision on marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The government of Scotland has postponed its decision on a marriage equality bill until July 10.

A formal discussion will take place at the cabinet meeting that day, and government ministers will then make a decision on whether to propose a new law giving equal marriage rights t
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VICTORIA PRIDE
On Sunday, July 8, Victoria's annual Pride Parade steps off from Pandora St. and Government St. in downtown Victoria at noon, traveling down Government St. to Belleville St., down Belleville St. past the Legislature, to Menzies St., Kingston St., and Oswego St. to MacDonald Park (Oswego and Simcoe Sts.) for the Pride Fe
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