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posted Friday, July 20 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 29

Section One

Abbey of St. Joan turns sweet 16
Seattle's Sisters celebrate by giving $12k in charity grants

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Abbey of St. Joan, Seattle's chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, gathered at Piecora's Pizza on July 14 to celebrate the Abbey's 16th anniversary. For their super-sweet 16, the Sisters gave away more than $12,000 in grants to Washington charities supportive of the LGBT community from their yearly grant fund.
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White House honors Seattle activists
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three local activists were among a group of individuals and organizations honored by the White House this week as 'Champions of Change' in the LGBT community.

OUTLoud program director Heather Carter, filmmaker Dru Dinero, and SGN Associate Editor Shaun Knittel received awards at
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FDA approves Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On July 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the anti-retroviral drug Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) for use by HIV-negative individuals to lower their risk of infection. It is the first drug ever approved for such use.

Truvada can now be
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Texas shooting victim leaves hospital

Kristene Chapa helps police update suspect sketch

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kristene Chapa, one of the victims of a June 22 shooting near Corpus Christi, Texas, was discharged from Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital on July 16. Police also released a new suspect sketch based on information she gave them.

Chapa was shot in the head in the attack, and will
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Guest opinion
Remember their names!

by Paul Kawata - Special to the SGN

The first time Cleve Jones shared with me his vision for making memorial quilts, I said to him, 'I don't think that's a very good idea.'

I'm thankful that Cleve didn't listen to me, because his quilts turned into the Names Project, a powerful memorial for our epidemic. The AI
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Magic Hype = go-go

Local dancers, businesses see boost in interest, sales after Magic Mike released in theaters

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There are some things about life that are intrinsically Gay. Male strippers are on that list.

Magic Mike, otherwise known as 'the movie where Channing Tatum got naked,' is a new film about a group of male strippers. And would you believe it if I told you that Gay men are he
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ERW and SEAMEC announce candidate endorsements

Groups give nod to all incumbents who voted for marriage equality

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

This week, ERW (Equal Rights Washington) and the Seattle Metropolitan Election Committee (SEAMEC) announced their endorsements for the state's primary election. Ballots will be mailed to voters on July 20 and must be returned by August 7, either by mail or in person.

ERW is an adv
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Approve R-74 action center holds grand opening
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On July 19, Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to Approve Referendum 74 and uphold Washington's bipartisan marriage law, held a grand opening ceremony for the campaign's high-visibility 'action center' on East Pike Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The center,
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Boy Scouts reaffirm anti-Gay policies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its controversial anti-Gay policies in a statement to media on July 17.

According to BSA spokesperson Deron Smith, an 11-member special committee formed in secret by top Scout leaders in 2010 'came to the conclusion that this policy is absolute
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No 'loyalty oaths' for Seattle Catholics

Archdiocese says Virginia church policy won't apply here

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three Sunday-school teachers in the Roman Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia, resigned July 12 rather than sign a 'loyalty oath' promising to believe everything their bishops tell them.

'The Arlington 'profession of faith' asks teachers to commit to 'believe everything'
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Expedited ruling sought in DOMA challenge

ACLU urges Supreme Court to review 83-year-old Lesbian's case

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Today, we asked the United States Supreme Court to review the ACLU's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of Edie Windsor,' the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement issued July 16.

Windsor sued the government in 2010, claiming that the death of h
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Cancer-stricken soldier fights for her life, family's equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

More than 30,000 petitions have been delivered to Congress by Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) seeking legislative repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), citing the inequalities it has forced upon Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and her wife,
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UW confronts neo-Nazi graffiti on campus
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

A group of about 50 people gathered at the University of Washington's Red Square on July 15 to formulate a response to a recent rash of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on the UW campus.

'We're very distressed to hear about this incident,' said UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce, who
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London hosts World Pride Festival
by Carmen Rivera - Special to the SGN

Like any major city, London has a Pride Weekend celebration every year. However, what made this year so special was that the city hosted the World Pride Festival, which is organized by InterPride (the International Association of Pride Organizers) and which coincided with the 19th annual Eu
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet

ANTI-GAY STANCE MAY HAVE FORCED AMBASSADOR'S RESIGNATION
Outgoing U.S. ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration's faith could have cost him his job, the Sunday Nation news service reports.

Sources familiar with the events leading to his resignation say Mr. Gration is a staunch Christian who was uncomfortable with the Obama adminis
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NATE GOWDY AROUND TOWN
Celebrated SGN photographer Nate Gowdy is displaying and selling his photographs around town at four locations this summer! His work can be seen at Poco Wine Room (1408 E. Pine St.) thru mid-July, at Adobe's Fremont Campus (801 N. 34th St., near the Fremont Bridge) thru July, The Grill on Broadway (314 Broadway E.) thru August, and Frame Central (901
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Discrimination against API Transgenders at high level, new analysis finds
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Transgender and gender-nonconforming people face high levels of discrimination, according to an analysis released July 19.

Titled Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Asian American, South Asian, Southeast A
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Big Brothers Big Sisters launches LGBT initiative
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has launched an effort to recruit members of the LGBT communities in the Puget Sound region to become volunteer mentors and share their time and experiences with children and young people in the community.

'We also have a commitme
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No membership unless you support LGBT rights, EU says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Commission said on July 13 that respect for LGBT rights is a legal criterion for membership in the European Union.

The commission, which is the EU's executive body, cited the 1993 Copenhagen criteria for EU eligibility and Article 2 of the EU Treaty, which prohib
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Netherlands OKs asylum for LGBT Iraqis
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a reversal of policy, the government of the Netherlands announced on July 16 that it would grant asylum to LGBT immigrants from Iraq.

Dutch Immigration Minister Geert Leers said Iraq is no longer a safe place for LGBT people, and the Iraqi government has failed to take mea
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Pride Events Calendar
TACOMA PRIDE FESTIVAL
From Friday, July 13, to Saturday, July 21, celebrate nine whole days of Pride in Tacoma. The highlight is the annual Out in the Park event, Saturday, July 14, from noon to 6 p.m. on Broadway (between 9th and 11th) in the citys historic downtown theater district.

Other events include three days of
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