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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9

Section One

HRC endorses Ed Murray for mayor
National group rarely gets involved in local politics

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a surprise move, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on February 28 that it was endorsing Washington state Sen. Ed Murray for mayor of Seattle.

'This is a good day for us,' Murray campaign consultant Sandeep Kaushik told SGN by phone.
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Justice Dept. files historic brief - Federal government defends LGBT civil rights for the first time ever
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In the first comprehensive defense of LGBT civil rights ever put forward by the U.S. government, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in Windsor v. USA, the DOMA case now before the Supreme Court, on February 25.

In the 67-page document, which cites 60 judicial prec
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Republicans sign on to support marriage equality
Amicus brief in anti-Prop 8 case draws 75 GOP endorsers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a development that caught many observers by surprise, 75 prominent Republicans have filed an amicus brief supporting marriage equality in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court will dec
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Virginia: A discrimination-free zone?
State lawmaker says anti-LGBT bias is all in our heads

by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

Discrimination against Lesbians and Gays is but a figment of some overactive imaginations in Virginia, so there's no need for silly laws against it.

So goes the thinking of Virginia Deleg
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Marriage equality coming to Oregon?
Organizers say state initiative is on track for November 2014

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Basic Rights Oregon, the state's leading LGBT rights group, says it is on track in its campaign to put a marriage equality initiative on the ballot in November 2014.

The group announced its pl
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Ferguson backs equality in Supreme Court cases
WA attorney general joins briefs against DOMA, Prop 8

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's new attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has signed on to briefs supporting marriage equality in both USA v. Windsor, the DOMA case, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging California's Prop 8.
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Brace yourself - What will the looming 'sequester' do to Washington state?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to the White House, unless Congress acts by March 1, a series of automatic cuts - called the sequester - will take effect that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs while cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illnesses, and our men and w
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Transgender girl barred from girls' restroom
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When it comes to members of the Transgender community and restroom facilities, society at large just doesn't seem to get it. And although things are improving as more and more people are educated about the topic, the bitter reality is there are still those who don't think Trans people
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House Republicans give in on VAWA
LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act passes

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on February 28. The final version of the bill passed by the House includes protections for Lesbians and Trans women in s
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Time for a new name? -'GSD' should replace 'LGBT,' say London therapists
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The alphabet soup of an acronym that describes the LGBT community - also known as the LGBTQ community, or sometimes even the LGBTQIA community - can get a little frustrating at times. But for the most part, mainstream society has come to accept LGBT.

A London-based advocac
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Gay mayoral candidate found dead in Mississippi
A suspect is in custody after the alleged killing of an openly Gay, African-American mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The body of 34-year-old Marco McMillian was found near the Mississippi River in Coahoma County early Wednesday, a day after an SUV belonging to him was involved in a crash outside of town. McMillian was not in the more
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Living the DREAM - Special fund helps undocumented LGBTs get work permits
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Nearly 200 LGBT undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by more than three dozen LGBT organizations.

Late last summer, President
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The OutField: All that (Trans) Jazz
Youth soccer shows how to address gender identity in sports

by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

Born male, Jazz began to identify as a girl at a young age. Thanks to supportive parents, she was well-adjusted and happy - except for one thing. For more than two years, the Florida Youth Soccer Associatio
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R PLACE PRESENTS RUPAUL DRAG RACE MARCH DRAGNESS
This month, R Place (619 E. Pine St), brings four RuPaul Drag Race alumni to Seattle for four weekends of March Dragness. The schedule: Latrice Royale, March 1 & 2; Shangela, March 7, 8 & 9; Detox Icunt March 15 & 16; Lineysha Sparx, March 28, 29 & 30. 206-322-8828; www.rplaceseattle.com.

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Do angels want to wear Benedict's red shoes?
Retiring pope will keep the white gown but not the crimson loafers, Vatican says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Oh, the humanity!

After Benedict XVI leaves office, he will continue to wear his white cassock, but he will no longer wear his trademark red shoes, the Vatican announced on
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Jesse's Journal: Celebrating the SAGE Generation
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

SAGE - Senior Action in a Gay Environment - was founded in New York City in 1978 to improve the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults. According to its national mission statement (posted at www.sageusa.org), 'SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the
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Cocktail Chatter: Above and Beyond
by Ed Sikov - SGN Contributing Writer

My brother-in-law introduced me to a new liqueur last week - well, new to me, anyway. It's an Italian aperitif called Aperol, and it's quite delicious. Think Campari, but with less alcohol. According to Wikipedia, Aperol's flavors include bitter orange, rhubarb, gentian, and cinchona. more
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Ask Michael: None of us is immune to life
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

None of us will ever be immune to the myriad of painful events that are part of life. We will all experience sadness related to death, fear during illness, uncertainty, the heartache of ended relationships or rejection, violence, or changes in job status. We will all lose someone or
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The new 'gender gap'? - Study finds Gay couples less healthy than hetero couples
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay and Lesbian couples living together report poorer health than straight married couples, a new study has found.

Researchers have long observed that married couples enjoy better health than people who are single, divorced, or separated. The new report, published in th
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