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posted Friday, March 15, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 11

Section One

COLORADO WINS CIVIL UNIONS
Two Republicans join majority in historic House vote

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill giving Colorado's LGBT residents the ability to form civil unions has cleared its final legislative hurdle.

The Colorado House passed the bill, SB 11, by a 39-26 vote on March 12, about a month after the Senate did likewise. The measure
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Meet the new Pope, mostly same as the old Pope
Why the LGBT community shouldn't expect changes under Francis

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

By choosing the papal name Francis, after the popular St. Francis of Assisi, Jorge Mario Bergoglio clearly intended to indicate that his papacy would be different from that of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. But t
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Space Needle labor dispute heats up
Ongoing flying Rainbow Flag fracas is just one part of a larger conflict

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The long-simmering dispute between the Space Needle, the iconic symbol of Seattle, and its nearly 200 employees is heating up. Some 100 people picketed the Needle on March 14 in support of the land
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Britannia changes the rules - Why the Commonwealth Charter doesn't protect Gays
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

Queen Elizabeth II has no direct impact on my life. I'm not one of her 'subjects,' nor do I follow the obsessive tabloid coverage of what the royal family does in their day-to-day lives. (Granted, I can't help but overhear 'news' that someone named Kate is having a baby and someon
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Spreading the love - Bellevue couple brings help and hope to Mexico City orphans
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Bellevue, Washington, resident Ryan Manabat and his partner of nearly 10 years, Christopher Quach, recently did something extraordinary. The two men traveled to FundaciĆ³n Hogar Dulce Hogar (Home Sweet Home Foundation), an orphanage in Mexico City, to donate clothing, money, and love to
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GSBA endorses Washington state DREAM Act
Seattle's 'Gay chamber' advocates extending aid to all Washington students

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) has endorsed the Washington State DREAM Act (HB 1817 and SB 5655). GSBA officials announced the endorsement March 14, issuing the following statement:

As a business chamber, we
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Letter from Philly - Why does the LGBT community eat its young?
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

One thing you will rarely see in this column is anything about New York, simply because the mainstream media is headquartered there and believes that anything that happens in New York is somehow important to the rest of the world. And, of course, they want to remind themselves that they l
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Oops! - Southern Baptist poll finds majority support LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll by LifeWay, the polling arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, shows that a large majority of Americans support LGBT rights, including the right to marry.

Unlike the American Baptist Churches USA, represented locally by Seattle First Baptist, Mt. Zion, and University
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What about the children? - Catholic leaders threaten to close Colorado adoption agency
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Catholic officials in Colorado have threatened to close their adoption services if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs the state's newly passed civil unions law. The measure cleared the state legislature March 12 on a 39-26 House vote, with two Republicans joining all the body's Democrats in favor.
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It's ENDA Time! Activists sound alarm about workplace discrimination
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Three years after first taking action in the halls of Congress to push for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), activists from GetEQUAL - a national civil rights organization urgently pushing for the full equality of LGBT Americans - are taking action again, deman
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Couples forever - Murray calls on VA to allow same-sex burial in national cemeteries
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington's U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, drafted a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki this week, calling for an expedited waiver process granting same-sex veterans and their spouses burial rights in national cemeteries
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Thinking Out Loud - Other people's politics (We just have to deal with it)
by Abby Dees - SGN Contributing Writer

Having friends who don't share your political views is very inconvenient. It requires you to think in terms of individuals, rather than lump everyone you disagree with into a tidy group that is (pick one): stupid, greedy, evil, brainwashed, or out to get you. It means you have to get your
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Ask Michael: How healthy is your relationship?
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

How do you know whether your relationship is healthy? What do you look to, to get a sense of that? This is a question asked of me frequently, and that is the question I pose back to people. A lot of the time, people don't really know. Here is some perspective.

It is c
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Heard the buzz? Bee venom application can kill HIV, researchers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say. Their study has been published in the current issue of the journal Antiviral Therapy.

The st
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Cocktail Chatter: Just call me the Pisco Kid
by Ed Sikov - SGN Contributing Writer

'Oh, Pancho!' 'Oh, Pisco!'

I knew I was being annoying, but that only spurred me on.

'Oh, Pancho!' 'Oh, Pisco!'

My Mexican accent was becoming broader and more offensive with every iteration.

'Oh, Pancho!' Oh, P...'

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NFL urged to ban anti-Gay bias
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 14, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take strong action to ensure the league and all of its franchises do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation against players and recruits.

In a letter to the
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British activist criticizes new Commonwealth Charter
Document opposes 'all' discrimination but does not specify LGBTs

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The new Commonwealth Charter signed by Queen Elizabeth II on March 11 has been hailed as a step forward for LGBT rights in the countries that make up the former British Empire, but it does not go nearly
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New Zealand close to marriage equality
Bill passes crucial vote in Parliament by wide margin

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Zealand's marriage equality bill is on track to become law after it passed its second reading in Parliament with a strong majority this week.

A bill must pass three readings before it becomes law,
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