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posted Friday, March 22, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 12

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Boeing embraces marriage equality
Workers ratify contract that includes same-sex spousal benefits

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new contract that includes pension survivor benefits for same-sex spouses of current employees.

'Recognizing Boeing's commitment to equality without regard to sexual orientation, Boeing will
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GLSEN's new study finds many WA schools unsafe for LGBT students
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington state middle and high schools are hostile places for many LGBT students, according to School Climate in Washington, a research snapshot of the experiences of LGBT students in Washington schools released this week by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
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A rude shock, indeed - Singer Michelle Shocked's slur: What does it mean?
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Sunday, March 17, alternative folksinger Michelle Shocked (née Karen Michelle Johnston) made an impromptu speech against same-sex marriage during a performance at Yoshi's Nightclub in San Francisco. Johnston reportedly used homophobic slurs while she spoke, angering concertgoers to the p
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Pummeling Portman - The senator's change of heart on marriage does not sit well with some
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

As you may have heard, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has come out of the closet. Not as Gay, but as the father of a Gay son. And not only as the father of a Gay son, but also as a born-again marriage equality supporter. As you can imagine, this new stance has caused quite the stir
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All out for marriage equality! - Community rally set for March 27, as Supreme Court hears DOMA case
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Supporters of marriage equality will gather at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle on the day the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two historic cases that examine whether Gay and Lesbian Americans should have the same opportunities as everyone else.

The rall
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Large majority supports marriage equality, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fifty-eight percent of U.S. adults now support marriage equality, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll has found, while only 36% are opposed.

The results, released March 18, show a complete flip form the first time the marriage poll was taken, only 10 years ago. In 2003, 55% of
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Illinois marriage bill still short of votes
While lawmakers dither, activists turn up the heat

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The marriage equality bill that passed the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day is still short of votes in the state House of Representatives, but President Obama's Organizing for Action group is urging voters to lobby th
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2016: Yes, she's running! - Hillary Clinton endorses marriage equality in video
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If there were any lingering doubts that Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, she dispelled them in a six-minute video released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on March 18.

In the video, Clinton returns to the pro-Gay themes she stressed as Secretary of State, bu
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Everything's Gay in Santa Fe
Mayor wants to issue same-sex marriage licenses, city attorney says OK

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss says New Mexico county clerks should start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the Santa Fe City Attorney says it would be legal to do so.

Co
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More than a name in common - The two Washingtons tie as America's most LGBT-friendly places
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new 'LGBT rights calculator' developed by CNN human rights columnist John D. Sutter shows Washington state tied with Washington, D.C., as the two most LGBT-friendly places in the country.

The 'calculator' rates states on the basis of a number of LGBT rights issues: same-sex
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GetEQUAL gets new leadership - Co-founder Robin McGehee passes the torch to veteran organizers
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Robin McGehee announced this week that she would be stepping down as the director of GetEQUAL and handing over the reins to two of the best organizers she knows: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez and Heather Cronk.

As of March 18, Sousa-Rodriguez and Cronk took over the reins as co
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Unexpected bullies - California LGBT students allege mistreatment by teachers, administrators
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU/SC) and the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP have sent a letter to administrators at Sultana High School and the Hesperia Unified School District in San Bernardino County demanding that school officials stop censoring the speech and activiti
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We're not broken - don't 'fix' us!
NJ teen leads effort to ban 'conversion' therapy on minors

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Earlier this week, New Jersey teen Jacob Rudolph, whose Change.org petition has amassed more than 110,000 signatures urging Gov. Chris Christie to support pending legislation that would ban the use of cont
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BLUESTREET JAZZ VOICES - 'TRIBUTES TO THE GREATS'
On Friday, March 22, wine bar at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., at Broadway Performance Hall (Broadway & E. Pine St.), BlueStreet Jazz Voices presents 'Tribute to the Greats,' a concert of classic vocal hits backed by a 3-pi
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A pink Republican elephant? - Party leaders call for outreach to LGBT voters
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has called an 'autopsy' on the GOP's failed 2012 campaign, Republican Party leaders admit they will never win another national election if they do not reach out to people of color, women, youth, and the LGBT community.

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Prominent evangelical endorses marriage equality
Rob Bell to speak in Seattle March 22

Rob Bell, named by Time magazine as one of the nation's most influential evangelical Christian leaders, has come out in support of same-sex marriage.

Speaking on Sunday, March 17, at Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal church in San Francisco, Bell said, in response to an a
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A lesson learned later - Looking back at how Gay activism changed TV
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Earlier this week, I sat for an interview that will be included in a new book on LGBT history. The interviewer asked some questions that hit a nerve and actually allowed me to see my actions in a new light. That is the sign of a good journalist. She actually had me in tears at one point. So
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Kenya pulls condom ad under religious pressure
Government TV spot recognized reality of extramarital sex

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Kenyan government has pulled a TV ad promoting condom use, under pressure from religious leaders.

According to Kenyan public health official Dr. Peter Cherutich, the government sponsored the a
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Cocktail Chatter - When bitter is better
by Ed Sikov - SGN Contributing Writer

'What about The Burnt Orange?'

Dan was trying to be helpful, but I bit his head off. 'That's the ugliest Crayola color ever!' I shouted. 'Readers will think I'm either colorblind or have no taste.'

'Well,' Dan drawled, indicating his belief that two can play a
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