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posted Friday, April 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 16

Section One

Tragedy, up close and personal
Seattle-area runners witnessed the Boston explosion

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'This sort of thing doesn't really happen here,' you tell yourself as the news comes across your iPhone screen.

Some mornings you wake up to a nightmare. A nightmare is exactly what Americans - Bostonians, in particular - woke up to on
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State Dept. announces LGBT rights program
Initiative will promote equality throughout the Western Hemisphere

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department announced on April 12 that it is initiating a regional program to protect LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere.

'Secretary of State John Kerry has committed to adva
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The anti-Gay florist saga continues - ACLU files discrimination suit on behalf of Gay couple
by Shaun Knittel SGN Associate Editor On April 18, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Gay couple in Kennewick, Washington, against a florist they allege discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.

The suit says that the refusal of Arlene's Flowers in Richland to sell flowers to the couple violates
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Loose Keyes - Obama's arch-nemesis tries to Gay-bash his way back into relevancy
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

You know how sometimes you haven't heard from somebody in a while and you just kind of assume that they've crawled under a rock and disappeared from public life?

Well, someone's gone and unearthed Alan Keyes, former presidential candidate and current nutcase, and put
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Hungry for a better world? - Dine out on April 25 to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Thursday, April 25, Lifelong Aids Alliance will hold its 20th annual 'Dining Out for Life' fundraiser. More than 120 Seattle restaurants will be participating this year, including dozens on Capitol Hill. Last year, Dining Out for Life raised more than $200,000 for Lifelong's many projects
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Beyond 'allyship' - The White Privilege Conference teaches the real meaning of solidarity
by Zachary Pullin - Special to the SGN

Each week at my office, we spend Monday or Tuesday morning in reflection before we start our staff meeting. One person brings in an article or a question that we all explore. It's our way of growing as people and a community. Now, I've been known to bring in stories or prompts that invite
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Making change and looking fabulous
Fashion show raises money and awareness ?for local nonprofit SOSea

by Daniel Hanks - SGN Contributing Writer

The 'From Door to Cubicle' (FDTC) fashion show fundraiser for local LGBTQ social justice nonprofit Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) took place April 18 at Retrofit Home (1103 E. Pike Street). It fe
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'I've always been open' - The WNBA's top draft pick discloses she is Lesbian
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lately the world of professional sports has been buzzing over who among their ranks might be Gay or Lesbian. From the National Football League to the National Basketball Association, players and coaches have spoken out in favor of, and against, the possibility of openly LGBT players in
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The OutField: Let's GO! - LGBT athletes' support group fields an all-star team
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

A team finds success only through teamwork. That's as true off the playing field as on it.

Jay Hayes has earned plenty of success on the volleyball court. A former football, basketball, and baseball player in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, he found his favorite sport in
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Irish government panel supports marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ireland's Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The Irish Times reported on April 15 that 79% of the convention's members voted to recommend that the constitution be amended to allow for same-sex marriage,
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Getting tough with Guyana - State Dept. pushes recalcitrant country on LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer In a test drive of the U.S. State Department's newly announced program to promote LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. ambassador in Guyana has warned his hosts that they must take action to decriminalize same-sex relations.

Speaking to journalists in the capital of Guyana on April
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New pope pledges 'reform' at Vatican - But his choice of advisors does not augur well for change
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what has been described as 'the first clear indication that he plans major changes in the administration of Vatican affairs,' Pope Francis has appointed a commission of eight cardinals to advise him on a reform of the Roman Curia, the bureaucracy that helps him administer the church.
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Ask Michael: The dark side of the Web
How to lessen the danger of online hookups

by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

For the record, what I'm about to discuss is directed to the LGBTQ community, yet it can happen to anyone! This is not a scenario that is exclusive to our community by any stretch!

In my day (and for th
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Should Seattle's Gay men be worried about meningitis?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

How worried should we be about meningitis? The short answer is 'not very.' A longer and more complete answer is also a little more complicated.

Certainly media coverage of the recent meningitis outbreak in New York City, and an even more recent death in West Hollywood, have fo
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Cocktail Chatter: The Caipirinha
by Ed Sikov - SGN Contributing Writer

'Portuguese is easy,' Chipper explained. 'All you do is speak Spanish through your nose.'

Hilarity ensued. 'That's so bogus,' Craig managed to get out through heaves of laughter. The other boys - Dan, Paolo and me - were too convulsed to say anything.

'No,
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