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posted Friday, June 21, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 25


Exodus International goes out of business - Leader of notorious 'ex-Gay' ministry apologizes to community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Exodus International, listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Gay hate group, announced on June 19 that it will shut down for good.

'Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we've ceased to be a living, breathing organism,' Exodus President Alan Chambers said in a statement on the g
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Free speech victory - Feds can't force AIDS groups to oppose prostitution, Supreme Court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 20 that the federal government may not require AIDS groups to oppose legalized prostitution in exchange for federal money.

In a 6-2 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court struck down part of the 2003 Leadership Act, requi
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Can't find an apartment? - New HUD study says anti-Gay discrimination may be to blame
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Same-sex couples experience significant discrimination when they try to rent housing, a new study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows.

'The primary form of adverse treatment is that same-sex couples receive significantly fewer responses to e-mail
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A vision of true workplace equality - Out & Equal to host regional summit in Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On June 28, the nation's leading workplace advocacy organization, Out & Equal, expects more than 200 participants at its first-ever Northwest Regional Summit, to be held in Seattle. This daylong event will educate and develop professionals passionate about advancing corporate diversity,
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Run and Walk with Pride celebrates 30 years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Run and Walk with Pride, the annual 4K run, 10K run, and 4K walk at Seward Park (5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S.), celebrates its 30th year June 23 and organizers of the event, Seattle Frontrunners, say everyone is welcome.

This is sure to be a remarkable event as we not
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The embodiment of hope - Timothy Ray Brown, the first man cured of HIV, speaks in Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Wednesday, June 19, Timothy Ray Brown, the famous 'Berlin Patient' - the first person ever confirmed to have been cured of HIV infection - participated in a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center panel discussion that was open to the public, in the Pigott Auditorium of Seattle University
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Tucson approves civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a unanimous vote, Tucson's City Council approved an ordinance on June 18 allowing same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships and civil unions. Tucson is the second Arizona city, after Bisbee, to recognize civil unions.

Ordinance sponsor Karin Uhlich said that Tucson sho
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Delaware enacts Transgender rights law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a Transgender rights bill into law on June 19, only hours after it was passed by the state Senate.

The new law adds gender identity and expression to the state's existing anti-discrimination statutes, covering employment, housing, public accommo
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Activists call for boycott of 2014 Olympics
Rights group says Russian city is unsafe for LGBT visitors

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A U.S.-based group of Russian LGBT rights activists have called on Gay athletes and spectators to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia.

The group, calling itself RUSA LGB
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Not-so-sweet tweets - Egyptians fight homophobia on social media
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A recent Facebook event, created by an Egyptian named Ramy Youssef, sparked a heated Twitter discussion about LGBT rights in Egypt, according to posts on the website Global Voices.

'I invite you to an electronic campaign, including comment on homophobic posts in these pages, and
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Kerry: 'The winds of freedom are blowing'
Following are remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) Pride Event, held June 19, 2013, at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

I appreciate the opportunity to be here with all of you, and [want] to welcome some super-special guests here, and I want th
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Kiki with D - Closing time
by D Smith - Special to the SGN

Dear D,

I've been seeing this guy off and on for the last four years. We dated seriously for about a year, but then it turned into a friends-with-benefits situation. I would like for him to recommit to a steady long-term relationship but he always comes up with a reason not to
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Sen. Murkowski evolves - Alaska Republican says she now supports same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an op-ed posted on her website, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces she now supports marriage equality. She is the third Republican in the current Senate to do so, after Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

'Not too long ago,' Murkowski recounted in her a
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Want to date a Catholic priest? - Here's a hookup site for you!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hot on the heels of Pope Francis' confirmation that there is, indeed, a 'Gay lobby' operating in the Vatican, Catholic reporter Vittorio Messori broke the story that there is now a website for Gay priests seeking 'like-minded' individuals.

The site, called Venerabilis, meaning
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Pride 2013: A time to celebrate
by Patty Murray - United States Senator

Each June, Pride Month brings communities together to honor diversity, equality, and love. And this year, we can all celebrate some truly historic gains as LGBT couples are finally able to express their commitment to each other in the same way so many other Washingtonians have throughout
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