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posted Friday, August,9 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 32


It's Murray vs. McGinn - Challenger backed by SGN tops primary, mayor runs second
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Sen. Ed Murray led the field in the August 6 Seattle mayoral primary, with incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn coming in second place. The two will face off in the November 5 general election.

At press time, Murray, who would be Seattle's first openly Gay mayor, leads McGinn by about 3,000 votes out of 112,880 cast, o
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Kerry announces new visa policy - State Dept. will now treat all married couples the same
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new visa policy on August 2, under which same-sex couples will be treated the same as opposite-sex couples.

Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, Kerry said the State Department is 'tearing down an unjust and an unfair barrier t
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Press releases are not activism - How the HRC tripped itself up on the Russian issue
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Russia is beginning to prove, under the leadership of President (and former KGB leader) Vladimir Putin, to be not only an authoritative state, but one of the most homophobic in Europe. The city of St. Petersburg and the nation itself have passed several anti-Gay laws, including one that b
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Segal, Ross honored by NLGJA
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has announced its 2013 inductees into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: Bob Ross, founder of the Bay Area Reporter; and Mark Segal, founder of the Philadelphia Gay News.

'We are thrilled to be inducting two pioneers of the LGBT press in the NLGJA Hall of Fame,' said Je
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No progress for grocery workers, union says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

After five months of bargaining, there has been no progress toward a new contract for workers at the 'Big Three' grocery chains - Safeway, Albertson's, and Kroger, which owns QFC and Fred Meyer.

In fact, the two sides seem further apart than ever.

According to
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Violent crime still on rise on Capitol Hill - Anti-LGBT hate crimes continue to mount
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The list of LGBT victims of violent crime in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is increasing. The severity of the beatings and muggings and the frequency at which they are occurring is not sitting well with business and home owners, as well as the neighborhood's visitors and residents
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Kerry urged to ensure LGBT Olympic athletes' safety - Reps. McDermott, DelBene, Smith express concern over Russia's anti-Gay laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle-area U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott (D-7) and Suzan DelBene (D-1) this week joined 81 other House members in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to 'determine the appropriate course of action to assure the safety and well-being of LGBT and LGBT-supporting individuals inv
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Feds extend survivor benefits to same-sex spouses
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal agency that administers benefits for employees of the U.S. government has announced new benefits for same-sex partners of retired federal workers.

In a statement released August 2, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said same-sex spouses of retired federal em
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Honoring a lifetime of service - Bayard Rustin to be posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House announced this week that Bayard Rustin, the late civil and human rights advocate, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

An aide and confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Rustin, who died in 1987 at age 75, was the main organizer of the 196
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The trouble in Russia - How should our community respond to the country's anti-Gay law?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There's a big problem in Russia - and it has little to do with vodka.

The lives of not only LGBT Russians, but those who have immigrated to the country and those who are visiting, are being threatened - legally - by the passage of a so-called 'homosexual propaganda' law
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Gay Russian teen dies after torture
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Russian teenager has died as a result of torture by an anti-Gay, neo-Nazi group calling itself Occupy-Pedofilyay, according to Spectrum Human Rights Alliance.

The young man reportedly was one of several Gay teens kidnapped by the group, then videotaped as they were beaten an
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Tour de Life: The ups and downs of dating apps
by Beau Burriola - SGN Foreign Correspondent

'Scruff,' my Irish Gay friend Owen tells his friend Melanie at the pub, turning around his phone and pointing out a screen full of men who are apparently arranged by distance from him. 'It's like Grindr.'

I am listening intently, careful to appear all-knowing when
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Kiki with D - Time for a trade-in?
by D Smith - Special to the SGN

Dear D, My current FWB is starting to get a little boring. Things are kind of routine between us and with Pride coming up, I think I would like to try someone new. My FWB is sensitive and I'm hoping you'll have some words that would allow me to let him down easy. - Trying to Care When I
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Jesse's Journal: Flori-duh! - The Sunshine State's dysfunction goes far beyond 'Stand Your Ground'
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

While the world was engrossed in the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, two other cases showcased the vagaries of Florida law. In Tampa, retired Army Col. Ralph Wald, a 70-year old Vietnam War veteran, was found not guilty of killing 32-year old Walter Conley. Wald invoked Florida
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Dog days are here - Heading to the beach with your pet? Here are some tips
by Kim Salerno - Special to the SGN

Now that summer has arrived, it's time to check out some dog-friendly beaches with your four-legged friend. For most dogs, getting to run around in the sand, dip into the waves, and fetch balls out of the water is the best day ever. Here are some tips to ensure that you and your dog have a
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