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posted Friday, August 30 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 35


Murray: I'll fight for equality - Seattle mayoral frontrunner unveils detailed human services plan
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ed Murray, Washington state senator and candidate for mayor of Seattle, announced his human services action plan at a press conference on August 29.

Flanked by Seattle City Council members Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen, Murray said he had devoted most of his political career 'to fighting for equality.'

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IRS will treat same-sex married couples equally - IRS issues major policy change for tax filing
The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday that legally married same-sex couples in all 50 states, regardless of where they reside, will be recognized as married for tax purposes. The complete press release is reprinted here.

Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax
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Marriage equality expands overnight in New Mexico - Judges order counties to issue same-sex marriage licenses
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marriage equality is being achieved in New Mexico, one county at a time.

On August 27, District Judge Jeff McElroy ruled that Taos County Clerk Anna Martinez must issue a marriage license to a Gay couple or present a legal argument why she should not.

The Taos su
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Hotel workers say: Boycott Hyatt!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'I call on all of Seattle, and especially my beloved LGBT community - don't book events at Hyatt hotels!' said veteran Trans activist Marsha Botzer to a crowd of 100 hotel workers and their supporters August 27.

Botzer, co-founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center, stood in front
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Help support LGBT rights in Russia - Demonstration planned at Seattle consular residence Sept. 3
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At first, when Americans heard about these hateful Gay propaganda laws that the Kremlin was in support of, most of the country barely paid it any attention. Surely they wouldnt, we thought. But then they did. And then we got angry. Still, it was way over there and somebody sur
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Philly loses its only Lesbian bar - Could Seattle be next?
by Kelly Morris and Sarah Toce - The Seattle Lesbian

The oldest and only Lesbian bar in Philadelphia, Sisters Nightclub, shut its doors for good on Monday, August 12. Though a part of the LGBT scene for nearly two decades, Sisters took a drastic financial hit over the past few years and had to close up for good.

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Living better at Walmart? - Retail giant to offer health coverage for same-sex partners
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Walmart, the country's largest private employer, said on August 26 that it would offer health insurance to its employees' domestic partners, including same-sex partners, beginning January 1, 2014.

'We operate in 50 states, hundreds of municipalities, and Puerto Rico, and as cl
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Obama: 'Have the courage to change' - Many goals of 1963 march remain unreached, president says
Following are remarks by President Barack Obama on August 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding: 'We hold these tr
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Nothing to hide? Facebook says government requests for user data growing
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, officials for the social network giant Facebook said Tuesday.

About half the orders came from authorities in the United States.

The soci
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Nebraska adoption ban challenged
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Nebraska couples challenging the constitutionality of the 1995 state ban on same-sex adoption and foster parenting.

Under the policy, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is prohibited from placing children with
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Transgender study receives record-breaking grant - Manning, Pritzker give Trans service people new visibility
History was made earlier this summer when it was announced that the Tawani Foundation had awarded a $1.35 million, multiyear grant to the Palm Center for their newly launched Transgender Military Initiative. This grant is the largest Transgender-focused grant on record, singlehandedly increasing overall foundation funding of Transgender issues b more
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Albuquerque hosts mass wedding
Same-sex couples in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, held a mass Gay wedding attended by more than 200 witnesses August 27, marking what Lesbian political commentator Rachel Maddow called a 'day of celebration' for more than 80 couples.

County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver received a court order late Monday afternoon permitting her
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SEATTLE SEA DAWGS ICE HOCKEY TEAM
The Seattle Sea Dawgs is a new ice hockey team that is forming open to Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Transgender and straight ally adult players. The Sea Dawgs mission is to provide a relaxed, friendly team environment for GLBTA hockey players to play hockey, socialize and support the greater GLBT community. The Sea Dawgs will play locally and organi
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Israel to build monument to Gay victims of Nazis
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Israeli city of Tel Aviv will host the country's first monument dedicated to Gay victims of the German Nazi regime, officials announced this week.

The design will feature a giant pink concrete triangle, which was the symbol used by the Nazis to identify Gay prisoners.
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You could look it up - Oxford Dictionary's 'marriage' definition now includes same-sex spouses
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At first glance this news brief might not seem like a big deal. But it is: the Oxford English Dictionary, the largest and most renowned dictionary of the English language, has changed its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. This means that millions of children around the wo
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Founding grandparents - An innovative Florida support group makes a difference in older LGBT lives
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

On a typically rainy South Florida summer morning, two dozen women and men (and one reporter) gathered in a condo clubhouse in Wilton Manors to talk about their grand-children. What made these people different from other grandparents in other clubhouses is the fact that they are als
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Olympia activist honored by USA Network - Characters Unite cites Safe Schools Gabi Clayton as human rights champion
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When any one of us faces an unimaginable personal tragedy, it changes us forever. For many it means permanent depression, withdrawal and hopelessness, said Safe Schools Coalition officials in a media release.  But a few extraordinary individuals are able to channel their grief into
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