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posted Friday, December 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 49


Jamie Pedersen to succeed Ed Murray in Senate, Brady Walkinshaw to take Pedersen's House seat
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As expected, 43rd Legislative District activists chose current state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to succeed Ed Murray in the state Senate. Murray, of course, will take office as Mayor of Seattle on January 1.

According to procedure, when a vacancy occurs in the state legislature, the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) of the le
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Same-sex couples sue Burlington Northern - Railroads agree to benefits for Gay and Lesbian couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than 24 hours after Burlington Northern railroad was sued by two same-sex couples - one Gay and one Lesbian - who asked for health insurance coverage for their spouses, the railroad employers' association announced an agreement with railway workers' unions to cover same-sex spouses starting
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Washington same sex couples: follow-up data report released
OLYMPIA - It's the one year anniversary of the state's same sex marriage law, and the latest statistics shows same sex couples made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington in that time. Between the law's effective date, December 6, 2012, and the most recent complete month of data, September 30, 2013, there were 7,071 same sex couples among t more
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Seattle Men in Leather hold 25th Anniversary Leather Daddy & Daddy's boy Contest
On Saturday, November 30, Seattle Men in Leather (SML) presented the 25th Annual Seattle Leather Daddy & Daddy's boy Contest at The Cuff Complex in Seattle.

Congratulations to Mike Daggs, Seattle Leather Daddy 2014, and boy Phoenix, Seattle Daddy's boy 2014.

Emcees for the contest were Larry Ryan, Emperor 32 of th
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More than $580,000 raised at annual TASTE of GSBA dinner - Funds go toward scholarships for LGBTQ and allied students in Washington State
by Rachel Brister - Special to the SGN

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the nation's largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce, announced that their annual TASTE of GSBA benefit dinner and auction raised a record-breaking $584,000 to support scholarships for LGBTQ and allied students. The sold-out event on Sat
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World AIDS Day
On November 30, youth and young adults from in and around Seattle, WA, working with the Multicultural HIV/AIDS Network, performed four flash mob dances with choreography from 22-year-old Jonathan Williams, from 1 to 3 p.m. The purpose of the flash mob was to call attention to World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1.

The y
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Local drag entertainers raises thousand for family in need in Philippines
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The unprecedented natural disaster that came in the form of Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of people when it set its sights on the Philippines, November 7. As we mourn the dead, there is something very important to remember: There are always survivors.

And those survivor
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LGBT officials meet for leadership conference
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

In 1984, the first International LGBT Leadership Conference was held; attended by approximately two-dozen elected officials. Conference attendees estimated there were fifty out LGBT officials in the whole world at the time. Today, there are more than 1,000 out officials around the globe; and t
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Mississippi judge turns down Lesbian divorce
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Mississippi judge turned down a same-sex divorce request on December 2, ruling that the marriage of a Lesbian couple who filed for divorce was not recognized under state law.

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon were married in San Francisco in 2008, during the b
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Federal court in Louisiana dismisses marriage suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge in Louisiana has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Gay couple seeking state recognition of their marriage.

Judge Martin Feldman ruled in the case of Robicheaux v. Caldwell that he lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit because the named defendant, Louisi
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Pennsylvania clerk petitions to start issuing marriage licenses again
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County Clerk who issued dozens of marriage licenses to Gay and Lesbian couples until a court ordered him to stop, has petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow him to resume issuing the licenses.

On November 2, Hanes filed an appeal of t
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on World AIDS Day, December 01, 2013
Today, there are 35.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 1.1 million in the United States and 3.3 million children worldwide. In recent years, the number of AIDS-related deaths has declined, the rate of new infections has been reduced, and the availability of lifesaving treatments has increased. Still, 1.6 million people died from more
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Synthetic molecule can block HIV
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Spanish researchers have developed a synthetic molecule capable of blocking the ability of HIV to replicate, according to an article in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

If the virus is prevented from replicating, no new infections can occur and infected cells
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IGLHRC calls for ensurance of LGBT rights - African human rights defenders call on international community
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
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Israeli President supports marriage equality
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Israeli President Shimon Peres expressed unequivocal support for same-sex marriage during a state visit to Mexico.

In an interview with Ynet [Israel News]on Sunday while in Guadalajara, Peres said that 'even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We h
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Possible radiation cure for HIV
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Researchers have successfully used radiation to destroy so-called 'dormant' HIV cells in blood samples from patients treated with standard antiretroviral drugs, according to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America on December 3.

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Kiki with D: Nine-to-five blues
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dearest D,

I'm honestly not sure how to begin this letter.

My heart tells me to write it, but my mind tells me that it would not be advisable, as it could be tracked back to me. I'm fearful. I know that your column tends to sway toward relationship issue
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