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posted Friday, October 24 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 43


No right to marriage, Puerto Rican judge says - Lambda Legal to appeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal said it will appeal the ruling of a federal judge in Puerto Rico that the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

On October 21, U.S. District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez dismissed a suit challenging Puerto Rico's ban on Gay and Lesbian marriages 'for want of a substantial federal questi
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International Transgender military personnel meet with Pentagon officials; no change to U.S. policy at this time
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A group of current and former U.S. service members met in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 20, to tell their stories of coming out as Transgender while serving their country. The stories varied from person to person. Among the group was Captain Sage Fox, a commissioned Army National
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Monica Lewinsky takes on cyberbullying
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Monday, Monica Lewinsky broke her decade-long silence, claiming she was the first victim of cyberbullying.

In announcing her new campaign to end cyberbullying to a crowd at Forbes' inaugural '30 Under 30' summit in Philadelphia, Lewinsky called herself 'Patient Zero.'
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Jesse's Journal: Our LGBTQ leaders
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

LGBT leaders, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect. We expect them to be paragons of perfection, impeccable role models without flaw. They cannot have outside jobs, interests, friends or partners, because they could get in the way of full time service to the cause. We
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Ed Murray most popular pol in town, new poll shows
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ed Murray is the most popular politician in town, according to a new EMC poll published by Publicola on October 17.

Murray scored an impressive 70% favorable rating in the new poll, with only 23% of respondents having a negative view of him. The mayor also enjoys 92% name reco
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City Auditor calls for tougher enforcement of paid sick leave law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Auditor David Jones says the City should get tougher with employers who violate the paid sick leave ordinance.

In a report issued October 17, Jones's office says that some employers are still not complying with the measure, although it went into effect September 1,
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Resources to prevent bullying
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

October 16 marked the 2014 observance of anti-bullying day across the United States. The Community Engagement Section of the Office of Homeland Security released a list of resources to prevent bullying on Wednesday.

The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL
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Lesbian widows sue Social Security Administration
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two Lesbian widows have filed separate suits against the Social Security Administration (SSA) hoping to obtain survivor benefits due them after the deaths of their spouses.

Unlike most federal agencies which recognize same-sex sex marriages if they are legal where they are per
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O, Dem Golden Slippers!: Gender variance and the Mummers Parade
by Bob Skiba - Philadelphia Gay News
Special to the SGN

They were called female impersonators, character types, lovely creatures, drag queens, pansies, divas. They were straight, bi, gay and queer. For over a century, hundreds of men used the all-male bastion of the Philadelphia Mummers' New Year's Day Parade to crea
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Marriage is our property! Straight couple alleges in suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A straight Christian couple has filed a novel motion to intervene in the ACLU's marriage equality lawsuit in Kansas.

In their motion, Phillip W. Unruh and Sandra L. Unruh claim that they have a property right to the name of marriage, and that applying that name to a same-sex r
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Gay and Trans prisoners sue California Sheriff
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fifteen current and former Gay, Bi, and Trans inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have initiated a class action lawsuit against the County Sheriff's Department. The suit was filed on October 22.

According to court documents, all inmates who identify as Gay,
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Bullied teen charged with assault after he was hospitalized in an anti-Gay attack
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sometimes the world just doesn't seem to make much sense. As a reporter for Gay media for over a decade I can honestly say that this is one of the most deplorable things I've ever had to let readers know about. Brace yourself because this one will impact you, I guarantee it.

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Paris honors memory of last people executed for being Gay
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new plaque commemorating the last men executed in France for being Gay was unveiled in Paris on October 18. The commemorative plaque was placed in the central square formerly used for executions. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo led the ceremony.

According to Paris Council member Ia
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Trans Scots to get new rights by Christmas
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Scotland's Trans community will get new rights by Christmas this year, thanks to two laws passed by the country's parliament.

First, same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland beginning December 16. While that is welcome news for Gay and Lesbian couples, it is also good news
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