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posted Friday, February 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 07

SECTION ONE

SMC and SWC Artistic Director Dennis Coleman to retire July 2016
PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.flyinghouse.org/press/staff.asp In late July of 2016, after more than three decades of dedicated and tireless service to the Seattle area LGBTQ and arts communities, Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC) will retire. He will lead the final two SMC concerts this season (March and June) more
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Marriages begin in 23 of Alabama's 67 counties
Same-sex plaintiffs sue all state officials to get compliance with federal court order

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay and Lesbian couples are marrying in at least 23 of Alabama's 67 counties after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the stay on a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban o
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: City Council member Tom Rasmussen
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen will be retiring from politics when his term expires in January, but when asked about his future plans he's all business. Instead of talking about what he'll do with his time off, he ticks off a list of projects he wants to accomplish before leaving
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Calling out ageism
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Last Sunday on one of those morning news talk shows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was asked about Hillary Clinton's possible candidacy for president. He responded: 'People want to look to the future, we don't want to go back in time.'

To me, that is pure and simple agei
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LGBT youth deserve fairness and equality at school
With LGBT youth twice as likely to experience verbal harassment, exclusion, and physical attack at school, Student Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced in Congress

WASHINGTON D.C. - On Tuesday, February 10, the Student Non-Discrimination Act - a bill that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student
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HRC condemns Urban Outfitters' latest offense: peddling tapestry with Nazi-era anti-Gay imagery
Retailer already known for hawking items repugnant to Jewish and Native American people strikes again

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, February 10, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) joined the Anti-Defamation League in calling out retailer Urban Outfitters for selling a striped tapestry featuring a single pink triangle, an unm
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Indiana marriage plaintiff dies: Niki Quasney was 38
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Niki Quasney, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that brought marriage equality to Indiana, died February 5. She was only 38 and had been battling ovarian cancer for more than five years.

According to Lambda Legal, which represented Quasney and her wife, Amy Sandler, Quasney
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Sam Brownback hates you - Rescinds Kansas rule against employment discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has rescinded an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT state employees in hiring and employment.

The Republican governor announced his decision February 10, three months after winning a tough reelection battle, and two months after
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Slovakia's Anti-Gay referendum fails due to low turn-out - Measure had Papal blessing
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Slovakia failed to pass a referendum that would have reinforced discrimination against same-sex couples, in spite of the Pope's blessing of the measure.

Slovaks were asked to vote Yes or No on three propositions:

o that only a union between a man and a woman ca
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New Greek government promises same-sex civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Greece's newly-elected left-wing government has promised to legalize same-sex civil unions.

New Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos told parliament on February 9 that the country's civil union law, passed only for straight couples in 2008, would be extended to Gay and Le
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Pro-Gay party wins Delhi state elections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A pro-Gay and anti-corruption party has swept to power in India's National Capital Territory of Delhi - the equivalent of Washington, DC in the United States.

The Aam Aadami Party (AAP) won 67 of 70 legislative seats. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which r
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Swiss priest fired after blessing Lesbian couple
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Swiss priest is being removed from his parish after giving a blessing to a Lesbian couple last year.

Fr. Wendelin Bucheli blessed the couple in October 2014. Bishop Vitus Huonder, Bucheli's current superior, was outraged.

'His actions created attention, even
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THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE
by Paul Kawata - National Minority AIDS Council

The info-graphic below shows the stark reality of HIV in Black America. The statistics are mind numbing. At current rates of infection, 50% of black Gay men will have HIV by the time they are 35 (8% of white Gay men are infected). I've been accused of caring more for the black c
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