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IT'S A BOY!
Trygve Pedersen born in San Diego on Monday, August 27. One SGN observer quipped, "It's a boy, and a young Democrat!"

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

State Representative Jamie Pedersen and his partner, Eric, welcomed their first child into the world at the University of San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center on Monday, August 27, at 12:44 p.m. The
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Iowa Court rules same-sex couples MUST be allowed to marry
Couples...who are otherwise qualified...may not be denied licenses...by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same-sex, wrote Judge Robert B. Hanson.

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 30, 2007A 63 page decision issued today by the Iowa District Court for Polk County said that same-sex couples must b
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Rev. Gwen Hall dies Aug. 24 - many mourn the loss of a leader
Founder of Sojourner Truth Unity Fellowship Church and a passionate activist for social change

by Liz Meyer - SGN Staff Writer

The Rev. Gwen Hall, as celebrated for her involvement in a seemingly endless list of social justice issues as she was for her capacity to commit to all of those causes equally, died Aug
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Men's room arrest reopens questions about Sen. Larry Craig
Idaho senator pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after incident at Minnesota airport

by Dan Popkey - The Idaho Statesman

Sen. Larry Craig, who in May told The Idaho Statesman he had never engaged in homosexual acts, was arrested less than a month later by an undercover police officer who said Craig made a sexual
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Lambda drops suit against Bellevue over employee benefits
'We're pleased that our clients will finally be able to access the domestic partner benefits they were forced to do without for years, despite having urgent family needs.'

Lambda Legal has filed a motion in King County Superior Court to dismiss its lawsuit against the City of Bellevue on behalf of three city employees seeki
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Maine high court OKs same-sex couple adoptions
PORTLAND, Maine-- Maine's highest court, the Law Court, Thursday issued a ruling allowing a Lesbian couple to jointly adopt two siblings currently in foster care.

The unanimous ruling opens the door in Maine for other co-parent adoptions by same-sex couples.

The case began in 2001 when children were removed from th
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LGBT people murdered due to their sexual orientation to be honored
LGBT people murdered due to their sexual orientation to be honored Memorial and exhibition to serve as tool for remembrance, education and compassion

A "Who's Who" of Gay and straight culture have come together to create a national memorial to honor LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people who have been murdered because
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Learning from history: 87 years ago, women got the right to vote
Having just turned 66 this month, that means that when I was born in 1941, women had only had the right to vote for 21 years.

In our struggle for full legal equality, we, in the LBGT Community often discuss "incrementalism", and it seems to me that we have an ongoing argument between the purists and the pragmatists, which un
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The Outfield: Fighting for Both the Crips and the Queers
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

We've heard the jokes. OK, we've probably made them ourselves. A female friend gets turned down for a job. "Too bad you weren't a real minority," we commiserate. "Maybe if you were a Lesbian in a wheelchair..."

Danielle Peers is that Lesbian in a wheelchair. But don't you dare
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Seattle Gay History: History humor
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

Fabulous, earth shaking news about Seattle`s Gay ancestors of 50,000 B.C. After thousands of years and billions of research dollars, scientists, archaeologist, legions of scholars and mathematicians from around the world have feverously sought to answer one of the most profound and co
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Presbyterian Synod of the Pacific denies equal marriage rights
"Reverend Janie Spahr's prophetic ministry is deeply rooted in pastoral concern for those in her care," said Harry Knox, Director of the Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender civil rights organization, responded today
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Jesse's Journal: Children of the Black Cat
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Reporter

One of the highlights of the 1984 documentary film Before Stonewall was a filmed reunion of the staff members and patrons of the Black Cat Café, a bohemian bar that flourished on Montgomery Street in San Francisco . Today the Black Cat, which finally closed in 1963 after 30 y
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Just Ask Michael: Resources and encouragement provided by readers
by Michael Raitt, MA, LMHC - SGN Contributing Writer

I received several emails regarding my article in the Seattle Gay News, " 'Ex-Gay therapy' is no solution" (Aug. 17, 2007). The stories and struggles are compelling and poignant and reflect the fear, pain, strength and relief that most homosexual men and women experience - of
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