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GLSEN Washington State held a candlelight vigil
GLSEN Washington State held a candlelight vigil on Sunday, March 9, 2008, on the south plaza outside Seattle Central Community College in memory of Lawrence King, the 15-year-old Oxnard, CA student who was murdered at his school by his 14-year-old classmate. Friends say he was killed because of his sexual orientation and gender expression and his open crush on his 14-year-old classmate. more
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Judy Shepard honored by GLAAD, America Airlines
On Monday, March 17, American Airlines hosted an informal reception for Judy Shepard, the human rights activist and founder of The Matthew Shepard Foundation. The reception was held at the American Airlines Roundabout Theater in Times Square to honor Judy for her courageous work in the fight against hate crime violence. Shepard received a Medi more
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Sen. Ed Murray celebrates passage of 2008 partnership
The following is Senator Ed Murray's statement from the March 12, 2008 signing of the Domestic Partnership Expansion bill. Today we celebrate another step on the road to full equality for the LGBT community.

We celebrate the courage of those Lesbian and Gay families who came forward to tell the stories of their lives.
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Mehdi Kazemi case reveals Iranian anti-Gay propaganda
Outspoken London MP George Galloway is accused of mouthing "the propaganda of the Iranian dictatorship" after he claimed on the Channel 5 TV talk show The Wright Stuff that the boyfriend of Gay asylum-seeker Mehdi Kazemi was executed for sex crimes (see full transcript below). Kazemi faces deportation back to Iran, where many believe he will be ha more
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Bill Clinton comments on Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Courtesy of MTVU

Last week in New Orleans, MTVU, MTV's Emmy-winning college network, hosted President Clinton for a first-ever "Editorial Board" with four student newspaper journalists from around the country. Highlights included when Clinton said Congress should get rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and mounted a spirited defense of
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Nuns with big baskets: Easter fundraiser at The Cuff
What could be more fun than an Easter egg roll on the White House lawn using hand grenades? More satisfying than a Dilletante chocolate bunny the size of Dick Cheney? An evening with the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence at The Cuff complex, of course.

On Easter Sunday, March 23, 9 p.m. (so as not to conflict with church or brunc
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LGBTQ Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks in June
Although there are no statistics on completed suicides in the LGBTQ community, research does suggest that there is an elevated risk of suicidal behavior and attempts among LGBTQs - not just for teens and young adults struggling with coming out, but across all age groups.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), alo
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Rainbow Sash Movement's papal protest ignites hysterics
The following are just a few samples of US reactions the Rainbow Sash Movement has received from Catholic Media around the nation. This does not include international coverage and responses. These responses are indicative of the mentality that not only condones Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trangender violence, but is also consistent with Pope Benedict more
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The brides of March: Memoir of a same-sex
The brides of March: Memoir of a same-sex marriage by Beren deMotier - Special to the SGN

It was just over a month ago that Basic Rights Oregon and GLBT folk in our town were celebrating a rousing legal victory over discrimination, injustice and out-of-town conservative interest groups. Not only did the judge throw out the req
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GLBTQ Wedding and Family Expo comes to Seattle, April 6
The national Gay and Lesbian wedding resource, RainbowWeddingNetwork.com (RWN), has announced that the company will be producing Seattle's first-ever GLBTQ Wedding & Family Expo. The event will also include the "Same Love, Same Rights" Mobile Marriage Summit, a forum in which ideas are collected from all who attend on innovative ways to create more
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Rainbow City Band seeks new members
Did you play an instrument in high school or college, and keep thinking you should pick it up again?

Have you watched a color guard perform a great flag routine and thought, "that looks like fun, I wonder if I could do that?"

Yes you should, and yes you can! Rainbow City Band, one of the largest and most active
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Mr. Nude Seattle contest 10th anniversary
With a little over a month before the 10th anniversary of the Mr. Nude Seattle contest, I took a short break from putting up posters, sending out e-mails, passing out flyers and, of course, going to the bars on Capitol Hill to find that elusive, shy contestant who might want to become the next Mr. Nude Seattle. As I take this breather, I have more
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A tale of two sex scandals
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

It was a rare case of domino sex scandals. Not since Bill Clinton's infidelity brought down GOP adulterers Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston have we seen one politician's sexcapades set in motion such a chain of subsequent scandals. That's what happened last week, after squeaky clean New
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The OutField - Going to the mat for a great cause
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

Mission High School stands just three blocks from Castro Street, the heart of San Francisco's Gayest neighborhood. Forty percent Hispanic, 30 percent Asian, and 22 percent black, it suffers the financial and educational woes of many urban schools. So no one was surprised when the wrestlin
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