Friday, April 18, 2008 - Volume 36 Issue 16

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No Queerfest in Volunteer Park
Pride celebration hopes to secure venues "around Capitol Hill and beyond"

by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

On Thursday, Ivan Wright, newly-elected co-president of Seattle's beleaguered LGBT Community Center, called the Seattle Gay News to announce the board had reached the decision that Queerfest will not be held in Volunteer Park this summer. Ins
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Schwarzenegger: Marriage-ban effort "a total waste of time"
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer Speaking April 11 at the Log Cabin Republicans National Convention, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the effort by anti-Gay forces to amend the California Constitution to permanently ban same-sex marriage is "a total waste of time" and that he will fight against it.

Anti-gay activist
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"No peace, no work!"
Longshore workers will demand an end to Iraq War

by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

On May 1, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) will sponsor coordinated marches in many West Coast cities to demand an end to the war in Iraq, actions which could affect work at major port facilities up an
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Capitol Hill rejects Sound Transit's warplane décor
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

The 43rd District Democrats voted to reject the proposal by Sound Transit to put warplanes in the Link Light Rail station proposed for Capitol Hill. By unanimous vote, the body passed the following resolution:

Whereas Seattle is blessed with a large, dynamic, and dive
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Kicked by a one-trick pony
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

This week was the last for Matt Foreman as executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and in a media conference call on Tuesday he offered his own view about the direction LGBT rights might take in Washington in coming months.

Foreman's five-year ten
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Purr's Barbie Humphrey: Local woman makes good
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

Barbie Humphrey is a person everybody can be proud of. She's familiar to many of us as the friendly, upbeat owner of Purr, and has become a sparkling personality known throughout the city.

A native to this area, Barbie hails from Edmonds, where her family was "all born
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Hotel and food service workers endorse marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

UNITE HERE, the union representing almost a million workers and retirees in the textile, clothing, hotel and restaurant industries, has called for equal access to marriage and its benefits for LGBT workers.

In a resolution adopted by the union's General Executive Board
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In court - like life - friends matter
by Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal Executive Director Courtesy of 365Gay.com

When you're fighting a case that seeks to break new legal and social ground, it helps to have friends. But in court, the word friend has a very specific meaning.

Friends of the court, or amici in legal speak, file briefs in a case to exp
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Thai Red Cross ends separate screening for Gay blood donors
The Red Cross of Thailand said Friday that it would change its screening process for blood donors to address concerns from activists who said the system discriminated against Gays.

The Red Cross requires donors to fill out a form to assess their risk of disease.

Gay-rights activists had complained that one quest
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Seattle Gay History: Women having fun 1900-1920
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

These extremely rare Brownie Camera snapshots were found in the deep, musky archives of Old Seattle Paperworks in Seattle's Pike Street Market. Possibly taken in Seattle and rural Washington State. Nothing is known of these debonair Lotharios except their raid on a man's closet and their
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No time for discrimination in the fight against AIDS
by Kevin Robert Frost - Special to the SGN

This week an Egyptian court sentenced four men each to three years in prison because they are Gay and HIV-positive. Taken into custody during a sweep of recent arrests of suspected homosexuals, the men were publicly shamed, forced to submit to HIV tests, and tortured by Egyptian aut
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Clinton LGBT staffer in Philadelphia
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

When Mark Walsh knocked on the door of a blue-collar residence in northeast Philadelphia last Saturday, there was very little chance of his encountering another Gay person. This was not downtown Philly's "Gayborhood," but a rough-around-the-edges treeless development where the chief difference amo
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Entre Hermanos: Viviendo entre las sombras
Living in the Shadows - by Benjamin Sheppard Special to the SGN

Washington is a very livable state for LGBTs. While some take the advances in domestic partnership law and the rights newly conferred upon all Washingtonians for granted - which in a perfect world, we would - there is a seldom-discussed issue, which can only be
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Stonewall Dems endorse Phyllis Huster
Washington State Stonewall Democrats has official endorsed Phyllis Huster for State Senate of the 5th Legislative district. "To state it simply, Phyllis not only stands for a progressive democratic agenda, but she is family. We need to have more men and women like her, who carry the pride, conviction, and intelligence to the state legislature. more
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The OutField: Paul Tontz searches for subjects
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

One of the joys of college sports is feeling like part of a team. Sharing practice sessions, meals, and road trips draws athletes from different backgrounds together. The locker room becomes a home away from home. For males, it's a place where daily banter about teammates' races, et
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Entre Hermanos
by Marcos Martinez - SGN Contributing Writer

Por algunos meses hemos oído reportes de violencia en contra de personas gay en el vecindario de Capitol Hill. Hoy escribo sobre algo igualmente alarmante, la violencia dentro de nuestra misma comunidad Latina LGBT.

Recienmente, ocurrió un incidente violento fuera del c
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