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Pride and enthusiasm at Tri-Cities weekend celebration
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

Mid-Columbia Pride Weekend was an amazing series of events, in an area where, a few short years ago, the prevailing attitude on being out among many people ranged from reluctance to fear. Longtime Lesbian activist Dorie Flatt recalled a time when the Gay community kept itself so far under wraps that even the help-line phone
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End military Gay ban, lawmakers told
Courtesy of 365gay.com

The first American wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom told a House subcommittee Wednesday that many in his unit knew he was Gay, and it was not an issue.

It was only years after he nearly died in battle, receiving a Purple Heart for courage, that he realized he needed to speak out agains
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The Honorable Judge Jean Rietschel (l), shown here with her partner, Lois Thetford, and grandson, Max,
The Honorable Judge Jean Rietschel (l), shown here with her partner, Lois Thetford, and grandson, Max, will be giving an interview with the Seattle Gay News for our August 1 issue. Rietschel, a well-respected member of the judiciary, has consistently been highly rated by attorney evaluation polls throughout her career. She serves on the Judicial Et more
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Batter up! Gay Softball World Series slides into Seattle
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

The Seattle summer doldrums have set in and I can't help thinking how nice it would be if a few thousand sweaty amatuer athletes, Gay and Lesbian, dropped in to shake things up. Looks like I'll be getting my wish, as that's exactly what will happen August 22-30 as Series 2008 comes to Se
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Kitsap/Bremerton's pastoral Pride Festival
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

While some folks were noshing on food from around the area, and others were being thrilled by the air show at McChord Air Force Base, over 200 GBLT folks were laughing, dancing and celebrating at the 5th Kitsap/Bremerton Pride Festival in Bremerton.

Held in a perfectl
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Routines
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

They told me it would be two years. That's what friends said, when I asked them how long it takes to settle into a new city, how long until it feels like home.

Two years, they agreed.

No way, I thought. It will be under a year. Tops. After a
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The OutField - Following rugby pioneers' footsteps
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

One day seven years ago, Kerri Heffernan went for a run. Her path took her past an athletic field in Providence, Rhode Island, where the Brown University women's rugby team was training.

Heffernan - who, prior to becoming associate director of Brown's Howard R. Swearer C
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August's LGBT caucus favors Dems
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The LGBT caucus to next month's Democratic National Convention may well be one of the most eclectic bunches ever. Horacio Sierra is a doctoral candidate in English lit at the University of Florida, with a dissertation entitled "Sanctified Subversives: Depictions of Righteous and Rebellious N
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Gay love in the Peace Corps
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

Patrick Haggerty is a well-known local political activist, Gay liberationist, fabric artist, musician, and songwriter for the earliest openly Gay LP, Lavender Country, recently archived in the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. Music historian Chris Dickinson describes Patrick as t
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Ask Michael - Bad advice
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Michael,

In the article you wrote about getting off of meth [Live to Tell; Nightmare on Gay Street by David Talamantes], you gave some bad advice when you said that addicts don't have to go to 12 Step. I've been in 12 Step for years and know that if you work ha
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Repeal of Discriminatory HIV Travel and Immigration Law Heads to President's Desk
The U.S. House today, July 24, 2008, approved the provision, part of global AIDS legislation

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for approving the repeal of our nation's discriminat
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