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SGN interviews Obama Pride's Marsha Botzer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

Long-time Seattle activist Marsha Botzer is optimistic about the future. Recently named one of five National Co-Chairs of Obama Pride, the LGBT arm of Barack Obama's national campaign, Botzer looks forward to the November election.

"With politics you are often disappointed," she says, "but in my lifetime in p
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Gov. Gregoire and Darcy Burner shine at GSBA Forum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

Gov. Christine Gregoire mounted a spirited defense of her first term in office before an enthusiastic crowd of 250 people at the GSBA's Candidate Forum this past Wednesday. "We've done amazing things in these four years. I couldn't be more proud of what we've done," she said.
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Republican Convention misleading on LGBT issues
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

Several political pundits this week say the 2008 Republican National Convention launched a second "cultural war," but it is unclear, as yet, just how much a target the LGBT community will be this time around.

Gays were a considerable focus of the first "cultural war." It was la
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Washington State rated among most tolerant in US
Washington State is one of the most tolerant in America, new research from the University of Cambridge (UK) suggests.

The findings appear in a new study which reveals how the personalities of people in the USA often differ according to the state in which they live. Washington was one of the five highest-scoring states for "open
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Remembering Del Martin: A life well lived
by Paul Varnell - Special to the SGN

The news August 27 that pioneer Lesbian activist Del Martin had died came as a shock. Not because she wasn't old; at 87, she was. But because she and her partner Phyllis Lyon have been creative forces in the Gay liberation and women's movements during all of my own long activist life - and
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Log Cabin's big McCain mistake
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

Is political insanity running rampant among Republicans these days?

First, John McCain threw good sense to the wind and tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate, even though she is untested and astonishingly unqualified to be one septuagenarian heartbeat away from the pre
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Ex-Gays and ex-Republicans
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

The first thing that struck me about the Republican National Convention in St. Paul was the stunning lack of diversity. Only the GOP is capable of making Minnesota whiter. Into this cocoon of Caucasians stepped the ultra-pale John McCain and his moose-whacking VP, Sarah Palin, who toge
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Idaho ACLU settles with library over Joy of Gay Sex
The Nampa Public Library Board of Trustees and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho announced Monday a resolution that avoids a lawsuit and restores two books in the Nampa Library to the public stacks.

A policy decision by the Library Board on June 2, 2008 placed the New Joy of Sex and the Joy of Gay Sex in the director'
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Palestinian, Israeli and Zimbabwean lesbians come to Seattle
by Tina Gianoulis - Special to the SGN

Outside of liberal metropolitan centers like Seattle, Queers are often kept in the closet by fears of rejection and attack by family members, friends, and society in general. With Queer invisibility acting as such a strong force of oppression, one of the most radical and affirming acts that
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LESBIAN SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCILWOMAN MARRIES
by Rex Wockner

Out lesbian San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins and her partner of eight years, Jennifer LeSar, got married Sept. 6 at the Lodge at Torrey Pines along the coast on the city's north side.

A May ruling by the California Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples.

"It fe
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