Friday, December 19, 2008 - Volume 36 Issue 51

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Innovative settlement in Transgender discrimination case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Contributing Writer

An innovative settlement in a discrimination complaint involving a Transgender man and his former employer will result in a new internship program at Equal Rights Washington. ERW and the Seattle law firm of Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP announced the settlement on December 12.

Ramsey Campbell was fired from
A Gay pride revolution in Hong Kong
by Deena Guzder and Ann Binlot - Courtesy of TIME

There were no drag queens in sexy ensembles with heavy makeup strutting down the streets in platform heels or buff shirtless sailor boys splayed like starfish on moving floats. But Hong Kong's first official Gay pride parade Saturday, December 13, was still a colorful gatherin
UN LGBT statement backed by 66 countries (but not US)
by Peter Tatchell - Courtesy of OutRage!

Sixty-six countries signed a joint statement in support of LGBT human rights, which was tabled at the United Nations General Assembly December 18, 2008.

The statement, which includes a call for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide, was read by Argenti
Gay activists in uproar over Warren's role in Obama inauguration
by Daniel Nasaw - Courtesy of The Guardian

Gay civil rights advocates and liberal activists were in an uproar today over news that evangelical pastor Rick Warren is to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration next month.

Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor at Saddleback Chur
Cupcakes and karaoke for a cause
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

It was snowing outside and ice was forming on the streets, but inside the CARA offices (Committee Against Rape and Abuse) things were warm and joyful. The event was the annual "Cupcake Party," a fundraiser for the group, which focuses on helping women in the community find their
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer For his birthday, my brother wanted to play paintball.

I think of myself as game, someone who's up for most things.

But paintball seemed & dangerous. "It'll hurt," my brother said on the phone. "It stings."

"Great," I chirped back. "No pr
GLBT's strange bedfellows
by Rev. Barbara Allen - SGN Contributing Writer The Pursuit of Equal Rights made for strange bedfellows last week when a legally approved plaque in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia was put on display, stolen and vandalized, then returned to the rotunda. Bill O'Reilly, via his radio broadcasts, seems to have whipped up a negative frenzy to t more
Political IQ: Why I'm a Lesbian
by Diane Silver - SGN Contributing Writer

My moment of truth came when I was sitting in my car, listening to the radio at a red light. A thought popped into my head. It was clear and startling. I thought: I don't have to be a Lesbian anymore.

It was 1993. Bill Clinton had just become president. A wave
Political IQ: The problem with the Human Rights Campaign
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Miami in the 1970s was a great time to be young and Gay. As my fictional alter ego, Joe Martinez, said in one of his adventures, "Miami was a candy store for a young Gay guy just out of the closet." With no AIDS in sight, and most venereal diseases treated with a simple shot
A Dyke About Town: What becomes of the brokenhearted
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy and Cuteness went to see Quantum of Solace. Cuteness said she thought Daniel Craig had a nice ass for a man. She liked the vitality of Olga Kurylenko's performance in the role of the love interest. She found Eva Green's work in the predecessor, Casino Royale, pasty-faced. <
Mark Jeffries
Mark Jeffries, 46, passed away Monday, December 8, 2008, after a year and-a-half battle with cancer, with his partner Roane Charland at his side. Mark lived most of his early life in Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School. He went on to college at Washington State University. For the majority of his life, Mark worked as a customer se more
Zero to 60: 2009 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD

by J.T. Hills -
SGN Contributing Writer


  • XC70 T6 with the 3.0 Turbocharged six-cylinder engine is a much-needed new trim level for 2009
  • Excellent all-wheel-d more
A Funny, Funny Story
Sequel to Sarah Palin 'nude painting': A Governor Rod Blagojevich 'nude painting'?

By Azam Ahmed
Tribune reporter

December 19 2008

Mired in a scandal that could strip him of his pride, his job and the misperception that anyone shares his enthusiasm for his hair, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has now also been stripped of his clothes.

The complete article can be viewed
Prop 8 lawyers file to annul the 18,000 marriages
AP 19 Dec 08

Prop. 8 sponsors seek to nullify 18K gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO -- The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that o
Jerry Brown must file Prop 8 brief Friday
Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 08

Pros and cons of Prop. 8

It falls to Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to present a thoughtful legal argument for, or against, the initiative.

Among the many legal opinions on Proposition 8 that the California Supreme Court will consider, the most high-p

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