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Victory in India!
Courtesy of 365gay.com

A court ruled Thursday, July 2, to decriminalize homosexuality in the Indian capital, a groundbreaking decision that could bring more freedom to Gays in this deeply conservative country.

The Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual Gay sex as a crime is a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. The
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Another Stonewall? Ft. Worth police raid Gay bar
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As LGBT communities around the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion with Pride Parades, parties, and festivals, Fort Worth police and agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission marked the occasion by raiding the Rainbow Lounge, a Gay bar in south Fort Worth, Te
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DC judge says no delay or ballot on Gay marriage
by Chuck Colbert - Keen News Service

In a yet another win for Gay civil rights advocates, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge Tuesday, June 30, denied a request for an injunction to delay the effective date of new same-sex marriage recognition law. This means DC can start legally recognizing same-sex marriages from other
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Seattle to Iowa City: Marc and Matthew get married
by Fred Ketteman - Special to the SGN

On Friday, June 12, 2009, Seattleites Matthew Haggerty and Marc Stiles were legally wed on the steps of the Old Capitol in Iowa City, Iowa.

Coincidentally, this building is where the Iowa Constitution was drafted - the document that ultimately led to the April 3, 2009 unanimous more
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Local Gay soccer team wins gold
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Jet City Strikers, a Gay men's soccer team from Seattle, won Division 2 gold after defeating the West Hollywood Eclipse 3-1 at this year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Cup, in Washington, D.C., June 20. The Jet City Strikers were the only Division 2 tea
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GLSEN fundraiser to benefit Washington GSAs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

School's Out
For Summer fundraiser
July 18, 7-9 PM
C.C. Attle's


The Second Annual Washington State Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 'School's Out For Summer' fundraiser is scheduled at C.C. Attle's Bar and Restaurant July 18 from 7-
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White House honors Stonewall anniversary
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

On Monday, June 29, President Barack Obama urged the LGBT community to judge him 'not by promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps.'

'I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough,' said Obama, speaking to a large gathering
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DIFFA/Seattle offers amazing night of fashion
by Marcus James - SGN Contributing Writer

When I found myself at the W Hotel on Saturday, June 20 for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) /Seattle's summer 2009 show, raising money to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention and research, I immediately fell in love. Downstairs, the lobby was filled with patrons and photographers
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Task force launches New Beginnings initiative
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a national collaboration of expert organizations announced last week the New Beginning Initiative, designed to push for concrete federal administration policy regulatory changes directly benefiting the lives of LGBT people and eliminating discrimina
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Dennis Moyers cannabis patient and advocate will be missed
by Robert Christian - Special to the SGN

May 11, 2009, Mr. Dennis Moyers who served along with Hempfest in Seattle, and served on the 11th Legislative District Democratic party has passed away.

The Memorial Service for Dennis was June 6 at the Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.

Dennis was known for m
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More labor leaders endorse ENDA
More leaders of organized labor are speaking out in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), introduced by Rep Barney Frank (D-MA) last Wednesday. ENDA would correct a glaring omission in US civil rights law by prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

SEIU Executive Vic
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Reflecting on growing up Gay
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

To paraphrase Quentin Crisp, after a very long youth I am becoming one of the stately homos of Seattle. Contrary to the testimony of some other men about themselves, sexuality was part of me from a very early age. It must have been about 1951 or 1952, because I was walking already. My par
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Speaking with Jael Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps
by Marcus James - SGN Contributing Writer

We've all had days that we don't look forward to, those we approach with a sense of dread. Sunday, June 14, was definitely one of those days; Fred Phelps was coming to town, or at least members of his reviled Westboro Baptist Church.

As a young Gay man who can still vivid
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The 2009 New York Gay Pride Parade
Heritage of Pride March, New York City, June 28th, 2009

by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

I love the Gay Pride Parade in New York because so many organizations are involved and participants wear such wonderful, sumptuous and sometimes wacky costumes and everyone is smiling and having such a good time. In the p
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Celebration at this year's Dyke March
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

After the color and flashiness of the newly-risen Pride Festival (called the Broadway Festival by its organizers, mostly members of the Museum of Mysteries, and Charlotte LeFrevre in particular), the crazy quilt gathering on the lawn of the Seattle Central Community College was a bit o
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Fort Worth update: Police Chief compromises investigation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As SGN goes to press, new details coming from Fort Worth challenge police claims that there will be a fair internal investigation of the June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge, a Gay bar in south Fort Worth, Texas.

Although Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead promised an internal
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National News
Gay Portland mayor cleared in Breedlove affair
There is no credible evidence that Sam Adams, the Gay mayor of Portland, Ore., had inappropriate sexual contact with Beau Breedlove before Breedlove turned 18, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said June 22.

Adams, 45, and Breedlove, 22, have acknowledged having sex
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Time to review policy on gays in U.S. military: Powell
Reporting by Lesley Wroughton
Editing by Sandra Maler
Reuters

July 5, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American attitudes have changed and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays serving in the U.S. military should be reviewed, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin Powell said on Sunday.
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Rainbow Lounge incident puts Fort Worth at forefront of struggle for gay rights
By DIANE SMITH and EVA-MARIE AYALA
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
5 July 09

FORT WORTH - The gay community has long been perceived as quiet and somewhat passive in Fort Worth, where many say they don't feel comfortable holding hands in Sundance Square.

It's quite the opposite of Dallas, where gay, lesbian,
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The guy Obama listens to on gay issues - An interview with Steve Hildebrand
Rex Wockner
Monday, July 6, 2009

'(Barack Obama) has told me, and he has told ... staff in the White House that pressure's a good thing, so people should continue to put pressure on him.' --Steve Hildebrand

'(President Obama) did not read the ... pathetic (marriage) brief in advance but he subseq
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The New Republic goes off on Obama over the gay thing
The New Republic
6 July 09

This magazine has made no secret of its high regard for Barack Obama. Which makes it all the more distressing for us to observe the approach that his administration is taking on gay rights.

full story:
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Silent Partners: The Other Victims of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
By MaxMarginal
Monday Jul 06, 2009 7:15pm

We hear a lot about the reasons to get rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The fact that having openly gay servicemembers in the armed forces will do absolutely nothing to undermine the effectiveness of the military, whereas discharging gay Arabic translators like Lt. Dan Choi does plenty.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds D.C. for honoring and recognizing same-sex marriages
WASHINGTON, July 7 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds today's implementation of a landmark District of Columbia (D.C.) law that gives legal recognition to marriages of same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions. The law, the Jury and Marriage Act of 2009, passed on a 12-1 vote in the District City Council on M more
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Brüno will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm
By Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
The Independent newspaper - London, UK

Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Borat was a masterpiece of comedy; arguably the most inventive satire for many years. Its unique genre of wicked, sophisticated parody set the bar very high; so high that Cohen's latest comedic outing, Bruno, is som
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Mass. sues feds over definition of marriage
AP
By DENISE LAVOIE
Ap Legal Affairs Writer
8 July 2009

BOSTON - Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with th
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"Quote Unquote"
"[Senior Adviser] David [Axelrod] and I have been together for a long time. ... I think back to that day that I called Ax so many years ago and said, 'You and I can do wonderful things together,' and he said to me the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: 'Let's go to Iowa and make it official.'"
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Victory in India!
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Another Stonewall? Ft. Worth police raid Gay bar
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DC judge says no delay or ballot on Gay marriage
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Seattle to Iowa City: Marc and Matthew get married
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Local Gay soccer team wins gold
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GLSEN fundraiser to benefit Washington GSAs
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White House honors Stonewall anniversary
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DIFFA/Seattle offers amazing night of fashion
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"Quote Unquote"
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International News
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Northwest News
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National News
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Task force launches New Beginnings initiative
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Dennis Moyers cannabis patient and advocate will be missed
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More labor leaders endorse ENDA
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Reflecting on growing up Gay
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Speaking with Jael Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps
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The 2009 New York Gay Pride Parade
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Celebration at this year's Dyke March
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Fort Worth update: Police Chief compromises investigation
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Time to review policy on gays in U.S. military: Powell
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Rainbow Lounge incident puts Fort Worth at forefront of struggle for gay rights
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The guy Obama listens to on gay issues - An interview with Steve Hildebrand
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The New Republic goes off on Obama over the gay thing
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Silent Partners: The Other Victims of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds D.C. for honoring and recognizing same-sex marriages
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Brüno will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm
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Mass. sues feds over definition of marriage
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HRC, at least, is very pleased with the suit
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Gay festival organizer defends Conservative government
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AIDS activists arrested inside U.S. Capitol
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Massachusetts Sues US over DOMA
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