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Schwarzenegger decimates AIDS services Eliminates funding for viral-load testing
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Ref. 71, temporary restraining order freezes public signature release
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SGN EXCLUSIVE - Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) talks about DADT repeal
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Seattle Frontrunners' Dean Koga injured in attack at Copenhagen OutGames
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Going home
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Suspect in South Park murder arrested July 24
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Congressman to introduce DOMA repeal
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MCC Seattle installs new associate pastor
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Navy charges sailor with Provost murder
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Samarya Center fundraiser a success
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Schwarzenegger decimates AIDS services Eliminates funding for viral-load testing
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

In an effort to balance California's budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used line-item vetoes July 28 to chop more than $50 million in funding from the state Office of AIDS, including critical funding for HIV viral-load testing.

Schwarzenegger decimated AIDS services across the board, leaving full funding in p
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Ref. 71, temporary restraining order freezes public signature release
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer On July 29 U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle granted a temporary restraining order requested by Protect Washington Families to stop the Secretary of State's Office from making the names and addresses of those who signed Referendum 71 public.

Judge Settle wrote that the referendum backer
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SGN EXCLUSIVE - Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) talks about DADT repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced - and then withdrew - an amendment to the 2010 Defense Department Appropriations Act which would have cut off funding to enforce the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell rule.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Hastings said, "Due to pressure f
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Seattle Frontrunners' Dean Koga injured in attack at Copenhagen OutGames
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A member of the Seattle Frontrunners, Dean Koga, was injured from shrapnel from an explosive device that shot onto the track during competition at the World OutGames in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 28.

Two athletes from Nashville, Keith Little and Sam Felker, were the first to r more
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Going home
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

After two years away, I'm going home.

Home can mean many things to many people. Where they grew up. Where they live now. A certain circle of friends.

For me and many other Lesbians, home is the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, which takes place ove
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Suspect in South Park murder arrested July 24
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle police arrested Isaiah M.K. Kalebu, 23, near Magnuson Park shortly after 6 p.m. July 24. The arrest happened less than 24 hours after police released his name and photograph and asked for the public's help in finding him.

In what police described as "one of the most b
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Congressman to introduce DOMA repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is set to introduce legislation to repeal key sections of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Nadler's bill would repeal DOMA's Section 2, which allows states to ignore legal same-sex marriages concluded in other states, and Section 3, barring fe
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MCC Seattle installs new associate pastor
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Rev. Michelle Carmody was installed as the associate pastor of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle July 26. MCC Seattle is the oldest congregation founded by and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in the Pacific Northwest.

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Navy charges sailor with Provost murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On July 23, Navy prosecutors charged 32-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Campos with fatally shooting and burning Gay Seaman August Provost during an arson attack against the compound of Assault Craft Unit 5 at Camp Pendleton on June 30, said Capt. Matt Brown, a spokesman for Navy
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Samarya Center fundraiser a success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Sun Sal-u-thon
July 18
Cal Anderson Park


The Samarya Center, Seattle's only non-profit yoga and wellness center, held its second annual summer fundraising event at Cal Anderson Park July 18. The Sun Sal-u-thon gave participants a chance to practice "su
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Kiss-ins spread beyond Salt Lake temple
Thirty Gays, Lesbians and friends staged a kiss-in at the San Diego Mormon temple July 22 in solidarity with a Gay couple who were arrested in Salt Lake City July 9 for kissing on Main Street Plaza.

Salt Lake City sol
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"Quote Unquote"
QUOTE UNQUOTE by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"[I]t's nice to be able to type the word 'fucking' and just hit publish. I need the sort of valve so many others have discovered on the great grassy bloglands of the new frontier - a quasi-space of my own to write whatever else I'm not being paid to write. We'll see how it
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