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Section One

Senator Harry Reid endorses National Equality March
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed the National Equality March on September 30, adding his name to the over 200 notable leaders and supporters of the LGBT community who've endorsed the march.

On October 11, thousands of people are expected to participate in the National Equality March in Washington,
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Fight to Approve Ref. 71 hits ballots
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

By this time next week, Washingtonians will have received their ballots asking whether or not they want to keep the state's domestic partnership law, which grants the same rights and responsibilities for registered same-sex domestic partners and some seniors as married couples. If voters decide
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Hate crimes bill passes US House as amendment to DOD authorization
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Legislation adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate crimes protections passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday, October 8.

The vote was 281-146, with 44 Republicans joining 237 Democrats to pass the bill. Voting No were 131 Republicans and 15 Democr
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Obama to address Human Rights Campaign at annual dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced October 5 that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the organization's 13th annual National Dinner in Washington D.C. on October 10.

Obama's appearance at the dinner comes one day before thousands of people are expec
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Tour de Life: In defense of my whining
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column that pissed a lot of people off. As a result, I got an e-mail box full of people taking me to task over my insensitivity toward Muslim cultures. Reading some of the responses made me angry that so many people who live in liberal bio-bubbles would presum
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MCC Seattle joins UDECC in feasibility study
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle recently joined the University District Ecumenical Campus Coalition (UDECC). Members of MCC voted unanimously September 27 to accept UDECC's offer to join in a feasibility study.

The purpose of UDECC is to gather progressive
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Local Gay author to speak at Q-Squared Book Group
Q-Squared Book Club with Rick R. Reed
October 17
Capitol Hill Branch Library


Rick R. Reed, author of Bashed, will meet with members of the Q-Squared Book Group at their next meeting to discuss his recent novel, the group's selection for October. Bashed is the story of a Gay hate crime and its aftermath. The
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Gay History: Wally Stevenson, 'Wizard of the Organ'
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

"I was born for music on October 31, 1920, and began piano lessons at age four," says Wally Stevenson. "A piano fell on me when I was 12, resulting in back injuries that kept me out of the army. Later a blender blew up in my hand, and then a plate glass incident ruined my classical music
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Homophobic graffiti reports investigated in West Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

A recently released police report details another case of homophobic graffiti in West Seattle. The case is strikingly similar to previous incidents in the neighborhood, where a suspect was arrested and released last May.

On September 10, at approx 2:30 p.m., a woman repo
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Ask Michael: Giving up on finding boyfriends
more by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Hey Michael,
I have been looking for a boyfriend and I have been here for [many] years. Nada, no luck. I have lost a lot of weight, made a lot of improvements in my life, yet I see a lot of my friends getting boyfriends, when I'm not. I had a long good talk with a good friend o
 


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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

El Salvador rejects move to ban Gay marriage and adoption
An attempt to put anti-Gay amendments into El Salvador's constitution failed September 24.

The proposals would have banned Gay adoption, same-sex marriage, Gay civil unions and recognition of foreign Gay unions.

Fifty-six votes
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Northwest News
Northwest News
IN PERSON VOTER REGISTRATION STILL POSSIBLE UNTIL OCTOBER 26 FOR NOVEMBER 3 GENERAL ELECTION

IF YOU HAVE MOVED BUT HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A CHANGE OF ADDRESS YOU CAN STILL GET A BALLOT SENT TO YOU


If you are not currently registered to vote in Washington State and you want to vote in the November 3 General Election, you can still register to vote, but YO
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National News
National News
NATIONAL NEWS by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Texas Gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Dallas District Judge Tena Callahan ruled October 1 that Texas' constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.

The determination came in the case of two
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Domestic partnership certificates issued in Nevada
Domestic partnership certificates issued in Nevada by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller issued domestic partnership certificate No. 1 at the state Capitol on October 1, as a state law providing many of the same legal rights as marriage to same-sex couples who register with the state went in
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R. Kelly Ettleman, 1959-2009;
Randy Wells, 1952-2009

R. Kelly Ettleman
R. Kelly Ettleman, 50, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, to Andrew and Mildred Ettleman on March 25, 1959. Kelly lived in Missouri for a number of years and helped run the family business until he moved to Florida in the 1980s. From Florida, he mo
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Seattle OUTprotest Equality March and Rally
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle OUTprotest, a local grassroots LGBTQ advocacy organization, has put together Seattle Equality Weekend. The event consists of two days, October 10-11, of LGBTQ education workshops, the HIV/AIDS vigil, the march and rally, and the Generation Q Mega Mixer.

Seattle OUTprotest o
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MCC Seattle hosts POZ Seattle's monthly social
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

POZSeattle monthly social October 14 The Cuff

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Seattle is sponsoring POZSeattle's monthly social this month on Wednesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cuff. MCC offered to host the event in celebration of National Coming Ou
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Pentagon airs criticism of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

An article in the Pentagon's top scholarly journal, Joint Force Quarterly, calls for lifting the ban on Gays serving openly in the armed forces. The author, Air Force Colonel Om Prakash, argues that the military is essentially forcing an estimated 65,000 Gay and Lesbian service members to lead d
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Texas divorce ruling challenges DOMA, state constitution
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas judge challenged the one-man-one-woman definition of marriage enshrined in the Texas state constitution and called the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into question with a controversial ruling on Thursday, October 1.

Judge Tena Callahan of the Dallas County 302nd Famil
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Arctic Club Hotel goes union
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

UNITE HERE Local 8 - which represents hotel and restaurant workers in Western Washington - announced on October 8 that workers at the Arctic Club Hotel at 3rd Avenue and Cherry Street had won union recognition.

The historic building, known for its third-floor frieze of 29 carved wa
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BREAKING STORIES!
UFCW president pledges support for ENDA
Can Obama win over the gay community? Rep. Frank says DC gay rights march misses mark
In a Changing Era, a Reminder of AIDS
Obama Tells HRC Governor Signs Harvey Milk Day and Marriage Recognition Bills
Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in Washington
HRC Building Vandalized 200,000 March on Washington
Gately, of Irish boy band Boyzone, dies in Spain Leadership on Gay Rights - President Obama isn't the only one falling short. Reid rips LDS Church's Prop. 8 support
NO on 1 Announces 12,000 Donors, $2.7 Million Raised - 2,000 Mainers volunteer to protect Maine equality Russian gays express disappointment in Clinton Joe Solmonese: The Last Thing We Should Do is Wait
Anti-Prop 8 lawsuit OK, federal judge says Judge refuses to dismiss gay marriage ban lawsuit

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