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Section One - ALL STORIES
Fight the Fear Campaign bolsters community defense, spirit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

You are worth defending. Each one of us is worth defending.

That was the mantra of over 100 LGBTQ community members that participated in Fight the Fear Campaign, a two-hour violence prevention and self-defense workshop on January 10 at the Century Ballroom in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Born of the aftermath of
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Prop. 8 trial begins in California
by Ryan Burr - Special to the SGN

Since California Attorney General Jerry Brown has stated publicly that he finds Proposition 8 unconstitutional, how was it allowed to proceed to the ballot in November 2008?

This was one of the more pointed questions Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker raised during the first d
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Equal Rights Washington lays groundwork for 2010
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Equal Rights Washington (ERW), the state's LGBT advocacy organization credited with laying the groundwork for the successful Approve Referendum 71 Campaign, recently spoke with Seattle Gay News to outline their 2010 agenda.

It is no secret that the reality of the perilous fiscal
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Portugal passes marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 8 the Portuguese parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote was 123-99.

The bill would not allow same-sex couples to adopt children, but it was hailed by LGBT activists in Portugal as an important step toward full equality. Supporters of the measur
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Out to Quit: Going through 'The Program' - Week 2
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

I arrived at Gay City about 10 minutes early. I made a point of not being late this time. I stopped in Kaladi Brothers, got a drink, and waited in the short line for the door to the upstairs to open. At 7:00 p.m. we were promptly welcomed in by the smiling faces of the Gay City staff and
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First same-sex wedding in China gets major coverage in state-run press
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 13, China's government-run newspaper China Daily gave front-page coverage to a Gay wedding in the country's Sichuan Province.

Zeng Anquan, 45, and Pan Wenjie, 27, were married at a Gay bar in Sichuan's capital city of Chendu on January 3.

Pan's former gi
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Pro-DOMA judge becomes WA Chief Justice
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Barbara Madsen, the author of the Washington Supreme Court opinion upholding the state's ban on same-sex marriages, was sworn in as chief justice of the court on January 11.

In her decision in Anderson v King County, Madsen put forward the controversial claim that the state may pro
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Uganda might not kill Gays, Museveni says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The worst provisions of Uganda's proposed anti-Gay bill may not be enacted.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly told colleagues the bill is 'too harsh,' and has recommended they remove the death penalty from the legislation.

As originally written, the bi
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Leslie Rado, 1945-2010
Leslie Rado (1945-2010), longtime resident of Ballard and recently of Bailey-Boushay house, passed away on January 2 after a three-year fight with ALS.

Leslie was an academic, a teacher, and a therapist. She was a lover of music, dance, and dogs (and women).

There will be a memorial celebration of her life on Saturd
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Seattle Pride 2010 planning in progress
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On June 27, Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) will present the 36th Seattle Pride Parade. According to SOaP officials, preparations for the 2010 parade are in full swing.

"I expect the celebratory atmosphere surrounding our Referendum 71 success to be a keystone of the parade," Jon Me
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Pride Foundation scholarship deadline is Jan. 31
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The deadline for anyone interested in applying for a Pride Foundation scholarship is January 31. Go to www.pridefoundation.org and fill out an application before it's too late.

Each year, Pride Foundation provides educational scholarships to current and future LGBT and straight-a
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Estate gift benefits local HIV/AIDS organizations
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Last November, Pride Foundation received a significant bequest of $300,000 from the estate of Richard Cornwell. Cornwell, a pianist and KOMO4 broadcaster, had passed away at 75. He dedicated one fifth of his estate to Pride Foundation with the request that the money be given to HIV/AIDS organiz
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Pat Robertson: Haiti had it coming!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than 24 hours after a devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, causing widespread destruction and loss of life, televangelist Pat Robertson checked in with his verdict on the tragedy: Haiti had it coming!

The magnitude 7.0 quake - the most powerful to hit Haiti in a cen
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Suspect in Puerto Rico Gay murder fit to stand trial
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Court psychiatrist Rafael Cabrera reversed his previous findings and declared Juan Jose Martinez Matos fit to stand trial for the murder of Gay teenager Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado.

Cabrera announced his finding at a January 13 hearing before Judge Miriam Camila Justino in Caguas, P
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DC court rejects anti-marriage referendum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A DC superior court judge ruled on January 14 that opponents of the city's new same-sex marriage law do not have a right to hold a referendum on the issue.

In her ruling, Judge Judith N. Macaluso said that the DC Board of Elections and Ethics 'properly rejected the proposed initiativ
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ENDA markup in February, vote in March, says Barney Frank
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), prime sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the US House of Representatives, told The Advocate on January 12 that he expected a committee markup of the bill next month, followed soon after by a vote in the full House.

"I expect th
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King County Labor Council takes up ENDA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 6, the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) committed itself to advocate for "speedy passage of ENDA legislation including both sexual orientation and gender identity." The resolution to do so passed the MLKCLC Executive Board unanimously.

On January 8, the
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Recording blocked indefinitely at Prop 8 trial
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Two hours before the Proposition 8 trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, was scheduled to start on January 11, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked video recording of the proceedings from being posted on internet video site YouTube.

The court stated that justices needed more time to
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The need for Queer youth space in Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Kyle Rapinan, 19, would like to ask the Seattle Gay community a question: "What is being provided for Queer youth, and what is not being provided?"

Rapinan, a University of Washington student, says he knows what Seattle Queer youth need: more space. Not just any space, but Queer
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California community reacts to Prop. 8 trial
by Ryan Burr - Special to the SGN

The 'It Feels Better When You're Married' signs were numerous outside San Francisco's federal courtroom on January 11 as Gay-rights supporters met for a sunrise vigil marking the start of a high-stakes federal lawsuit seeking a constitutional right for same-sex marriage.

Plenty of
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Lady Gaga Collapses In Indiana, Cancels Shows
by David J. Prince, N.Y.

Singer Lady Gaga cancelled an Indiana concert appearance last night (Jan. 14) after collapsing backstage due to exhaustion and dehydration. "An hour before the show I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing," she posted on Twitter. Paramedics diagnosed her with a regular heartbeat, she said. The p
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Trial of gay couple in Malawi adjourned after accused collapses in court
From Times Online
Mabvuto Banda in Malawi and Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg

A trial involving Malawi's first married gay couple was adjourned today after one of the accused collapsed in court and was subjected to homophobic abuse from the public gallery.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who has spent more than a we
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Gays leave unfriendly South Beach for Fort Lauderdale
Miami New Times
By Natalie O'Neill

The makeup artist does not look happy. A bloody gash on his forehead is fastened with black stitches, scrapes cover his cheeks, and his eyes - once lined with mascara - are badly swollen. Tony Lopez hides behind a pair of sunglasses and explains why he looks so rough: 'I got jumped for
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