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posted Friday, May 21, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 21
Section One - ALL STORIES
2010 Capitol Hill Pride Festival
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Preparations for the 2010 Capitol Hill Pride Festival are underway. Now in its second year, the free, all-ages, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday June 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Broadway

According to the festival's officials, the goal of the Capitol Hill Pride Festival is to celebrate diversity and com
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Malawi couple guilty as charged, get 14 years hard labor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Monjeza and his Transgender partner Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been convicted of 'gross indecency' and 'unnatural acts' and given the maximum sentence by a court in Malawi.

'I sentence you to 14 years' imprisonment with hard labor each. That's the maximum under the penal code,'
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Belarus bans Gay pride - Police beat defiant marchers
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

City authorities in Minsk, Belarus, banned the May 15 Gay pride parade, and when a group of 40 people marched anyway, police attacked 'like a group of wild dogs' and beat them.

In blocking the march, officials cited a national law that prohibits public events within 200 meters
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Heartless Tim Pawlenty vetoes 'basic human decency'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has vetoed a bill to give the surviving partner in a same-sex couple the right to carry out a deceased partner's funeral wishes and to recover damages in the event of a wrongful death.

Pawlenty vetoed the bill on May 15.

In his veto me
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Jesse's Journal: Gays by the sea
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

As a South Floridian, I am blessed by this region's warm climate and proximity to some of our best beaches. Sadly, most of my LGBT sisters and brothers are not as fortunate. Therefore, it is not surprising that during the summer months many Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals and Transgend
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Vanity dance party sinful fun for Gay City
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Seven Deadly Sins Dance Series: Vanity
May 29
Neumos


The Seven Deadly Sins Dance Series is back with Vanity. International recording artist Ultra Naté will be performing live at the event at Neumos nightclub (925 E. Pike St.) on Saturday, May 29. Vanity is
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Seattle bikers join Motorcycle Awareness Ride
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Motorcycle Awareness
Ride Meetup
May 23, 8-9 AM
Renton Motorcycle Center
(3710 E. Valley Road,
Renton, WA)


On Sunday, May 23, over 40 motorcycle meetup groups from across the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia will set out on the firs
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Syttende Gay celebrates LGBT Scandinavians
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Syttende Gay
May 17
BalMar Lounge


On Monday, May 17, Seattle's Ballard neighborhood celebrated "Syttende Mai," or Norwegian Constitution Day. Ballard is traditionally thought of as the center of Seattle's Scandinavian community. LGBT members of the Scandinav
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GSBA Scholarship program celebrates 20 years
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

GSBA Scholarship Program 20th Anniversary
May 21
Seattle Hyatt at Olive 8 (1635 8th Ave.)


On Friday, May 21 the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its scholarship program at the downtown Seattle Hyatt at O
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Gay 1K was 0.621 miles of pure awesome
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gay 1K
May 15
Cal Anderson Park


Ever wanted to dress up in bright pretty colors, don some sweet sunglasses and a neon sweatband, and run down Broadway with a big group of similarly dressed runners and hot rugby players, showing off how proud you are to be wh
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Sisters' Holy Crap event raises over $1,000
by Sister VixXxen - Special to the SGN

Holy Crap
May 15
Out and About (Pasco, WA)


The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of Saint Joan packed up their makeup, veils, rhinestones, and feathers and touched down in Pasco, Washington on Saturday, May 15. The occasion, you ask? It was time to
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Intersex man charged with gender fraud in Indonesia
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Indonesian man is now on trial in Indonesia, charged with deliberately falsifying his gender identity so he can marry a woman.

Alterina Hofan's trial began May 17.

Doctors say Hofan has Klinefelter's syndrome, a rare condition where a man has an extra X chromosome
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Pope fails in Portugal - Pres. Cavaco Silva ratifies marriage equality law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning rebuke to Pope Benedict XVI, the Portuguese president ratified his country's marriage equality law only three days after the Roman Catholic pontiff wrapped up a visit to Portugal.

Pres. Anibal Cavaco Silva announced his decision on May 17.

Cavaco Silv
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ASK MICHAEL: HIV-positive men are not 'toxic social outcasts'
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Unfortunately, HIV is still a part of our culture. Every day, men in our community, young and old, are finding out they are infected with HIV. With all we know and the messages that have been put out about safer sex, it still happens.

Surprisingly, however, what is also
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New report finds smooth transition for Gay troops in other countries
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic recently submitted a report to Congress showing that U.S. allies have managed to transition smoothly into having Gay and Lesbian soldiers serving openly in the military.

The report, "Open Service and Our Allies: A Report o
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Gay men in Asia-Pacific region 'denied HIV care' new report says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ninety percent of Gay men in the Asia-Pacific region are denied access to HIV/AIDS care because of discriminatory laws in their countries.

That is the shocking conclusion reached by a new report issued jointly by the U.N. Development Program, the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Se
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GetEQUAL, Unity Mississippi and other State, Local Pro-Equality and Religious Orgs. Team up to Fight Hate
Statewide 'Equality Caravan' will honor slain gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk; Counteract Anti-American, Bigoted Phelps Clan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - GetEQUAL, a new direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) national civil rights organization, announced today that they are bringing their grassroots activism to
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630 New 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Discharges Discovered
Newly Released Data Reveal Discharges Previously Unreported by Department of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, today released a newly obtained document from the National Guard Bureau showing 630 additional discharges pursuant to the 'Don't Ask
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The Sisters' 2010 Charity Granting Cycle - The Sisters have money to give away!!!
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence", The Abbey of St. Joan are now accepting applications for the 2010 Charity Granting Cycle.

For the past several years the Sisters of The Abbey of St. Joan have been giving out grants annually to non-profit 501(c)3 organizations in Washington State. The organizations who have qualified for grants i
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Facebook likely headed to court over privacy concerns: Critics
more By Sarah Schmidt
Canwest News Service

OTTAWA - Facebook likely will be hauled before a federal judge in Canada by the fall for thumbing its nose at the country's privacy watchdog, online privacy experts predict.

The furor over privacy settings and how the social networking shares personal information wi
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Male Fla. student who ran for prom queen suspended
(AP)

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - A male South Florida high school student who ran for prom queen in drag has been suspended from the dance because of a parking violation.

Flanagan High School's principal had two meetings with senior Oscar Bonilla because administrators were concerned about his safety if he wore a dress to
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Governor Lingle continues to weigh impact of civil unions in Hawaii
Gina Mangieri
KHON 2

The governor wants to hear from both sides before she makes a decision on civil unions -- and she held the first of two private meetings on Monday.

She's talking to people both for and against the measure that would extend the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples.
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White House backs compromise on gays in military
AP

WASHINGTON - A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time - perhaps even years - to implement new policies won the White House's backing on Monday after administration officials met with gay rights activists.

The White House b
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Anglican Mainstream's distortions and dishonesty
Call to boycott the Greenbelt festival over Tatchell invite

Hosting Tatchell will put children at risk of child sex abuse, claims Anglican activist

London - 24 May 2010

A leading consultant with Anglican Mainstream, the Church of England's conservative and traditionalist wing, has called for a boycott
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Letters from Office of Management and Budget in Response to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2010

Attached please find a letter from Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag in response to a letter from Senators Levin, Lieberman and Congressman Patrick Murphy regarding 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

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PALM CENTER STATEMENT RE: DON'T ASK DON'T TELL ANNOUNCEMENT
Experts: White House Plan Dismantles 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

SANTA BARBARA, CA, May 24, 2010 - Today, the Palm Center released a statement in response to the White House statement regarding current legislative efforts to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' law in Congress. 'The President's statement today keeps his promise
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Jewish Groups to Congress: Repeal Unjust and Discriminatory Law
Jewish Groups to Congress: Repeal Unjust and Discriminatory Law
 
WASHINGTON – A coalition of 10 major Jewish organizations led by the Jewish Council for Public Affai more
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GetEQUAL co-founder Kip Williams arrested at Obama event
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

GetEQUAL co-founder Kip Williams was arrested for shouting at President Barack Obama in San Francisco on May 25.

Obama was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer at the Fairmont Hotel.

Williams said he yelled at Obama because the latest plans for
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BYRD STATEMENT ON DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPEAL COMPROMISE AMENDMENT
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement announcing that he will vote for a compromise amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Byrd worked successfully with interested parties to include some addi more
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**BREAKING NOW: Advocates supporting repeal need to call these Members of Congress now**
Reports: They are possibly leaning 'no' on the House repeal vote:

Jim Costa (D-CA) 202-225-3411
Jerry Costello (D-IL) 202-225-5661
Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) 202-225-2190
Gene Green (D-TX) 202-225-1688
John Salazar (D-CO) 202-225-4761
SENATE VOTE UPDATE:

--The Senate Armed
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Truman grandson: Déjà vu all over again
Truman fight akin to 'Don't ask' debate By Clifton Truman Daniel

This month, my family and I mark the 126th anniversary of the birth of my grandfather, President Harry Truman. We celebrate his life and his many contributions to our nation, but we are particularly proud of his decision to desegregate the U.S. Armed Forces in
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Anglican Mainstream's distortions and dishonesty
With news breaking of Kip Williams of GetEQUAL mounting yet another civilly disobedient action to keep pressure on the issue of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, I thought it'd be a good time to share this.

I had an occasion to mention an action from the 1980s, by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and was rather sur
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Senate panel votes to repeal gay ban in military
AP

By JIM ABRAMS
Associated Press Writer Jim Abrams

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee on Thursday took a first step toward ending the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation.

In a 16-12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee appr
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