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posted Friday, June 4, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 23
Section One - ALL STORIES
Gates and Mullen say DADT repeal not imminent
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The nation's top uniformed military officer and highest-ranking civilian told troops that a possible 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) repeal is not imminent. The comments were not made in a joint statement; instead, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to troops on two
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IT STARTED WITH A KISS - Kirkland sailor's DADT nightmare
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When the House voted to pass legislation last week that could begin to unravel the Gay military ban, there was cause to celebrate. Headlines across the country told the tale of jubilation. However, as historic as the vote for repeal may be, the cold, hard truth is that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (
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Malawi couple pardoned, may seek asylum abroad
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Monjeza and his Transgender partner, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, recently convicted and sentenced to 14 years' hard labor under Malawi's anti-Gay laws, were pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika on May 30.

They were released from custody the same day.

Mutharika an
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Col. Grethe Cammermeyer named to Pentagon panel
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On June 2, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley announced the appointment of retired Reserve Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

Cammermeyer, an out Lesbian, served 31 years in the
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Anti-Gay bigotry a trick to deceive the naïve
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

It was once a speculative cliché to say that rabidly anti-Gay individuals were actually closeted, self-loathing homosexuals. But thanks to an avalanche of hypocrites, the notion is quickly becoming a truism.

Last month, the nation alternately cackled and cringed when viru
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Voices Rising performance a 'sheer privilege'
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Voices Rising
May 29
Southside Commons, Columbia City


Voices Rising, the ongoing series of performances by LGBTQ performers of color, held its most recent show on May 29 at the Southside Commons (3518 S. Edmunds St.) in Columbia City. According to Tamika J
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Mr. Leather title taken by disabled Transman
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Last weekend, Tyler McCormick took home the International Mr. Leather (IML) title, beating out 50 other contestants in the Chicago, Illinois competition. The second runner-up was Jack Andrew Duke (Mr. Texas Leather), and the first runner-up was Lance Holman (Mr. San Francisco Leather). The Mr
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Suspect charged in Ballard hate crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As SGN goes to press, police spokesperson Renee Witt has confirmed that Daniel Woodward, 51, of Seattle, has been charged in an assault on a Transgender woman.

The assault occurred at 3:50 p.m. on May 30, at 15th Avenue NW and NW Market Street in Ballard.

Woodward
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Peter Orlovsky, partner of Allen Ginsburg, dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Peter Orlovsky, lifelong partner of the late Beat icon Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont on May 30.

Orlovsky was 76, and had been battling lung cancer for several months.

Orlovsky was born to poor Russian immigrants in the Lower East Side, and dropped out of high sch
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Marriage Equality campaign debuts in Ireland
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Irish organization Marriage Equality announced on June 1 that it is launching a national poster campaign to give 'visibility to Gay and Lesbian families living in Ireland.'

Titled 'We Are Family,' the campaign will distribute posters depicting actual Lesbian and Gay couples and
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Moscow Pride Parade defies authorities, evades police
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LGBT activists defied authorities to hold an unauthorized Pride Parade in Moscow on May 29.

As in the five previous years, Moscow's homophobic mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the parade. In previous years, riot police attacked and dispersed the marchers.

This year, how
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JUNE 13 - Self-defense workshop for Gay men
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Fight the Fear Campaign self-defense workshop
June 13, 1-3 PM
Location TBA


Fight the Fear Campaign officials have announced a free self-defense workshop for Gay men on June 13 from 1-3 p.m. to be held in Seattle's Central District. The community event is a
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Ashburn speaks out on Gay rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn, a political conservative from Bakersfield, California, was the only GOP vote in favor of a resolution demanding an end to the DADT policy in the U.S. military.

Ashburn was forced out of the closet last March after being arrested for a DUI on
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Barney Frank calls for probe of Israeli raid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has called for investigation of Israel's raid on a convoy of ships bringing medical supplies to the Palestinian port of Gaza.

Frank's statement on the controversial Israeli raid came in a June 2 interview with the Boston Herald.

At l
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Chinese school tells students to man up
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An elementary school in central China has launched a new program intended to eliminate nelly behavior in its boy students.

Qinlinglu Elementary School in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, announced its 'Looking for a Real Man' initiative on June 1.

Boy students will be
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Portuguese soccer star supports marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Star soccer forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal endorsed his country's new same-sex marriage law in a May 30 interview with Publico newspaper.

Ronaldo made his reputation with Britain's Manchester United, but left Man U in 2009.

He is also captain of the Portuguese
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Dutch scientists suggest 'Gaydar' is real
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

'Gaydar,' the instinctive power LGBT people supposedly have to zero in on other Gays - even in a crowd - may really exist.

According to Dutch scientists, when they examined how heterosexual and homosexual people focus their attention, the study found that Gays are much more det
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One Very Gay Time
'So tell me, America, how do I introduce Joyce?'

I posed that question back in May 1992 in the first column I ever wrote. That debut was an earthshaking breakthrough - a nationally syndicated, weekly column in mainstream newspapers about life from a gay perspective.

Over the next 18 years - and about 900 columns - I
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U.N. committee moves to keep out gay-lesbian NGO
Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS
Thu Jun 3, 2010 6:39pm EDT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations committee that decides which nongovernmental organizations can be accredited to the world body moved on Thursday to keep out the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

The group
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New York begins gay couple commitment ceremonies
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Reuters
Thu Jun 3, 6:23 pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials began offering wedding-like ceremonies for same-sex couples on Thursday, drawing as much criticism as praise from gay rights advocates who want nothing short of full marriage rights.

The ceremonie
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Lesbian couple weds in Portugal's 1st gay marriage
Barry Hatton
Associated Press Writer

LISBON, Portugal - Two lesbians who were pioneers in bringing gay marriage to Portugal wed on Monday, becoming the first couple to enjoy the benefits of the law they helped usher into this predominantly Catholic country.

Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, divorced Portugue
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Gay? Whatever, Dude
By CHARLES M. BLOW
New York Times
Published: June 4, 2010

Last week, while many of us were distracted by the oil belching forth from the gulf floor and the president's ham-handed attempts to demonstrate that he was sufficiently engaged and enraged, Gallup released a stunning, and little noticed, report on American
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20 LGBT groups blast Arizona
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and allies join outcry against anti-immigrant measure in Arizona

More than 20 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality groups and allies today issued the following joint statement:

Arizona's S.B. 1070 takes the state down a path that will lead
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Marriage equality for all couples
By John D. Podesta and Robert A. Levy
washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nearly a century after the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that "marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man.' " That 1967 case, Loving v. Virginia, ended bans on interracial marriage i
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Federal Prop 8 Trial Schedule for Closing Arguments
Karen Ocamb Prop 8 federal trial 2010-06-08 Print This Post Print This Post

Ted Olson and david BoiesNext week, on Wednesday, June 16, attorneys arguing in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8, will deliver their closing arguments before District Court Judge Vaugn Walker in San
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Fines Proposed Against Mormon Church for Prop 8 Campaign Finance Violations
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign today hailed a proposal by the California Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC) that would fine The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for failing to report all of its late non-monetary contributions in its efforts to pass Proposition 8 in California in 2008. While the recommended fine of more
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Equality on Trial: Judge Walker's Amazing Questions for Closing Argument
Rick Jacobs
Rick Jacobs chairs the 700,000-member Courage Campaign

The Huffington Post
June 8, 2010 06:41 PM

It's election day in California and several other states. With the exception of one statewide race, (AG) Democrats and progressives won't be compelled to the polls. Republ
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New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to use the occasion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month to announce its new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physicia
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Firestorm over column on gays in Catholic paper - Linked same-sex parents with porn
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / June 10, 2010

A contributor to the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston said yesterday he regretted a portion of a column that has infuriated gay Catholics in the region.

In the column, published last week, the writer argued that one reason the children of gay parents shou
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