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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Victory Fund's Robin Brand
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Partners of LGBT federal workers get new benefits, still not equal
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Pink Gorillas vs Muffin Tops raises over $2,000 for Lambert House
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UPDATE: Malawi couple splits up - Steven dumps Tiwonge for another woman
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No condoms at World Cup?
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Political cowardice threatens AIDS funding
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New Gallup poll shows historic shift in opinions
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Study finds kids raised by Lesbians are well-adjusted
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New passport rules for Transgender travelers
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Gay couples get equal tax treatment
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Taking the Queer members of the U.S. House for a test drive
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SEXY UNDERWEAR PARTY! 'Not Required, But Desired'
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MCCS becomes Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle
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BREAKING NEWS
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A Basic Civil Right
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HHS Committee Votes to Retain Ban on Gay Blood Donation
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Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote
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Red Cross denounces HHS blood decision
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Two Weddings, a Divorce and 'Glee'
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Roy Ashburn: Out and about
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Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn gay-marriage ban
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VIDEO - Sean Hayes Mocks Newsweek Story with Hot 'Straight' Kiss
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Boy Scout battle over gays, rent goes to Pa. court
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German court: Gay marriage is only 'partnership'
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Apple Censors--Then Approves--Homosexual Kiss In Oscar Wilde Comic
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SAfrica protesters march for US AIDS funding
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HHS Committee Votes to Retain Ban on Gay Blood Donation
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Victory Fund's Robin Brand
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Robin Brand, deputy executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, will be in Seattle for a June 14 event with local LGBT political leaders and supporters.

The Victory Fund describes itself as an organization that 'identifies, trains, and elects LGBT leaders to all levels of office, in every corner of America.' more
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Partners of LGBT federal workers get new benefits, still not equal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new directive issued by President Obama on June 2 expands the benefits same-sex partners of federal workers can obtain, but still stops short of full equality with married spouses of straight workers.

Obama directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the fam
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Pink Gorillas vs Muffin Tops raises over $2,000 for Lambert House
by Gaysha Starr - Special to the SGN

Despite all the rainy weather last week, on June 5, the sun miraculously appeared just in time for the Second Annual Muffin Tops vs. the Lambert House Pink Gorillas Softball Exhibition Game at Cal Anderson Park at 2 p.m. Over 150 people gathered to raise over $2,000 in cash to benefit the Lambe
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UPDATE: Malawi couple splits up - Steven dumps Tiwonge for another woman
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The saga of the Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga has taken a dramatic new turn.

On June 7, Monjeza announced he was dumping his Transgender partner for another woman.

According to The Nation newspaper, Monjeza announced he would marry Dorothy Gu more
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No condoms at World Cup?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

HIV/AIDS activists have accused FIFA - the governing body of world soccer - of banning the distribution of condoms at this year's World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

FIFA is also preventing the distribution of safe sex information at World Cups stadiums and other venues, in spit
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Political cowardice threatens AIDS funding
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal program designed to help low-income people living with HIV/AIDS to pay for their medication is in jeopardy because members of Congress fear that voting for it could hurt their chances of reelection.

That charge was made by William Arnold, executive director of the Nationa
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New Gallup poll shows historic shift in opinions
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Last week, Gallup released a remarkable report on Americans' evolving views on homosexuality.

According to the results of Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, for the first time, the percentage of Americans who perceive "Gay and Lesbian relations" as morally acceptable has
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Study finds kids raised by Lesbians are well-adjusted
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A 25-year study concluded that children raised by Lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavior problems than their peers.

The study, published June 7 in the journal Pediatrics, followed 78 Lesbian couples that conceived through sperm donations and as
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New passport rules for Transgender travelers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. now has more flexible passport rules for Transgender people, according to a statement issued by the State Department on June 10.

'Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance,' the statement said.

Beginning June 10, "when a p
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Gay couples get equal tax treatment
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that same-sex couples must be treated the same as heterosexual couples under a feature of California tax law - the first time the agency has acknowledged Gay couples as a entity for tax purposes.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the
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Taking the Queer members of the U.S. House for a test drive
by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

There are 435 members of the United States House of Representatives. Of those 435 members, only three openly identify as Queer: Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado.

Estimating Queer population is dicey business
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SEXY UNDERWEAR PARTY! 'Not Required, But Desired'
by Gaysha Starr - Special to SGN

On June 5, over 400 supporters of the Rain City Soccer Club and patrons of the Lobby Bar attended "Not Required, But Desired," a fundraiser and sexy underwear party to celebrate the RCSC 2010 Friendly Soccer Tournament held earlier that day. Sponsoring the event were three Seattle Teams: haloPONY
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MCCS becomes Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

MCC Seattle has changed a lot since Reverend Ray Neal took charge of the church - so much, in fact, that the church is changing its name to represent those changes. On top of that, they're moving to the University District.

"We are a very different congregation than we were t
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UNCORKED GAY WINE TASTING
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On Friday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m., join hosts Roy Schaefer and Randy Shields on the Garden Terrace at Continental Place (2125 First Ave., 5th floor) for Uncorked, the 5th more

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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Senate could consider DADT repeal June 18
The full U.S. Senate could take up repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on open Gays in the military as soon as June 18.

The measure, which is attached to the bill that funds the U.S. military for 2011, has pa
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BREAKING NEWS!

A Basic Civil Right
Editorial
New York Times

After a nearly three-week trial in January, and a lengthy hiatus while lawyers fought over documents, closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

No one expects the ruling fr
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HHS Committee Votes to Retain Ban on Gay Blood Donation
After two days of hearings, by a vote of 9-6, the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability has voted against recommending lifting the FDA ban on blood donation by gay men.

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Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote
Bob Strong
Reuters

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance.

The Althingi parliament voted 49 to zero to change the wording of marriag
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Red Cross denounces HHS blood decision
American Red Cross Statement

Advisory Committee Hearing Regarding Donor Deferral Policy

June 11, 2010

The American Red Cross is disappointed with the decision made by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability not to recommend a
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Two Weddings, a Divorce and 'Glee'
By FRANK RICH
June 11, 2010

THOSE of us left off the guest list could only fantasize about Rush Limbaugh's nuptials last weekend. Now cruising into marriage No. 4 - an impressive total for a guy not quite 60 - Rush staged a lavish luau at the Breakers in Palm Beach. The revelers included what some might regard as the Rat
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Roy Ashburn: Out and about
The state senator discusses California politics, his anti-gay legislative record before being outed and more.

By Patt Morrison
June 12, 2010

Roy Ashburn was smitten by politics as a kid on the Central Coast. At 12, he was pedaling his bike to Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign headquarters in San L
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Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn gay-marriage ban
By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 14, 2010

Cocktails had been served on the terrace, the ubiquitous Washington buffet of tenderloin and salmon consumed, and the gay law students settled in to hear from the famed legal mind who is leading the battle to make sure they have the right to marry w
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VIDEO - Sean Hayes Mocks Newsweek Story with Hot 'Straight' Kiss
At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
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Boy Scout battle over gays, rent goes to Pa. court
At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
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German court: Gay marriage is only 'partnership'
At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
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Apple Censors--Then Approves--Homosexual Kiss In Oscar Wilde Comic
At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
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SAfrica protesters march for US AIDS funding
At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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At the beginning of last night's Tony awards broadcast, Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth took a successful jab at Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, who suggested in an article earlier this year that Hayes' homosexuality prevented him from successfully portraying a straight man on stage.

After an extended, tongue-filled kiss, Hayes t
more
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"I think that we ought to definitely look at it [same-sex marriage] and debate it. I think there are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed t
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