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posted Friday, June 18, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 25
Section One - ALL STORIES
Seattle's Charlene Strong to meet President Obama
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

According to a June 15 press release, Seattle LGBT activist Charlene Strong will meet with President Obama on June 22 to focus on LGBT marriage equality and the impact of discrimination on real families.

Charlene lost her wife, Kate Fleming, when floodwaters invaded their Seattle home in 2006. Initially prevented from
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Federal Prop 8 case wraps
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Do bans on same-sex marriage infringe on Gay people's fundamental federal constitutional rights? Or is marriage, by definition, an institution that 'channels' procreating heterosexuals into stable unions for the sake of children?

The federal lawsuit against California's Prop
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SGN Exclusive interview: Dr. Vena Sele Samoan activist and Transgender pioneer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Dr. Vena Sele has been described as an 'icon' of the Samoan community.

An educator, an activist, and an author, she is affectionately known as 'Mama' to her younger protégés in the Samoan LGBT community.

'I don't know about 'icon,' Dr. Sele smiled as she settled in for
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Pride 2010 Interfaith Worship Service seeks to unite Seattle faiths
by Rev. Ray Neal, pastor, Emerald City MCC-Seattle - Special to the SGN

Pride 2010 Interfaith Worship Service
June 26, 2 PM
All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E.)


'Created in the Image of the Divine' is the theme of the Pride 2010 Interfaith Worship Service to be held on Saturday, June 26, at
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Gay City celebrates Re-Pulped anthology
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Friday, June 11, Gay City Health Project extended an invite to the community for a downtown rooftop garden terrace wine-tasting party to celebrate the upcoming release of Gay City: Volume 3 Re-Pulped - Gay City Health Project's third anthology of fiction, poetry, art, comics, and photography
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Queer Youth awarded $99,982 grant
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On June 16, Queer Youth Space (QYS) announced that due to the community initiative of hundreds of Queer youth and adult supports, the organization has been recommended for a Large Project Fund by the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods to the tune of $99,982 - the full amount requeste
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Capital City Pride festival draws 10,000 for two-day festival, parade
Pride in Olympia, Washington's capital city, was a tremendous success last weekend, the event's organizers said.

'We hit our maximum in terms of booth and food vendors for this weekend,' said Daniel Furrer, the chair of the Olympia's 2010 festival. 'And the weather was amazing,' he said.

The festival saw 70 food, vendor
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Federal family leave policy reformed - All unmarried domestic partners benefit are well-adjusted
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal Office of Personnel Management has announced new family leave rules that will allow federal workers to take paid time off to attend to a sick or deceased domestic partner.

The changes were published in the Federal Register for June 14.

Unlike other recent
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Two Marines arrested for Gay bashing in Georgia
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On June 12, two Marines - Keil Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Stanzel, 23 - were arrested in Savannah, Georgia for attacking a Gay man reportedly because they thought he was 'winking' at them.

The victim, Kieran Daly, was struck in the back of the head shortly before 4 a.m. on J
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27th annual Frontrunners pride events benefit Chicken Soup Brigade
27th annual Frontrunners pride events benefit Chicken Soup Brigade by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer On Sunday, June 13, the Seattle Frontrunners, an LGBT running club, staged its 27th annual 'Run and Walk with Pride.' The annual community race always benefits a local nonprofit each year by encouraging members of the Seattle area to part more
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9-6, Gay blood ban stays
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Friday June 11, after a two-day meeting, the Federal Committee on Blood Safety and Availability voted 9-6 to keep the 'Gay blood ban' in place. The week prior, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) had asked the panel to end what he refers to as a 'discriminatory practice.'

'This li
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Zambia loses AIDS funding because of corruption
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Global Fund announced on June 16 that it was suspending more than $300 million in health funding to the African country of Zambia.

The money would have gone to help Zambia fight AIDS and other infectious diseases.

Global Fund Director of Communications John L
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Britain's Tories snub Gays, then throw a party for them
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sending decidedly mixed messages, Britain's ruling Conservative Party scrapped the traditional Pride reception hosted by the mayor of London, but announced that new Prime Minister David Cameron will host his own Pride reception instead.

London mayor Boris Johnson, a Conservativ
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French court orders Trans woman to have breast augmentation surgery
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A court in Nancy, France, has ruled that a Transgender woman must get breast augmentation surgery before she is legally recognized as a woman.

Delphine Ravise-Giard is a serving member of the French Air Force, and the National Coordinator of Trans Aide, an organization for Tran
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Germany won't recognize same-sex marriages, court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Berlin court refused to recognize a German man's marriage to his Spanish partner, even though it was legally concluded in Canada and recognized in Spain.

Under German law, the couple are merely in a 'civil partnership,' the court ruled on June 15.

Andreas Boettch
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Iceland approves marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Iceland's parliament, the Althing, passed a marriage equality law on June 11.

The vote was unanimous, 49-0.

The measure adds the words 'man and man, woman and woman' to the country's marriage laws.

Iceland's president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is expe
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NotMyBathroom.com files suit against Missoula city and county
Claiming delay tactics, NotMyBathroom.com filed a lawsuit this week in Missoula County District Court over its bid to get a petition off the ground to strike down the equality ordinance.

Plaintiffs allege City Attorney Jim Nugent and Clerk and Recorder Vickie Zeier are thwarting their attempt to get a petition approved. The l
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Civil Unions To Go On Potential Veto List
Law Requires Legislature To Be Informed Of Possible Vetoes

HONOLULU - Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said on Thursday Gov. Linda Lingle will put the civil unions bill on the veto list Monday when she informs lawmakers about bills she might veto.

Aiona said that does not mean the governor will veto the bill that woul
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Weddings for Everybody!
By MAUREEN DOWD
SAN FRANCISCO

Everything about the climax of the legal quest to overturn Californias ban on gay marriage was appropriately cinematic  even the month best to imagine two men atop a wedding cake or two women walking down the aisle.

'It may be appropriate that the case is coming to closi
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Gates: Veto possible of military gay ban bill
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Sun Jun 20

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama could end up vetoing legislation that would lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Obama supports repealing the law, and the White House has pushed for quicker congressional action than the Pentagon
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Boy Scouts Can Ban Gays And Keep Free City-Owned Space In Philadelphia, Jury Rules
MARYCLAIRE DALE AP

PHILADELPHIA - The city of Philadelphia cannot evict a local Boy Scouts chapter from a city-owned building for refusing to admit gays, a federal jury ruled Wednesday.

The city had insisted that nonprofits given free use of its property must abide by local anti-discrimination laws, which includ
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Supreme Court on R-71: Names on anti-gay rights petition public Public disclosure case attracted national attention
By CHRIS GRYGIEL
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the names of people who signed petitions in an attempt to overturn a new gay rights law in Washington must be made public, a victory for state officials who said the case was a test of open government laws.

Justices ruled 8-1 in a c
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Shaming the uniform
Jim Morekis

The recent attack downtown by two Beaufort-based Marines on a local gay man, Kieran Daly, was not the first such incident. Nor, it must be said, the first involving members of the military.

While there are two sides to every story and questions remain about the exact circumstances of the attack, it
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Pride flag flies over Space Needle
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

The world-famous Seattle skyline will be a little more colorful this Pride weekend. For the first time ever, a giant rainbow flag, 20' x 40', will fly from the top of the Space Needle in celebration of Gay Pride.

A small ceremony was held the morning of June 25 as the flag was r
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