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posted Friday, August 13, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 33

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Seattle athletes bring home gold at Gay Games
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany ended on Saturday, August 7 with a closing ceremony attended by 10,000 people. Athletes from 70 nations participated in the ceremony amidst the cheers of thousands. Athletes from Seattle participated in the games in multiple events.

"It was a fantastic experience. My first games were in
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California same-sex marriage on hold until August 18
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Vaughn Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, gave opponents of same-sex weddings until August 18 at 5 p.m. to get a ruling from the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals on whether Gay marriage should resume. In other words, Walker put Gay marriages on hold fo
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West Point cadet resigns under DADT policy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The discriminatory U.S. military policy 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) does hurt unit readiness and cohesion, but not in the way we have been led to believe. The latest example of why the policy hurts our military and national security can be seen in the case of Katherine Miller.

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R71 bigots resurface in Koster campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Old bigots never die. Sometimes they don't even fade away, they just keep coming back for campaign after campaign.

This year, John Koster's 2nd District congressional campaign provides a home for many anti-Gay veterans of the 2009 Referendum 71 campaign.

Koster, a S
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Porno Pete's 'Truth Academy' bombs
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Anti-Gay activist Peter LaBarbera billed his three-day 'Truth Academy,' which took place in a Chicago exurb last week, as 'one of the most thorough pro-family educational seminars on homosexuality ever held in the United States.' The event was heavily promoted for weeks on right-wing webs
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CHAC stays alive with help from community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) is in great shape, and in a much different position than it was just 30 days ago. CHAC's Staying Alive fundraising campaign has swelled to an impressive $25,000. According to CHAC officials, the original projections, without the new funding, projected CHA
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Week 6 Part 1 - Leaving Maun, the Okavango Delta for Kasane, then Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls
Dumela - 'hello' in Tswana. Welcome to a very incredible week of traveling.


On Sunday morning we were up at 5 am to meet our 6 am taxi to get to the bus taking us to Nata. Our friend Landu (who had booked all our trips to the Delta and Moremi and worked at the bar at Okavango River Lodge) had booked us the taxi. Maun
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Joe's 7th annual Leo Party raises funds for community
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Leo Party
August 8
Neighbours Nightclub


On August 8, Joe Torres held his annual Leo Party at Neighbours Nightclub on Capitol Hill. The Neighbours bartender has been using his birthday as a fundraiser for local LGBT organizations for the past seven years now,
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R71 names will remain sealed, federal judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The names of Washington voters who signed petitions to put Referendum 71 on the ballot will remain sealed for now, a federal judge ruled on August 11.

U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle denied the state's request for immediate release of the names, in spite of a U.S. Suprem
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Just Ask Michael: Can my Gay son enjoy parenthood?
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Michael,

I don't get back to Capitol Hill [often]. & It was special to & find a column of relevance to a straight guy. I have two boys, one Gay, one straight, and to my eternal satisfaction, they are very close to each other, and I, modestly, am close to both of them.
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SLDN, HRC launch 'Countdown 2010' grassroots campaign
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), jointly announced today a new grassroots campaign t
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Mexican court rules that same-sex marriages are valid throughout the country
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on August 10 that same-sex marriages - which can now be performed only in Mexico City - must be recognized throughout the country.

The vote on the decision was 9-2.

The court's latest decision expands on their August 5 ruling that Mexi
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner SGN Contributing Writer Mexico City gay marriage law upheld
Mexico City's five-month-old Gay marriage law was upheld by the nation's Supreme Court on August 5. The vote was 8-2.

The justices said marriage is a matter of equal rights and states' rights - and federal district rights. Mexico City is a federal district like Washington, D.
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Northwest News
Northwest News

 

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National News
National News
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders apologizes to Gay community
Republican San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders apologized to the city's Gay and Lesbian residents August 4 for not having always supported same-sex marriage.

Sanders was speaking at The San Diego LGBT Community Center at a celebration of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's striking down of Proposition 8 e
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Iranian human rights lawyer flees to Norway
High-profile clients to be executed

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei fled his country this week, eluding government security agents trying to arrest him.

He had been in hiding since July 24, when he was detained and interrogated for three hours by po
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Decorated Air Force officer sues to block DADT discharge
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

One of the highest-ranking military officers, Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, investigated for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, filed suit August 11 in an effort to block the Air Force from discharging him.

Fehrenbach's lawyers filed a r
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GLSEN lauds introduction of Safe Schools Improvement Act in Senate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, praised the August 5 introduction of the Safe Schools Improvement Act - a federal anti-bullying bill that includes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression - in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
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Gay rights activists win in Costa Rica - Supreme Court blocks referendum on civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay rights activists won a victory in Costa Rica on August 10, when that country's Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on same-sex civil unions scheduled for December 5 could not go forward.

'Minority rights that are derived from claims against the majority cannot be subject
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