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Washington election update: Five races you should care about
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals stays California same-sex marriages
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Candidate Laurie Jinkins
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Pro-Gay marriage protesters escorted from San Diego county building
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Why I support the Muslim center in New York City
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Emerald City MCC Seattle celebrates 38 years
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Week 6 Part 1 - Leaving Maun, the Okavango Delta for Kasane, then Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls
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Right wing names 'worst Americans' - Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, FDR top the list
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Target says 'no' to equality
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Senate holds up three Gay nominees
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Sisters thrash Quake Rugby in fundraiser beatdown
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XY magazine will destroy old files
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General Gayety: You're outta here!
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Urban Rest Stop celebrates 10 years
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Lambda Legal Seattle Garden Party raises $200,000
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Mexico City mayor threatens to sue Catholic cardinal over marriage claims
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BREAKING NEWS
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Lt. Col. Fehrenbach puts DADT on trial
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A Fatal Encounter in a Newark Park
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A Fatal Encounter in a Newark Park
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Washington election update: Five races you should care about
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While all the ballots in Washington state's primary election have not been counted yet, and the final results will not be certified by the Secretary of State till September 1, the outcome of the election is pretty clear.

Five races look to be of special concern to the LGBT community.

U.S. Senate: Mur
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals stays California same-sex marriages
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on August 16 blocked any same-sex marriages from taking place in California while proponents of the state's marriage ban appeal the August 4 district-court ruling that found Proposition 8 in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The appeal
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Candidate Laurie Jinkins
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Activist, attorney, and out Lesbian Laurie Jinkins ran first in a field of five candidates in Tacoma's 27th Legislative District House race, and will go on to the general election in November.

She spoke with SGN about the election and her plans if she goes to Olympia.

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Pro-Gay marriage protesters escorted from San Diego county building
On August 19, the day hundreds of California same-sex couples planned to obtain their long-awaited marriage licenses, a crowd of about 50 people gathered at the San Diego county clerk's office to protest a federal judge's stay of a federal ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Shouting We shall not be moved! No equality, no business as us more
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Why I support the Muslim center in New York City
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

In the case of Islam, there is undeniably much to be scared of and it is not necessarily Islamophobic to point this out. For instance, the 9/11 hijackers were jihadists and crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center because of their religious beliefs. In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanis
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Emerald City MCC Seattle celebrates 38 years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 22, Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle (ECMCCS) will celebrate 38 years of open and affirming LGBT worship. ECMCCS officials have invited members of the Seattle community to the worship celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Chapel at University Temple United
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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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Right wing names 'worst Americans' - Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, FDR top the list
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ultra-right-wing blog Right Wing News has published a list of 'The Worst Americans of All Time.'

Their ranking is based on an online poll of 45 right-wing bloggers.

Topping the list was former president Jimmy Carter, with 25 "worst" votes, followed by current
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Target says 'no' to equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The controversy surrounding Target Corporation's $150,000 donation to an organization backing anti-Gay Republican Tom Emmer for governor has reached a fevered pitch, despite an apology last week from the CEO.

The Minneapolis-based retailer spent last week in private talks wit
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Senate holds up three Gay nominees
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate is holding up confirmation of no less than 74 of President Obama's nominees for various federal positions.

Among them are three openly Gay nominees. Two have been waiting for confirmation for almost a year, and the third has been waiting for more than five months. <
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Sisters thrash Quake Rugby in fundraiser beatdown
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, August 14, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan (Seattle) and The Order of Benevolent Bliss (Portland) took on the Seattle-based Quake Rugby team in a kickball game to raise funds for the Capitol Hill Alano Club (1900 E. Madison St.). This was the last fundrais
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XY magazine will destroy old files
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The former partners publishing XY magazine have reached agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to destroy their old customer files rather than sell them to settle their debts.

XY magazine, along with its companion website XY.com, billed itself as a young Gay men's publicat
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General Gayety: You're outta here!
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Even if you don't like baseball, you've probably seen video of a manager vociferously arguing a call with an umpire. The manager might throw his cap. He might throw a base. He might throw out his back throwing a base.

Brent Bowers, skipper of a minor league team, p
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Urban Rest Stop celebrates 10 years
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Urban Rest Stop Thank You
Community Street Fair
August 28
Urban Rest Stop (1924 9th Ave.)


The Urban Rest Stop (URS) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with the URS Thank You Community Street Fair on Saturday, August 28. The Urban Rest Stop is
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Lambda Legal Seattle Garden Party raises $200,000
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On August 5, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (commonly referred to simply as Lambda Legal), a national LGBT civil rights organization that works through litigation, education, and public policy work, held its annual Seattle fundraiser: The Lambda Legal Seattle Garden Party. The even
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Mexico City mayor threatens to sue Catholic cardinal over marriage claims
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mexico City's Mayor Marcelo Ebrard threatened to sue Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez for slander if the cardinal does not apologize for remarks suggesting the mayor bribed Mexico's Supreme Court to rule that same-sex couples may adopt children.

The court ruled on
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Media decides Prop 8 judge is Gay
In a break with past practice on outing, the U.S. mainstream media decided in early August that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, is Gay, openly Gay, or reportedly Gay.

Wal
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BREAKING NEWS!

Lt. Col. Fehrenbach puts DADT on trial
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach, the highly decorated combat Air Force Aviator who filed an injunction in Federal Court to block his pending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) discharge got some good news this week. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and Morrison & Foerster LLP, who
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A Fatal Encounter in a Newark Park
By MICHAEL WILSON and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
The New York Times

FRIDAY afternoon was sliding at last toward evening, with what promised to be a weekend of memories and laughter ahead. Defarra Gaymon, 48, the charming and dapper chief executive of a credit union 900 miles south in Atlanta, had been back in his boyhood home in
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