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Former RNC chair Ken Mehlman: 'I'm Gay'
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Constance McMillen excited about coming to Seattle
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Dino Rossi's links to R71 bigots
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Pentagon mails new DADT survey
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Civil partnerships? We must be equal before the law!
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Anti-Gay student loses lawsuit
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California legislature endorses DOMA repeal
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NOH8 Campaign takes snapshots of Seattle
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California legislature endorses DOMA repeal
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Mosque issue is an LGBT issue
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Ask Michael: Good sex and better communication
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Rain City Soccer brings home the silver from Cologne, Germany
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Seattle teams 'the envy of the tournament' at Gay Softball World Series
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Todd Verow and his great gay films
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BREAKING NEWS
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Peter, Paul & Mary's cease-and-desist to NOM: Stop playing 'This Land Is Your Land'
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Gay Republicans Rising
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Former RNC chair Ken Mehlman: 'I'm Gay'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Ken Mehlman, George Bush's 2004 presidential campaign manager - the campaign that backed state initiatives to ban same-sex marriage - and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has disclosed to family and associates the he is Gay. Mehlman is arguably the most powerful Republican in history to identify as Gay.
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Constance McMillen excited about coming to Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Constance McMillen, the renowned Itawamba, Mississippi high school student who took on the school district after she was refused permission to bring her girlfriend as a date, and to wear a tuxedo, to the Itawamba County Agricultural High School prom, is scheduled for a personal appearance
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Dino Rossi's links to R71 bigots
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More anti-Gay Referendum 71 figures have resurfaced, this time in the hotly contested senate race pitting incumbent Democrat Patty Murray against Republican challenger Dino Rossi.

Right-wing lawyer James Bopp Jr. is now representing a secretive group running attack ads against Mu
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Pentagon mails new DADT survey
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Late last week, Pentagon officials mailed out 150,000 new 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) surveys, this time seeking input from military spouses about the potential repeal of the U.S. military's discriminatory policy that prohibits Gays and Lesbians from serving openly.

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Civil partnerships? We must be equal before the law!
by Peter Tatchell - Courtesy of OutRage!

A recent Pink News poll found that 98% of its readers believe that civil partnerships are not enough. They want full same-sex civil marriage.

The main U.K. Gay lobby group, Stonewall, does not call or campaign for marriage equality; claiming it is not a priority.
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Anti-Gay student loses lawsuit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled that public universities may enforce the academic standards of their graduate programs, even when students claim those standards violate the principles of their religion. Georgia Judge J. Randall Hall refused on August 23 to enjoin Aug
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California legislature endorses DOMA repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The California state legislature called on the US Congress and President Obama to repeal DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).

The joint resolution - AJR 19 - passed on August 23. The vote was 22-12 in the Senate, with both Democrats and Republicans voting for repeal.

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NOH8 Campaign takes snapshots of Seattle
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Monday, August 23, the NOH8 Campaign set up a photo studio at Seattle's W Hotel (1112 4th Ave.) in Downtown Seattle to shoot their popular and stylish NOH8 Portraits for Seattle-area residents. The photos of all Seattleites that attended will be featured on the NOH8 website once the imag
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California legislature endorses DOMA repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The California state legislature called on the US Congress and President Obama to repeal DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).

The joint resolution - AJR 19 - passed on August 23. The vote was 22-12 in the Senate, with both Democrats and Republicans voting for repeal.

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Mosque issue is an LGBT issue
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

If you picked up almost any newspaper in the nation Monday, you would have seen an article about the proposed Islamic Cultural Center near ground zero in Manhattan. The Washington Post story 'Other Mosque Proposals Also Face Opposition' examines how there is growing opposi
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Ask Michael: Good sex and better communication
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

How many of you are in a relationship and feel frustrated and horny because you are only having sex once or twice a month or a couple times a year? How many of you have reduced the explanation of your minimal sex life to, 'We have different sex drives?' Active physical intimacy is an im
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Rain City Soccer brings home the silver from Cologne, Germany
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Rain City Soccer Club has been busy recently. In addition to holding their Third Annual Shirts vs. Shorts game on August 21, one of the Rain City teams took home a silver medal from the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany.

The Shirts vs. Shorts game was held at the Bobby Morri
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Seattle teams 'the envy of the tournament' at Gay Softball World Series
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

From August 17-21, the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) took place in Columbus, Ohio.

This year, according to Emerald City Softball (ECSA) commissioner Jeff Card, the GSWS featured more Open Division teams than ever before - 146 in total - and teams representing 37 differ
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Todd Verow and his great gay films

By Gary M. Kramer
Todd Verow makes great gay films—intimately shot low budget features that depict raw sexuality with humor and heart. The writer/director/actor tends to make—and star in—extremely personal, often autobiographical stories about his experiences as a hustler, or more

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New York lawmakers address Gay divorce
The legislative history of a no-fault divorce bill that passed New York's Senate, then the Assembly, includes an Assembly memo that reaffirms New York's recognition of same-sex marriages from elsewhere and says that married Gay couples can divorce in New York. Gov. David Paterson signed the bi
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BREAKING NEWS!

Peter, Paul & Mary's cease-and-desist to NOM: Stop playing 'This Land Is Your Land'
By Kathleen Perrin

As we all know, the National Organization for Marriage's ironically named 'Summer for Marriage' tour ended recently and Courage Campaign's NOM Tour Tracker team was there throughout. The team documented both NOM speakers' messages of exclusion and discrimination and the powerful demonstrations by the people who
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Gay Republicans Rising
Timothy Patrick McCarthy The Daily Beast

NEW YORK - Will the Republican Party follow Ken Mehlmans lead and step out on gay rights? Historian Timothy McCarthy imagines a future where the GOP starts talking like Harvey Milk.

Every queer knows that some of the biggest homophobes are closet cases. Simply recall the
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