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posted Friday, November 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 47

Section One

Capitol hill pickpocket victim teams with cops to bust the bad guys
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The constant reports of pickpockets, muggings, and violence in the early morning hours on Capitol Hill reached a fever pitch this year. It is commonplace to read headlines on neighborhood blogs or in Seattle-area newspapers that tell the tale of a Gayborhood in the grip of a crime wave.

Well, this reporter is happy
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Reid promises DADT vote in lame duck Senate session
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and top White House officials announced this week that the Democratic majority leader is committed to bringing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) repeal to a vote as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before the end of the year.

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Assault near Tribe men's club investigated as bias crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An October 30 assault on a Gay man in the heart of Capitol Hill is being investigated as a bias crime.

The victim, Dustin Hamm of Seattle, was injured in the assault, but did not require hospitalization.

The assault took place in front of Tribe (formerly Basic Plumbin
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GSBA gala dinner and auction raises record $345,000
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the nation's largest LGBT Chamber of Commerce, announced that their annual TASTE of GSBA benefit dinner and auction brought in a record-breaking donation total. According to GSBA officials, the November 13 event raised more than $345,000 to su
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World Bank smart to de-fund PFOX
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

In August, two key members of the 'ex-Gay' organization PFOX spoke at the 'Truth Academy.' The conference was hosted by the paradoxically named Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, whose founder Peter LaBarbera's website is listed as an official 'hate site' by the Southern Poverty Law C
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Letter from Nevada's largest union suggests Reid get DADT done
The Honorable Harry Reid,

As you know, the culinary workers in Nevada, along with the members of UNITE HERE across the country, were delighted that you won another term. We were pleased to join in that winning effort. You have always been our friend, and we yours. We're in this for the long haul, to make America a just and fair natio
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Week 18: Back to Dar Es Salaam, some very brave LGBT activists and when missing a flight connection is actually a plus.
picture - Maasai Woman we bought some gifts from

As strange as it may sound I was ready to move on. Zanzibar may be a vacation fantasy, with some amazing history thrown in, but I was really hoping to get back to Dar and meet the LGBT activists. My contact with CPSS, seemingly the prominent group in Tanzania seemed to have broken do
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Patty Murray letters calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be brought before Senate
Chairman Levin and Ranking Member McCain:

I believe that now is the time for Congress to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military by repealing the statute underlying 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It was a huge step forward when the Senate Committee on Armed Services included a repeal provision in the Nationa
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Jeff Parsons, 1962-2010
Jeffrey Ray Parsons, the 'voice of reason' to so many in Seattle, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, while dealing with the effects of multiple illnesses.

An informal celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 26 at 5 p.m. in Ballard. Bring a story - there are many out there - and share in the mem
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The closure of SCAN TV
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

As it stands right now, SCAN (Seattle Community Access Network) TV will cease operations on December 31, 2010. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn cut the funding for SCAN in his 2011 budget, released September 27. Viewers, producers, and free speech and media activists aren't taking the closure sitting d
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Café Metropolitain says goodbye - for now
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On November 13, after five years, Café Metropolitain, a Gay bar on Capitol Hill unlike any other, had its closing-night party. There were hugs and kisses, but tears were few and far between as loyal patrons, longtime bar staff, and owner Quyen Luu looked optimistically to the future.

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Tea Party and GOProud to GOP: No movement on Gay issues
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Tea Party helped to return the Republicans to legislative power in the House and narrow the Democratic majority in the Senate. Now the Tea Party - along with Gay conservative group GOProud - is asking the GOP to keep in mind who their friends were in the last election and what it is
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Colombian high court refuses to rule on same-sex marriage
Colombia's Constitutional Court refused to rule in a same-sex marriage case November 11, saying the plaintiffs' legal arguments were not good enough to warrant a hearing from the court.

The petitioners had sought to strike language from the
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Northwest News
Northwest News

SEATTLE GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEOS
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Pride Day took place on June 27, 2010. The parade and festival included all financial and social segments of society, all religions, races, and gender expressions. The parade had an estimated 450,000 people in attendance. After the Parade, some 70,000 atten more

National News
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Gays sue feds over marriage again
The New England legal group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed a multiplaintiff lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on November 9.

In Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, GLAD represents five married same-sex couples and a widower, who live in Connecticut, Vermont, a
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Ed Murray to chair fiscal policy Ways and Means committee
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) returns to Olympia in January, he will chair the senate's powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Ways and Means is the state senate's primary fiscal committee with responsibility for developing operating and capital budgets and setting tax and pension polic
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SHIFTgiving an annual celebration for people in recovery
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

SHIFTgiving
November 25
Dunshee House


SHIFT, an LGBT peer recovery network, is hosting their fourth annual and likely final SHIFTgiving on November 25.

'SHIFTgiving is an annual celebration that we hold for LGBTQ people in recovery,' said Robert
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Lame duck session may be lame, insiders say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Remember ENDA?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would protect LGBT workers by banning discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to Politico.com, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a conference
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Ask Michael - Homophobia: A battle on two fronts
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

We are all too aware of the battle being waged against us by others who hate the GLBTQ community - certain religious, community, and political leaders who vilify us in many ways. Their disdain for us generates a secondary battle. This is a battle that grows within us. It is the battle
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Gays seek refuge in Cambodia slum
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Along the train tracks in one of Phnom Penh's ubiquitous slums, roughly 100 new residents in search of asylum and community, have trickled in over the last several years and lead lives in deplorable desperation. Almost all of them are homosexual men. This place, Beuong Kak 2, has become a
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