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posted Friday, January 28, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 04
Section One - ALL STORIES
ERW takes on OSPI policies to combat school house biases
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last year, Washington state enacted House Bill 3026 - a first-of-its-kind law that gives the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) authority to combat discrimination in public school on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), ve
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Ugandan Gay activist murdered in cold blood
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ugandan Gay rights activist David Kato was murdered on January 26.

'He used to say that he was the first 'out' Gay Ugandan,' his friend, blogger GayUganda, remembered.

According to a statement issued by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the country's main LGBT organiza
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GSBA's Young Professionals with Pride mixer celebrates two-year anniversary
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) has cause to celebrate this year. Founded in 1981, the GSBA will celebrate their 30-year anniversary in the Seattle community. The organization's programs range from LGBT business referrals to social mixers where networking is key. On Janu
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The high cost of DADT discharges
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Pentagon spent nearly $200 million from 2004 to 2009 to discharge 3,664 members of the military under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on Gays serving openly in the armed forces, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO put the per-person pri
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Court of Seattle, Miss Precious Cargo and Mark Surreal announce their candidacy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, Miss Precious Cargo and Mark Surreal declared their candidacies for Olympia XL and Rainier XXXVII - Empress and Emperor, respectively, of The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire - as they launched their campaigns, leading up to the glamorous
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STR8T against H8 a hot way to support Gay rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since the FCKH8 campaign launched in mid-2010, the in-your-face message of 'Fuck Hate' can be seen on T-shirts, uncensored videos, and the like. Now the Gay rights advocates have enlisted the help of some hot straight allies for a sexy calendar, with proceeds going to charity.

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Union calls for boycott of Red Lion Airport Hotel
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

On January 25, a delegation of Red Lion Airport Hotel workers delivered a petition to their HR director announcing the official boycott of the hotel.

Red Lion Airport workers are represented by UNITE HERE Local 8, the hotel and restaurant employees' union.

The boyc
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Joe McDermott elected chair of King County Board of Health
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At its first meeting of the New Year, the members of the King County Board of Health elected Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, an openly Gay politician, as board chair for 2011. McDermott was appointed to the Board of Health after joining the Council in November 2010
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GLSEN's eighth annual No Name-Calling Week
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Thousands of schools across the country will participate in GLSEN's (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) eighth annual No Name-Calling Week this week, a week of educational activities designed to address bullying and name-calling of all kinds.

A project of GL
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SO&P announces 2011 Pride theme
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Out & Proud (SO&P), the producers of the annual Seattle Pride Parade in downtown Seattle, have just released their 2011 dates for the Pride Parade, the Picnic and for Pride Idol.

The parade will be held on June 26, with the first contingent leading the charge at 1
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Stanford students fight return of ROTC
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Several student organizations have launched a new campaign against the return of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) to college campuses in light of the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) due to their policy of discrimination towards Transgender servicemembers.

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Judge OKs COLT Studios bankruptcy plan
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal bankruptcy judge approved COLT Studio Group's Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan on January 18, clearing the way for the financially troubled porn giant to pay off its debts to its former owner.

U.S. Judge Alan Jaroslavsky approved COLT's plan to continue in business while pay
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Same-sex marriage in Beijing reported in official press
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Beijing's first same-sex marriage took place January 22.

Two men, identified by the pseudonyms Da Wen and Xiao Qiang, held what was described as a 'comparatively open' wedding ceremony with some 50 friends in China's capital city.

MC Xiao Dong presided. Xiao works as a
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New state GOP chair no friend of LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an upset victory, former KVI radio talk show host Kirby Wilbur trounced incumbent Luke Esser to win election as chair of the state Republican Party.

Delegates to a Republican meeting in Tukwila elected Wilbur on January 22 with 69 votes, to only 36 for Esser and seven for Bill
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Catholic bishop apologizes for 'faggots' remark
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Peruvian Catholic bishop was forced to apologize for using anti-Gay slurs in comments he made to reporters on January 24.

Bishop Luis Bambaren, said to be influential in Peru's Roman Catholic hierarchy, was stopped by reporters as he was leaving a church event and asked for his
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Hillary Clinton issues statement on David Kato murder
We are profoundly saddened by the loss of Ugandan human rights defender David Kato, who was brutally murdered in his home near Kampala yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. We urge Ugandan authorities to quickly and thoroughly investigate and prosecute those responsible for this heinous act.
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Suits on Same-Sex Marriage May Force Administration to Take a Stand
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

WASHINGTON - President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.

Mr. Obam
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U.S. reiterates ban on equal separation pay for DADT-discharged servicemembers
ACLU release

Defense Department Says It Will Deny Full Separation Pay For Gay And Lesbian Service Members Honorably Discharged Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ongoing ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Policy

NEW YORK- The Department of Defense (DOD) today issued a memo stating that it will not off
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