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posted Friday, February 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 08

Section One

SPD detective Kim Bogucki protects Seattle with pride
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Police Department employs approximately 1,250 sworn law enforcement officers and 500 civilians.

But there is only one Detective Kim Bogucki, and we are lucky to have her.

The 22-year veteran of the force and out Lesbian (she serves as the liaison between SPD and the LGBT community) spok
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President Obama says DOMA unconstitutional
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), according to a statement issued by Attorney General Eric Holder on February 23.

'The president has concluded that given a number of factors, i
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Transgender community 'left behind' by DADT repeal - A Transgender veteran shares her views on the future
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Michelle Marie McKay, 59, can at long last live comfortably. In 2008, she became the woman she always knew she truly was. Much more than a Transgender member of society, the Williamsburg, VA, citizen is an activist with Equality Virginia, a founder of the Coalition for Transgender Right
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Lifelong AIDS Alliance hosts Greg Louganis at breakfast benefit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Lifelong AIDS Alliance held 'Making a Difference: The 2nd Annual Benefit Breakfast' February 24 at The Red Lion Hotel (1415 Fifth Ave.) from 7:30-9 a.m. The breakfast benefit is a community event that provides an opportunity for donors, corporations, and political leaders to join to
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Moneypolitics
by Ken Gordon - Former majority leader of the Colorado Senate Moneypolitics: Noun. A political system created in the United States by the Supreme Court circa 2010, whereby wealth has nearly the entirety of the political power. The system is characterized by large numbers of television ads which mislead the people into believing that th more
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UW holds LGBT bullying panel
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

Eighty percent of LGBT students experience verbal assaults, and 45.9% of those students experience it on a daily basis. Between 25% and 44% have experienced physical violence, and almost a quarter of students who have been harassed or attacked at school because someone perceived them to b
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Army, Marines lead the charge in DADT repeal training
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Late last week, the Army's top general issued an order to begin training soldiers on the new law allowing Gays to serve openly in the military. The Pentagon said they hope to have the whole force trained by mid-August.

During the debate over the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Te
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Senator Ed Murray talks about money and marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle State Senator Ed Murray is at the center of the state's budget process.

As chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, all state business that has anything to do with money will pass through his hands. While his will not be the only voice in deciding how the state copes
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Not a sin to be Gay, South African imam says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Muhsin Hendricks is an imam and a Gay man.

He says he sees no contradiction between the two.

Speaking in the Netherlands at the invitation of the LGBT rights organization COC, Hendricks told Radio Netherlands reporters 'Being Muslim and being Gay are both strong ident
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Montana House OKs anti-Gay discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill that would allow discrimination against LGBT people passed the Montana House of Representatives on February 22.

HB 516 repeals Missoula's 2010 anti-discrimination ordinance and a similar policy declaration in Bozeman, and prohibits other local governments from enacting or
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Five things to know before going to Switzerland
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Within minutes of checking into my hotel in Zurich, I was eating a boxed lunch on a bench with the locals and soaking up the sun on a warm autumn day. It was peaceful and this all seemed familiar, even though it was my first visit to this small but mighty European country. Bordered by Fran
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Hawaii governor signs civil unions bill - First civil unions January 1, 2012
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed his state's same-sex civil unions bill into law on February 23.

'This bill represents equal rights for everyone in Hawaii, everyone who comes here. This is, to me, the essence of the aloha spirit,' Abercrombie said at the signing ceremony. 'Wi
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Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill
by Rex Wockner

Maryland's Senate passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Feb. 24. The vote was 25-21.

"This is a historic and proud moment in Maryland's history," said lead sponsor Sen. Rob Garagiola. "I am ... confident that the Free State will realize full marriage equality in 2011."

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At the heart of every religious tradition is love of humanity and love of creator – not hatred for our neighbors. Creating a climate of hate runs contrary to the very idea of faith – but that's exactly what the right wing in America is doing.

Whether or not we're people of faith, we cannot stay silent or stand idly by while a radical minority pushes a hateful agenda in God's name. Please stand with us and speak out today.

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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Court overturns Budapest pride ban
Hungary's Budapest Metropolitan Court on February 18 overturned city officials' refusal to grant permission for this year's Gay pride parade.

The city's ban came after organizers sought to extend the route of the June 18 march to an endpoint in Parliament Square.
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Northwest News
Northwest News
'SWING INTO LAUGHTER' - SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS IN CONCERT
On Friday, February 25, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 27, at 2 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., join the Seattle Women's Chorus and special guest, Kathy Najimy, for an evening of musical entertainment. Tickets: $20-$55 available at www.flyinghouse.org or by calling 206-388-1400.

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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

ACLU takes on school web filtering
The American Civil Liberties Union and Yale Law School have launched a campaign called 'Don't Filter Me' against web censorship by public high schools.

The campaign urges students to check if their school is blocking LGBT content and to report such incidents at
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GSBA holds 2011 Business & Humanitarian Awards Dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) celebrated the cream of the crop at the organization's 2011 Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Westin Seattle (1900 5th Ave.) on February 24.

For 30 years, the organization's Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinn
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What DOMA decision means for Washington state
by Josh Friedes - Special to the SGN

President Obama proved he is a champion of LGBT civil rights on Wednesday when, through the U.S. attorney general, he announced that he was ordering the Department of Justice to not defend Section 3 of DOMA, which is presently being challenged in Federal courts. It is hard to overstate the
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General Gayety: Scampering through the news
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

You might want to do a few stretches before reading this. We're about to race through the GLBT news, and I don't want to be blamed if you strain something. I don't have insurance.

Ready, set, etc.

Terry Jones, Florida pastor and would-be Koran burner
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Hawaii legislature OKs civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Hawaii Senate passed a bill on February 16 to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

The vote on SB 232 was 18-5.

The measure had already passed the Hawaii House of Representatives by a vote of 31-19 on February 11. It will now go to the governor for his
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More than 100 elders, parents, children uprooted after fire ravages homes on Yakama Indian Reservation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Yakama Nation is seeking help and support to aid the survivors of a wildfire that destroyed 20 homes, burned parts of several more, and displaced over one hundred people from the small town of White Swan, Washington, in the heart of the Indian Reservation in central Washington sta
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