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Patty Murray co-sponsoring DOMA repeal bill
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Asian Pacific Islander Council teams with community to fundraise for Japan relief
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Proposed California law will make schools safer for students
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SGN UPDATE - Sister Glo talks syphilis spirochetes
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LGBT groups condemn DC anti-Muslim hearings
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Philip Pelino, Jr. 1936-2011
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Saudis fine soccer star over anti-'Gay' remark
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Queer-centric writing class at Richard Hugo House
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House committee OKs Barney Frank amendment to discourage aid to anti-Gay countries
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Dem. Republic of Congo considers anti-Gay law
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The history of the Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Organization
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Anti-Gay pastor meddles in Moldova anti-discrimination bill
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James 'John' Finley Gruber, last member of Mattachine Society, dies
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General Gayety: The word is out
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Labor Council reaffirms support for inclusive anti-discrimination language
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Methodist minister to defy church, bless same-sex unions
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BREAKING NEWS
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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Recognizes LGBT Service Members and Veterans
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US demanding gay rights support at UN body
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Court: No gay marriages in CA during appeal
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New NAACP seeing more gay, diverse chapter leaders
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Lady Gaga flays Malaysia gay lyric censorship
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Patty Murray co-sponsoring DOMA repeal bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray, is one of 20 original co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) is the prime sponsor of the senate version of the bill, which was introduced on March 16. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.
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Asian Pacific Islander Council teams with community to fundraise for Japan relief
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Japan Rising
Neighbours
Nightclub


In response to the recent earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan late last week, the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Council of Seattle, along with Seattle Gay News and Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Bro
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Proposed California law will make schools safer for students
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 14, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced a comprehensive bill that tackles school bullying by providing California schools with specific tools to prevent and address the pervasive problem in order to create a safe school environment for all students.

AB
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SGN UPDATE - Sister Glo talks syphilis spirochetes
by Sister Glo Euro N'Wei - Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan

Spirochetes are still dancing their way through our community - syphilis spirochetes, that is.

My good friends over at Public Health tell me that rates of early syphilis are going up again - a big jump in the last year - and 90% of more
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LGBT groups condemn DC anti-Muslim hearings
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 11, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, National Center for Transgender Equality, Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal joined together to express outrage over U.S. Representative Peter King's ongoing 'Muslim Rad
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Philip Pelino, Jr. 1936-2011
Born into an abusive family, he was adopted by the household of Philip Pelino, Sr. He graduated from high school on Long Island. Later, he took a Law Degree at Columbia. Being a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, he converted from a John Bircher Republican to flaming liberal. Settling in Washington, D.C., he was a realtor. He contracted more
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Saudis fine soccer star over anti-'Gay' remark
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Romanian soccer star Mirel Radoi was fined by the Saudi soccer association's disciplinary committee on March 14, after he accused another soccer star of being Gay.

In a TV interview broadcast in Europe, Radoi suggested that native Saudi soccer star Hussein Abdul Ghani might be Gay.
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Queer-centric writing class at Richard Hugo House
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Local writer Katie McClendon will teach the Queer-centric writing class 'Beyond Coming Out' at Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.) April 5-May 10 from 7-9 p.m.

'The LGBTQ community is filled with a variety of experiences and identities that run along a spectrum. Now that Gay
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House committee OKs Barney Frank amendment to discourage aid to anti-Gay countries
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On March 15, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee passed an amendment proposed by Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that would discourage U.S. foreign aid to countries that persecute their LGBT residents.

'The Committee urges Treasury to advocate that governments receiving assistance fr
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Dem. Republic of Congo considers anti-Gay law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The new session of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Assembly, which convenes this month, will take up a bill criminalizing same-sex relations for the first time in the country's history.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the country formerly known as Zaire.

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The history of the Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Organization
Courtesy of Washington State - Mr. & Ms. Leather Organization

The Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Organization (WSMLO) will observe the 19th annual Washington State Leather Pride Week March 18-27, and hold the Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Contest on March 26. (Schedule at www.wsmlo.org.)

Washington state
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Anti-Gay pastor meddles in Moldova anti-discrimination bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay US pastor Scott Lively - one of the driving forces behind Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill - is now interfering in Moldova, hoping to kill a proposed bill that would protect Gay and Lesbian Moldovans.

The legislation, introduced last month, would outlaw discrimination agai
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James 'John' Finley Gruber, last member of Mattachine Society, dies
by Jim Van Buskirk - Courtesy of The Bay Area Reporter

James 'John' Finley Gruber Jr., the last surviving original member of the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States, died peacefully in his home in Santa Clara on February 27. He was 82.

Mr. Gruber lived quietly in
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General Gayety: The word is out
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

At Wayne State University in Detroit, the Word Warriors wave the banner on behalf of the English language's neglected words. Last year the Warriors released a list of words they hoped to rescue from disuse. As the obliging type, I wanted to assist the restoration effort. So I tested a
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Labor Council reaffirms support for inclusive anti-discrimination language
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) 'supports inclusive contract language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and urges its affiliates to adopt such language,' according to a resolution passed unanimously at its
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Methodist minister to defy church, bless same-sex unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rev. Greg Renstrom of Wesley United Methodist Church in Minneapolis says he plans to bless same-sex unions, even though his denomination prohibits same-sex relations.

'Somebody has to do it,' Renstrom told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 'I cannot imagine that Jesus would ever ref
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation skeptical of drug Truvada
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is running full-page ads warning that the drug Truvada may not be effective for HIV prevention.

The ads took the form of an open letter to Gilead Sciences, the makers of Truvada.

Last November, a study published in the New England Jo
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National News
N.Y. governor to push for same-sex marriage this year
The new national group Equality Matters met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 10 and reported that he's eager to legalize same-sex marriage this year.

'While our specific discussion today is private, what's clear from our meeting with Gov. Cuomo is that he
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BREAKING NEWS!

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Recognizes LGBT Service Members and Veterans
Courtesy of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

More than 1,300 guests packed the National Building Museum on Saturday in Washington, D.C. as the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) held its 19th Annual National Dinner: Making History, Moving Forward. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball and NBC's The Chris Matthe
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US demanding gay rights support at UN body
By BRADLEY KLAPPER
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will introduce its first statement calling for the United Nations' top human rights body to combat discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world, completing a U.S. reversal from years of ambiguity on the subject during the preside
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Court: No gay marriages in CA during appeal
AP Wed Mar 23, 5:13 pm ET

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to allow gay marriages to take place in California while it considers the constitutionality of the state's voter-approved ban.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris had joined gay marriage proponents in urging the 9th U.
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New NAACP seeing more gay, diverse chapter leaders
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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Lady Gaga flays Malaysia gay lyric censorship
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
more
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. - The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson Stat
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