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posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 18
Section One - ALL STORIES
Transgender woman assaulted on Capitol Hill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kira Crowley just moved to Seattle from Phoenix. She was in town less than a week when she was assaulted on Capitol Hill.

'I was just walking down the street, carrying my bag,' she told SGN, 'when this man comes up and says, 'Faggot, faggot, there's a faggot, we should kill people like you.'

'I just smiled a
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Seattle's LGBT Commission challenges city policy of Trans health care exclusion
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle LGBT Commission - which advises the mayor, City Council, and several departments about sexual minority issues as well as recommending policies and legislation - will meet with Council Member Bruce Harrell on May 12 to address an issue that Commission members believe needs to b
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LGBT organizations to Obama: Stop deporting LGBT spouses!
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 6, LGBT organizations from across the country are set to rally behind a Gay bi-national couple who are facing deportation hearings under the stark reality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty in New York, GetEQUAL officials issu
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FOX Houston asks, 'Is TV Too Gay?'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On April 26, KRIV-26, the FOX affiliate in Houston, Texas, gave voice to one of the country's most vocal anti-Gay activists during a debate on its news program entitled, 'Is TV Too Gay?' The focus was that night's episode of the hugely popular show Glee, which featured a theme of self-a
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Seattle's Jim McDermott issues statement on Osama bin Laden death
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) released the following statement regarding the announcement of Osama bin Laden's capture. Bin Laden was the mastermind of the Al Qaeda attacks carried out on September 11, 2001, and one of the primary justifications used by President George W. Bush for the 2003 invasion of Iraq:

'I want to comm
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Philanthro in Seattle boldly unites non-profit groups
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle local Justin Mueller, 25, is a busy man. Justin is one of the those guys who's always got something going on, only instead of filling all of his free time with self-serving endeavors, he can often be found raising money for local non-profits and working to create change wherever he
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Contrasting LGBT print media and websites
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

The king of LGBT media is your local LGBT publication. Just like the one you're reading right now.

That might come as a surprise to those who think that websites are where all the traffic is. This is not, by any means, a negative statement on LGBT blogs. They a
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LGBT activists join May 1 march for immigrant rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A contingent of local LGBT activists joined thousands of others in the annual May 1 immigrant rights march as it made its way from St Mary's Church in the Central District to Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.

The LGBT contingent was organized by Allyship, a volunteer-led multi-iss
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Dr. J - Syphilis: Back by unpopular demand
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

Joanne Stekler, M.D., MPH, is Deputy Director of Community Services for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at Harborview Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at
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General Gayety - Karger might be 'last man standing'
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

If you haven't heard of Fred Karger, you have an awful lot of company.

Karger is a retired political consultant from California. He's also a Gay activist, and he's running for the presidency. As a Republican.

Clearly this is a fellow who fancies adventure.
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National LGBT legal groups challenge Prop 8 in California Supreme Court
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 3, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Equality California, and Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the California Supreme Court arguing that the proponents of Proposition 8 have no power to override the decision of elected state officials about whether t
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Smithsonian marks 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced on May 4 that it will mark the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a three-part display and website beginning June 3.

HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago will look at the public health
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OutGames 2011 coming to Vancouver, B.C. in July
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

The OutGames are coming to Vancouver, B.C., from July 25-31, and with an expected crowd of several thousand athletes, fans, and allies and a closing ceremony on the same weekend as Pride, it's sure to be a week worth celebrating.

The OutGames will comprise three major compone
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Brazil Supreme Court approves civil unions
In a 10-0 vote with one abstention, Brazil's Supreme Court approved civil unions between same-sex couples. While the May 5 ruling did not legalize same-sex marriage, it awarded civil unions all the rights and responsibilities previously given only to married couples.

'This is a historic moment for all Brazilians, not just homosexu
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Uganda Lesbian activist wins human rights award
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, founder and executive director of the LGBT rights organization Freedom and Roam Uganda, has been given the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

The Geneva-based Martin Ennals Foundation announced the award, which comes with a grant of 20,
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Lesbian activist murdered in South Africa
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old Lesbian, was found dead in an alley in Kwa-Thema township, about 50 miles east of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Easter Sunday morning, April 24.

Witnesses said her face was so badly beaten she was unrecognizable. Her body had been stabbed many times
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Right wing hates King & Spalding law firm
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

King & Spalding, the law firm that withdrew from its contract to defend DOMA in federal courts with the U.S. House of Representatives, is under fire from right-wing political operatives for its decision.

The firm - which has a good record of providing fair and equal treatment for
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Video asks, 'Haven't they waited long enough?'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

While it may be true that patience is a virtue, in the case of New York residents Richard Adrian Dorr, 83, and John Mace, 91, both time and patience may be running out.

The Gay couple, who have been together for an astonishing 61 years, still cannot get married.

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Attorney general vacates deportation of same-sex partner
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning move, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vacated deportation orders against Paul Wilson Dorman, the legal same-sex partner of a U.S. citizen.

Holder's decision was announced May 5.

As SGN goes to press, the name of Dorman's partner and the details of the
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IGLHRC Shocked at Possible Passage of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Rights Protections for All Ugandans Precarious (New York, 6 May 2011) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned at reports that the now infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda may be passed by that country's Parliament. The Bill, first introduced in October 2009, was ostensibly "shelved" by more
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13-year-old lesbian raped
May 6 2011 at 08:16pm

A 13-year-old lesbian girl was raped in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, the department of justice and constitutional development said on Friday.

'Government condemns this senseless and cowardly act of criminality,' department spokesperson Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

He sa
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Doric Wilson, Playwright and Gay Activist, Dies at 72
By Robert Simonson
08 May 2011

Doric Wilson, an early figure in New York's Off-Off-Broadway scene who was as big a champion of gay theatre as he was of gay rights in general, died May 7, according to friends. He was 72.

Mr. Wilson was one of the first resident playwrights at the legendary Caffe Cino in G
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Live: Minnesota Senate debates anti-marriage equality amendment; measure passes
May 11, 2011
By Adam Bink

Update: The measure passed 38-27, after lengthy debate over several hours. I noticed the number of speakers against the measure took up most of the time, while those voting for discrimination were far less to be found. There most certainly were not 38 speakers, or anywhere close to it, in favor of
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New York governor drives same-sex marriage debate
Reuters
By Dan Wiessner - Wed May 11, 11:14 am ET

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - In a push to legalize same-sex marriage, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a closed-door strategist, allowing gay rights groups to own the public campaign and also the loss that could result if legislation fails this year.

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House Armed Services Committee Agrees to DADT Repeal Changes, Other Amendments
Posted by Chris Geidner
May 11, 2011 8:53 PM

Screen shot 2011-05-11 at 10.21.13 PM.pngBeginning at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday evening, May 11, the House Armed Services Committee reached the "military personnel" portion of today's committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA markup began a little past 10 a
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Equality California May Select New Executive Director This Weekend
Karen Ocamb
5/12/2011

Equality California stands at a crossroads, and the road next taken may be determined this weekend as the board of directors meets the final four candidates to replace Geoff Kors as executive director of the statewide LGBT lobbying organization.

Frontiers has spoken with a number of peo
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Patient No More
Cured of Aids - Watch our exclusive video interview:

by Regan Hofmann

Timothy Brown - a.k.a. 'the Berlin Patient' - is the Man Who Once Had HIV. Recovered from a deadly form of leukemia and now virus-free, Brown embodies the hopes of scientists and millions of people living with the virus. Brown's road to a cure is unlikely to be traveled by others. But his journey provides critical
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Uganda: Parliament Committee Backs Anti-Homosexuality Bill Recommends Retaining Death Penalty
May 12, 2011

(Kampala) - The Ugandan parliament's Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has regrettably recommended passage of the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, including retaining the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," Human Rights Watch said today. The committee's report, as seen by Human Rights Watch, re
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Delaware Governor Signs Law Legalizing Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples
May 11, 2011

WILMINGTON Delaware Gov. Jack Markell today signed a law that legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples. The bill grants same-sex couples the same legal rights and protections that married different-sex couples have under state law.

Delaware is the third state to pass a civil unions law in 201
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