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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21

Section One

DADT drama continues - House passes defense bill with anti-Gay amendments
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 26, the House of Representatives approved its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act with three anti-Gay amendments, one of which is aimed at delaying repeal implementation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The amendments, all opposed by the Obama administration, would require the four service branc
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Caleb Laieski is taking the fight to the nation's Capitol
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Caleb Laieski, 16 years old, started his anti-bullying activism when he was forced to drop out of school in Surprise, Arizona, when teachers and administration wouldn't protect him even after repeated incidents of bullying. The teen said he was being threatened with violence and death be
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Marko Liias looks at run for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Representative Marko Liias (D-21) announced May 17 that he was forming an exploratory committee to look at a run for Congress from the First District north of Seattle.

At this point, Liias's run depends on a chain of 'ifs.'

If Gov. Christine Gregoire decides
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Bat N' Rouge holds 13th annual game
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) is holding its 13th annual Bat N' Rouge softball game on June 18, at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

All are welcome to attend the event, the last ball game at the park for the 2011
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General Gayety: Squeeze play, sports
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

In just a week, four male sports figures came out. From the basketball world, Rick Welts, the CEO of the Phoenix Suns, and Will Sheridan, a former player at Villanova, went public. Pro bowler Scott Norton and ESPN sports reporter Jared Max decided it was time, too.

Wha
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GSBA Scholarship Awards Dinner a night to remember
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A whopping $150,000 was given to 38 scholars at the annual Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 20. In addition, over $100,000 was collected from the 400 attendees at the dinner to support the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

'This year's GSBA Sc
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18th Annual Dining Out for Life a huge success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Nearly one month ago, Seattleites went to their favorite restaurants to 'Dine Out For Life' in support of Lifelong AIDS Alliance on April 28. The event, says Lifelong officials, was a resounding success.

'With your help, we were able to visibly demonstrate support and raise mon
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Tennessee governor signs bill promoting discrimination into law
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has ignored the business community and signed into law a bill that wipes out county and city anti-discrimination laws, despite the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry reversing their earlier support and for the bill on May 25.

The measure
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OutServe shows 78% of LGBT soldiers out to fellow troops
OutServe shows 78% of LGBT soldiers out to fellow troops by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 23, OutServe, the network of LGBT actively serving military members, released results of one of the largest surveys of LGBT personnel in the U.S. military ever.

According to the organization, OutServe members re
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OutServe announces Armed Forces Leadership Summit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, announced May 25 that it will host the first annual OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, on October 13-16 at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

According to Sue Fulton, a media representat
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Al Franken speaks out for marriage equality in Minnesota
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced May 23 that he supports marriage equality and opposes his state's proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

'Every Minnesotan deserves dignity and equal treatment under the law, and our state's same-sex couples should
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Gay advocacy orgs demand Minnesota school district repeal gag order
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 24, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sent a letter to Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District demanding immediate repeal of the gag policy that prevents teachers from discussing issues related to LGBT people. The two groups also d
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FDA approves new HIV med
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat HIV infection, the agency announced on May 20.

The drug, rilpivirine, will be marketed under the name Edurant. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

It was approved based on the result
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Ask Michael: The crippling effects of being shy
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

There are a certain number of people who label themselves as 'shy.' They experience times when all they want is to be alone, they are sometimes afraid of certain social situations, and they generally feel like they can't connect with people.

This is a double-edged sword i
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GLAMAZONIA and the contestants from the fourth annual Purr Cocktail Lounge Bartender Auction
GLAMAZONIA and the contestants from the fourth annual Purr Cocktail Lounge Bartender Auction on May 25 raised $10,000 for Rise n' Shine more
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A condom in a pill bottle: What the HPTN 052 study means for Gay men
by Stephen Fallon, Ph.D. - Special to the SGN

Big news lit up the internet this week: HIV treatments seem to block the virus from spreading during sex. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health tracked more than 1,700 couples and found that 'earlier initiation of [the medicines that fight HIV] led to a 96% reduction in
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Montenegro Gay concert tear-gassed
Assumedly anti-Gay hooligans tear-gassed an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) concert in Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on May 17, according to the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

The report said about half the audien
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SEATTLE QUAKE RUGBY HOSTS MAGNITUDE 15.11 - THE NORTH AMERICAN GAY RUGBY TOURNAMENT
From Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29, Seattle Quake Rugby hosts 'Magnitude 15.11 - The North American Gay Rugby Tournament' with special guest international rugby superstar Ben Cohen i
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Minn. House sends marriage ban amendment to voters
After nearly six hours of debate, Minnesota's House of Representatives voted 70-62 on May 21 to send voters a referendum to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Gay couples already are prohibited from marrying, but supporters of
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Good news and bad news from China: AIDS mortality cut by two thirds, anti-AIDS bias continues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

China has slashed AIDS mortality by nearly two thirds since it began distributing free antiretroviral drugs in 2002, Chinese government scientists said May 18.

But a joint study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Ask Michael: Staying confident in your job search
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

A good number in our community are still struggling to get back into the job market. Many are finding moderate to little success. I've heard of job searches ranging from a month to over a year. All ages are affected.

I have a couple thoughts to share, then some important
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Portland assault investigated as a bias crime
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Brad Forkner and Christopher Rosevear were walking east across the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, on the evening of May 22, vaguely aware of a group of young men behind them, reported Helen Jung of The Oregonian.

The two were out for a stroll, said Forkner, 23, of sout
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Focus on the Family head: 'We've lost on marriage'
Gallup poll shows he's right

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning admission, Focus on the Family head Jim Daly told an interviewer that he believed the Christian right has lost the battle against marriage equality.

The interview appeared May 22 on WORLDmag.com, an online publication advertisi
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NBA joins GLSEN to address anti-Gay language among teens
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Ad Council joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) to debut a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Phoenix Suns stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley designed to address the use of anti-Gay language a
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