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posted Friday, June 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 22

Section One

Rainbows in the rough: Centralia launches Gay Pride in Washington
by Katrina Duall - Special to the SGN

On May 26, 2011, in the small hub city of Centralia, Washington, a group of 50 gathered to celebrate the Fifth Annual Lewis County Pride Event, hosted by the Centralia College Gay Straight Alliance, in the Campus Clock Tower Square. Although it was a Thursday and grey clouds lingered above, there was no stopping this party, as the
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Gay City and PrideFest stand firm on tobacco policy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When Jeffrey King, president of OutVentures, an outdoor organization for the LGBT community, began the process of procuring booth space at PrideFest, the annual Gay Pride celebration at Seattle Center, he was faced with a policy that he just couldn't stomach: all organizations and busin
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McDermott introduces Tax Parity Bill for DP benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced legislation on June 2 to establish equal treatment under the tax code for employees who cover their domestic partners under their employer-provided health care plans.

The bill also offers some tax benefits for employers who
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Allyship forum on youth homelessness
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Allyship debuted the fourth year of its popular Queerly Classed discussion series with a forum on homeless Queer youth on June 1.

Allyship founder and board member Debbie Carlsen introduced the forum, saying 'this is new territory for Allyship.'

An organization work
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New organization launched to support LGBT military partners
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

May 31 marked the official launch of Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC), an organization that provides support, resources, education, and advocacy for LGBT military partners and their families.

According to MPFC officials, 'while the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don'
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Rugby star Ben Cohen tours Seattle, promotes StandUp Foundation
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

British rugby star Ben Cohen visited Seattle this past weekend as part of his tour to promote the StandUp Foundation.

'The StandUp Foundation is meant to help stop bullying in the LGBT community. It's about making a difference,' Cohen said. 'It's about standing up for wh
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Remembering Joe Marino
Joe Marino, a longtime champion for Ryan White funds and a former county commissioner for Cowlitz County, WA, died on May 23, 2011, in Seattle at age 67.

Eschewing the fact that he came from a great football family, Joe served in the Air Force in Da Nang, Vietnam, during the Tet Offensive. After a six-year stint as a Phoenix, AZ
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Activist's 6,000-mile walk to end discrimination begins in Seattle
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

On May 31, Alan Bounville began his 6,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C. After a brief candlelight sendoff in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Bounville set out for the nation's capital - on foot.

Bounville stopped by the SGN offices on his way out of town to share the bel
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MTV's Real World star Scott Herman rides for LifeCycle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On June 5, athlete, model, actor, and reality TV star (MTV's The Real World) Scott Herman will set out from San Francisco and embark on a seven-day bike ride to Los Angeles as celebrity 'spokes-rider' for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, the world's largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event
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Rise n' Shine fundraiser garners over $10,000
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

For 22 years, Rise n' Shine has provided emotional support programs, stability, advocacy, and AIDS education for children and teens affected by HIV/AIDS. This includes children and teens who have been orphaned by the disease, those who live with a parent or other close family member wit
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U.S. 'concern' over violent end to Russian Gay rally
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

U.S. State Department officials voiced 'concern' Sunday over the violent end to a Gay rights rally in Moscow and called on Russian authorities to better safeguard 'fundamental freedoms' of assembly.

'We note with concern & that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating
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Obama issues Pride proclamation, unveils new LGBT website
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 31, President Obama issued his third annual Pride proclamation. Afterwards, his administration unveiled a new website, www.whitehouse.gov/lgbt, providing resources for LGBT Americans and highlighting the president's accomplishments and initiatives for the LGBT community.
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U.S. adults estimate that 25% of population is Gay
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are Gay or Lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are Gay or Lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are. Thirty percent put the figure at less th
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Chris Colfer on Piers Morgan Tonight
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Chris Colfer, who plays openly Gay high school student Kurt Hummel on the hit musical drama Glee, recently appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. On the show, the actor, who is openly Gay in real life, opened up about his past experience with bullies.

When asked by Pierce if h
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Gay Turkish soccer ref sues to get his job back
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Turkish soccer referee who says he was outed, fired from his job, and subjected to death threats because he is Gay sued to be reinstated on May 31 in an Istanbul court.

Halil Ibrahim Dincdag accused the Turkish Football Federation of passing documents to the media showing that he
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Thirty-two arrests at Moscow Pride, city flouts Euro Court ruling
Undeterred by the April ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that banning Moscow Pride is illegal in multiple ways, the city banned the May 28 Gay pride parade for the sixth year in a row. Activists responded by trying to rally near the Tom
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Northwest News
Northwest News
RAIN CITY SOCCER CLUB HOSTS 2011 RAIN CITY FRIENDLY TOURNAMENT AND UNDERWEAR PARTY
JUNE 3-5

On Friday, June 3, from 6-10 p.m., at R Place (619 E. Pine St. at Boylston Ave.), join Rain City Soccer for a tournament registration mixer/kick-off party. For extra fun, stay late for the drag show and dance party. On Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Starfire Sports Co
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National News
National News
Nevada passes Trans bill
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, signed a bill May 24 that bans employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

Sandoval said he also will sign other Transgender-protection bills that are en route from the Legislature. Those measures cover housing and public accommodations.

Nevada becomes the 14
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Reel Queer Youth accepting applications
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Reel Queer Youth, now in its third year, is a filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, producer of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Reel Queer Youth, is proud to announce that applications are being accepted now for this year's Reel Qu
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Hate vs. hate: KKK pickets Fred Phelps
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an even more bizarre scene than people have come to expect from Fred Phelps, the Ku Klux Klan picketed Westboro Baptist Church members as they picketed Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

Three Westboro members, led by Fred's daughter Abigail, took up posi
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Labor speaks out for marriage equality in NY
Courtesy of - Pride At Work AFL-CIO

The labor movement weighed in on the side of marriage equality in New York, where a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is pending in the state legislature.

Among the labor organizations represented at a June 1 press conference were the Capital District Area Labor Federation (AF
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Most countries more accepting of homosexuality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new cross-national study shows a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality. The trend, however, is slower or reversed in Russia and other ex-Socialist countries.

With support from the Williams Institute, a report by the National Opinion Resear
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New PEPFAR guidelines focus on MSM
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) has released new guidelines for PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), a $48 billion dollar program started by then-President George W. Bush.

While PEPFAR provides needed funding for HIV/AIDS relief program
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