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posted Friday, June 17, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 24
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DOMA is unconstitutional, says U.S. Bankruptcy Court
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, based in Los Angeles, released an opinion on June 13 finding Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional.

Their ruling came in a bankruptcy filing brought by a same-sex married couple, Gene Douglas Balas and Carlos A. Morales.

Judge Thomas B. Dono
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Our flag, part II
Pride flag will fly - community elated

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

We often use the word 'community' to describe what we have as LGBT people. You can lean on me and I will lean on you - we'll hold each other up. Short of some dramatic squabbles here and there, we really do take care of each other.

One of the things we've gotten really good at
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Westboro Pig Church plans picket at Pride Picnic
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle, we're a sinful lot.

Because of that, we are the unlucky recipients of a Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) picketing, where the controversial members of the moronic group will condemn us for our wicked ways. Why won't these idiots just go away already?

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Fifth annual PrideFest asks community to 'Live Proud'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The fifth year of PrideFest promises to exceed all expectations. One Degree Events officials - the producers of PrideFest, the biggest LGBT party in the Northwest - say this will be the best year yet. PrideFest 2011 will feature three stages, four days of events, a family and kids' area wi
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Lifelong AIDS Alliance hires new CEO
Courtesy of Lifelong AIDS Alliance

After conducting an extensive national search, the board of directors of Lifelong AIDS Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall H. Russell as chief executive officer effective July 1, 2011. Mr. Russell will succeed Amanda Madorno, who has served the agency as interim execut
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Supporting the community pour after pour
A conversation with Absolut's Jeffrey Moran

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Absolut Vodka and the LGBT community have a love affair dating back to the 1980s. Sure, the vodka tastes good (and just keeps getting better!) and the marketing is genius; but the union between the company and our community is built on the support and visibility they have provided us over
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Move to 'vacate' Prop 8 strikedown fails
Judge also rejects request that trial tapes be returned to court by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

A legal attempt to 'vacate' the federal court ruling that struck down California's Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution in 2008 to re-ban same-sex marriage, failed June 14.

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Enjoy Pride week and stay healthy
by Que Areste, N.D. - Special to the SGN

It's our time, and we're gonna celebrate! You can celebrate your pride, show your true self to the world, and not need to stay in bed the next week to recover. You want to remember the good times you had this week, not sunburn, sore feet, and exhaustion from overdoing it yet again.
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New York marriage equality one vote away
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marriage equality in New York state is only one vote away, according to political observers.

The latest version of the state marriage equality bill passed the New York Assembly on June 15, by a vote of 80 to 63.

It is now pending in the state Senate, where 31 senators
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Emerald City MCC offers special Pride worship service by Rev. Ray Neal
Courtesy of Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle

The second annual Pride Community Worship Service will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at All Pilgrims Christian Church (500 Broadway E.). The Rev. Ray Neal will be the featured speaker for the event.

The guest musician for the service will be Ch
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'Gay Girl in Damascus' exposed, fake Lesbians come out of the woodwork
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after 'Gay Girl in Damascus' was allegedly kidnapped by Syrian security officers, 'she' turned out to be a straight American man from the state of Georgia studying in Scotland.

On June 10, Tom MacMaster, revealed he had created the online persona of 'Amina Arraf'
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Obama will protect same-sex couples under Medicaid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a new set of federal guidelines announced June 10, the Obama administration said that states may offer protections to same-sex couples equal to those now enjoyed by married spouses when one partner receives long-term care under Medicaid.

Created in July 1965 under Title XIX of th
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New site offers parents of LGBT youth ability to share letters of unconditional love
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The new website aNoteToMyKid (www.anotetomykid.com) is a non-profit designed to give parents of LGBT and questioning children (or any parents, for that matter) the opportunity to publicly share letters of unconditional love for their children.

According to Patrick Wallace, an
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UN backs gay rights for first time ever
AP

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press  Fri Jun 17, 3:53 pm ET

GENEVA - The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries.

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Pawlenty Gets Glitter-Bombed By Gay And Women's Rights Activists
WASHINGTON - First they targeted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Now the glitterati have struck former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, in hopes of drawing attention to his opposition to the policy priorities of both gay and women's rights advocates.

On Thursday, representatives from the groups Reproductive Rights and CODEP
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NY gay marriage no closer to floor vote
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last Updated: 9:12 PM, June 17, 2011

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was cautiously optimistic his gay marriage bill will soon become law as he held more one-on-one negotiations Friday with Senate Republicans. The Republicans who hold the critical votes say they worry Cuomo's bill doesn't adequate
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GLAAD President Resigns Over AT&T Endorsement Controversy
Surrounded by increasing scrutiny over the strange alliance between the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and AT&T, the president of GLAAD, Jarrett Barrios, resigned on Saturday, Politio reports. Earlier today, Politico wrote that a source said that the executive committee of GLAAD voted in favor of removing Barrios, who refused to resi more
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Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York Reuters
By Chris Michaud - Mon Jun 20, 6:27 am ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state -- and the most populous -- to legalize same-sex marriage.

The measure that would make gay marriage legal, int
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Baby Makes Four, and Complications
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

AT the apartment in Brooklyn where George Russell spends four nights each week, he checked the clock: 7:09 p.m. Wasn't it 7:05 about 20 minutes ago?

Never had time moved so slowly. Was the clock even working?

They had tossed the ball around, chased each other, done the
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Voters approve Liechtenstein gay partnership law Share
The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Jun. 19, 2011 - 10:00 am

VADUZ, Liechtenstein - Voters in Liechtenstein have overwhelmingly backed a new law giving gay and lesbian couples the right to formally register their partnership.

The government says 68.8 percent of voters approved the law in a binding refere
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DADT: Michael Barrett, Sergeant Major Of Marine Corps, On Gay Rights
The Huffington Post First Posted: 06/21/11 10:15 AM ET Updated: 06/21/11 12:03 PM ET

"Get over it." That's the ultimate message delivered to marines by the top non-commissioned officer of the Marine Corps regarding the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT).

Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett was recently chosen to be
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WHO urges equal access to HIV services for gay men
(AP) - 15 hours ago GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization urged governments Tuesday to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men, as part of an effort to ensure they get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment.

The U.N. health agency said that men who have sex with men face legal or practical
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Topeka KS arrests
Kansas Equality Coalition is planning an arrestable situation in Kansas State Capitol targeting Gov (Fmr US Sen) Sam Brownback. Friday 3:30p CST. A group will attempt to meet with the Governor at his office, which is divided in 3 sections: ceremonial office (where the Governor has signed 5 anti-women bills), staff offices, a more
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NY gay marriage no closer to floor vote
ReutersBy Aaron Gray-Block and Roberta B. Cowan | Reuters - Wed,
Jun 22, 2011

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch parliament on Wednesday passed a law banning telecommunications providers from charging their subscribers extra fees for Internet services such as Skype and instant messaging.

The law is intended to p
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Houston Pilot Suspended For Slurs, Swearing Over Air Traffic Radio
By Stephen Dean HOUSTON -- A Houston-based airline pilot has been suspended after his cockpit microphone became stuck, allowing an obscenity-laced rant to be broadcast over hundreds of miles, Local 2 Investigates reported Tuesday. Air traffic controllers in Houston first alerted Federal Aviation Administration supervisors on March 25, 201 more
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Active-Duty Military Contingent to March in San Diego Pride Parade
For the first time in San Diego Pride history, and believed to be the history of Pride anywhere, a contingent of active-duty service members and veterans will march in the annual mile-long Pride parade, scheduled for 11 a.m., July 16, through the heart of Hillcrest.

The group is spearheaded by Navy Operations Specialist Sea
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