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Feds issue update on National AIDS Strategy
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Tacoma drag king creates YouTube channel to make Trans transition easier
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The time to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington is now
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BREAKING: DADT certification announced
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Fireworks at Senate DOMA hearing
Al Franken takes on Focus on the Family

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E.U. releases 2011 report on LGBT rights
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First openly Gay federal judge confirmed by Senate, joins Lesbian on federal bench
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'Gay barbarians' demand discipline from Michelle Bachmann's clinic
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New York Bishop orders Gay clergy to marry
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Round up the Gays, Ghana official says
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Lambda Legal asks Supremes to hear Louisiana adoption case
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Giuliani tells GOP to stay out of people's bedrooms
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Seattle to host 2013 IGLA Championships
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Isn't it ironic? More musings from Paul Kawata
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Gay Seattleite goes home to Mid-Columbia Pride
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Obama endorses bill to repeal DOMA
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BREAKING NEWS
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Active-duty military march in San Diego Pride parade
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The Sisters' 2011 Charity Grant Fund sets record
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Vancouver Pride 2011: A cheat sheet for the big weekend
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Community stops vandalism of HIV30 project on Broadway's red wall
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Six softball teams to go to NAGAAA World Series
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The Sisters' 2011 Charity Grant Fund sets record
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Feds issue update on National AIDS Strategy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

One year after President Obama announced a comprehensive National AIDS Strategy, the federal government issued an implantation update documenting 'key first-year achievements.'

The report, issued by the Office of National AIDS Policy attached to the White House, was released July 14.

Director Jeffrey Crowle
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Tacoma drag king creates YouTube channel to make Trans transition easier
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Beck Rosato Lewis, 32, a Transgender man living in Tacoma, had a memorable Pride. For the first time in the drag king's life, she was referred to as 'he,' and the entire world seemed right. More than just a Trans man and entertainer, Beck has found a voice in activism.

Beck
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The time to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington is now
by Joel Connelly - Courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Judges across New York will spend this coming summer Sunday at work tying the knot, for July 24 is the first day that same-sex couples in the Empire State can legally wed. So great is demand in New York City that a lottery will be used to distribute 764 marriage license
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BREAKING: DADT certification announced
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Defense officials announced on July 21 that Pentagon chief Leon Panetta will certify that Gays may serve openly in the armed services. News of Panettas decision comes just two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban would not hurt military readiness. more
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Fireworks at Senate DOMA hearing
Al Franken takes on Focus on the Family

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act erupted in fireworks on July 20, as Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) challenged the testimony of a Focus on the Family official.

Franken is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which would repeal DOMA. The bill was introd
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E.U. releases 2011 report on LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released its 2011 report on LGBT rights on Sunday, July 17.

The FRA has published research on LGBT rights issues since 2008, and said its latest report includes a review of European legal trends for the first time.
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First openly Gay federal judge confirmed by Senate, joins Lesbian on federal bench
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

J. Paul Oetken became the first openly Gay man, and the second LGBT person, to take a seat on the federal bench when he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18.

President Obama nominated Oetken in January for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New Y
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'Gay barbarians' demand discipline from Michelle Bachmann's clinic
courtesy of Nick Espinosa - Special to the SGN

On July 21, a horde of Gay barbarians descended upon Michele and Marcus Bachmann's 'pray away the Gay' clinic and demanded that Marcus come out and discipline them for their 'deviant' behavior.

Marcus Bachmann, who conducts 'reparative therapy' at the clinic intende
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New York Bishop orders Gay clergy to marry
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Long Island Episcopal Bishop Lawrence Provenzano has ordered Gay priests in his jurisdiction to marry their partners or stop living with them. br />
'I need to be mindful that the church has always asked people to live in committed monogamous, faithful relationships. I won't allow heterose
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Round up the Gays, Ghana official says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A powerful official in the African country of Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all Gays in his region.

According to the Christian website MyJoyOnline, Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo ordered the immediate arrest of all Gay people on July 20.

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Lambda Legal asks Supremes to hear Louisiana adoption case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The fight for marriage equality in the state of Maryland has now become a political slugfest between two Irish Catholic heavyweights.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said on July 15 that he would make passage of a marriage bill one of his legislative priorities.

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Giuliani tells GOP to stay out of people's bedrooms
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to CNN's State of the Union, nor is he a stranger to the LGBT community - he has notably been referred to as 'Gay-friendly' by the press for some time. But it was his comments on the July 17 edition of State of the Union that drew h
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Seattle to host 2013 IGLA Championships
by Anthony Greer - SGN Staff Writer

When Seattle's Orca swim team went to the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships in Hawaii from July 6-10, they came back with more than just medals.

During the first day of competition, Seattle bid to host the next IGLA Championships. Their proposal was acc
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Isn't it ironic? More musings from Paul Kawata
by Paul Kawata - Special to the SGN

Wouldn't it be ironic if People with AIDS (PWAs) were the reason we stopped the epidemic? After all of the blame, all of the discrimination, all of the judgment, there is something quite wonderful about the prospect of PWAs bringing an end to this devastating disease.

At the 6
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Gay Seattleite goes home to Mid-Columbia Pride
by Joshua Michael Rumley - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattleites often flash a look of confusion when I tell them that I'm originally from the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington. I'm not sure whether this confusion is from them trying to locate the area on a mental map of Washington, or if they find it hard to believe that I, an o
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Obama endorses bill to repeal DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama endorses the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA at the federal level, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said on July 19.

Obama has said previously that he opposes DOMA and that it should be repealed, but this is the first time he has given explic
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OUTBOUND: Cool spots for Vancouver, B.C.'s hot weekend
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Headed to Vancouver, B.C., next weekend for Outgames, Pride, or both? Remember that Davie Village is home to the city's Gay district, where things are still the same - Celebrities and Numbers are great for dancing, Pumpjack and Fountainhead Pub are popular watering holes, and 1181 remains v
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

New marriage campaign launched in Maryland
Marylanders launched a new campaign July 12 to pass a same-sex-marriage law next year.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Senate this year but crashed and burned in the House of Delegates at the last m
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BREAKING NEWS!

Active-duty military march in San Diego Pride parade
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Some 300 active-duty troops (the majority of the contingent) and veterans marched in San Diego's LGBT Pride parade July 16.

As far as can be determined, it was a U.S. first.

It was a symbolic goodbye to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which, while not quite completely
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The Sisters' 2011 Charity Grant Fund sets record
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Every July, for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of Saint Joan's anniversary, they give out thousands of dollars in grants to charitable organizations in Washington state.

On July 16 at Chapel, the Abbey granted a record amount: $21,459.87.

The
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Vancouver Pride 2011: A cheat sheet for the big weekend
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

T.G.I.V.P.W. - Thank God It's Vancouver Pride Weekend! It's an opportunity to further frolic in another city - another country, for that matter. Vancouver, B.C., is three hours away by car, counting border stops, and four hours by train - Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) now offers two daily trains t
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Community stops vandalism of HIV30 project on Broadway's red wall
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Vandalism in our Gayborhood will not be tolerated.

On July 17, a man began to calmly cut and remove the HIV30 community art project on the Broadway red wall, the site of a major light rail construction project. It wasn't the Seattle Police Department (SPD) that stopped the
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Six softball teams to go to NAGAAA World Series
by Anthony Greer - SGN Staff Writer

The Dirty Dawgs, Vendetta, Squadron, SIN, Sacrifice, and Buzz will all be competing in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) 35th World Series in Chicago in August.

'[The World Series] is probably like a smaller version of the Olympics. There are just seas
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compiled by Rick McKinnon

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