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posted Friday, July 29, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 30

Section One

DADT repealed in 60 days
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is dead & in 60 days, that is. The repeal is no longer an 'if,' and the question of 'when' has been answered. Victory, at this point, is ours.

Although the repeal of DADT is unquestionably a win for the LGBT community, the real winners are the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rep. Jay Inslee, candidate for governor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Congressman Jay Inslee is already running a whirlwind campaign for governor.

Less than a month after announcing he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination, Inslee has launched himself into a non-stop round of meetings and fundraisers.

He spent 20 minutes betwee
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Creating a safe place: Supporting LGBT youth in foster care
by Bryan Samuels - Special to the SGN

Darryn entered the foster care system as an abused and frightened child. By the time he was 16, he was struggling with new fears and painful misconceptions about his sexual orientation. Fortunately, his foster mother treated him with unconditional love, creating an environment in which he
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Gay Pakistani Muslim poet dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Gay' and 'poet' are words that often go together, but add 'Pakistani' and 'Muslim' and you're beginning to describe someone unusual.

Ifti Nasim - Gay activist, Muslim, poet, radio talk show host, and Chicago celebrity - was definitely unusual.

Friends remembered hi
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Gays and Lesbians marry in New York
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Gay and Lesbian couples began marrying in New York state July 24 - hundreds upon hundreds the first day the law legalizing same-sex marriage took effect.

Dale Getto and Barbara Laven in Albany may have been first. Mayor Gerald Jennings said he spoke the key phrase at 12:0
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HHS moves to revisit Gay blood donor ban
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On July 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined concrete steps toward ending the outdated, discriminatory lifetime ban on Gay men donating blood.

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill., 5th Dist.), two lawmakers wh
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Hotel workers shut down two lanes of 5th Avenue
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Six hundred hospitality workers and their supporters shut down the northbound lanes of 5th Avenue in front of the Westin Hotel for two hours on July 22.

The Westin is one of seven hotels represented by UNITE HERE Local 8 where union contracts have expired.

The same
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HRC launches nationwide LGBT equality bus tour
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, announced this week their nationwide bus tour, 'On the Road to Equality,' which hopes to spread the message of equality by educating the American public and empowering LGBT people to become advocates for the
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Local LGBT Norwegians condemn terrorist attacks
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Shock. Disbelief. Anger. Confusion. These are all words that could describe the immediate reaction to the horror of the July 22 sequential terrorist attacks against the civilian population, government, and political summer camp in Norway.

As images of the carnage and deta
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One in four LGBT employees report discrimination in past five years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On July 26, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a report summarizing academic studies and other documented evidence of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and the negative impact such discrimination has on LGBT people. This report
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Reps. Jinkins, Moeller, Pedersen join suit against I-1053
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Lesbian and Gay Washington state Representatives Laurie Jinkins (D-27), Jim Moeller (D-49), and Jamie Pedersen (D-43) have signed on to a lawsuit against Tim Eyman's I-1053, which reimposed a two-thirds supermajority requirement for the legislature to raise additional revenue.

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Rick Santorum to Rick Perry: I'm more anti-Gay than you are!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rick Santorum sparred with Rick Perry on July 22 over who is more anti-Gay.

Texas Governor Perry told the anti-Gay American Family Association that his state would not follow the lead of New York in legalizing same-sex marriage.

'Our friends in New York six weeks
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

ILGA achieves U.N. status
Following a 17-year battle, the United Nations' Economic and Social Council on July 25 restored the consultative status of ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

ILGA had ECOSOC status from 1993 to 1994 but was stripped of it foll
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Northwest News
Northwest News
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEER GARDENERS
The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at 12 neighborhood branches this summer and fall. Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. Work parties will be scheduled June through October - on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, c
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

California may see anti-Gay ballot measure
Californians may be voting on Gay matters again.

This time the target is the law Gov. Jerry Brown signed July 14 that requires public schools to teach about LGBT people's contributions to the state and nation.

Anti-Gay activists have submi
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The second annual Seattle Gay Prom
by Joshua Michael Rumley - SGN Contributing Writer

This wasn't a typical prom; the glittery evening gowns often came with an individual with pretty clear five-o' clock shadow, Robin from the Batman comics sashayed her way around the room, and there wasn't just one queen of the prom - one could say there was a whole room full o
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Sound Transit censors HIV30 banner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The HIV30 community art project that adorns the Broadway red wall (the site of a major light rail construction project) is, once again, under attack. Only this time, the culprit is not a young man wielding a sharp object trying to remove it from the wall (as in the July 17 vandalism attem
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Study finds 25% of Gay and Lesbian high school students are homeless
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Roughly 25% of Lesbian or Gay teens and 15% of Bisexual teens are homeless, versus 3% of exclusively heterosexual teens, finds a Children's Hospital Boston study of more than 6,300 Massachusetts public high school students published in the July 21 edition of ScienceDaily. Moreover, among
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What a change a few decades can make
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

What a difference a few decades and the evolvement of new generations can make in society, particularly when it comes to the development of a new community.

When I first moved to Dallas in the summer of 1969 - just a few months short of my 21st birthday - I found a c
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