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Neighbours fighting dance tax while other clubs stay silent
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Parents seek justice in attack on Transgender daughter
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State lawmakers and ERW mull over Gay marriage push
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Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in 2012
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Not guilty plea entered in fatal Seattle stabbings
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One arrested as anti-Gay fanatics protest Charlotte Pride Festival
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UW Medical Center gets top rating from HRC
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Lesbian frontrunner for mayor of New York
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EQCA: Teaching law opponents are 'extremists'
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Iowa Senate leader will block anti-Gay marriage bill
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Mexican activists stage first national march against anti-Gay hate crimes
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Moscow Pride mocks Russian authorities, applies for permits 100 years in advance
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Seattle Volleyball Club looking for new recruits
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HIV/AIDS activists file complaint against porn producer
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Seattle AIDS memorial announced
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General Gayety: A touch of the divine in Florida
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BREAKING NEWS
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White House honors GLSEN, Trevor Project
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Neighbours fighting dance tax while other clubs stay silent
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, Seattle Gay News reported on the ongoing attempts by the Washington State Department of Revenue to collect from several Seattle-area nightclubs, live venues, and bars that offer their patrons an 'opportunity to dance.' Trying to get anyone to go on record was like pulling teeth, as the owners and management of severa
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Parents seek justice in attack on Transgender daughter
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Tad and Cindy Anderson, the parents of a Ballard girl, are seeking justice after their daughter - whom they believe was beaten because she is Transgendered - was brutally attacked with a baseball bat August 16.

Tiva, whose age has not been released, was assaulted by anoth
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State lawmakers and ERW mull over Gay marriage push
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Two key Democratic state lawmakers - Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, both Gay lawmakers from the 43rd District in Seattle - are considering a major push to try and pass a same-sex marriage law in Washington next year.

Currently, only six states - Connecticut, Iowa
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Joe Solmonese to leave HRC in 2012
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

HRC President Joe Solmonese 'will not renew his contract, which expires March 31, 2012,' the HRC announced on August 27.

Solmonese has led the HRC since 2005.

Blogger Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend broke the story on August 26, saying that she had learned 'from more
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Not guilty plea entered in fatal Seattle stabbings
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dr. Louis Chen, accused of killing his partner and their son, pleaded not guilty at his August 29 arraignment in King County Superior Court in Seattle.

Chen is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree, a charge that carries a sentence of life impri
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One arrested as anti-Gay fanatics protest Charlotte Pride Festival
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While thousands of LGBT folks and their friends celebrated Pride in Charlotte, N.C., on August 27, several hundred self-proclaimed Christians gathered to insult and intimidate the Pride marchers.

One person, the Rev. Philip 'Flip' Benham, was arrested.

The Pride c
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UW Medical Center gets top rating from HRC
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The University of Washington Medical Center is one of 14 hospitals getting top honors in the HRC's 2011 Healthcare Equality Index.

The 14 hospitals identified by the HRC are also among U.S. News and World Report's 'top hospitals.' Like the HRC, U.S. News issues a hospital rating
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Lesbian frontrunner for mayor of New York
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Lesbian City Council member is emerging as the frontrunner to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor of New York in 2013.

Once considered a slam-dunk for former Congressman Anthony Weiner, the run to succeed Bloomberg became a wide-open race when Weiner got caught - quite literally
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EQCA: Teaching law opponents are 'extremists'
by Rex Wockner SGN Contributing Writer The people who want to repeal California's new law requiring teaching of LGBT history are 'extremists' who persecute Gays, says Roland Palencia, head of Equality California. Palencia's organization hopes to keep the group 'Stop SB 48' from collecting 504,760 valid signatures of registered California more
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Iowa Senate leader will block anti-Gay marriage bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says he will block a bill in the Iowa Legislature to refer a ban on same-sex marriage to voters.

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Gronstal said he knows his stand against putting a proposed constitutional amendment
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Mexican activists stage first national march against anti-Gay hate crimes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On August 13, Mexican LGBT activists and straight allies marched from the office of Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales to the Zócalo square in the center of Mexico City to protest anti-Gay hate crimes.

Organizers said it was the first national demonstration against hate c
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Moscow Pride mocks Russian authorities, applies for permits 100 years in advance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Saying they look forward to a 'Gay century,' organizers of Moscow Pride have applied for parade permits for the next 100 years - from 2012 through 2112.

They told Russia Today that their aim is to expose what they call the 'absurdity' of the laws used by Russian authorities to d
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Seattle Volleyball Club looking for new recruits
by Joshua Michael Rumley - SGN Contributing Writer

This has been a major year for LGBTA sport events in Seattle. There have been rugby tournaments, soccer matches, and softball championships, and now it's time for volleyball season. The Seattle Volleyball Club (SVC), the Northwest's largest LGBT volleyball league, is looking f
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HIV/AIDS activists file complaint against porn producer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation - an HIV/AIDS service and activist group - announced on August 31 that it was filing a complaint against Brazzers, a porn production company based in Florida.

AHF charged that Brazzers knowingly violated health and safety rules requiring condom use
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Seattle AIDS memorial announced
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

St. Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.) will host the Seattle AIDS Memorial, '30 Years of Sorrow, Comfort, and Hope' on September 24, at 7 p.m. The memorial commemorates the 30th anniversary of the first HIV/AIDS diagnosis as well as the 25th anniversary of the first AIDS Walk in Seatt
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General Gayety: A touch of the divine in Florida
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Whether or not you've heard of Jerry Buell, in a few minutes you're going to find it hard to forget him.

Buell is a public high school teacher in Mount Dora, Florida, who posted on Facebook that he 'almost threw up' when he heard about New York's legalization of Gay m
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BREAKING NEWS!

White House honors GLSEN, Trevor Project
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House honored GLSEN and the Trevor Project as 'Champions of Change' in a ceremony on August 21 for their work helping to prevent youth suicides.

The Champions of Change, Winning the Future Across America initiative 'profiles individuals and organizations that are helpi
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