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posted Friday, November 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 45

Section One

Election goes as expected locally, excites nationally
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Tuesday's election went pretty much as expected in Seattle, but results from other parts of the country show a stunning repudiation of the right-wing Republican political agenda.

A record number of LGBT candidates were elected to public office, some of them in areas where none have been elected before.

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Commitment Campaign aims to change the way we communicate about same-sex marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, a group of high-profile Democrats and Republicans who back legalizing same-sex marriage are calling on advocates to shift the focus on the issue from an argument about equal rights to one promoting the value of commitment.

The 'Commitment Campaign,' a groundbreak
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Queer Youth Space continues its search for a home
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Officials for Queer Youth Space (QYS) - a community initiative and coalition that works to secure space for Queer youth in the Seattle area - say that, despite not being able to secure a physical space in 2011 thus far, the organization (and the $100,000 grant they sit on) has more mome
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Senate Judiciary Committee advances DOMA repeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On a straight party-line vote, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA on November 10, and sent it to the full Senate.

All 10 Democrats on the committee voted for the bill, and all eight Republicans voted against.

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Hillary Clinton calls for 'AIDS-free generation'
Ellen DeGeneres named special envoy for AIDS awareness

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a speech to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on November 8, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention to 'change the course of this pandemic and usher in an AIDS-free generation.'

Clinton also named Ellen DeGeneres
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There goes the neighborhood! - Gay couples affect property values, new study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics suggests that when same-sex couples buy property, housing values will drop in socially conservative neighborhoods but increase in liberal-minded neighborhoods.

The study is based on data from more than 20,000 home sales, and co
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House Dems, corporations, unions file briefs against DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

One hundred thirty-three Democrats from the US House of Representatives, 70 major corporations, and a number of labor unions have filed amicus briefs arguing against DOMA in Gill v. OPM and Massachusetts v. HHS.

The Washington state signers are Rep. (and Democratic candidate for gov
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U.K. Gay blood ban officially lifted
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The all-encompassing ban on Gay or Bisexual men donating blood was officially lifted November 7, the U.K. Department of Health confirmed.

Now, men who have not had Gay sex during the past year will be able to donate, providing they meet other criteria.

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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to
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FOR A CALENDAR LISTING: Send details to: SGN, Attn: Community Calendar, 1605 12th Ave, Ste 31, Seattle, WA 98122. SGN phone: 324-4297. Fax: 322-7188. E-mail: sgn2@sgn.org. INCLUDE: Date, time, location, contact phone # for publication (if possible), brief description of event & sponsoring organization. DEADLINE: Tuesday 5pm.

ACCESSIBILITY: Is your event accessible to LGBTQ people with disabilities? See Jean’s List webpage www.scn.org/activism/calendar/disabilities.html for Marla Nonken’s disabilitie more
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Kenneth Cole reinterprets the AIDS ribbon
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Fashion designer Kenneth Cole has partnered with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and amfAR on the reinterpretation of the iconic AIDS ribbon. Designed to commemorate the discovery of the virus 30 years ago, and to ignite a new wave of awareness about the pandemic with the next generati
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Study on Lesbian couples suggests importance of co-parent adoption
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, Family Relations, an interdisciplinary journal of the National Council on Family Relations, published the first longitudinal study on dissolutions among Lesbian couples whose children had been born after their relationships were formed. The study, based on interviews with 40
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Joint Commission releases a new field guide to improve care for LGBT patients
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new field guide from the Joint Commission that urges U.S. hospitals to create a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment that contributes to improved health care quality for LGBT patients and their families was released November 8. The guide, 'Advancing Effective Communication, C
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Dutch prime minister meets Lesbian activist in Moscow
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian Lesbian activist Polina Savchenko and other human rights activists while he was in Russia for talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Savchenko is a leader of the LGBT rights group Coming Out.

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Killer of David Kato gets 30 years - Prosecution blames victim for his own murder
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Ugandan court has sentenced the killer of Gay rights activist David Kato to 30 years in prison.

Sidney Nsubuga Enoch admitted the crime and was sentenced by High Court Justice Joseph Mulangira on November 10. He killed Kato on January 26 of this year.

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'Ex-Gay' activist John Smid's stunning admission
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous 'ex-Gay' ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too Gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturb
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Can you imagine?
by Matt Foreman - Courtesy of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Imagine.

To many of our opponents and even to many allies, the LGBT movement is a cohesive force for change. But despite our undeniable successes, particularly at the state and local level, we are not as cohesive as we might appear. And we are c
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Republican candidates' missteps work to Obama's advantage
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

Anyone wanting to see President Barack Obama serve a second term in the White House for the sake of LGBT equality has got to be feeling pretty good about now as his Republican challengers struggle to survive what must be one of the most peculiar national campaign seasons ever.
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General Gayety: Enquiring about Chaz
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

The National Enquirer claims in a November 14 cover story that Chaz Bono will die within four years due to his gender transition. The corpse-to-be is perturbed. His lawyer sent a cease and desist letter to the tabloid, accusing it of defamation and demanding a printed retraction and
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