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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49

Section One

New crimes come to light as community mourns Vega murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Some of us gathered at the Church of Hope on Sunday afternoon in the Columbia City neighborhood of South Seattle because we were angry.

Angry that the killers of Danny Vega - an icon in the Filipino community and an out Gay business owner in the Rainier Valley - have yet to be brought to justice.

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'Gay rights are human rights and human rights are Gay rights.'
Clinton gives stunning speech to United Nations

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered what is almost certainly the most important speech ever given by a U.S. official on LGBT rights, before the United Nations in Geneva on December 6.

'Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority,
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Washington United for Marriage hires campaign manager
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Experienced political consultant Zach Silk has been hired to serve as the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, the coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage in 2012 for loving, committed Gay and Lesbian co
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U.S. will protect LGBT rights worldwide, Obama directive says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama issued an unprecedented directive to all federal agencies on December 6 ordering them to work to promote and protect LGBT rights in foreign countries.

The presidential memorandum directed 'all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assi
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Three Wings, Seattle youth project, gets $100,000 grant
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 1, Liberty Hill Foundation announced $500,000 in grants to LGBTQ youth in an effort to end violence against LGBTQ communities and advance safety, self-determination, and justice for LGBTQ youth. The five grants will be made through the Queer Youth Fund, one of Liberty Hill's
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LGBT movement shows renewed stability, growth
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Following a steep 25% decline in revenue from 2008 to 2009, the finances of organizations working in the LGBT movement stabilized in 2010, according to a new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released December 6.

Growing revenue from corporations, bequests, f
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Year-end celebration of the Seattle LGBT Commission's accomplishments scheduled
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle LGBT Commission will host a free evening event to celebrate the Commission's accomplishments in 2011 and to review and help plan its goals for 2012 on December 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee (511 E. Pike St.).

The LGBT Commission enjoyed a succe
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International reaction to Clinton's U.N. speech Compiled from the Council for Global Equality
Reactions from LGBT activists who were on hand to witness the speech included these:

Arvind Narrain from the Lawyers Collective in India
'The Secretary made a passionate case for LGBT rights as Gay rights while being very culturally sensitive. The generosity of mentioning the gains in South Africa, Brazil, India,
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International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

Nigeria to punish same-sex marriages with 14-year jail terms
According to the UK Guardian newspaper, a bill banning same-sex marriage was recently passed by the Nigerian senate. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation. The bill, which makes same-sex marriage punishable by a 14-year jail term, still has to be ra
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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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U.S. Education Department releases analysis of state bullying laws and policies
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 6, the U.S. Department of Education released Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a new report summarizing current approaches in the 46 states with anti-bullying laws and the 41 states that have created anti-bullying policies as models for schools.

The re
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Legal victory for Trans employee fired by Georgia legislature
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that the Georgia General Assembly discriminated against Vandy Beth Glenn when it fired her after she told her supervisor that she planned to transition from male to female.

The decision was announce
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Puerto Rico moves to exclude LGBTs from hate crimes law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Puerto Rico's House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on a revision of the island's hate crimes law that would exclude sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, and religious beliefs from protection.

All those characteristics had been included in the h
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African AIDS conference sparks debate on LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An international conference on AIDS in Africa, which began on December 6, sparked intense debate even before it started.

The 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections convened in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, with more than 200 activists, expe
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British government to advance Trans rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the first time, the British government has announced an action plan to tackle discrimination and violence targeting Transgender people.

The plan - 'Advancing Transgender Equality: A Plan for Action' - was released by the British Home Office on December 8. It includes tougher
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Lotus Sisters' Arinna Weisman speaks on LBTQ meditation
by Linda Robinson - Special to the SGN

Arinna Weisman has studied Vipassana Meditation for 30 years. She has been teaching since 1988 in the lineage of the great Burmese master U Bha Khin and was empowered to teach by Ruth Denison. Arinna is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley in East Hampto
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Gay man becomes prime minister of Belgium
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Elio Di Rupo became the European Union's first openly Gay head of government when he was sworn in as prime minister of Belgium on December 6.

Di Rupo will also be the first French-speaking prime minister of Belgium in 32 years.

Belgium has been without a prime min
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Iowa teen argues the good argument
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt's age, shaking a candidate's hand was enough to make me forget my name.

I grew up in New Hampshire, wher
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Malawi will review anti-Gay laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The African country of Malawi announced on December 8 that it will review a number of its more controversial laws - including a ban on same-sex sexual relations.

Malawi's Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume said the review was in response to 'public opinion.' 'In view of the senti
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