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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50

Section One

GSA at UW Bothell site addresses anti-Gay slur
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In 2011, one could argue that school Gay-Straight Alliance clubs were on the front lines of the anti-bullying war. State by state, GSAs and the kids who join them (and their supporters) have had to fight for the right to exist as school clubs, as well as make the uphill climb of trying to change the hearts and minds of bigoted a
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SGN EXCLUSIVE: Summary judgment in Verbena case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The saga of Verbena Health came one step closer to its end in a Seattle courtroom on December 7, 2011.

On that date Superior Court Judge Kimberley Prochnau granted summary judgment for Verbena - represented by its sole remaining board member, David Haack - and against former Ver
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Gay veteran: 'You can't trust' Mitt Romney
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got into a heated argument with a Gay veteran at a diner in New Hampshire this week that concluded with the 63-year-old man telling reporters, 'You can't trust him.'

The exchange began when Romney stopped at Chez Vachon in Manchest
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Pro and anti-Gay amendments stripped from Defense Authorization Act
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. House and Senate leaders announced on December 12 that they had agreed on a version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that omits all proposed amendments dealing with LGBT service members.

The annual Defense Authorization Act approves funding for the Pentagon. B
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ERW raises over $57,000 at Toasting Equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 9, hundreds of community members joined Equal Rights Washington (ERW) officials, elected officials, and marriage equality advocates for the ERW Toasting Equality event - a breakfast, toast for same-sex marriage equality in Washington state for 2012, and fundraising effort f
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Marriage equality activist Ed Watson dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ed Watson died December 7 without achieving his goal.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier this year, he hoped to marry his partner of 40 years, Derence Kernek, while he could still recognize him.

Sadly, he failed. Kernek announced Watson's death at age 78 fr
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Remembering Chicago journalist Paul Varnell
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

My friend Paul Varnell, the well-known syndicated Gay journalist, has died.

Paul was one of the most independent persons I ever have known. It wasn't easy to get close to him, and I figure I got as far as anyone did. He was a journalist, he was an opinion columnist, he was
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Bellingham Lesbian bashes back
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A man harassed the wrong Lesbians outside a Bellingham bar on December 11, and ended up thrown to the sidewalk by one of his intended victims and held for police.

According to the Bellingham Herald, 22-year-old William Adam Lane yelled homophobic slurs at a Lesbian couple after he
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Davawn Robinson jury remains deadlocked
A Manhattan jury once again told Judge Daniel P. FitzGerald they were deadlocked in their deliberations over second-degree murder charges against Davawn Robinson in the 2009 strangling death of Edgard Mercado, a 39-year-old Gay man.

Deliberations began on December 14.

The jury weighed second-degree murder, which h
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

U.N. CHIDES NIGERIA OVER SAME-SEX BILL
Nigeria was criticized at United Nations headquarters in New York this week over the recently passed Senate bill banning same-sex marriage. During a panel discussion to mark Human Rights Day, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth and Nigerian Gay rights acti
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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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from Saturday, December 17 to Sunday, December 25

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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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph R. Eisenhauer
May 4, 1944 - December 15, 1999


Joe Eisenhauer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Arizona at an early age. He joined the Coast Guard, then attended college in Arizona. He then moved to Washington state, residing first in Mt. Vernon and then finally in Seattle where he joined a group in 1983 to help people living with AIDS.

He founded the Seattle AIDS Su
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Jase Daniels, twice discharged under DADT, reinstated in U.S. Navy
by Shaun Knittel SGN Associate Editor

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster announced December 12 that their client, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, discharged in April 2005 and again in March 2007 under the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) law, has been reinstate
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Bible benefiting Susan G. Komen Foundation banned by Christian bookstore
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Christian bookstore chain has pulled an edition of the Bible off its shelves because the publisher donates part of the proceeds to breast cancer screening sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

LifeWay Christian Bookstores said it will no longer sell a Bible from B&H Publishing Group
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Same-sex marriage may boost Gay men's health
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal are healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits, and have lower health-care costs, a new study released on December 15 finds.

The study included more than 1,200 patients at a large Massachusetts health cl
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Turkish occupied zone in Cyprus legalizes Gay sex
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Northern Cyprus, occupied by Turkey since its invasion of the island nation in 1974, has agreed to legalize Gay sex.

Northern Cyprus is the last part of Europe where it is illegal to be Gay.

Same-sex relations have been legal in the internationally recognized Repub
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NBA union contract adds 'sexual orientation' to nondiscrimination language
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The NBA ended the lockout of its players on December 8 with a new, Gay-friendly union contract.

The collective bargaining agreement ratified by the NBA's Board of Governors includes, for the first time, language protecting players from discrimination based on their sexual orientat
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Elizabeth Warren ... at last ... authentic grasp
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

At last! A politician with a solid, authentic grasp of our economic system and how to fix it. Elizabeth Warren spoke to an overflowing crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle last Friday, and it was my pleasure and privilege to find a seat right up near the front row. The event was bil
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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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