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posted Friday, January 6, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 01

Section One

'It's time.' Governor Gregoire endorses marriage equality for Washington
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In a spirited and impassioned speech, Governor Chris Gregoire publicly supported legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state. Although she previously supported efforts to expand the state's current law on domestic partner rights for LGBT couples, Wednesday, January 4, was the first time she came out in support of full
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Washington to get $3.5 million for HIV prevention from CDC
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's Department of Health will get almost $3.5 million from the CDC for 'high-impact HIV prevention.'

The CDC announced a total of $339 million in new funding, covering the first year of a five-year funding cycle, on January 4.

The awards represent a
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2012 Pride Parade theme announced
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 5, Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) announced 'The Many Faces of Pride' as the 2012 Seattle Pride Parade theme.

'This year, as you revel and participate in the 2012 Seattle Pride Parade, look to your left, then to your right. Look behind you, ahead of you, across t
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Remembering the men behind Lawrence v. Texas
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

Deceased Houston residents John Lawrence and Tyron Garner couldn't possibly have realized 13 years ago that one of the most mortifying events of their lives would wind up changing the course of history for a society of people.

The two Gay men, who arguably were the unl
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Wallingford's Changes bar battles neighbor over noise complaints
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The popular Wallingford neighborhood Gay bar, Changes (often referred to as the 'Gay Cheers'), has come under attack for noise complaints, prompting the bar staff to create a petition to defend the business against the continued barrage of SPD visits where officers ask them to keep it
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Heartwarming messages of love from parents, family, and friends of LGBT people
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In searching for a way to give back to the LGBT community, Patrick Wallace and Michael Volpatt created aNoteToMyKid.com, a grassroots movement that gives everyone - parents, family, and friends - the opportunity to express unconditional love for the LGBT people in their lives.

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LGBT activists react to Iowa Republican caucuses
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign:
'These men who have pledged to amend the constitution to ban marriage for Gay couples, keep the failed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, and oppose basic workplace protections for LGBT people, are not fit to lead. Their showings in Iowa last night only further draw a distinction
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New Jamaican prime minister supports LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jamaica has the unenviable reputation of being the anti-Gay bastion of the Caribbean.

That may change if its new prime minster, Portia Simpson-Miller, has her way.

Simpson-Miller - know as Sister P to her supporters - was elected in a landslide in elections on Decem
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Brits honor Alan Turing with commemorative stamp
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay mathematician Alan Turing will be honored with a commemorative stamp to be issued in February, the British government announced January 2.

This year marks the centenary of his birth.

Turing played a key role in the team that cracked the German Enigma code during
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Pakistani Trans activist runs for office
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pakistani Trans activist Shahana Abbas Shani announced on December 30 that she will run as a independent candidate for the Punjab provincial assembly, the equivalent of a state legislative seat in the U.S.

Shani is president of the so-called 'She-male [hijra] Association.'
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L.A. AIDS activists collect signatures to get condom measure on ballot
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

AIDS activists in Los Angeles began circulating petitions on January 3 for a county-wide initiative that would require porn performers to wear condoms during filming.

To qualify the measure for the November 2012 election, supporters need to gather more than 200,000 signatures by
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British researchers report progress on hepatitis C vaccine
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Researchers at Oxford University announced that they have seen 'promising results' from early clinical testing of an experimental hepatitis C vaccine.

In an article in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the researchers said they had tried a new approach to a vaccine.
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by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

AUSTRALIA: ANTI-GAY STREET PREACHERS TARGET CITY TRAINS
In Adelaide, Australia's controversial street preachers are taking their hate messages aboard city trains.

Transit staff reported that two male preachers were 'abusing' passengers with slogans such as 'homosexuals are sinners and women are
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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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Kenya forced to recall 1 million HIV test kits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kenyan health officials have announced that they are recalling 1 million HIV test kits because they are not accurate.

Dr. Shahnaz Sharif, Kenya's director of Public Health and Sanitation, said on December 29 that the World Health Organization (WHO) had alerted Kenyan officials tha
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Governor Chris Gregoire's Marriage Equality Speech
Governor Christine Gregoire gave the following speech on January 4, 2012, in Olympia, Washington.

Today I stand before you as governor of the state of Washington. And as a wife, a mother, a student of the law, and as a Washingtonian with a lifelong commitment to equality and freedom.

Today, I'm announcing my
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