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posted Friday, January 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 04

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The Olympia hearings: News goes national - Washington's LGBT community testifies at House & Senate marriage equality hearings
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 23, hundreds of Washingtonians - in support of, undecided, or against - attended hearings at the Capitol in Olympia for Senate Bill 6239 and House Bill 2516. The hearing went from late morning into the afternoon, with emotions running high throughout. By day's end, there was one theme that emerged from the debate: Sep
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WA State Senate has 25 votes to pass marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Senator Ed Murray (D-Seattle) has secured the 25th vote needed to pass Senate Bill 6239, legislation that would allow marriage equality in Washington State. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island), announced January 23 she would support the bill.

The state House has
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Starbucks, Google join list for full marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Starbucks and Google have joined the list of more than 100 businesses large and small that endorse marriage equality in Washington.

Washington United for Marriage, the group backing the proposed marriage bill pending in the legislature, announced on January 24 that the two com
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Aubrey Sarvis leaving Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis announced that he would leave the organization this year. He told Seattle Gay News the position was 'the most important work I've done in my professional career.'

Sarvis, former chief
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There are no Gay Jews?
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News

For me, the aging process has led to a clearer view of equality. After all, it has been the passion of my life for 42 years. Everywhere I travel, I'm in search of how our community is depicted. Unfortunately, I notice we are not always included. That is discrimination by censo
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Executive Constantine, Councilmember McDermott praise Senate support of marriage
On January 24, King County Executive Dow Constantine praised the 25 lawmakers who have now created a State Senate majority in support of marriage equality in Washington state:

'My congratulations to all 25 state senators who have shown the courage and leadership to pledge their support of marriage equality.

'I urge
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William Pontius to compete in Mr. Gay World USA contest
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Most people in Seattle's LGBT community know William Pontius in one capacity or another. In 2005, William was elected LGBT vice president for AT&T Wireless, crowned Mr. Gay Seattle in 2007, crowned prince for life by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and The Olympic & Rainier Emp
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Dallas, not signing pledge
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

The signing of the 'Freedom to Marry' pledge by some 80 mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors' recent meeting in Washington, D.C., represents a powerful, almost astounding stride in the LGBT community's march to equality.

Only one big-city mayor created a
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Marriage equality in Washington to boost state economy by $88 million
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new Williams Institute report released this week estimates the economic impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Washington state on local businesses and government budgets. The report finds that the total spending on wedding arrangements and tourism by resident same-sex c
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Marriage equality in Washington to boost state economy by $88 million
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new Williams Institute report released this week estimates the economic impact of extending marriage to same-sex couples in Washington state on local businesses and government budgets. The report finds that the total spending on wedding arrangements and tourism by resident same-sex c
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Chris Christie vows to veto marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie promised on January 24 to veto his state's marriage equality law if and when it comes to his desk.

The bill is currently pending in the New Jersey legislature.

'I think it's the institution of marriage and it's bigger than jus
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Barney Frank to marry boyfriend
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank plans to marry his boyfriend, Jim Ready, the Congressman's office says. The couple will marry in Massachusetts.

That much was confirmed by Frank's spokesperson Harry Gural in an email to SGN, but Gural declined to offer any specific detai
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Oral HIV test proved accurate, researchers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A mouth swab to test for HIV has proven to be as accurate as the traditional blood test, Canadian scientists announced January 25.

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal said that their saliva HIV test OraQuick HIV 1/2 is 99% accurate for HIV in high-risk populations a
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International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

TORTURE KILLING OF ANOTHER TRANS PERSON IN MEXICO
On January 17 the body of a man wearing women's clothes was found by police in a town near Monterrey in Northern Mexico after local residents heard gunshots and explosions.

LGBT Asylum News reports that the body was lying face down and was abou
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB
The Winter 2012 League Season has begun. For more information, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

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.
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OutServe announces summit
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, OutServe announced its first OutServe Capital Summit, to be held May 14-15 in Washington, D.C. According to officials, the two-day event will be co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Courage Campaign, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), and will focus
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One day they'll see
by Beau Burriola - Special to the SGN

I was buttoning up the impossible top button of my shirt in the gym locker room when I saw out of the corner of my eye in the mirror just the flash of a familiar face and a big red bow tie. It took only a couple of seconds for me to realize who the famous guy was who just walked into my g
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General Gayety: Gay travel buzz
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I used to be a travel writer, but these days I'm ignorant about international travel. I don't even know where Gays with money - in this economy, all six of them - go abroad on vacation.

So I asked my friend LoAnn Halden, who both writes about travel and serves as me
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Lesbian named Ecuador health minister, will close 'ex-Gay' clinics
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lesbian Carina Vance Mafla has taken over Ecuador's Public Health Ministry and will close down some 200 'ex-Gay' clinics operating in the South American country.

Vance was introduced as the new health minister by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa at a January 18 news conferen
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Marriage equality may go on Maine ballot in November
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marriage equality activists in Maine announced on January 26 that they are going ahead with plans to put the question up for a second statewide vote.

EqualityMaine, the Maine Civil Liberties Union, and the Maine Women's Lobby said they have collected 105,000 signatures - far m
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