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posted Friday, February 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 05

Section One

Advocates delivered 24,000 postcards to WA Senate prior marriage vote
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington United for Marriage, the broad statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and business associations working to obtain civil marriage for Lesbian and Gay couples in Washington state in 2012, delivered more than 24,000 constituent postcards to every state senator prior to the February 1 historic vote
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HISTORIC VOTE, YES! 28-21: Washington State Senate approves marriage equality bill
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In what is being hailed as a historic moment, the Washington state Senate passed legislation February 1 to legalize marriage equality, bringing the state one step closer to becoming the seventh to allow LGBT couples to wed.

The measure was expected to pass, and the pack
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Marriage equality around the country
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As Washington's Senate voted to pass the Marriage Equality Act, marriage equality also moved forward in two other states - Maryland and New Jersey - but came under attack in New Hampshire.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley testified in person before a legislative committee on
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Washington State Labor Council endorses marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) announced its support for marriage equality in a statement released February 1.

The WSLC is the state's largest labor organization, representing some 425,000 union workers.

'This past year has been one of great struggle
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New data documents diversity among families
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Proportionally fewer same-sex couples are raising children today than in 2006, and their families reflect greater racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity than often represented in the media and academic research, according to new analyses by Williams Distinguished Scholar Dr. Gary Ga
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Trevor Project names Abbe Land new executive director and CEO
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 31, the Trevor Project announced the selection of its new executive director and CEO, Abbe Land, following an extensive nationwide search.

'Land, a recognized and respected health care professional, brings an impressive history of ensuring care to under-represe
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LGBTQ Allyship works on dental care bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While the community's attention has been focused on the progress of the Marriage Equality Act, one group of LGBT activists has been focusing on making health care more affordable for state residents.

LGBTQ Allyship has been working with a number of other organizations, including
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Southern Poverty Law Center sues feds over DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced on February 2 that it will sue the U.S. government on behalf of a disabled Lesbian veteran and her wife.

Tracey Cooper-Harris served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, earning more than two-dozen medals and commendations. She was honorably d
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Ugandan activists commemorate David Kato
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Human rights activists in Uganda commemorated David Kato on the first anniversary of his murder, January 26.

In the United States, NoMoreDownLow.TV correspondent Mark Noble also observed the occasion with a special program on Kato's murder including interviews with former Secretar
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SLDN calls for action
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Army Veteran and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis called upon Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta this week to take immediate action on equal recognition, benefits, and family support for Gay and Lesbian servicemembers. Sarvis made the request in
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Jail sentences in South Africa hate crime
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Four South African men have been sentenced to 18 years in jail for stabbing and stoning to death 19-year-old Lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006.

A crowd outside the court in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha cheered and danced when the sentence was announced on February 1.
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Dr. J - Resolve to get involved
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

Joanne Stekler, M.D., MPH, is deputy director of community services for the HIV/STD Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. She is also an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at Harborview Medical Center, and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiolog
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by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

UGANDAN GAY ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREATS
A generally balanced article in Uganda's Red Pepper tabloid last November - copied from an AP story - got a local slant when editors chose to label Frank Mugisha, recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, a 'Bum Drilling Activist' in their he
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compiled by Rick McKinnon SGN Staff Writer 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.
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