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posted Friday, March 9, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 10

Section One

OUR PERSONAL STORIES build marriage equality across the U.S.A.
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Josh Friedes, marriage equality director for Equal Rights Washington, has spent the better part of a decade asking you to share with friends, family, coworkers - really anybody who would listen - your personal stories of love, commitment, and struggle.

As it turns out, his assumption - when we, as individuals
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Seattle University students disagree with president's view on marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Father Stephen V. Sundborg, president of Seattle University, angered students who attend the school after he made a statement in the Seattle Times about the state's marriage equality bill. Several student organizations, comprising both LGBT and allied members, sent a letter to Sundborg dis
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United Food and Commercial Workers union invests in Approve Ref. 74 campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 has contributed $15,000 to Washington United for Marriage to help with the Approve Referendum 74 campaign if and when it comes to the November ballot.

UFCW 21 is also housing Washington United for Marriage in its Georgetown union
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Catholic bishops in Washington state undecided on approaching Referendum 74
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's Catholic bishops have not yet decided how aggressively to campaign against marriage equality if Referendum 74 qualifies for the November ballot, a spokesperson for the Seattle archdiocese said on March 6.

'The bishops of Washington state have not yet determined the
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National Hockey League launches 'You Can Play Project' to end homophobia in sports
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On March 7, the National Hockey League (NHL) launched the You Can Play Project, an aggressive advocacy program to change the sometimes-homophobic culture in sports with a message that athletes should be judged on their athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discrim
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Gay City Wellness Center celebrates eight years, 16,000 visits
by Robert Roth of Gay City Health Project - Special to SGN

Gay City Health Project is proud to announce that the Gay City Wellness Center has welcomed more than 16,000 visitors since first opening its Broadway storefront location in 2004. For the past eight years, the Gay City Wellness Center has been a safe and welcoming place
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Washington United for Marriage's 11-city tour of Washington
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington United for Marriage, the coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for loving, committed, same-sex couples, has hit the road for an 11-city tour around the state.

'We will be making an 11-city tour t
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Unusual rise in heroin overdose deaths over weekend
Heroin injectors warned of danger

Courtesy of King County Public Health

Since Saturday, the King County Medical Examiner's Office has identified seven likely overdose deaths from heroin, possibly due to an increased potency of the drug or mixture with other substances. This is a notable and rapid rise in deaths; King County saw 32 heroin overdose deaths in total
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Delaware governor says marriage equality is 'inevitable'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Delaware Governor Jack Markell believes marriage equality is 'inevitable' in his state.

'I think it's inevitable,' Markell said in an interview with Reuters Insider TV. He added that he expects Delaware's legislature to take up marriage legislation 'probably within the next few
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Minnesota school district in landmark anti-bullying agreement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District - the state's largest - announced March 6 that it had concluded a deal with the federal government to prevent anti-Gay bullying in its schools. The agreement also settles lawsuits brought by six students who had been targeted by bullies.

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Catholic bishop defunds homeless agency whose director supports marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic diocese of Sacramento, California, said on March 7 that it will cut off funds to Francis House, a nonprofit agency that assists homeless people, because the Methodist minister who runs the program supports marriage equality.

The Rev. Faith Whitmore's public s
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Activists ask Obama to protect workers from anti-Gay harassment
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to Freedom to Work officials, more than 100,000 people have joined the organization's campaign on Change.org urging President Obama to sign an executive order banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination at companies that take federal contracts, which account for 22% of all jobs
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New 'Quad' HIV med causes fewer side effects
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Results from the stage-three clinical trials of the 'Quad,' a new four-in-one daily pill from the Gilead Sciences pharmaceutical company, show it caused fewer adverse side effects than the company's three-drug pill, Atripla.

The results were released March 7 at the Conference
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New PrEP study: Monthly injection maintains prevention levels
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new, but small, study of a once-a-month injectable PrEP drug shows that drug levels can be maintained at levels that should - in theory - be high enough to protect patients against HIV infection.

The study also shows that the drug as yet has produced very few adverse side eff
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New polling says Maine voters likely to pass marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Maine voters will likely vote to allow equal marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples, a new poll shows.

A Public Policy Poll released March 7 says that 54% of Maine voters believe that same-sex marriage should be legal, and only 41% think it should be illegal. Voters in M
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General Gayety: The marriage whirlwind
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

In the first two months of this year, same-sex marriage news has been as plentiful as wedding guests around an open bar.

I need to pause. Catch my breath. Total up the wins and losses of January and February. Analyze. Theorize. Chortle.

Starting on t
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

GAYS ATTACKED BY YOUTH MOB AT HIV TRAINING IN KENYA
An angry mob of young people attacked an HIV-prevention training meeting in Mombasa, Kenya, last week, routing 24 MSM participants, as reported by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and Gay Star News.

One trainee said, 'The comm
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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 themsel
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Obama's Transgender ex-nanny outcast
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week, the Associated Press introduced the world to Evie, U.S. President Barack Obama's Transgender childhood nanny in Indonesia. Although the story is interesting in the fact that there's a link between Evie, 66, and the president, the raw injustice of Evie's current living situat
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ABA Commission seeks nominations for first-ever LGBT Law Awards
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

For the first time ever, an American Bar Association (ABA) commission will formally honor lawyers who have considerably advanced LGBT individuals in the legal profession and successfully championed LGBT legal causes.

According to ABA officials, the ABA Commission on Sexua
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Chilean government promises new protections for LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter promises that his country's government will step up efforts to protect LGBT residents in the wake of a brutal hate crime targeting a young Gay man.

Daniel Zamudio, 24, has been in a medically induced coma since being attacked on Mar
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Gay tourists welcome in Azerbaijan, local Gays not so much
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Officials in Azerbaijan say Gay visitors are welcome to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest when the event comes to Baku, the capital city of the former Soviet republic.

Eurovision - a kind of European American Idol - has an enthusiastic Gay following. Audience figures have been
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Dangerous emergence of Hepatitis C (HCV)
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

After the emergence of HIV and the devastation it caused in the 1980s, the identification of yet another deadly virus about the same time went virtually unnoticed by the general public. News and concern about Hepatitis C (HCV) understandably took a back seat to HIV, and so the
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