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posted Friday, March 30, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 13
Section One - ALL STORIES
NOM plays the race card - Project aims to 'drive a wedge between Gays and blacks'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

NOM operatives have cooked up a secret strategy to pit the Gay and African American communities against each other, according to internal NOM documents published by HRC on March 26.

The documents, written for the NOM board in 2009, were acquired from NOM as part of the ongoing investigation by the State of Maine int
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After Gay Washington teen dies by suicide, OUTLoud tackles cyberbullying
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 29, 14-year-old Rafael Morelos hanged himself after friends say he was subjected to bullying at Cashmere Middle School, where he had enrolled last fall. According to classmates, fellow students bullied Morelos because he was Gay.

'He told me he got shoved and p
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Seattle LGBT Commission: 'It's been a difficult week'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's been said that hindsight is 20/20, and nobody knows that better this week than the members of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission.

'It's been a difficult week,' Mac McGregor, co-chair of the commission, told Seattle Gay News. 'But we've [LGBT commissioners] learned
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Military academies hold first Gay Pride events
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Service members and students at several of the nation's military academies are celebrating with Gay Pride events this year.

'At the beginning of the school year, Gay Pride events at a military academy with titles like 'Condom Olympics' and 'Queer Prom' would have been unt
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Seattle NOW co-founder Zelda Boulanger dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Zelda Boulanger, who was one of the founders of the Seattle chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women), died March 20. She was 95.

'She was very much the feminist,' said her daughter-in-law Sandi Furlong. Her experiences throughout her life 'really made her vow to get th
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Don Paulson, 1933-2012
Courtesy of the Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project

Don Paulson, author, artist, and chronicler of Seattle's drag culture, died February 6 from injuries caused by a fall. He was 78.

Don Paulson was born May 17, 1933, in the area that later became Seatac, and grew up in Auburn and Enumclaw. His artistic
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Happy birthday, ACT UP, wherever you are
by Larry Kramer - Courtesy of The Huffington Post

I'm an ungrateful sonofabitch. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which helped save my life, is 25 years old, and I am going to be 77 years old come June, and I should be grateful, right?

It's difficult to be grateful when the AIDS plague is worse than ever
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Health care reform on trial - High stakes for people with HIV
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As arguments close in the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the Affordable Care Act and the country awaits the court's decision, the stakes are high for the LGBT community, and particularly for those most in need of health care.

'For many of the approximately 1.2 million people with H
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Seattle rally for Trayvon Martin draws 3,000
by Lincoln Rose - Special to the SGN

A rally demanding justice in the February 26th murder of Trayvon Martin drew a large crowd to Seattle's Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church on Sunday. The rally was one of many that have happened across the country in the wake of this racially motivated shooting. The church was filled beyond ca
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Student sues school over Gay prom policy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor A high school student from Atlanta, Georgia, has filed a federal lawsuit against his school, alleging that the administrators removed him as student body president after he proposed to make the school prom more LGBT-inclusive.

Reuben Lack, 18, a senior at Alpharetta High School, has aske
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U.S. Customs to recognize same-sex families
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published new rules on March 27 that will allow same-sex couples to reenter the U.S. in the same way as opposite-sex couples.

CBP will be open to comments on the new rules until May 26, at which time they will be finalized.

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Wisconsin anti-Transgender law struck down
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court said on March 26 that it would not hear an appeal brought by the state of Wisconsin to keep a law that prohibits treatment for Transgender prisoners.

In doing so, the justices let stand a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that Wisconsin's so
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Rick Santorum's choice of saints
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Like all devout Roman Catholics, Rick Santorum venerates the saints and attempts to model his life on their example. But there are many saints, and the one Santorum feels particularly drawn to may reveal much more about his values than Santorum wants you to know.

Santorum is k
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Ontario appeals court says sex workers have rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer In a landmark decision announced on March 26, the Court of Appeal of Canada's Ontario Province endorsed the constitutional right of sex workers to a safe working environment. In a unanimous decision, the court struck down laws prohibiting brothels.

In Canada's legal system, the Court of Ap
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Albanian Pride sparks Europe-wide controversy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Albanian LGBT activists announced they would hold the country's first-ever Pride parade on May 17, they sparked a controversy that now involves all of Europe.

Albania's Pink Embassy organization said on March 23 that they were planning a Pride event in the country's capit
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Gay Chilean assault victim dies: Prosecutors to file murder charges
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Daniel Zamudio, a 24-year-old Gay man who was brutally beaten in Santiago, Chile, on March 3, died from his injuries on March 27.

Chilean prosecutors said they would seek murder charges against four neo-Nazis who are suspects in the case.

Zamudio had been in a me
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Romney under fire for PAC donation to anti-gay marriage group
By Dan Eggen

A state political action committee run by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to a conservative group that has come under scrutiny for plans to drive a wedge between African-Americans and gays, according to documents revealed Friday.

Free & Strong America PAC Alabama, one of
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How This Gay Social Network Went Mainstream
IncBy Eric Markowitz | Inc

Joel Simkhai founded the company behind an incredibly popular app called Grindr. But to take the service mainstream, he knew he had to pivot. Well, sort of.

Joel Simkhai, the founder of Grindr, a location-based gay social network, says he never really intended to build a business. more
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Gay health center to settle federal inquiry for $715,000 Howard Brown misspent research grants
By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune reporter

The nationally known Howard Brown Health Center will pay back $715,000 to federal agencies to settle claims the health clinic misspent federal research grant money, CEO Jamal Edwards announced.

The deal comes two years after the health clinic network announced the federal Dep
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The 65th annual Mark Twain Awards WINNERS & NOMINEES
'2011 was a big year for breaking news' said APTRA president Robby Messer. "Each of our Mark Twain Award winners raised the bar in how to use all resources possible to bring the big stories to their listeners and viewers.'

Retired KPIX, San Francisco, political reporter Hank Plante is the winner of the 2012 Stan Chambers Award for E
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Assistant Principal Apologizes for Gay Student Incident
Fullerton Union High School Assistant Principal Joe Abell publicly apologized Wednesday to a male student he removed from the stage during the school's Mr. Fullerton competition for saying he hoped gay marriage would be legal in California by the time he's ready to wed.

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