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posted Friday, April 6, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 14

Section One

The story of Paul Thomasson
Gay Seattleite's letter-writing campaign reaches out to marriage opponents

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A Gay Seattle man has personally sent letters or emails to people who signed the petition to put Referendum 71 on the 2009 general election ballot. Referendum 71 passed, leaving the Domestic Partnership law unscathed and eventual
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Seattle's Catholic Bishops OK parishes to work R-74 petitions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Roman Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and his auxiliary bishop Eusebio Elizondo have ordered churches in their jurisdiction to collect signatures to put Referendum 74 on the November ballot.

In a letter to parishioners, the Archdiocese of Seattle bishops say the signature dr
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Starbucks gets a double shot of gratitude
Company receives 630,000 cards thanking them for marriage equality support

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

SumOfUs, a movement of consumers, workers, and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations, joined members of local government, Washington U
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Romney is the Gay candidate, Santorum says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Robo-calls supporting Rick Santorum in the Wisconsin Republican primary urged voters to reject 'homosexuality and Mitt Romney,' the most outrageous language Santorum supporters have used to date.

'When you vote tomorrow, please vote for social sanity and Rick Santorum, not for h
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Money talks
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

If I had to choose one little phrase that best defines the remarkable advancement of LGBT people in modern society over the past 50 years, it would have to be 'money talks.'

I base that partially on the recent report projecting America's LGBT buying power for 201
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Hyatt at Olive 8 workers demand a fair process to organize
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Workers from the Hyatt at Olive 8 Hotel paid a visit to the hotel's management office April 3, to demand that management remain neutral in their efforts to organize a union.

The workers' organizing committee was accompanied by 20 community supporters, including King County Council P
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2012 Pride Parade grand marshals announced
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On April 5, Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) announced the grand marshals for the 2012 Seattle Pride Parade, which will be held in downtown Seattle June 24, starting at 11 a.m.

'The slate of Parade marshals represents the most numerous and diverse list of honorees in the 38-year
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Rise n' Shine's Big Bail Out 2012
Courtesy of Rise n' Shine

The Grill on Broadway was host venue to the zany 'jail' of Rise n' Shine's 15th Annual Big Bail Out on Wednesday, March 28. Deputy Danica Smith hauled our guilty volunteers to 'jail' each dressed up in their various western gear. Judge Rick North sentenced 13 teams of four 'jailees' who each spent an
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Activist Cleve Jones thinks corporate money has too much influence on LGBT movement
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Longtime activist and close friend of Harvey Milk, the San Francisco supervisor assassinated in 1978, Cleve Jones recently said in an interview that the LGBT movement may be losing its way and that corporate money has too strong an influence.

Jones is best known for found
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Anchorage voters turn backs on Gay rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, rejected a measure April 3 that would have extended legal protections in the largest city in Alaska to the LGBT population. Prop 5 failed by a decisive 58 to 42 percent margin.

The city's code already prohibits discrimination based on age, c
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Miss Universe Pageant OKs Trans contestant
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after rejecting a Transgender contestant, the Miss Universe Organization decided that the woman may compete in the 2012 pageant after all.

Jenna Talackova says she has identified as a woman since age 4. 'Since I was conscious I always felt this way,' she told
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Lesbian chef wins big settlement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lesbian chef Mirella Salemi is $1.6 million dollars richer as a result of an April 2 settlement with her former boss.

New York City restaurant owner Edward Globokar turned his West Broadway Tex-Mex restaurant, Mary Ann's, into a makeshift church, Salemi charged, ordering his emp
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General Gayety: The General Gayety news quiz
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Have you been paying attention to LGBT news lately? Let's find out! Choose the right answer to each question.

1. In New Hampshire, what did the House of Representatives do with a bill to repeal same-sex marriage?
a. Delayed it.
b. Passed it.
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Go ahead and strip search suspects, Supreme Court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 2 that jail guards may subject people arrested for minor offenses to strip searches and body cavity searches.

The 5-4 ruling came in the case of a New Jersey man who was wrongly arrested on a warrant for an unpaid fine.

Alb
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

LIBERIA: PRESIDENT CLARIFIES REMARKS ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE LAW
The Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has put out a statement clarifying her recent remarks on homosexuality. Sirleaf claims that a report last week in a British paper misrepresented her intentions, according to African Gay rights grou
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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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Ohio judge grants Gay divorce, raises legal questions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two men married in New York on September 1 last year were divorced by an Ohio judge on March 26.

Jonathan E. Baize and Stephen J. Wissman were granted a divorce by Judge Donald A. Cox after a 10-minute, 'unremarkable' hearing, said attorney Thomas J. Addesa. Addesa represented B
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Irish priest shares Gay porn with parochial school parents
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Fr. Martin McVeigh set up a Powerpoint presentation for the parents of St. Mary's School in the little town of Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, he had no idea that anything out of the ordinary was going to happen.

McVeigh had been asked to help prepare the parent
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'Week against Homophobia' challenges Russian anti-Gay law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Russian activists began what they are calling a Week Against Homophobia with a court challenge to St. Petersburg's infamous 'Don't Say Gay' law.

The law, similar to ones adopted in other Russian cities, forbids 'public actions aimed at propaganda of sodomy, Lesbianism, Bisexuali
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Gay Ohio student sues over right to wear T-shirt
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Maverick Couch, a 16-year-old Gay high school student in Ohio who claims his freedom of expression was violated over a T-shirt, is taking his school district to federal court.

Couch, a sophomore at Waynesville High School, says he was threatened with suspension for wear
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Military Acceptance Project turns a year old
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Acceptance is mission critical. That's what the officials behind the LGB servicemen's and women's website, Military Acceptance Project, believe. Last month, Kristen Kavanaugh, co-founder and executive director of MAP, is happy to report the organization has turned a year old.

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