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posted Friday, May 11, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 19

Section One

Obama announces support for marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to announce support for same-sex marriage, in an interview May 9 with ABC News' Robin Roberts, reversing his long-held position that civil unions are good enough.

The president said his support for marriage equality had evolved through conversations wit
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Pride ASIA to celebrate Pacific heritage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Advocates, entertainers, and organizers from the Seattle-area Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities and their allies have scheduled the first-ever Pride ASIA event at Hing Hay Park in the heart of the Chinatown/International District of Seattle, on Saturday, June 23, from noon t
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U.S. House votes, same-sex couples: drop dead!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a response to President Obama's historic announcement supporting marriage equality, the U.S. House of Representatives 'reaffirmed' its support for DOMA on May 9.

In a 245-171 vote, the Republican-controlled House tacked an anti-equality amendment onto an appropriations bill
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Major unions back Obama on marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Within hours of President Obama's historic May 9 statement on marriage equality, the heads of a number of major labor unions announced their backing for his position.

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka said his union federation was 'proud' to support equality.

'Work
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Obama marriage support statement puts state party head on the spot
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

One of the unintended consequences of President Obama's marriage announcement is that it caught state Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz flatfooted.

Pelz has been known as a loyal supporter of both the president and the LGBT community, but he has also been known for impulsive co
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Labor says approve R-74, reject I-1192
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) endorsed the Approve Referendum 74 and No on I-1192 campaigns at its May 5 COPE convention.

The decision came on a voice vote, with no one opposed.

Referendum 74 would ask voters to approve the Marriage Equality Act, givi
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Sisters offer 2012 community grants
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, are beginning their 2012 grant cycle. For the past several years, the Abbey has given grants annually to nonprofit, 501(c)(3), LGBT-focused organizations in Washington State.

'We're excited to do it,' said Sister Glo
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Leonard R. 'Sonny' Stickman (1961-2012)
Our dear beloved friend Sonny left us on Sunday, May 6, while attending a social party.

Sonny expressed to his group of friends that he felt a bit tired. He put his forearm on the table and leaned forward to take a short rest. After some time had passed his friends noticed that he had been resting for quite some time. They attemp
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Special session to debate Colorado civil unions bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on May 9 that he would call a special session of his state's legislature to debate the civil unions bill that died without a vote on May 8.

Hickenlooper spokesperson Eric Brown made the announcement moments after President Obama finished hi
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Defeat in North Carolina: Amendment One passes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

North Carolina's Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, passed by an overwhelming margin on May 8.

Although opponents of the measure outspent supporters by two to one, the amendment passed 61% to 39%.

President Ob
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India court affirms right to sex reassignment
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The High Court of Mumbai, India, ruled on May 7 that there is no law preventing an adult from having sex reassignment surgery.

Bidhan Baruah, a 21-year-old student from Guwahati, Assam state, who prefers the name Swati, told the court she realized early in life that she was bo
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Argentina passes 'cutting-edge' Trans rights law
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On the morning of May 9, as U.S. President Barack Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage in America, news broke that the Argentine Senate approved a gender-rights law granting Transgender adults the right to receive sex-reassignment surgery or hormone therapy as part of their privat
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HILLARY CLINTON AND ILGA TO RECEIVE WORLDPRIDE AWARDS
London will be hot this summer! There are the Olympics, Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, and in July Londoners and their guests celebrate WorldPride 2012. As part of the annual Gay party, the Pride London organizing committee will give U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the World LGBT Award and will give the Inter
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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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HIV ... Hep C ... déjà vu?
by Dr. Joanne Stekler - Special to the SGN

This is one of a series of articles focusing on HIV and other STD prevention and care topics for Gay/Bisexual men and Transgender individuals in Seattle and King County.

Recently I've been hearing a buzz about hepatitis C that reminds me of HIV.

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'Clean sheets' pill could help end HIV transmission
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Male birth control. Aside from condoms and vasectomies, you're probably asking yourself why you never hear of this. Next, you might ask, why is it relevant to the LGBT community?

Still in the early stages of research, non-hormonal birth-control methods designed for men could m
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Syttende Mai? Syttende Gay!
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Thursday, May 17, Seattles Ballard neighborhood will celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, Syttende Mai (17th of May). For the past six years, LGBT Seattleites of Scandinavian descent  or ScandiGayvians, if you will  have gathered for Syttende Gay to view the annual Syttende Mai p
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Gay writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak dies
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak died May 8 from complications of a stroke, his editor Michael di Capua announced. Sendak was 83.

Perhaps the most influential children's book author of the 20th century, Sendak was known for a dark, terrifying, and yet enchanting view
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General Gayety: Emotions after a Lesbian court battle
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

News item: When two Canadian Lesbians broke up in 2006 they divided all their assets, but forgot about the 13 tubes of sperm they had stored in a sperm bank. Later one of the women re-partnered and asked to use the leftover sperm, but her ex wanted it destroyed.

Th
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