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posted Friday, May 18, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 20

Section One

Conservative pollster urges GOP shift on marriage
Former Bush operative says attitudes changing fast

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Republican Party should change the way it discusses same-sex marriage, says the pollster for former President George W. Bush's successful 2004 re-election campaign.

In a May 11 memo to party operatives, Jan van Lohuizen noted that there's been an increase in public support for marriage equality 'at an acc
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Clyburn endorses marriage equality, says national policy needed
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House endorsed marriage equality in an MSNBC interview on May 14.

'I, like the president, have evolved to a point of marriage equality,' Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told network anchor Chuck Todd.

'I have not always been the
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CHAC to dissolve later this year
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Earlier this week, officials of the Capitol Hill Alano Club (CHAC) notified SGN that, as of December 31, the organization will dissolve.

The decision, which may come as a shock to the many members who attend weekly CHAC meetings, was made because the Board of Directors
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FDA panel approves Truvada as PrEP drug
Decision sparks debate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A panel of medical experts recommended on May 10 that the FDA approve Truvada as a PrEP drug - one that can be taken by HIV-negative patients to prevent HIV infection.

The FDA's Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee voted 19-3 in favor of prescribing Truvada for the highest risk
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Thousands celebrate Belgian Pride
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

A record 70,000 people gathered in Brussels for Belgian Pride 2012 last weekend, an event co-organized by three federations (Flemish, Brussels, and Wallonian).

Taking place in the heart of the city, the parade curled through Brussels' most foot-trafficked streets to throngs
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Coming via BuildOUT, new Gay City offices
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Friday, May 11, the Gay City Health Project Board of Directors, along with several prominent Gay City supporters, hosted a wine-tasting benefit to raise funds for Project BuildOUT, Gay City's effort to relocate to a new and larger space.

'Cork Screw' took place in the new spa
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New campaign highlights military families harmed by DOMA
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A week after President Obama announced his support for ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry, a new national campaign that will highlight the stories of militar
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Desmond Tutu speaks at Gonzaga commencement
Urges respect for all, including LGBTs

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Sunday, May 13, the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, spoke at Gonzaga University's 2012 commencement ceremony in Spokane. Tutu voiced his belief in equality for all, including Lesbians and Gays, twice during his commencement speech, and was met with long app
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Family Acceptance Project offers help for preventing youth suicide
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

With media reports of suicide among LGBT youth becoming increasingly common, communities are grappling with the urgent need to identify interventions to prevent suicide and suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. However, until May 16, no 'best practices' had been identified or designated to
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Volunteers sought for SEAMEC endorsement panel
Seattle-area LGBTs interested in electoral politics are needed to help interview candidates for the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee's 2012 voter guide.

'The new 10th Congressional District will elect its first congressperson [this year], and we want to help ensure that the individual elected is supportive of our issues
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Rhode Island to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order May 14 directing state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, and to treat same-sex married couples the same as opposite-sex ones.

In 2007, then-Attorney General Patrick Lynch issued
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Lincoln, Neb., passes LGBT rights ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lincoln, Nebraska, the state's capital and second-largest city, passed an LGBT rights ordinance May 14.

The vote was unanimous, with all five Democrats on the City Council voting yes and both Republicans abstaining.

The new ordinance forbids discrimination in h
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by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

EX-ALTAR BOY BEAT LOVER TO DEATH; EXCUSE: 'KILL SEX OFFENDERS'
Gay Star News reports that a court in London heard how 28-year-old Christopher Hunnisett from Hastings, in southern England, claimed he had been the victim of sex abuse and wanted to rid the world of sex offenders.

So he beat Pet
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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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Catholic Bishops target Girl Scouts USA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched what the Associated Press describes as an 'official inquiry' into the organizational affiliations of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

In a letter dated March 28, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Indiana, head of the conferenc
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FDA panel approves Truvada as PrEP drug
Decision sparks debate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A panel of medical experts recommended on May 10 that the FDA approve Truvada as a PrEP drug - one that can be taken by HIV-negative patients to prevent HIV infection.

The FDA's Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee voted 19-3 in favor of prescribing Truvada for the highest risk
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Are we really OK?
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Michael: Recently there was a death in our community - someone who had one foot in and one foot out of recovery. While I understand that we may never know the real reason a person may choose suicide, it still leaves a lot of sorrow for those of us who are still here and who l
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Forum looks at Gay rights as human rights
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Tuesday, May 15, the World Affairs Council, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that creates programs and opportunities for Seattleites to interact directly with leaders, educators, and professionals from around the world, held its first-ever specifically Gay forum in its 60-year hist
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AIDS memorial quilt returning to D.C.
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The NAMES Project Foundation, the nonprofit organization that houses and continues to expand the AIDS Memorial Quilt, has announced that it will bring the Quilt to Washington, D.C., this summer to mark its 25th anniversary.

Now consisting of over 47,000 hand-sewn panels, The Q
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