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posted Friday, May 25, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 21

Section One

SGN exclusive interview: NGLTF's Rea Carey
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The last time I spoke with Rea Carey, executive director or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, was in late 2009. President Obama had yet to complete his first year in office, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was still law, and marriage equality was still being referred to as 'Gay marriage.' So much has changed since our last conv
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NAACP endorses marriage equality: 'A long time coming,' Seattle NAACP president says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On May 19, the NAACP - the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization - endorsed marriage equality in a strongly worded resolution that passed the group's board by an overwhelming 62-2 vote.

'We make this statement today because it is the legacy and responsibility of t
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Pride Foundation, GSBA award LGBT scholarships
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and the Pride Foundation both presented their annual scholarship awards last weekend. Both organizations have been dedicated to empowering and financially backing the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders for two decades.

'Wi
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Honoring Harvey Milk
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This was a big week for the late Gay icon Harvey Milk. On May 22, millions of people around the world celebrated Milk's birthday. He would have been 82 this year.

The Harvey Milk Foundation also celebrated the third annual Harvey Milk Day, marked with events around the g
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Dow Constantine has $11,300 surprise for Approve Ref. 74 campaign
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

King County Executive Dow Constantine held his annual Filing Week Luncheon on May 18 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. As the roughly 600 attendees prepared to donate to Constantine's reelection campaign, the county head approached the podium and made a surprising request.
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Teachers give gold star to Approve Ref. 74
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state's two main teachers' unions - the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington and the Washington Education Association (WEA) - have both recommended that their members vote to Approve Referendum 74, which would affirm the state's new marriage equality law.

AFT Washi
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Seattle's Red Dress Party nets $16K to fund local HIV/AIDS organizations
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Red Dress Party (SRDP) Steering Committee announced this week that the 2012 party was the most successful one to date.

'After receiving the final donations and sponsor funds we were able to distribute over $16,000 to our beneficiaries: Gay City Health Project, R
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Rutgers cyber-bully gets light sentence
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers University student convicted of illegally filming his Gay roommate on a webcam, received a big break Monday when a judge sentenced him to just 30 days behind bars.

He could have received as much as 10 years.

Ravi, who shared the webcam
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Trans Miss Universe contestant voted Miss Congeniality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jenna Talackova, the Transgender Canadian woman who hoped to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant, placed in the top 12 in the contest for Miss Universe Canada, but fell short of the crown.

Talackova became a favorite among her fellow contestants, however, and was
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Maryland court rules for divorce equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Maryland's highest court has decided that same-sex couples married in another state may be divorced in Maryland, even though the state law permitting same-sex marriage has not yet taken effect.

The unanimous 7-0 ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals upholds the principle of
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Maryland poll finds African Americans support marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll released May 24 indicates that if Maryland's new marriage equality law goes to the ballot in November, voters will approve it by a 20-point margin.

But perhaps even more encouraging for advocates of equal marriage rights, the state's African-American voters now supp
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Ex-priest sentenced for trying to kill rape victim
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

John Fiala, a former Catholic priest, has been sentenced by a Texas court to 60 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a boy he had raped.

Fiala, now 53, will be eligible for parole in 2027.

According to the victim, now 20, the events leading up t
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SLDN wins reinstatement for discharged airman
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and the law firm Morrison & Foerster announced May 23 that Staff Sgt. Anthony Loverde, who was discharged in 2008 under the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) law, has been reinstated in the U.S. Air Force and will return to active
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General Gayety: Mainstreamed in the press
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Being the old-fashioned type, I have a newspaper delivered to my door every morning.

Being part of modern American society, I rarely have time to read it.

But this week I managed to scan a couple of issues, and there in my old-fashioned paper were some
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Student wins right to wear pro-Gay shirt to school
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A court in Waynesville, Ohio, has ruled that high school student Maverick Couch may wear his 'Jesus is not a homophobe' T-shirt whenever he likes.

'Plaintiff is expressly permitted to wear the 'Jesus Is Not A Homophobe' T-shirt to school when he chooses,' the ruling reads.
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

ISRAELI PARLIAMENT NIXES CIVIL MARRIAGE BILL
The Israeli Knesset has rejected legislation that would provide civil marriage for citizens who cannot be wed through religious institutions, including same-sex couples.

The bill also would have affected interfaith couples, such as Muslim-Jewish part
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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 themselves
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DOJ agrees Title VII protects Trans people
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Justice Department announced on May 21 that it accepts the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's April 20 ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers gender identity discrimination.

The ruling, which said discrimination against Trans people is a t
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Seattle hosts LGBTQ addiction conference
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 18, Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) and Gay City Health Project partnered with the Hazelden Foundation, a non-profit organization with seven facilities nationwide that treat chemical dependency, to host 'LGBTQ and Addiction,' a one-day conference on addiction within the LGBTQ commun
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More than one in four HIV patients don't get regular care, study finds
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More than one in four HIV/AIDS patients in the United States do not get consistent medical care for their disease, a new study published in the journal AIDS reveals.

The study is one of the first to estimate care retention in the U.S.

According to the report's le
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Colin Powell supports marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Retired Gen. Colin Powell is known for the high positions he's held in the U.S. military and government. He is a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served as secretary of state for former President George W. Bush. However, in the LGBT community Powell became infamous for on
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Senate committee passes NDAA without harmful amendments
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 24, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passed its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without adopting numerous anti-LGBT amendments in the House version of the bill.

The Republican-controlled House had sought to limit the use of military fac
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