Seattle Gay News - SGN - Section One  

Seattle Gay News
Mobile Edition
rss: SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml

Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22

mobile
SGN Mobile Front Page

SGN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SECTION

MOVIE REVIEWS
CALENDAR
NORTHWEST NEWS CALENDAR
CLASSIFIED

click here to go to the main SGN website



SO&P responds to critics on Pride Parade fees

Group faces criticism for price hikes, snubs of marriage equality champions

------------------------------
Federal court throws out major part of DOMA
------------------------------
Ref. 74 petitions to Secretary of State's office on Monday
------------------------------
New Washington poll finds broad support for marriage equality
------------------------------
Madison Valley's Cafe Flora celebrates 20 years

Owner reflects on partnership with Bailey-Boushay

------------------------------
Jay Inslee endorsed by HRC
------------------------------
ACLU and Lambda Legal challenge Illinois on marriage
------------------------------
Mormons to march in church clothes in Utah pride parade
------------------------------
California's Senate passes bill to ban Gay 'therapy'
------------------------------
ExxonMobil shareholders reject LGBT employment protections
------------------------------
Euro parliament condemns anti-Gay laws
------------------------------
Ontario government orders schools to accept GSAs
------------------------------
Romney clinches GOP nomination for president
------------------------------
Ravi apologizes to victim, begins serving jail time
------------------------------
THE OUTFIELD - Akil Patterson's Project: Giving African-American athletes the courage to come out
------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Gay or Stupid? Ones Still an Insult
------------------------------
Mormons march in Gay Pride Parade to build bridges
------------------------------
Owner of Oak Park gay club believes weekend fire suspicious
------------------------------
Water Polo Coach Claims He Was Fired for Being Gay
------------------------------
HRC Releases Landmark Survey of LGBT Youth
------------------------------
State Dept. brings foreign journalists to Blade office
------------------------------
President Obama gets enthusiastic welcome at L.A. gay event
------------------------------
Threats to Side by Side Film Festival, Novosibirsk, Russia
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
SO&P responds to critics on Pride Parade fees

Group faces criticism for price hikes, snubs of marriage equality champions

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The board of directors of Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P), the group responsible for the annual Seattle Pride Parade, has recently come under fire for raising the price for politicians to march in the parade and for not choosing State Rep. Jamie Pedersen and State Sen. Ed Murray - the House and Senate champions of Washington Sta
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal court throws out major part of DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 31 that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.

The decision in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management was unanimous, and sustains a previous ruling in the case by federal District Judge Joseph Tauro.
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ref. 74 petitions to Secretary of State's office on Monday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Opponents of marriage equality announced May 30 they have reached the number of signatures needed to qualify a proposed referendum - Referendum 74 - seeking to overturn a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington State.

In addition, the group said they could tu
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
New Washington poll finds broad support for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll released May 30 shows that a large majority of Washington voters believe it should be legal for Gay and Lesbian couples to marry.

The poll, conducted by Strategies 360 (S360) for the Associated Press, found that 54% of those surveyed said same-sex marriage should be more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Madison Valley's Cafe Flora celebrates 20 years

Owner reflects on partnership with Bailey-Boushay

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, June 2, Cafe Flora will hold its 20th anniversary celebration. The restaurant, just outside Capitol Hill in the Madison Valley neighborhood, has maintained longtime connections with various LGBT service organizations, including the Bailey-Boushay House, which opened its doors the v
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jay Inslee endorsed by HRC
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 29, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, endorsed Jay Inslee for governor of Washington, at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill.

'I am very honored to accept the endorsement of the Human Rights C
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ACLU and Lambda Legal challenge Illinois on marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed separate lawsuits against the county clerk of Cook County, Illinois, on May 30, claiming that his failure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Illinois Constitution.

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mormons to march in church clothes in Utah pride parade
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This weekend, hundreds of active Mormons will march at the head of the Utah Pride Parade to show support for the Beehive State's LGBT community, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

'There have been so many years of heartbreak and strife between the LDS and LGBT community,' Erika
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
California's Senate passes bill to ban Gay 'therapy'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A bill that would ban therapeutic programs aimed at reversing same-sex attraction in children and teens passed California's Senate on Wednesday, moving the state a step closer to becoming the first in the nation to ban the controversial treatments.

The 23-13 vote in the D
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ExxonMobil shareholders reject LGBT employment protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Petrochemical behemoth ExxonMobil has refused once again to include LGBT employees in its corporate nondiscrimination policy.

The decision came at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Dallas on May 23.

ExxonMobil is currently number one on the Fortune 500
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Euro parliament condemns anti-Gay laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning anti-Gay laws and calling on EU member states to be 'exemplary in the application and protection of fundamental rights in Europe.'

The measure passed on May 22, by a margin of 430-105. It was widely seen as the EU's respon
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ontario government orders schools to accept GSAs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The provincial government of Ontario has ordered all schools in the province - including Catholic schools - to allow their students to form Gay-Straight Alliances and to call them by that name.

Ontario's Catholic bishops, who had resisted allowing the clubs, cried foul, charging
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Romney clinches GOP nomination for president
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 29, Mitt Romney won 105 delegates in the Texas primary and clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The former Massachusetts governor now has 1,191 delegates, according to a count by the Associated Press, putting him above the 1,144 needed to win the nomin
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ravi apologizes to victim, begins serving jail time
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man, turned himself in Thursday to begin his 30-day jail sentence.

Because prosecutors are appealing the sentence, Ravi did not have to begin ser
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
THE OUTFIELD - Akil Patterson's Project: Giving African-American athletes the courage to come out
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

When University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown made anti-Gay comments recently - among other things, he threatened the Omaha City Council with eternal damnation if it passed a bill prohibiting businesses from firing workers because they're Gay - many people were outraged.
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pride Events Calendar
PORTRAITURE EXHIBIT @ TAM
Now showing at Tacoma Art Museum through June 10, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the first major exhibit to address how gender identity and sexual orientation have shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. The exhibit includes more than 100 works spanning nearly 150 year
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
National News
sorry, not in this edition more

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BREAKING NEWS!


more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gay or Stupid? Ones Still an Insult
RULING An appellate court in Albany said last week that the word 'gay' was no longer defamatory.

By GINIA BELLAFANTE

Not too long ago, Lee Stern, a music educator, was accompanying his 11-year-old nephew in an elevator in his Chelsea apartment building. Mr. Stern is gay, and so is his brother, who adopted the
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mormons march in Gay Pride Parade to build bridges
Mormons Building Bridges says it wanted to send message of love to the LGBT community and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

By Julia Lyon
The Salt Lake Tribune

Before the drag queens in heels danced across Main Street, more than 300 members of the LDS Church left Utah Gay Pride Parade spectators
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Owner of Oak Park gay club believes weekend fire suspicious
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Water Polo Coach Claims He Was Fired for Being Gay
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HRC Releases Landmark Survey of LGBT Youth
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
State Dept. brings foreign journalists to Blade office
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
President Obama gets enthusiastic welcome at L.A. gay event
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Threats to Side by Side Film Festival, Novosibirsk, Russia
The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The owner of a gay nightclub in Oak Park gutted in a weekend fire believes the blaze is suspicious because derogatory messages were found scrawled on the wall inside the burned-out club.

'I'm beyond shocked,' said Frank Elliott, 25, owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge at 728 Lake St. 'I have nothing.'

Elliott
more
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SEATTLE MUFFIN TOPS
AND SEATTLE FATCATS
EXHIBITION SOFTBALL GAME
TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
On Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. (the field opens at 1 p.m.) at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11t more

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 36 YEARS!