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posted Friday, July 13 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 28

Section One

NCLR launches historic Familia es Familia campaign

Local Latino filmmaker calls on straight allies to come out for equality

by Dru Dinero - Special to the SGN

The great social justice movements throughout history change the way we live. The group of people who 'have' must now share with the group who previously 'had not.' The spark that ignites from social injustice explodes into a movement, years pass as grassroots activism helps advance politicians sympathetic to the cause, and, with jus
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City of Seattle files brief against DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Today, this city joins a number of other cities, counties, and employers in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit challenging DOMA,' Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes announced at a July 10 press conference on the steps of City Hall.

The city of Seattle decided to inte
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Murray tops list of pro-Gay senators
Biden and Cantwell rally local Democrats
Candidates at all levels express support for LGBT issues by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Hundreds of Democrats gathered July 9 in the Grand Ballroom of downtown Seattle's Westin Hotel for a campaign rally and fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell's (D-Wash.) re-election. The e
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New Pride Foundation initiative: 'Why Marriage Matters Washington'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation announced this week it is spearheading Why Marriage Matters Washington, a public education campaign about why marriage matters to the LGBT community.

Kris Hermanns, the Pride Foundation's executive director, told SGN that Why Marriage Matters Washington is th
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Guest opinion: Health care 'socialism' - worse than Gay marriage?
by Stephen J. Fallon, Ph.D. - Special to the SGN

Last week, when the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I found myself in the perfect laboratory of national opinion - Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. As CNN announced the breaking news, passengers waiting for flights started speaking
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Marriage equality supporters raise $952k in June

Campaign seeks 1,000 people to raise $1,000 each

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington United for Marriage, the campaign working to Approve Referendum 74 in November, raised more than $950,000 in June.

On Monday, Zach Silk, Washington United for Marriage campaign manager, told supporters, 'We've hit some huge numbers this past month, and I'm so gra
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Approve R-74 campaign center up and running

'Grand opening' of Cap Hill office scheduled for July 19

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

As Washington United for Marriage's Capitol Hill Action Center gears up for its July 19 grand opening, the soft opening of the center has gone well, according to Maggie Thompson, the campaign's regional field director for West King County. The center has been conducting phone banks since the b
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Correction
Due to an editing error, last week's story on the Swedish man acquitted in the rape of a Transgender woman (p. 6) contained incorrect information about Swedish law pertaining to gender identity. The second-to-last paragraph should read:

'Swedes can legally change their gender if they are citizens, 18 or older, and have been sterili
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Barney Frank ties the knot with partner of five years
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, July 7, longtime U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) married his partner, Jim Ready, in Newton, Massachusetts. Frank, the first openly Gay congressman, is now also the first sitting congressman to enter a same-sex marriage.

'Barney was beaming,' said Rep. Al Green (
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Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund gets $800K donation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Millionaire technology mogul David Bohnett has donated $800,000 to the Victory Fund, the group announced July 10.

The donation will help the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute continue to train Gay and Lesbian public officials.

Institute CEO Chuck Wolfe
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Lesbian activists form 'Super PAC'
New political action committee aims to raise $1M

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

LPAC, a new Lesbian 'super PAC' announced on July 11, promises to raise $1 million to support equal rights for LGBT families, and sexual and reproductive rights for all women.

The new political action committee has already attracted several celebrity donors, including Glee co
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Asteroid named in honor of Gay rights pioneer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An amateur astronomer in Canada has named an asteroid he discovered after Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny.

The Kameny asteroid, between Mars and Jupiter, was first spotted in 1999 using long-exposure photography. It is visible from Earth using a telescope.

Unt
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Episcopalians OK 'blessing' of same-sex unions
Church approves new liturgy priests can use for Gay couples

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. has approved a 'blessing' service for same-sex unions.

Church bishops approved the new service July 10 at the denomination's annual convention, held in Indianapolis, by a vote of 111 to 41, with three abstentions. Lay delegates approved it lat
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General Gayety: Guiding the Lesbian 'rookie'
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Elizabeth about five years ago at a mostly Gay party. She was a graduate nursing student who looked every inch the straight girl. It took hours along with alcohol for her to confess that she was involved with a woman for the first time in her life.

Over the n
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APA report calls for Transgender counseling guidelines for treating Transgender people
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Psychiatrists who see Transgender patients need specific guidelines to help determine the best course of treatment, according to a new report from the American Psychiatric Association.

The APA's Task Force on Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder also calls for the group
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Kentucky couple charge anti-Gay discrimination in park exclusion
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

A Lesbian couple who were ordered to leave a Kentucky park while taking maternity photos say their sexual orientation was the reason.

The two women, Cheri Chenault and Destiny Keith, were being photographed on July 7 in a privately owned section of E.C. Million Memorial Par
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

LAOS HOLDS FIRST GAY PRIDE EVENT
AFP reports that the Southeast Asian nation of Laos recently held its first-ever Pride event in what supporters hope is a sign of softening social values in the small Communist country.

Although homosexuality is legal in Laos, it is frowned upon by many in the soc
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Northwest News
Northwest News
NATE GOWDY AROUND TOWN
Celebrated SGN photographer Nate Gowdy is displaying and selling his photographs around town at four locations this summer! His work can be seen at Poco Wine Room (1408 E. Pine St.) thru mid-July, at Adobe's Fremont Campus (801 N. 34th St., near the Fremont Bridge) thru July, The Grill on Broadway (314 Broadway E.) thru August, and Frame Central (901
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Marriage equality has big advantage in new Maine poll
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Maine voters support marriage equality by 57% to 35%, according to a Portland Press Herald poll released July 11.

If accurate, the 22-point margin is a stunning reversal in public opinion since the November 2009 election, when voters repealed the state's new marriage equality
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Marriage officially on the ballot in Maryland
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Maryland Board of Elections certified a petition on July 10 that will put the state's new marriage equality law up for a vote in November.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance - a coalition of anti-Gay and religious groups - submitted 162,224 signatures, reportedly the highest
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New marriage equality campaign aims to attract young conservatives
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On July 10, Freedom to Marry, a broad-based coalition advocating marriage equality, launched Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, a new campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young people across the country who identify as conservative.
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Wall Street Journal heralds new age of 'Gay consumerism'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pink marketing just got its biggest endorsement yet: The Wall Street Journal says we are entering a new age of 'Gay consumerism.'

In an article published July 9, entitled 'More Retailers Are Courting Gay Customers,' the Journal's Karen Talley writes:

'Ma
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Pride Events Calendar
TACOMA PRIDE FESTIVAL
From Friday, July 13, to Saturday, July 21, celebrate nine whole days of Pride in Tacoma. The highlight is the annual Out in the Park event, Saturday, July 14, from noon to 6 p.m. on Broadway (between 9th and 11th) in the citys historic downtown theater district.

Other events include three days of
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