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posted Friday, May 31, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 22


Is an anti-LGBT backlash coming? - It could be, and we need to prepare ourselves
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

There's a word you need to know: Backlash.

Recently, we have seen an uptick in anti-Gay hate crimes, but you might notice a pattern. They seem to be coming from places where there is success in nondiscrimination and marriage equality - namely, this week in New York City, with what looks like three occurrences. T
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Rep. Dave Upthegrove, candidate for King County Council
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Current State Rep. Dave Upthegrove wants a new job. Upthegrove, who has represented the 33rd Legislative District, based in South King County, since January 2002, is running for a King County Council seat being vacated by veteran councilmember Julia Patterson.

'I've been think
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More bad news for McGinn - District organizations far from unanimous in support of mayor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what could be an ominous portent for incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, the city's Democratic legislative district organizations are splitting their endorsements among several of the leading mayoral candidates.

Endorsements from the district organizations are considered i
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Scouts' equality vote sparks backlash - Many churches cut ties with BSA after Gay ban lifted
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Following last week's decision to lift a longtime national ban on admitting openly gay Scouts, a number of churches that previously sponsored Boy Scout troops have said they plan to sever ties to the organization.

'I think I can say with pretty strong accuracy that the
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Seattle named one of America's most Gay-friendly cities
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Just in time for Pride Month, the financial management website NerdWallet crunched the numbers to put together a list of the nation's most Gay-friendly cities based on municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance. The cities listed fulfill the following three r
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Pray for DOMA, Catholic bishops order flock
Fighting marriage equality on par with anti-abortion crusade

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a special statement, intended to be inserted into every church bulletin in the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on all Roman Catholics to 'pray, fast, and sacrifice' so that the U
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Gays get no love from ExxonMobil
Oil giant scores minus-25 out of 100 on LGBT-friendliness

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the 14th year in a row, corporate giant ExxonMobil has refused to add specific language protecting its LGBT employees to its personnel policies.

At a shareholders' meeting on May 29, New York
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Obama to Boy Scouts: keep going!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama this week praised the Boy Scouts of America for opening their membership to Gay boys, but urged them to go further and remove restrictions on Gay and Lesbian Scout leaders.

'The President welcomes the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to open its membership t
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GAY PRIDE 2013 - Events Calendar
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Gay Day of Service - Meet in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill (11th Ave. at E. Olive St.) at 10 a.m. and work with organizations across the city on projects to improve our neighborhoods and community. Sponsored by Seattle PrideFest. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.seattlepridefest.org/gayday/.
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Queer Femme Art Cabaret during Pride Month
by Pidgeon Von Tramp - Special to the SGN

Pride month is upon us and we can't wait to take to the streets to check out our fellow Homos in sequined short shorts and feather boas support our Trans family at the Trans March, go topless at the Dyke march, get our parade on, and dance the night away while strategically avoiding al
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Puerto Rico enacts LGBT rights laws - 'Big step forward' for heavily Catholic/Pentecostal island
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The governor of Puerto Rico has signed two LGBT rights bills into law. Alejandro GarcĂ­a Padilla signed the measures May 29.

'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law,' Garcia tweeted before he signed the me
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Paris in turmoil: Anti-Gay far-right bigots/fascists riot - anger rages at government
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A huge anti-Gay march in Paris turned into a street fight on May 26, as riot police clashed with ultra-right gangs.

Some 350 people were reportedly arrested and 36 injured, including 34 police officers, one protester, and one journalist.

According to Agence Fra
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See this week's SGN for a comprehensive calendar of upcoming Pride events. Additional Pride events will be added each week as details become known. If you have a Pride event that is not yet listed in the SGN Pride, please forward details to the SGN at sgn2@sgn.org or drop off or mail information to: Seattle Gay News, 1605 12th Ave Ste 31, Seattle, WA 9
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No right to refuse service, human rights court says
Judges rule religious beliefs don't excuse discrimination

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the appeals of two British citizens who claimed their Christian faith exempted them from having to provide services to same-sex couples.

The two c
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Here's the pitch - ECSA's 2013 season resumes play June 2
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'It's hard to believe, but the 2013 Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) season is more than halfway over,' Tony Stasiek, marketing director of the Emerald City Softball Association, told Seattle Gay News. 'As we look toward the final weeks of 34th year of the ECSA, with play resum
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Jesse's Journal: Aging with pride - Bruce Williams takes a proactive approach to meeting LGBT seniors' needs
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

This essay originally appeared in South Florida Gay News. Though it is about a Florida organization, it deals with issues that all LGBT seniors face, no matter where they live.

The Senior Advisory Council (SAC), a program of the Pride Center at Equality Park,
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