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posted Friday, July 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 29


House Republicans surrender on marriage - BLAG withdraws from bias suit in wake of DOMA decision
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lawyers for the House Republican leadership have said their clients will no longer defend laws that define marriage in exclusively opposite-sex terms.

In a July 18 court filing, lawyers for BLAG - the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group set up by Republicans to defend DOMA in court - asked permission to withdraw as a defend
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Her Majesty approves Queen Elizabeth OKs marriage bill, which now becomes law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Britain's House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced on July 17 that Queen Elizabeth II had given her 'royal assent' to the country's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Royal assent is the last step necessary for the bill to become law, and same-sex marriages are expected to
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Being killed because of what you are - Why Trayvon Martin matters to the LGBT community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy that has left many Americans stunned and saddened. George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman of a Florida community, was acquitted of all charges in the death of 16-year-old Martin, who was confronted by Zimmerman as he walk
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Buried LGBT treasure - My search for an historic episode of Phil Donahue
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

For all of us, there is a precious item that brings back pleasant memories. Just the thought of it brings joy. For me there is such an object, but, you might be surprised to know, I've never seen it.

From 1973 to 1975, yours truly was most likely the nation's most well-kno
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Police unions honor Ed Murray - Mayoral candidate recognized for fairness and 'open-door policy'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) - an umbrella organization for police unions in Seattle and King County - has named State Senator and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray their 2013 Legislator of the Year.

In a statement released by the Murray campaign
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Mayor's race tightens - Murray and McGinn neck-and-neck, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn are virtually tied for the lead in the contest for mayor of Seattle, a new poll by KING-TV 5 shows.

The poll, released July 18, shows Murray with 22% and McGinn with 21%. The poll's stated margin of error is 4.5%.

Former City C
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Wade Schwartz: Sister Abba Cadabra running for Kent City Council
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The name Wade Schwartz might not ring a bell to most readers - he may be more recognizable as Sister Abba Cadabra, of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan. The reverse may soon be true, however, if Schwartz, who's been a business owner in downtown Kent for the last four ye
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Transgender Student Rights joins GLSEN's programs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Eliza Byard, Ph.D., executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), announced July 18 that GLSEN is strengthening its longstanding support for Transgender and gender-nonconforming students with the addition of the student-created grassroots organization Tra
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Fashion, art, and more at Kris Owens fundraiser
Celebrated nightlife host faces $65k/year prescription costs

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Friday, July 26, at 9 p.m., fashion event coordinator/stylist/designer Abraham Isaac, in partnership with Recess After Dark, will present the Kris Owens Fundraiser Benefit Fashion + Art Showcase at 1H
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Battle over benefits in Montana - ACLU sues for equal rights for state's same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU of Montana filed suit July 15 on behalf of seven same-sex couples seeking the same benefits married opposite-sex couples receive.

Plaintiffs said they were not seeking the right to marry, which is denied them by an amendment to the Montana state constitution passed in
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LGBT Visitors Center opens on Capitol Hill
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On July 18, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) unveiled its new Seattle LGBT Visitors Center on Capitol Hill to a select group of tourism industry professionals.

According to GSBA officials, the LGBT visitor center is Seattle's first, and one of just two su
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Greece re-imposes forced HIV testing - Health minister's action comes amid rising infection rates
by Mike Andrew - SGN A&E Writer

A controversial law that allows Greek police to arrest people and force them to be tested for HIV has been reinstated by the country's new health minister, Adonis Georgiadis.

In one of his first decisions in office, Georgiadis re-imposed Public Health Decree 39A, which allows ma
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Rabbis certify first kosher lube
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what is reportedly the first rabbinical decision on personal lubricant, the Rabbinical Council of California has certified the U.S.-made 'Wet' line of lube as kosher.

In order to reach their decision, rabbis from the 70-member body inspected Wet's 52,000-square-foot plant a
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GAY CITY ARTS - 'IDOL TIME' JULY 11-AUGUST 5 From July 11-August 5, Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.) presents 'Idol Time,' an exhibition of work by Flynn Bickley.

Flynn Bickley started making dolls in childhood, as a girl who looked and acted like a boy. Today, as a grown-up Transman, 'Idol Time' is a collection of handcrafted dolls Bickley made over the last four years
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Reykjavík cuts ties with Russia over anti-Gay law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland, said on July 15 that he wants to break off his city's cultural and political relations with the Russian capital city, Moscow.

In 2007 the two capitals drew up a contract, pledging to cooperate on "family issues," but Russia's "Don't Say
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Cameroon Gay activist found murdered - U.S. officials condemn torture and killing of Eric Lembembe
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department has condemned the murder of Cameroon Gay rights activist and journalist Eric Lembembe, who was found dead on July 15. According to friends, he had been missing for two days.

Human Rights Watch reported that Lembembe had been tortured. His neck and bon
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Ban the blood ban! - Gay men nationwide try to give blood to protest FDA policy
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Friday, July 12, marked the first-ever nationwide Gay blood drive demonstration to promote visibility of what's commonly called the 'Gay blood ban,' which prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating their blood to organizations such as the Red Cross. The National Gay Blood Drive
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Tour de Life: Tour de France Fever
-by Beau Burriola

A lot of people say that cycling is not a spectator sport. I completely disagree; at least, if you have the right vantage pointx1600_. My favorite place to be is right on the jutting part ofx1600_ a curve that the peleton will traverse, gusting me with wind in one slow motion burst of adrenaline.

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