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posted Friday, August,2 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 31


Massive push for ENDA launched - Supporters aim to raise $2 million for all-out campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A coalition of some of the country's largest human rights organizations and labor unions have launched a new campaign to pass ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ENDA would ban discrimination in hiring, advancement, or firing because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In a statement released July 31
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SGN exclusive interview: Anna Schlecht, Olympia's LGBT equality champion
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Anna Schlecht has lived in Olympia, Washington, for more than 35 years. Indeed, a lot has changed for our state capitol's LGBT residents since 1976 - employment nondiscrimination, domestic partnerships-then-marriage, and official Pride celebrations, just to name a few. Schlecht wasn't jus
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Pope Francis and the 'Gay lobby' - What's really going on behind the Vatican walls?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As everybody in the world now knows, Pope Francis recently asked out loud, 'If a person is Gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?'

But what has not been so well-documented is the specific context of the Pope's remarks. The question to the Pope in his improm
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OP-ED: 'Who am I to judge?' - Pope Francis's historic utterance may end Vatican's war on Gays
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Pope Francis may yet be the savior of the Roman Catholic Church. Whatever he turns out to be, right now he's a much-needed breath of fresh air. Take that from someone who has been an unabashed opponent of recent Popes.

From day one of his papacy, the new pope has proved to be
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Stranger in my homeland - Realizing I was Gay in Russia felt like a terminal disease diagnosis
by Wes Hurley - Special to the SGN

I was around 12 or 13 years old. A time of big change and excitement. My family had anti-Communist tendencies for years, so when the Soviet Union collapsed we were thrilled and gratified. My classmates stopped wearing their red neck scarves and Lenin pins, which I had ditched long before it bec
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A debate of Olympic proportions - Should the LGBT community boycott the 2014 Winter Games in Russia?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question.

The Russian government's pogrom against the country's LGBT population has put the future of the upcoming Winter Olympics in jeopardy, as Russian human rights activists and the international community debate how to respond.
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PA Health Department sues to stop Gay marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Pennsylvania Department of Health filed suit on July 30, seeking to prevent Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Montgomery County registrar D. Bruce Hanes began issuing marriage licenses on July 24, and the state's first same-sex marriage took place the sam
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LGBT groups challenge 'stop-and-frisk' - Coalition says NYC policy unfairly targets marginalized communities
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer

A coalition of 34 LGBT rights groups is challenging New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his city's so-called 'stop-and-frisk' policy.

The controversial practice, based on the city's interpretation of a state statute, allows police officers to stop and search any person the
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The neglected 'B' in LGBT - Study suggests most Bisexuals remain closeted, feel misunderstood
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At a time when Gay rights have made major progress, and Gays and Lesbians have become far more willing to come out, the vast majority of Bisexuals are still in the closet, a Pew Research Center survey has revealed.

Only 28 percent of Bisexuals said most or all of the impo
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Arrests made in Cameroon activist's murder - Officials try to pin killing of Eric Lembembe on his friends
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cameroon authorities announced on July 28 that they had arrested three people in connection with the murder of Gay activist Eric Lembembe.

The three, who were arrested July 27, were being held for 'questioning,' according to Agence France Presse. The suspects were 'former collea
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Mexican state of Colima legalizes civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state of Colima, on Mexico's Pacific coast, has become the second Mexican state to legalize same-sex civil unions. Coahuila did so in 2007.

The Distrito Federal, which includes Mexico City, and the southern state of Quintana Roo have legalized same-sex marriage. Quintana R
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Riot police intervene to protect Baltic Pride - Parade participants pelted with eggs by anti-Gay protesters
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Baltic Pride went on as scheduled in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 27, protected by a phalanx of Lithuanian riot police.

According to the Associated Press, "hundreds' of Pride marchers took to the streets, waving Lithuania's yellow, green, and red flag along with rainbow flags.
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LATINO THEATRE PROJECTS & BURIEN LITTLE THEATRE - BEAUTY OF THE FATHER
AUGUST 2-25

On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 2 p.m., from August 2 through August 25, Latino Theatre Projects presents Beauty of the Father by Pulitizer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz at Burien Little Theatre (14501 Fourth Ave. S., Burien).

In Beauty of the Father,
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GSBA CEO named 2013 Inspiring Woman
Louise Chernin among four honored by Seattle Storm

by Rachael Brister - Special to the SGN

The Seattle Storm has announced that Louise Chernin, president and CEO of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), is a recipient of the Inspiring Women award for 2013. The other three honorees are Kaaren A
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MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFTER DOMA - Free community meeting features experts on LGBT-related law
We celebrated in June when the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' (DOMA). But do you know what the demise of DOMA means for your relationship and your rights under the law?

Join us for a free community meeting that will help answer those questions. 'Marriage Equality After DOMA' is sc
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NLGJA announces 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) this week announced the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards for their exemplary work.

NLGJA's Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize, and reward excellence i
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