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posted Friday, August,16 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 33


It's official: Prop 8 is dead - California Supreme Court drives stake through amendment's heart
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The California Supreme Court killed Prop 8 once and for all on August 14, with a decision not to issue a writ of mandamus requested by opponents of marriage equality.

Had the state court issued the writ accepting review of the case, Gay and Lesbian marriages, which have resumed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's de
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The trouble with Q - Violence outside Capitol Hill nightclub has LGBT community concerned
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Video footage uploaded to YouTube by a witness to a fight that broke out on Broadway in front of Q Capitol Hill early Sunday morning shows a brawl that takes several minutes to contain. Coupled with the rise in anti-LGBT sentiment and other violent crimes in the neighborhood, the incident
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Social Security announces new rules, Same-sex marrieds can now get spousal benefits - but there's a catch
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced new rules that will entitle some - but not all - same-sex spouses to the same benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.

An August 9 statement from acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said the new g
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Tour de Life: Fashionistain't
by Beau Burriola - SGN Contributing Writer

Nipples. I couldn't see them, but I knew they were as visible to everyone in the room as a couple of craisins glued to my shirt. It was too late to change - the damage was done. There would be no living this down for ages to come.

I was standing in a room of executive m
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To honor those who served - A call for a national LGBT veterans' memorial
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to Nancy A. Russell, chair of the National LGBT Veterans Memorial project (NLGBTVM), it is their mission to create a monument and memorial at the Historic Congressional Cemetery (HCC) in Washington, D.C., to honor LGBT veterans who have served, are serving, or will serve in o
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Landmark California law protects Trans students
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law on August 12 providing landmark protections for Transgender students. The bill had previously passed the state Senate 21 to 9 and the Assembly 46 to 25.

The new law gives students the right 'to participate in sex-segregated programs
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It's Gay vs. Gay in Ferndale, MI - Race for mayor features two Gay men and a straight woman
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle has only one openly Gay candidate for mayor - Ed Murray - but Ferndale, Michigan, has two, and both of them have served as mayor already.

Openly Gay Craig Covey was elected mayor in 2007 - Michigan's first Gay mayor. After serving two two-year terms, Covey ran for and
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A question of privilege - Could a Lesbian's murder trial lead to marriage equality in Kentucky?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The case of a Kentucky Lesbian on trial for murder may lead to a constitutional challenge to that state's ban on same-sex marriages, attorneys for the accused say.

Bobbie Jo Clary is accused of beating George Murphy to death with a hammer, stealing his van, and then tampering wi
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Limit 'Gay panic' defense, ABA urges
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The American Bar Association is urging federal, state, local, and territorial governments to limit the availability and effectiveness of so-called 'Gay panic' and 'Trans panic' defenses by criminal defendants.

'These defense strategies seek to excuse the crimes by saying that
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Ed and Michael's big day - Mayoral candidate Murray ties the knot with his longtime companion
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ed Murray, the state senator who authored Washington's Marriage Equality Act, finally got to enjoy the fruits of years of political labor when he married his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, in an August 10 ceremony at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. The wedding took place on the 22nd anni
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Gay Russian teen dies after torture
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Russian teenager has died as a result of torture by an anti-Gay, neo-Nazi group calling itself Occupy-Pedofilyay, according to Spectrum Human Rights Alliance.

The young man reportedly was one of several Gay teens kidnapped by the group, then videotaped as they were beaten an
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GAY CITY ARTS - 'TO TAKE THIS RISK'
THRU SEPTEMBER 9 From August 8-September 9, Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.) presents 'To Take This Risk,' an exhibition of work by Grant Rehnberg.

Grant Rehnberg, a self-taught collage and mixed-media artist, draws inspiration from lost images (vintage Gay porn, old photos, archaic maps, discarded medical textbooks). Through al
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A world of hurt - Russia isn't the only country ?Gays should think twice about visiting
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Russian President Vladimir Putin created the perfect hate-storm: just as he signed the (three) anti-Gay laws, Russian's so-called 'Gay Propaganda' measures, into policy, LGBT people around the world watched in horror as the hetero world community (you know, the people in power) did abso
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