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posted Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15


Community Member Spotlight: Aleksa Manila
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Be gracious. Always.'

That is what local drag icon Aleksa Manila said she reminds all of her drag children to be whenever they find themselves in a tough situation.

I think it is only fitting to begin this community spotlight feature on Aleksa Manila with that quote, because as those of you wh
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Pocatello, Idaho fights against Proposition One
by Victor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

In December of 2011, Sandpoint, Idaho became the first city in the state to pass a non-discrimination ordinance protecting the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Since then, more cities in the state have pursued similar ordinances
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SCOTUS turns down appeal of 'Christian' New Mexico photographer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a New Mexico photographer convicted of violating the state's anti-discrimination laws when she refused to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson later told SGN that the court's dec
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The 'sore winners' fallacy
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN Contributing Writer

Several prominent Gay writers deplored the furor that brought down Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla Corp. last week for supporting California's anti-Gay Proposition 8. Andrew Sullivan blogged against 'a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else.' Jonathan Rauch (
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Senator Patty Murray blasts Republicans for blocking equal pay bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Senator Patty Murray blasted her Republican colleagues for blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act in a statement released April 9.

The measure was intended to help reduce the wage gap between women and men. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women ear
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New York appeals court upholds employment discrimination judgment
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A New York state appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that a restaurant owner violated the New York City Human Rights Law when he forced his Lesbian chef to attend on-the-job prayer meetings, and told her she was going to hell because of her sexual orientation.

In the
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Mozilla fallout: OKCupid CEO apologizes for supporting anti-Gay pol
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

OKCupid CEO Sam Yagan has apologized for having donated $500 to an anti-Gay Utah Republican.

OKCupid blocked Mozilla's Firefox browser because of that company's appointment of Brendan Eich as its CEO. Eich had donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 campaign to repeal marriage equality in Ca
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Sixth Circuit may fast-track marriage appeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Michigan state officials have asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow an en banc hearing in the case of DeBoer v. Snyder, in which a federal district court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

An en banc hearing -in other words one before the full appeals
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Tenth Circuit said to be split on Utah marriage case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Journalists covering the Tenth Circuit Court hearing of Kitchen v. Herbert - the Utah marriage equality case - report that the three-judge panel seems to be split on the crucial legal issues.

The appeals court heard oral arguments April 10. Federal District Judge Robert Shelby
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FlorAbundance back at Magnuson Park - Region's largest plant sale returns to the renovated Building 30!
After two years at its interim location at the Washington Park Arboretum, the FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale will return home to the newly renovated Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Park Way NE).

On Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. please join us for the regi
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Seventh Republican backs ENDA - Americans for Workplace Opportunity working on more, including Washington Congressman Dave Reichert
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) became the seventh Republican Congressman to sign on to ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) on April 10.

'I see this legislation as the workplace equivalent of the Golden Rule - do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,' Co
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Federal judge orders Indiana to recognize Lesbian marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Indiana must immediately recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and her wife Niki Quasney, a Federal District Court ruled on April 10.

Sandler and Quasney have been in a committed relationship for 13 years, and have two children. They were married in Massachusetts in 2013, but
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Kiki with D
Dear Kiki with D,

I started seeing someone exclusively a year ago. We met through a dating website and hit it off. He was new to the area and we started to see each other a few times a week, spent weekends together, went on trips, etc. We got along really well.

About 10 months into the relationship, he went back
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Argentine Catholic Church baptizes child of Lesbian couple - President Kirchner is godmother
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Catholic church in Cordoba, Argentina, has baptized the child of a Lesbian married couple. Cordoba's Catholic Archbishop, Carlos Nanez, gave permission for the ceremony. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was the godmother.

The infant girl, Umma Azul, is the
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Egypt sends four Gay men to prison
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Egyptian court has sentenced four men to prison terms for 'habitual debauchery' - code for being Gay in a country where same-sex relations are legal, but harshly discouraged.

The men were accused of participating in 'deviant' sex parties, dressing in women's clothes, and we
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