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posted Friday, April 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 17


Support pours in for Gay Scoutmaster after BSA revokes church's charter
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end its longstanding discriminatory ban on Gay adults in scouting and reinstate Rainier Beach United Methodist Church's charter.

In March, BSA leaders fired Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood a
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'Your slave john' sent accused Neighbour's arsonist taunting email
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Musab Musmari, the man accused of setting fire to a Neighbours nightclub on New Year's Eve may have been provoked, according to KIRO 7.

KIRO 7 uncovered new evidence against Musab Musmari, who told a friend about his 'distaste for homosexuals' shortly before he was arres
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Harvey Milk stamp: Postal Service unveils final design
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the final design of a new stamp honoring Gay activist and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and announced ceremonies honoring Milk and the stamp.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castr
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The Universe In Us
by Richard J. Rosendall - SGN A&E Writer

Carl Sagan, host of the original 1980 Cosmos series, said we are made of star stuff, because our atoms were created billions of years ago inside a star. Sagan's words are echoed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium who hosts the new Cosmos.

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Agreement on minimum wage 'close' Mayor says - Labor rallies to demand $15 per hour
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced on April 24 that his Income Inequality Advisory Committee was 'close' to reaching an agreement on how to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Accompanied by the co-chairs of the committee, David Rolf of SEIU 775NW (Service Employees In
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Houston mayor introduces LGBT civil rights ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston's Lesbian mayor Annise Parker introduced a sweeping civil rights ordinance on April 21, which would ban discrimination on a number of grounds including sexual orientation and gender identity.

If passed, the new ordinance would cover discrimination in the workplace, hou
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No need for trial in Pennsylvania marriage case both sides agree
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Attorneys challenging Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage filed a motion April 21 asking Federal District Judge John E. Jones III to issue a summary judgment in the case on the basis of the briefs already filed rather than wait for a scheduled June trial.

Along with that m
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Texas state judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban - Echoes federal ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas state judge presiding over a divorce case involving a Lesbian couple ruled on April 22 that the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Texas District Judge Barbara Nellermoe identified three portions of the Texas Family Code as unconstitutional, as well
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Federal judge won't delay Oregon marriage suit for NOM: hearing begins on schedule
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Federal District Judge Michael McShane turned down a motion by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to delay the start of Oregon's same-sex marriage lawsuit.

NOM filed their motion on April 22, and McShane rejected their request the same day. Oral arguments began April 23
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HRC defends its annual Corporate Equality Index amidst allegations of favoritismNevada GOP drops opposition to marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) releases a Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which the organization claims is the 'national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees.'

In a nutshell, HRC compiles, based on survey results,
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Gay men warned about chemsex (aka PnP)
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A commissioned report into drug use during sex, dubbed 'chemsex,' has highlighted significant risks to the sexual and mental health of Gay and Bisexual men.

The findings of the report were produced by experts in HIV and sexual health at the London School of Hygiene & Trop
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Condom fatigue? Ages 50+ account for nearly 25% of new HIV infections in U.S.
by Doug Hamilton - SGN Contributing Writer

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveillance Report, 24% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. are among people 50 years of age or older. Perhaps Viagra is to blame? Or is it that, after the end of a long term-relationship or loss of a loved one, the rules
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Bozeman, Montana city commission to vote on LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance
by Victor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

The arrival of spring brings with it much welcome signs of renewal and hope. This year, in addition to the wonderful array of flowers that grace every city block, the LGBT community has been showered with pro-Gay marriage rulings and protective laws around the country that are becom
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India Supreme Court says Trans people are third gender
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a landmark decision, a two-judge panel of India's Supreme Court ruled on April 15 that Transgender people constitute a 'third gender' which the Indian government must accommodate with quotas in hiring and education as it does with other minorities.

According to one estimate,
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