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posted Friday, May 9 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 19


Masmari enters guilty plea in federal court for Neighbours Nightclub arson
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Musab Mohammed Masmari, 30, pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge on May 2. More than 750 people were at Neighbours Nightclub on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013, when Masmari entered the club just before midnight with a canister of gasoline, doused a stairwell with it, and then lit the stairwell on fire. Before leaving
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'I enjoy the Senate,' U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin told SGN by phone from her DC office. 'I'm back in the majority, and that means I'm able to help set the agenda.'

Baldwin, the Senate's only open Lesbian, has represented Wisconsin there for almost a year and a half. Before that
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Brunei fallout: Unions, celebrities, Gay rights groups boycott Beverly Hills Hotel
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Imposing sharia law on his small Southeast Asian country has already cost the Sultan of Brunei $1.5 million, and is likely to cost him much more as a world-wide boycott of his luxury hotels grows.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, reportedly worth $20 billion including investments in
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Seattle Women's Commission and Councilmember Jean Godden seek nominations for the Jeanette Williams Award - Award will honor those working for pay equity and economic opportunity for women
The Seattle Women's Commission and Councilmember Jean Godden are seeking nominations for the Jeanette Williams Award. This year, the award will honor outstanding individuals, organizations or businesses in our community making strides to improve pay equity, highlighting the importance of women's advancement in the work place, and eliminating more
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Jack Mozie and the Dreamers join in support of the 14th Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor and El Comité
Special to the SGN

'I love my people!'

That's what Seattle recording artist Jack Mozie excitedly said as he was leaving the main stage at the recent May Day Rally at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle.

For Ramiro Alonso Orellana-
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Minimum wage plan goes to City Council
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle City Council took its first look at Mayor Ed Murray's compromise minimum wage plan at a hearing on May 5.

While technically a 'select committee' to receive the recommendation on a $15-an-hour minimum wage from the Mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, all
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I support equality but I'll still fight against it, Arkansas AG says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said on May 3 that he personally supports the idea of marriage equality, but also promised to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in the courts.

'I want to tell you I do support marriage equality and I do believe Arkansans shou
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Pro-equality Attorney General runs for Governor of Kentucky
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced May 6 that he would be a candidate in his state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Conway made headlines in March when, in an emotional press conference, he said he would not appeal a U.S. district judge's ruling striking down K
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U.S. nuns not off the hook yet, Vatican official says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Vatican official charged with overseeing the Catholic Church's crackdown on U.S. nuns reminded them that they are still under discipline in an April 30 meeting with nun leaders.

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican's Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fai
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Low cholesterol may help HIV-positive men resist the disease, new study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cholesterol in immune cells may be what allows the HIV virus to spread in the body, and therefore HIV-positive people with low cholesterol in their immune cells can withstand the virus for years.

That is the conclusion of a study published April 30 in mBio, the Journal of the Amer
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Michigan activists kick off 2016 ballot initiative
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On May 8, a coalition of community activists, religious leaders, and other supporters of equal rights kicked off their campaign for a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan.

The initiative will be called Michigan for Marriage, organizers said.
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HIV criminalization and the military: A botched case
by Jeromy Carpenter - Special to the SGN

In what appears to be a gross miscarriage of justice, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela of the United States Army was sentenced to one year in military prison and recommended for dismissal from service on charges of exposing a younger lieutenant to HIV. His accuser, who shall remain n
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Senators Murray and Udall introduce bill to ensure equality for same-sex spouses
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Senators Patty Murray of Washington state and Mark Udall of Colorado have introduced legislation to guarantee that all same-sex spouses will get equal treatment by the Social Security Administration.

The SAME (Social Security and Marriage Equality) Act of 2014 would make
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Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union) presents 'Revealing Queer,' a landmark exhibit on the history of the Puget Sound region's LGBTQ community. Admission: $14 general; $12-student/senior/military/teacher; children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult.
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New anti-bullying/anti-hate speech campaign celebrated
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Two student organizations at Duke University are raising awareness about offensive words used in everyday conversation with their 'You Don't Say' campaign.

The campaign is simple - but effective. It features black & white photos of a young person with the text. Here's ju
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USDA and NCLR launch Rural Pride campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is teaming up with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on a new project to address the needs of LGBT people living in rural areas of the United States.

Called the Rural Pride campaign, the project was officially launched May 7.
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OUTBOUND: Sub Pop store is Sea-Tac's newest arrival
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

It might smell like teen spirit the next time you're at Sea-Tac Airport, thanks to Sub Pop Records. The iconic Seattle-based record label that launched the careers of Nirvana, Fleet Foxes and The Shins, to name a few, opened a physical store location inside the main terminal of the airport on
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Cuba hosts international LGBT conference
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Cuba is hosting the sixth International LGBTI Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) Regional Conference at the resort town of Varadero. The conference runs from May 6 through May 10.

The event will be chaired by Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro an
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