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posted Friday, June 20 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 25


Tel Aviv - Celebrating Pride in the Middle East
by Viktor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

Vibrant is the best way to describe Tel Aviv's 16th annual Pride Parade last Friday that attracted more than 100,000 participants.

Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens, and countless partygoers celebrated Pride through central Tel Aviv as many thousands of people took part in the city's ann
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The Color Guard: A proud tradition at Seattle PRIDE
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Whenever a parade turns 40 years old, there's bound to be some traditions that carry with it. Such is the case for the Seattle Pride Parade.

There's the Dykes on Bikes, the dancing GSBA businessmen and women with their briefcases, and one group that literally stands out
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U.S. bans Ugandan officials, cuts aid over anti-Gay laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House announced on June 19 that the United States would ban Ugandan officials involved in human rights abuses, and would cut off funding for Ugandan government services.

The press release specifically cited 'the Government of Uganda's enactment of the Anti-Homosexual
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Trans* Pride celebrates and organizes for gender justice with renowned Trans* activist CeCe McDonald
On Friday, June 27, Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 marches through the streets of Capitol Hill, ending at Cal Anderson Park, for a community festival and resource fair. Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 builds on the momentum of Trans* Pride 2013, the second largest Trans* Pride in the country with 2,200+ Trans* and allied participants. Seattle held the fi more
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Seattle Dyke March celebrates 20th anniversary
by Elizabeth Trever - Special to the SGN

The Seattle Dyke March, the oldest continuous Pride event on Capitol Hill, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. The event kicks off with live music and speakers at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at Broadway and E. Pine St., followed by the march. New this year is an after party in C
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Obama will sign executive order to protect LGBT employees
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House announced on June 16 that President Obama will sign an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination.

Most large employers do business with the federal government and would likely be covered under an executive or
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New guidelines: Insurers can cover Trans federal employees, OPM says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued new guidelines June 13, striking their previous requirement that the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB) exclude care for gender transition.

In a letter to FEHB insurance carriers, OPM acknowledges the "evolvin
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Iowa Supreme Court reverses HIV conviction
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a June 13 ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a man accused of 'criminal transmission of HIV' after a consensual sexual encounter in 2008.

The defendant in the case, Nick Rhoades, had been convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison and classified as
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A historic day for our judiciary
by Viktor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

On Tuesday, June 17, the Senate made history by confirming two openly Gay African American judges to the federal judiciary.

Darrin Gayles was nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
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LGBT groups have second thoughts about ENDA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A number of LGBT rights groups are having second thoughts about ENDA (the Employee Non-Discrimination Act).

Although the measure - which would prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT workers - was once part of the platform of every LGBT group, many people have co
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Judge rejects challenge to Pennsylvania marriage ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones ruled on June 18 that a Pennsylvania county official may not intervene to challenge his ruling that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Jones initially ruled on May 20 that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitution
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Titles on the line in Emerald City Softball Association's final week
Who will represent Seattle at the Gay Softball World Series in Dallas? Check out this weekend's games to see who takes the division crowns.

The Emerald City Softball Association, Seattle's LGBTQ softball league, is set to begin the final weekend of its 2014 season on Saturday, June 21, with a full slate of games at Cele
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First ever Cyprus Pride - Cypriot parliament considers bill to ban homophobic acts
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Republic of Cyprus celebrated its first ever LGBT Pride on May 31 with a parade through the capital city of Nicosia.

Several thousand people joined the march, astonishing the organizers, who said they expected only a few hundred. It was reportedly the largest demonstrati
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Actually we do have homosexuals, Iran admits. Lots of them!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A report issued by Iran's Ministry of Education says that - contrary to the claims of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad - the country's high schools are hotbeds of Gay sex.

The 82-page report, which appeared in English-language media June 12, was compiled by Iranian
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