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posted Friday, June 27 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 26


One-two punch: Tenth Circuit upholds Utah marriage ruling, judge strikes down Indiana ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a one-two punch for equality, the Tenth Circuit Court upheld a Federal District Judge's ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriages, while a District Judge in Indiana also struck down that state's marriage ban. Both decisions were announced June 25.

In a closely reasoned 65 page decision, the Tenth Circ
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40 years of Seattle Pride
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle celebrated its first Gay Pride Week June 24-30, 1974, with a variety of activities at private and public venues around the city.

Mayor Uhlman gave the event an official endorsement in 1977, declaring June 25 to July 1 to be Gay Pride Week in the City of Seattle.
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Don't discriminate against Trans patients, Insurance Commissioner tells industry
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a June 25 letter, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler warned insurance companies that exclusions and denial of coverage based on gender identity is a violation of state and federal law.

'Transgender people are entitled to the same access to health care as everyone e
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New York wants to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020
by Paul Kawata - National Minority AIDS Council

New York City has joined the ranks of other progressive and forward thinking jurisdictions like San Francisco with the release of an ambitious plan to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic there by 2020. Internationally, U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, recently called for global action
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Whose culture is it anyway?
by Paul Kawata - National Minority AIDS Council

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to watch Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on HBO. Recently, I saw Terrence McNally's latest Broadway play, Mothers and Sons. The first was about the early days in the epidemic and the later examines life after the epidemic's wrath. I crie
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Insights & Perspectives: I 'AM' GAY
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

It is in the news: the GOP in Texas has approved a resolution supporting 'Reparative Therapy' for Gay and Lesbian people - adults, teens, and kids. Should we be concerned by this? YES. Do most of you know why? Not really. Even though it is a resolution in Texas, it is about every one
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BC hospital is not shutting down AIDS ward
Dear Editor:

I read with great interest the SGN story, BC hospital shuts down AIDS ward for lack of patients (SGN, June 13) when I was recently in Seattle doing book research.

Why I need to comment on this story written by Mike Andrew - great writing btw - is two-fold: I have been on the staff at St. Paul's Hosp
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International Human Rights Defense Act introduced in U.S. Senate Murray and Cantwell co-sponsor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill June 16 to create a special diplomatic envoy for LGBT rights.

Titled The International Human Rights Defense Act, the measure would direct the State Department to prioritize preventing and responding to discrimination and violence
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Transgender priest in Pride celebration at National Cathedral - Gay bishop presides at service
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender priest was invited to preach for the first time at Washington DC's National Cathedral, at a special Pride celebration.

The Rev. Cameron Partridge is chaplain at Boston University, and a lecturer and counselor for Episcopal and Anglican students at the Harvard Divin
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Baltimore Catholic church hosts Pride event
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Strange as it may seem, a Roman Catholic church in Baltimore has hosted a Pride celebration.

According to a post on the website of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Ignatius Church had a Pride celebration June 13.

'Celebrate Pride Month with the St. Ignatius
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Southern Baptist Convention condemns Trans people
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution June 11 condemning Trans people for defying 'God's design.'

The Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, with some 16 million members. The group was formed in 1845 when pro-slavery Bapti
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Wrestling legend Pat Patterson comes out
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Before there was Hulk Hogan, there was Pat Patterson.

And before there even was a WWE, there was 'Big Time Wrestling,' televising matches from the old Cow Palace in San Francisco. When I was a kid, watching matches with my grandma - she never missed Big Time Wrestling - Pat Patt
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Commonwealth Games must not discriminate - Glasgow2014 urged to secure pledges from competing nations
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

Organisers of next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, are being urged to secure pledges of non-discrimination from participating countries.

The Peter Tatchell Foundation has written to the Chief Executive of Glasgow2014, David Grevemberg.

'W
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Pride in Greece: Thousands march in Athens and Thessaloniki
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer- Thousands of people joined Pride Parades in Greeces two major cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

The tenth annual Athens Pride Parade started at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens and proceeded several blocks to Syntagma Square in front of the Greek parliament building.

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NOTE: Please see PRIDE EVENTS calendar this week for Pride related events. 'REVEALING QUEER' - LGBT HISTORY AT MOHAI
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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/s
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My Chacha is Gay - First Gay-themed Pakistani children's book
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Pakistani woman living in Canada has published what is thought to be the first-ever Urdu language children's book with a Gay theme.

The author, who goes by the name Eiynah, is also the creator of the Nice Mangos blog, which deals with sexuality and Pakistani culture. Publicati
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Mongolia to pass LGBT hate crimes law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mongolia's LGBT community will be protected from hate crimes under legislation proposed by that country's government, but human rights groups expressed concern that the draft legislation is too broad to enforce.

Under the new proposal by Mongolia's Justice Minister Khishigdemb
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Luxembourg OKs same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The small European country of Luxembourg approved same-sex marriage on June 18. The vote in the Country's Chamber of Deputies was a lopsided 56-4 in favor of equality.

The bill also allows same-sex couples both open and closed adoptions. In other words, the adopting couple may cho
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Bisexual men 'at most risk' of HIV infection, CDC says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

According to a new study by the federal CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Bisexual men are 'disproportionally affected' by STDs and are 'at most risk' of HIV infection.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that the public h
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Dapper D Clothing: 'Menswear' line for women
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

After just a year, 'Dapper D Fashions,' a new menswear-inspired clothing line for women, will soon be available thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, a network of dedicated friends and donors, and the one savvy power couple behind it all.

Dapper D is based out of the
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