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Musab Masmari gets 10 years for arson at Neighbours
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Sixth Circuit mega-hearing on August 6: Six cases from four states - More than 18,000 children impacted
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Transgender public employees to get equal healthcare coverage healthcare coverage
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Jesse's Journal: Marriage Equality: We Must Keep Up the Fight
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Playing TV catch-up
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One year into Hyatt boycott: Hotel management snubs delegation of ministers
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DJ Martini returns to The Cuff
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Joe Torres' LEO Party XI to benefit Seattle Counseling Service
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Fourth Circuit upholds Virginia marriage decision - North Carolina AG drops appeal
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Colorado Supreme Court halts marriages
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Alaska Supreme Court OKs same-sex couple survivor benefits
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's domestic partner law Likely to be surpassed by upcoming marriage ruling
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World's favorite pastime just got more anti-Gay
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HRC Foundation and Human Rights First release joint report on LGBT Africa: Organizations urge engagement with African leaders on LGBT issues during President Obama's historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
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Athens police assault Gay couple
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Musab Masmari gets 10 years for arson at Neighbours
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'When I heard that Masmari was able to negotiate a plea that would allow him to only get five years prison time for what he attempted to do, I was sickened by that. I am still sickened by that. Please don't allow that to happen.'

That is what I asked U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez to consider at the sent
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Sixth Circuit mega-hearing on August 6: Six cases from four states - More than 18,000 children impacted
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a six-case mega-hearing on August 6.

Appellate Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey, Jeffrey S. Sutton, and Deborah L. Cook will hear challenges to laws banning same-sex marriage in two Kentucky cases, two Ohio ca
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Transgender public employees to get equal healthcare coverage healthcare coverage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) voted unanimously on July 31 to offer Transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage to all public employees in the state.

Beginning on January 1, 2015, hormones, mental health, and other non-surgical healthcare services will be
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Jesse's Journal: Marriage Equality: We Must Keep Up the Fight
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

In the year that followed United States v. Windsor the cause of marriage equality has exploded across the USA. Nineteen states - California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, more
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Playing TV catch-up
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Summer is upon us and, with summer of course, comes the dry rot of the television season. But if you're like me, you might have a lot of old TV shows from last season stored up on your DVR.

Recently, I unfortunately have had to spend some time at home on these beautiful da
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One year into Hyatt boycott: Hotel management snubs delegation of ministers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Almost one year after workers called for a boycott of the two Hyatt Hotel properties in Seattle, hotel management has yet to agree to a fair process to allow their employees to decide whether to form a union.

In fact, Hyatt management is apparently so far from agreement with t
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DJ Martini returns to The Cuff
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

DJ Rob Martini, a Seattle-based deejay scheduled to spin at The Cuff August 8, got his first set of decks in 1997. Martini credits a high school friend (nicknamed Beaver) for introducing him into the house music scene. Aside from that, he's self-taught.

'It was always tria
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Joe Torres' LEO Party XI to benefit Seattle Counseling Service
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Get ready LEO Partygoers - LEO Party XI is just around the corner and the birthday boy himself, Joe Torres, is pulling out all the bells and whistles that make his annual party for a cause so much fun.

On August 10, beginning at 6 p.m., Torres will present his latest party (
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Fourth Circuit upholds Virginia marriage decision - North Carolina AG drops appeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages. In a July 27 decision, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Virginia state law violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution,
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Colorado Supreme Court halts marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Colorado Supreme Court told the Boulder County Clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in a brief order dated July 29.

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall had been issuing licenses to Gay and Lesbian couples since June 25, when the Tenth Circuit Court of Ap
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Alaska Supreme Court OKs same-sex couple survivor benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on July 25 that same-sex partners should be eligible for survivor benefits even though the state constitution expressly defines marriage as 'only between one man and one woman.'

Using the narrow definition of 'widow' to exclude same-sex partners
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds state's domestic partner law Likely to be surpassed by upcoming marriage ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's 2009 domestic partner law in a ruling on July 31.

About 2,300 couples have signed up to be on the registry over the past five years.

While the decision keeps the state domestic partner registry open, and allows partn
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World's favorite pastime just got more anti-Gay
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The FIFA World Cup, more commonly referred to as The World Cup, is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. The number of people who watch the championship soccer, or 'football' - what everyone else calls it around the world outs
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HRC Foundation and Human Rights First release joint report on LGBT Africa: Organizations urge engagement with African leaders on LGBT issues during President Obama's historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, July 29, in advance of President Barack Obama's upcoming summit with nearly 50 African heads of state, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality, and Human Rights First released a joint repo more
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Athens police assault Gay couple
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Gay couple was assaulted by Greek police while walking hand-in-hand through old town Athens on July 25, according to LIFO magazine.

George Kounanis and Harry Vassilakis told the Greek publication they were harassed by as many as ten police officers. One of them grabbed Kounani
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