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posted Friday, October 31 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 44


What's next?
by Kris Hermanns - Pride Foundation
Special to the SGN As marriage equality continues to gain momentum across our region and the country, we are at a unique moment in LGBTQ history - a critical turning point that has the potential to fully transform the lives of everyone in our community.

We went from having marriage equality in 19 states - in addition to
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PrEP can be effective on intermittent basis, French study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

PrEP drugs are not only effective, a new French study says, but they can be effective at preventing HIV infections even if taken intermittently right before and after sex.

In fact, the study showed that PrEP meds were so successful, that lead researcher Jean-Michel Molina closed t
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SCS celebrates 45 years; PFLAG co-founder Arleen Nelson honored at annual SCS gala
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Few LGBTQ organizations can claim what Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) can: They are as relevant and needed today as they were the day they first opened their doors. For SCS, the door opened 45 years ago when the world was a very, very different place for the community and our allies.
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Murder is murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The way our society sometimes reassigns guilt or innocence - sometimes even changing the severity of a person's actions - in this country sickens me. It's an outrage and it happens all the time.

The latest example of this ridiculous behavior happened last week in Marysv
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ACLU of Washington to recognize Champions of Civil Liberties
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda

At the Bill of Rights Dinner on Saturday, November 1 at the Sheraton in Seattle, ACLU supporters will honor lifetime and recent civil liberties heroes and enjoy contemporary political humor. Awards will go to Floyd U. Jones and Alene Morris for lifetime achievements in advancing civil liberties; two legal teams from Perkins Coie that worked t more
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Election 2104: Background checks, smaller classes likely winners, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

I-594, requiring background checks for all transfers of firearms, and I-1351, mandating smaller primary school classes, are both likely to win, according to a KCTS-9/Washington Poll released October 30.

I-591, which competes with I-594, faces an uncertain future.

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Local reaction to Trans woman's murder in the Philippines
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A pact that allows American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect,' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was signed by the treaty allies in 1998,
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Couple who killed 'Gay' child avoid death penalty
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pearl Fernandez and her former boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, will take a plea deal to avoid the death penalty for the murder and torture of her son, eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in May 2013. The boy was allegedly killed because the couple thought he was Gay.

According t
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Court tosses claim by Kansas Christians that marriage is their property
Westboro church wants in on the suit

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal district court considering Kansas's ban on same-sex marriage has tossed out a petition from a Christian couple claiming they have a property right to the institution of marriage.

Phillip and Sandra Unruh petitioned to intervene in Marie v. Moser on the grounds that g
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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as Gay
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The most powerful man in technology, Tim Cook, came out as Gay in an essay he wrote for Businessweek, published Thursday.

Cook had never denied being Gay in all fairness. Like Ricky Martin, Anderson Cooper and others that people had long since suspected were closeted, he
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GLSEN releases new National School Climate Survey on America's Middle and High Schools Benchmark survey reveals some improvements in climate:
Schools nationwide remain hostile environments for LGBT youth

NEW YORK - On October 22 GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) released its biennial National School Climate Survey report, which shows how ongoing hostile school climates impact the safety and mental health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students, as well as their educational outcomes.

'Progre
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Revisiting a pre-Stonewall LGBT sit-in
by Ray Simon - Philadelphia Gay News

The sit-in at Dewey's, which occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant in the spring of 1965, is not as well known as the Stonewall Riots, but it deserves wider recognition.

On the evening of Sunday, April 25, 1965, staff at the diner turned away more than 150 people they belie
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The National Park Service LGBTQ Initiative:
Scores of LGBT sites eyed for landmark status

by Mathew S. Bajko - Bay Area Reporter
Special to the SGN

A National Park Service project has identified hundreds of potential LGBT sites across America that could someday win federal landmark status.

The list, which as of late last month was nearing 400 places, runs the gamut from Gay bars an
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Local DJ and fiancé want you to buy them a wedding gift - but not for the reason you might think
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Anyone who knows Bret Tiderman or Kevin Moser won't be surprised by this; however, if you do not know either one of these two amazing men, you'll definitely want to after reading this! On December 14, Bret and Kevin will exchange vows and get married; something this fulltime DJ (Bret) a
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Huge Taiwan Pride: 70,000 'Walk in Queers' Shoes'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Some 70,000 people attended Taiwan Pride on October 25, making the 2014 parade one of the largest since the event began in 2003.

This year's theme was 'Walk in Queers' Shoes' featuring voices from marginalized LGBT communities - HIV-positive people, sex workers, and disabled Queer
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Good Pope, bad Pope
Don't 'bastardize' marriage, Francis says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Francis used a Papal audience to make clear that his supposed 'openness' to LGBT Catholics does not include recognition of same-sex relationships.

'The family is being hit, the family is being struck, and the family is being bastardized,' the Pope said on October 25 in
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SGN takes part in pioneering national journalism effort documenting LGBT history
Seattle Gay News has been pleased to participate this month in the ninth annual National LGBT History Month Project, a nationwide journalism endeavor that seeks to uncover and explore the storied history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

The project was begun in 2006 and this year will see rec
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Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer cleared by church court
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer, once defrocked by his denomination for officiating at his Gay son's same-sex wedding, was cleared of all charges by his church's Judicial Council on October 27.

Schaefer, who delivered the annual Matthew Shepard Memorial Sermon at Seattle's Trini
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Sir Elton John challenges LGBT community to refocus on AIDS
On Saturday, October 25, at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual gala in Washington, D.C. - arguably the largest LGBT gala of the year with over 3,000 guests in attendance and featuring a keynote speech from President Bill Clinton - Sir Elton John and his longtime partner David Furnish were honored with the HRC's National Equality Award for more
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DAVID FURNISH'S ACCEPTANCE REMARKS
Thank you so much to our friend Ambassador Young for that wonderful introduction.

Let me express our sincere thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, for this wonderful honor.

Elton and I would like to dedicate this award to someone very special, someone who gave us what no one else could: two beautiful sons.
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SIR ELTON JOHN'S ACCEPTANCE REMARKS
Let me echo David by thanking our dear friend and neighbor in Atlanta, the one and only Andrew Young.

And our deep thanks to the Human Rights Campaign for this honor, and for all of the amazing work you do. David and I are genuinely humbled by this recognition.

Most people don't know that we are now at a critica
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San Francisco will help men access PrEP meds
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors - their city and county council - voted on October 28 to allocate $301,600 to help locals access PrEP drugs. The vote was 10-1.

The money will go for San Francisco Department of Public Health employees who will work as 'health navigator
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