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posted Friday, December 19, 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 51


When is a hate crime not a hate crime?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Tony P., a 28-year-old Gay man, walked into Sully's Lounge on Queen Anne Avenue N. at about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday night, December 14. By the time he left just after midnight, he had two black eyes, a bloody nose, and a cut lip.

Tony asked not to be identified by his full name because the incident left him traumatized
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List of duty stations around the world available to same-sex U.S. military couples continues to grow
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This month, the list of countries where a same-sex military spouse can be sponsored by the Defense Department to join a U.S. service member for an accompanied assignment outside of the U.S. grew to 40 countries.

Unfortunately for many LGBT military families approaching t
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Eric Holder announces Transgender people are covered by Civil Rights Act
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor On December 18, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a policy reversal, issued a memo stating that 'the best reading' of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does protect Transgender people from sex discrimination.

'I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibi
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Jesse's Journal: Blue, Too, Writing By (For or About) Working-Class Queers
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

THE BOOK OF THE YEAR: Blue, Too, More Writing By (For or About) Working-Class Queers edited by Wendell Ricketts; FourCats Press; 486 pages

In 2005, the gay-owned Suspect Thoughts Press published Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Cl
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Marine accused of murder in the Philippines will remain in U.S. custody
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Manila said the United States will maintain custody of U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton under provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a document that sets rules and rights for U.S. military presence in the Philippines. more
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Ninth Circuit upholds LA condom law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Los Angeles County ordinance requiring porn actors to use condoms is constitutional, according to a December 15 ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ordinance was passed by voters in 2012, in an effort to protect porn actors from sexually transmitted diseases.
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Why Speaking Out Is Worth the Risk
by Amnesty International
reprinted from Reader Supported News
16 December 14

Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified U.S. government documents to the website WikiLeaks. From her prison cell in Kansas, Chelsea tells us why speaking out against injustice can be a once-in-a-lifetim
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Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin dies at 65
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin died December 9. He was 65.

The Stonewall Uprising began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village.

The raid was standard operating pr
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No surgery for Trans prisoner, First Circuit says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender prisoner does not have a right to gender reassignment surgery, the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on December 16. Their ruling overturns the decision of a federal district judge who ruled that denying the woman surgery violated her Eighth Amendment protection against cruel
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LGBT Americans face greater social economic disparities according to Williams Institute
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states, according to a new Williams Institute report sponsored by Credit Suisse, a longtime partner of the Williams Institute.

The report reviews social climate, demographic, ec
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Williams Institute documents discrimination against HIV+ people
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new study released by the Williams Institute documents ongoing discrimination against HIV-positive people in the Los Angeles area.

The Williams Institute, founded in 2001, is a research group attached to UCLA Law School, and focuses on disparities affecting the LGBT communit
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New studies show more female same-sex couples marry than male and lower divorce rates overall
Data also show large increase in same-sex marriages after Windsor decision last year - even in states that already had marriage equality

LOS ANGELES - The Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor contributed to a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples marrying - even in states that had marriag
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