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posted Friday, February 6, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 06


'Walking While Black - Always Dangerous Until Proven Otherwise'
Protest and walk to end bias policing scheduled for Saturday, February 7

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Chad Goller-Sojourner - author of Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness, the story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents 'ages out' of honorary white and su
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Obama budget gives Social Security benefits to all married couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama's new 2016 budget proposal funds Social Security benefits for all same-sex married couples, regardless of the state they live in.

Currently, the Social Security Administration - almost alone among federal agencies - will only pay benefits if the couple actuall
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Alabama set for Gay and Lesbian marriages February 9
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Alabama Public Health officials said they are sending updated marriage forms to probate judges in all of the state's 67 counties in anticipation of the first same-sex marriages due on February 9.

Instead of listing 'bride' and 'groom,' the new forms include 'first listed spou
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Test for HIV on your smartphone - Results in 15 minutes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have unveiled a new smartphone accessory that can test for HIV and return an accurate result in only 15 minutes.

The device, called a dongle, replicates all the mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a laboratory blood test, but co
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Lesbian mayor rated one of world's top ten
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, an out Lesbian, was rated one of the world's top ten mayors by the City Mayors Foundation. The group is an international think-tank studying urban issues.

Parker was rated seventh in the poll, and was the only U.S. mayor to be selected for special
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CORRECTION:
In last week's SGN, a line of text was inadvertently omitted from a Letter to the Editor ('Dame Edna was a laughing good time') submitted by John Mark in which he celebrated Dame Edna's performance. The line of text was inadvertently omitted in the fourth paragraph of that letter, which described Dame Edna's tradition of throwing out gladiolas more
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Space Needle violated workers' rights, NLRB says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Embattled Space Needle workers won a significant victory when a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on January 30 that the Needle's management was guilty of several unfair labor practices.

Workers first charged the Space Needle with violating
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1st Annual Northwest Sweetheart Pageant
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Sunday, February 8, at 7 p.m., at Neighbours Seattle (1509 Broadway) Las Vegas show queen Jazmena Jameson brings the 1st Annual Northwest Sweetheart Pageant, to Seattle. The pageant tickets cost just $7 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local social justice nonprofit Social
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Legal victory for Transgender veterans
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Army Board for the Correction of Military Records (BCMR) and Navy Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) will issue new military discharge paperwork (known as Form DD-214) to three Transgender veterans, reflecting their correct names and identities.

The veteran
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Anti-Gay worker files EEOC complaint against employers - Alleges discrimination against his religion
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A former employee of Rapid Global Business Solutions has filed an EEOC complaint against his ex-employer and the Ford Motor Company, charging them with wrongfully terminating him because of his anti-Gay religious beliefs.

Thomas Banks of Ypsilanti, Michigan, alleges that he wa
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Just weeks into 2015, GetEQUAL launches effort to push for full federal LGBTQ equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GetEQUAL leaders convened in Washington, DC, January 23-26 to strategize about how to win full LGBTQ equality under the law, officials with the organization announced this week.

Over the course of three days, leaders from 12 states and Washington, DC, talked together abo
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Stop jerking off! SF Archbishop tells high school staffers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, has ordered parochial high school staff not to masturbate.

According to SF Gate newspaper, the Archbishop has circulated a document stating that masturbation is 'gravely evil' and Catholic school employees m
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Rand Paul: HIV/AIDS denier? - Other Republicans just as whacky
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The safety and effectiveness of common medical vaccines is not the only area where Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul disagrees with modern medicine.

In the course of discussing his eccentric views on vaccinations, Paul referred to an organization called the Associat
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What we're up against: Majority says businesses should be free to turn down LGBT customers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Even though most Americans believe that Gay and Lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, an even larger majority also believes that businesses should be free to turn down LGBT customers.

A new poll by Associated Press/GfK shows that Americans support marriage equality by a 44%
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Nancy Reagan to Rock Hudson: Drop dead!
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Then-First Lady Nancy Reagan turned down a personal request from friend and political supporter Rock Hudson to help him get experimental AIDS treatments in Paris, according to a story by reporter Chris Geidner on BuzzFeed blog.

Only nine weeks after she turned him down, Hudso
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British Labor Party promises compulsory Sex Ed, including LGBT issues
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for May 7, the British Labor Party has promised to introduce compulsory Sex Education, including LGBT issues.

Tristram Hunt, Labor's 'Shadow Education Secretary' - the one who would take over the country's education department if Labo
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Rare form of syphilis shows up in King County - Three of four cases are men who have sex with men
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Health officials say that a rare form of syphilis that can cause blindness has shown up in King County.

Six cases of ocular syphilis have been diagnosed in Washington state since mid-December. Four of those cases are in King County, and of the four King County patients, three
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