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posted Friday, May 22, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 21


Seattle Volleyball Club hosts Thirst Seattle NAGVA Championships May 21-24
33rd Annual North American Gay Volleyball Association Championships to draw 1,500+ athletes and fans to Seattle this weekend Seattle Volleyball Club is hosting Thirst Seattle, the 33rd Annual North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) Championships, May 21st thru 24th at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (1000 Occidental Ave. S.). 136 teams from all over North Ameri more
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Ban on Gay Scout leaders must end, BSA president Robert Gates says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) must end their ban on Gay Scout leaders, BSA President Robert Gates said in a speech May 21.

Gates is a former Eagle Scout, winner of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and a member of the Order of the Arrow, BSA's honor society. He has been pre
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Amid rise in reports of bias crimes against Seattle's LGBTQ community SPD launches Safe Place program
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle is beautiful when the sun comes out; suddenly all the gray days of winter and fall seem worth it. It's picturesque. It's peaceful. It's Seattle in the summer. In droves, Seattleites and Seattle-transplants alike, enjoy Seattle City Parks. On Capitol Hill these include Cal Anderson
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May 15 GSBA Scholarship Dinner was the most successful ever!
Celebrating 25 years
Reaching two million dollars in scholarships awarded since 1990
Presenting $350,000 to 48 outstanding students
Raising a record $200,000


It all made for a truly amazing evening! We heard stories from our scholarship Founders and early champions in a moving video created by InterC
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Purr's 8th Annual Bartender Auction raises $30,920 for Inspire Youth Project
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 20, Purr's 8th Annual Bartender Auction raised over $30,000 for the Inspire Youth Project, an organization that provides the missing social and emotional links for at-risk youth affected by HIV/AIDS, and those who have suffered abuse, neglect and homelessness. Formerly Rise n' Shin
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Business, labor groups make City Council picks
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Major business and labor groups have made their endorsements in the crowded Seattle City Council races.

CASE (Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy), the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements May 18. On May 20, delegates represe
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May 20 was 'Fair Trade Music Day' in Seattle
City supports musicians' organizing

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle has always prided itself on being a leader in the music scene, and on May 20 it was once again, with the first-in-the-country Fair Trade Music Day.

Passed by a unanimous vote of the Seattle City Council, Fair Trade Music Day was a response to grassroots organizing by l
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IN MEMORIAM - Leonard Eugene Tritsch March 15, 1925 - May 14, 2015
Leonard Eugene Tritsch, 90 passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. He was born on March 15, 1925, in Hewitt, Minnesota, to Arthur C. Tritsch and Della O. Habben Tritsch. He graduated from Hewitt High School in 1943 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1949 from Hamline University and was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from Hamline more
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ICON benefit for Seattle Counseling Service sold out at W Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

ICON, the annual gala celebration and fundraiser (that is actually fun to go to) hosted by Seattle drag legend Aleksa Manila on behalf of Seattle Counseling Service came early this year - May 17 at the W Hotel in Downtown Seattle. In the past, the event has been held in October, but Aleks
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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, want to give you money!!!
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan are opening the coffers they have been steadily filling the past 12 months and are now accepting applications for their 2015 Charity Granting Cycle.

For the last several years The Sisters have been giving out grants annually to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in Wash
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Louisiana House committee kills 'Freedom to Discriminate' bill, Bobby Jindal throws hissy fit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order bypassing his state's legislature and commanding state agencies to connive in discrimination against Gay and Lesbian couples.

Jindal issued the order on May 19, mere hours after a Louisiana House committee killed his pet
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U.S. condemns anti-Gay threats by Gambia President Yahya Jammeh
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice has condemned anti-Gay threats made by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

At a recent political rally in the small African country, Jammeh reportedly threatened to kill Gays.

'If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat
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#AskTheHIVDoc!
A new YouTube series from Greater Than AIDS
Taking away the shame and silence, prominent HIV doctors get real about HIV

MENLO PARK - Two out of every three new HIV infections in the U.S. today are among Gay and Bisexual men. Yet, according to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, few are talking about HIV with their health care providers.

Greater Than AIDS is working to break that silence.

Leading HIV doctors give f
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Co-founder of first Gay police association dies - Sam Ciccone was 71
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sam Ciccone, co-founder of the first LGBT police association in the United States, died of heart disease May 10. He was 71. Ciccone is survived by his partner Ta-Wei Yu, and three sisters.

Ciccone was one of two original founders of New York City's Gay Officers Action League (
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