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posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 38


New York LGBT group says 'Sesame Street' coming-out party is long overdue
NEW YORK (September 19, 2018) - Emmy Award-winning 'Sesame Street' writer Mark Saltzman has announced that two of the show's iconic characters, 'Bert' and 'Ernie,' were written as a gay couple.

The relationship reflected his own same-sex relationship, according to Saltzman, who began writing for the show in 1984. Bert and Ernie shared a basement apartment at '123 Ses
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SGN EXCLUSIVE: Judy and Dennis Shepard reflect on 20 years after Matthew Shepard's death
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

It is hard to believe that October 12th will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. It all started on the night of October 6, 1998, when Matthew Shepard was lured to an open field and was tied up to a fence and tortured for days. Not since the days of the AIDS crisis, bo
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Serbia's Lesbian prime minister 'not wanted' at Pride, organizers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Serbia's Lesbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, is 'not wanted' at the country's Pride parade, LGBT activists say.

When Brnabic became prime minister last year - the first LGBT head of government in a Balkan country - she became an instant celebrity.

At the 2017
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Court rules case challenging Defense Department's discriminatory HIV policies to proceed
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (September 14, 2018) - [On September 14], a Virginia federal court ruled that a case filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along with pro bono counsel from Winston & Strawn LLP, challenging the military's discriminatory policies governing the enlistment, deployment, and promotion of service members living with HIV, will cont more
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Neil Powers dies at 63 - LGBT activist and former aide to Peter Steinbrueck
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Neil Powers, LGBT activist and legislative aide to former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck, has died. He was 63 years old.

According to his friend and fellow homelessness advocate, John Fox, Powers had been living in Toronto for the past two years, pursuing a ca
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Westin Hotel workers vote to strike
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Workers at Seattle's iconic Westin Hotel voted on September 14 to authorize a strike by a whopping 98% margin, following 22 other hotels in five cities.

Strike votes have been held by more than 8,000 union workers in Seattle, San Francisco, Waikiki, Maui, Boston, and San José.
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Teen sues former school district: They didn't protect me from bullying and harassment
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Kenosha, Wisconsin, teen is suing his former school district, charging that it failed to protect him from bullying and harassment while he was a student.

Guadalupe Paredes is now 19 years old but says he was subjected to continual bullying and even physical assaults from the
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Transgender Law Center responds to murder of Nikki Janelle Enriquez: 'We refuse to become numb to this rapid accumulation of injustices'
LAREDO, Texas (September 19, 2018) - This last weekend, Texas law enforcement captured Juan David Ortiz, a Border Patrol agent who confessed to murdering several women. Transgender Law Center (TLC), the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people, issued the following response from deputy director Isa N more
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HRC: We believe women. So must the Senate.
WASHINGTON - [On September 16], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh and investigate the sexual allegation against him brought forward by more
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AHF to Florida Gov. Rick Scott: 'You're in contempt!'
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 18, 2018) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the parent organization of Positive Healthcare (PHC), a nonprofit agency providing medical care to over 2,000 Medicaid patients living with HIV in Florida for nearly two decades, today filed a motion seeking to have a Florida court hold Gov. Rick Scott in contemp more
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Book Review: Queer Activism After Marriage Equality
Editors: Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Seattle University; Michael W. Yarbrough, Assistant Professor of Law and Society in the Political Science Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY); and Angela Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, SUNY.

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Lambda Literary presents the 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest in Los Angeles, Sept. 29-Oct. 6
Stellar roster of performers includes Jewelle Gomez, Bamby Salcedo, and Patrisse Cullors

Lambda Literary presents its second annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, a week-long, LGBTQ literary festival, from Sept. 29 - Oct. 6, 2018. Held at 25 venues across Los Angeles County, the festival features community-curated performance
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AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS
by Mary Dispenza - Special to the SGN

Dear Pope Francis,

Time is begging you to do the right thing. There have been too many apologies from you and other Popes through the ages with little to no significant reform. The Catholic Church remains seemingly unable to conquer its demons. And yet, if you do
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