Friday, January 23, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 04

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President Barack Obama sworn in
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service Calling for an end to "petty grievances" and "worn-out dogmas," President Barack Obama addressed a vast global audience, taking the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States and the first person of color to lead the nation from the highest office in the land.

There was no specific mention of "Gays" in his inaugural addre
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"Optimism and happiness" - City Council member Tom Rasmussen describes the Obama inauguration
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

"Optimism and happiness" are the first words Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen chose to describe his feelings at Barack Obama's inauguration this week. Rasmussen spoke with SGN by phone from Washington, DC.

"It was a unique trip," Rasmussen said. "I feel very fortunate." more
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Obama inauguration a GLBT landmark
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

For LGBT visibility and inclusion, this week's inaugural activities were a series of invisible leaps.

There were openly Gay people sitting in coveted seats Tuesday - on the podium of the presidential swearing in ceremony for Barack Obama with only a few hundred other high-profile digni
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White House website features GLBT rights
On January 20, Inauguration Day, the White House website (www.whitehouse.gov) underwent a dramatic change. The following text is located by following the "Civil Rights" link under "The Agenda."

"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights
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Rev. Robinson's beautiful invocation
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Unless you were in Washington DC last Sunday, you probably didn't see it. You didn't see Rev. Gene Robinson's beautiful invocation.

Despite all the controversy over the choice of Rev. Rick Warren to lead the opening prayer during the inaugural ceremony, despite the las
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Activists honor Dr. Martin Luther King
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Children in strollers, a group of Latino men and women that at times were chanting and jumping in the air to make their point, and activists of every stripe of the rainbow all converged last Monday to not only celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, but the fact that, for
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California unions urge Court to strike down Prop 8
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

A coalition of more than 50 California labor organizations, including United Healthcare Workers (UHW) and the California Labor Federation, will file an amicus brief on Friday in support of the three lawsuits now challenging Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that added a same-sex marriage b
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Seattle Gay Basketball crowns champion
Jet City Hoops, Seattle's new co-ed Gay basketball league, completed its inaugural season on Saturday, January 10th by crowning Plan B as league champion. Led by an all-around strong team performance, Plan B defeated a feisty Super Hoopers team to win the Fall Division Crown.

The game was the culmination of a nine-week season
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A Dyke About Town: Mercy takes in the nightlife
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Pearl Fishers at Seattle Opera. Bizet's music was played and sung beautifully. Cuteness pointed out that there was intense emotional energy between the two male characters: Nadir, sung by Christopher Feigum and Zurga by Wiliam Burden. Both men have powerful voic
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HRC statement on the inauguration of Barack Obama
The Human Rights Campaign released this statement from President Joe Solmonese on the inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden:

"Today's inauguration represents a paradigm shift. The pendulum has swung away from the anti-Gay forces and toward a new president and vice president who acknowledge our equality," said Human Rights C
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Proposition 8 was always an uphill climb
by Matt Foreman - Special to the SGN

A lot of people have been saying that Prop 8 was our side's to lose and that missteps by the No on 8 Campaign snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Those analyses ignore hardcore obstacles and fundamentals underlying the contest, including how hard it is to hold and move opinions on marri
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Entre Hermanos: La inauguraciĆ³n
by Marcos Martinez - SGN Contributing Writer

La inauguraciĆ³n esta semana de Barack Obama como presidente de los EU fue un evento impresionante en varias formas. Para muchas de nuestras comunidades de color, y comunidades que han existido al margen de la sociedad, la victoria de Obama ha servido como un comprobante de lo que es posib
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Warren Spencer Shannon, Jr.
Passed away peacefully in his sleep from AIDS complications at 1:45 p.m. January 11, 2009 in Sacramento, CA with his husband Matthew "Saturn" Stone at his side. Born in Tripoli, Libya on September 5, 1965, Warren burned his candle brightly throughout his 43-year life, shining brilliantly upon those he met. Working in clothing merchandising and more
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Michael Leon Hawkins, 1967-2009
Born March 20, 1967, Michael Leon Hawkins died peacefully with remarkable grace January 21 early in the morning with his partner and the support of countless loved ones and friends. He left his sister, Tonia Hawkins, behind with us, and lots of loving relatives too numerous to count. A poem was drafted quickly on his departure by a very dear a more
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POZ Seattle looking for volunteers
POZ Seattle, Seattle's only 100% volunteer-driven social organization by and for HIV-positive men of all ages, is looking to expand its volunteer pool.

POZ Seattle's signature event, the monthly socials at the Cuff, continues to draw between 75-100 men each month, and volunteers are needed to help sustain this and other POZ Sea
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Human Rights Campaign Statement on Passing of Martin Delaney
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Joe Solmonese: 'Delaney was one of the pioneers of AIDS activism'

WASHINGTON . The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, issued a statement today on the passing of Martin Delaney, a longtime activist for the HIV/A
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