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Seattle History
3:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Nell Pickerell, A Trans Man From Seattle's Rough And Tumble Days

A police mug shot of Nell Pickerell, also known as Harry Allen. Nell was a dapper dresser and notorious heartbreaker in Seattle in the early 1920s.
Credit Via Crosscut

Seattle writer Knute Berger was combing through old articles when he spotted an unusual character: “A woman, dressed as a man, riding a bike recklessly.”

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Persecution
10:51 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Flee Or Die: Olympia Quakers Support Uganda's Underground Railroad

In this Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, a Kenyan gay wears a mask to preserve his anonymity during a rare protest against Uganda's anti-homosexuality law.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis

In March, Talcott Broadhead received a call from a friend. Weeks earlier, the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law, and a crisis was emerging in the small nation in East Africa.

The act calls for the imprisonment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, and was inspired in part by three American evangelical Christians

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Civil Rights
2:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Tacoma School District To Apologize For Firing Gay Teacher In 1972

Marcie Sillman talks with former teacher Jim Gaylord, who was fired from Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1972 for being gay. The school district will offer a formal apology this Sunday.

Health Care
8:04 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

HIV/AIDS drugs like AZT are lifesavers for many people. But insurers' policies on paying for the drugs vary widely.
Will & Deni McIntyre Science Source

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:12 am

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy groups.

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Politics
1:38 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights

Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at the Pride Parade and Festival in Portland, Maine, on June 21. Michaud, who is openly gay, is running for governor with the backing of national LGBT groups.
Susan Sharon NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:56 pm

Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.

But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.

Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.

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Gay Advertising
8:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Boyfriends, or roommates? Decades ago, commercials like this 1997 Volkswagen Golf ad left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly advertisers don't feel the need to be covert.
YouTube

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:16 pm

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LGBTQ
8:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Court Stays Decision Striking Down Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:22 pm

A federal appeals court has granted a stay on a lower court ruling striking down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban ahead of a planned appeal.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was granted a stay by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear an appeal of a ruling Wednesday of the U.S. District Court. Wednesday's decision found the ban unconstitutional.

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Queer In Rural Washington
8:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s

Patrick Haggerty dresses in drag in 1959. As a teen, Haggerty learned from his father never to "sneak" around his identity.
Courtesy of Patrick Haggerty

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 12:49 pm

StoryCorps is marking the anniversary of a pivotal moment for gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots. Forty-five years ago, on June 28, gay protesters clashed with police in New York. Now, StoryCorps is launching an initiative to preserve the stories of LGBT people called "OutLoud."

In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Patrick Haggerty, now 70, didn't know he was gay at the time, but says his father knew what direction he was headed.

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Who Was Cal Anderson?
1:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Over Tea, Mayor Murray And His Husband Recall An Old Friend Named Cal

Mayor Ed Murray and former state Representative Cal Anderson. Anderson and Murray were close friends.
Credit Courtesy Ed Murray

Last week, ahead of Pride Weekend, I sat down for a morning chat with Mayor Ed Murray and his husband to discuss their dear friend Cal Anderson.

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Community Living
10:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Peek Inside Seattle's Remaining Communes

Carol Anderson feeds one of the chickens. She bought the house with her former husband and then turned it into a collective. She gave the house, valued around $1 million, to the Evergreen Land Trust in 2009.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Four people live in a cozy home on Capitol Hill, which they call WOW, for Wild Old Women.

Or that’s what they used to call it; now they call it Wild Old Women And One Young Man, since a godson of one member joined a year ago.

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Culture Code
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Secret Messages In Gay Men's Pockets

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Henness, owner of Doghouse Leathers on Capitol Hill, about the history of the "hanky code," a system devised by gay men to communicate sexual preferences.

Same-Sex Marriage
11:57 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Without Saying 'I Do,' Thousands Of Washington Couples Set To Get Married

Jennie Laird and Elise Gautama of Seattle had been together 18 years and registered as domestic partners. The decided to officially tie the knot in May rather than allow their domestic partnership to passively become a marriage license.
Credit Courtesy of Jennie Laird and Elisa Gautama

There will be no wedding band, no ceremony or awkward toasts. But on June 30, up to 4,000 same-sex couples in Washington are set to be married – without ever uttering the words, "I do."

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Seattle History
3:40 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Gay Kids Had To Sneak Around For Counseling

Representatives for Seattle Counseling Services at a Seattle gay pride event.
Flickr Photo/Derrick Coetzee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Ann McGettigan, executive director of Seattle Counseling Service, about the history of the organization and her role in the LGBT community. The program was founded in 1969, when its founder noticed that there were runaways in Pioneer Square -- many of them had been kicked out of their homes. 

Safe Sex
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The HIV Prevention Pill No One is Taking

Truvada, a daily blue pill, is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.
Flickr Photo/felix.castor (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Shaun Knittel, associate editor at Seattle Gay News and founder of Social Outreach Seattle, about why few people in the gay community are taking Truvada, a pill that when taken daily is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.

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Health Care Exclusions
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Washington To Pursue Fuller Health Care Coverage For Transgender State Employees

Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League.
Credit Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Marcie Sillman speaks with Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League, about their efforts to remove health care exclusions affecting transgender people from Washington state employee plans.

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