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posted Friday, April 10, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 15


Obama opposes 'conversion therapy' White House says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama has announced his support for a 'We the People' online petition urging the government to 'Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy.'

The petition currently has more than 120,000 signatures.

Leelah's Law commemorates Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who threw herself in
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Lifelong: Helping people 'live forward'
A conversation with Ed Wilhoite - new CEO at Lifelong

by Rachael DeCruz - Communications Manager at Pride Foundation

The year was 1987. 16,908 people had already died from AIDS in the United States and the disease was spreading rapidly.

Across the country in Chicago, a young lawyer named Ed Wilhoite - now the Chief Executive Officer at Lifelong - was just beginn
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Pro-Gay Colorado bakery off the hook - They did not discriminate against Christians, agency says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Denver bakery did not discriminate against a Christian customer when its owners refused to make him two anti-Gay cakes, a state agency ruled.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies found that Azucar Bakery and its owner Marjorie Silva did not violate state anti-dis
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Tech Industry says protect LGBT rights
'The unified message from these business leaders is clear: Pass LGBT non-discrimination protections and pass them now,' said HRC President Chad Griffin. 'Until legislators finally step up to the plate and take action, this issue is not going to go away. It's time for elected officials to listen to the overwhelming voice of fair-minded Americans more
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UW student workers demand more inclusive workplace - Charge school with stalling labor negotiations
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Student workers at the University of Washington have adopted a novel tactic to dramatize their demands for a more open and inclusive workplace. Beginning April 6, they bombarded UW administrators with 'micro-disruption' emails.

'Consider this email disruptive?' the email ask
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Mormon Apostle's criticism of LGBT families underscores work still ahead to ensure full equality
Comments by oldest member of a Mormon governing board harms LGBT youth in the Church WASHINGTON DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, joined Equality Utah in expressing deep disappointment in recent comments by Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry disparagi more
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Madison City Council makes 'nonreligion' a protected class
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Madison, Wisconsin, City Council has voted to add 'nonreligion' as a protected class to the city's equal opportunities ordinance.

The amendment was sponsored by 14 of the 20 City Council members and passed on March 31. Mayor Paul Soglin signed it into law on April 1.
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California prisons must provide surgery for Trans prisoner, federal judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge has ordered the California state prison system to provide sex reassignment surgery for a Transgender inmate.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled on April 1 that California violated the constitutional rights of inmate Micelle-Lael Norsworthy when it denied her a
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Transgender employee sues Forever 21 for harassment
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender woman has filed suit against her former employer, Forever 21, saying managers at the trendy retailer harassed her after she began transitioning and then fired her without explanation.

Alexia Daskalakis had worked at a Forever 21 store in Brooklyn, New York, for
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France names Gay ambassador to Vatican City
Curia calls move a 'provocation'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

France has decided that it will send an openly Gay ambassador to Vatican City, home base of the Roman Catholic Church.

The new ambassador, Laurent Stefanini, was approved by the French Council of Ministers - the equivalent of the U.S. cabinet - on January 5, and the post has b
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