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posted Friday, July 24, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 30


Community hero shot to death while patrolling Chinatown-International District neighborhood
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Donald 'Donnie' Chin, the director of the International District Emergency Center (IDEC), was shot and killed early Thursday morning while patrolling the streets of the International District, otherwise known as Chinatown.

Seattle police said they were called to Eighth Avenue South and South Lane Street just b
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EEOC rules that federal civil rights law covers Lesbian, Gay, and Bi workers:

What that means for you if you face discrimination on the job

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a groundbreaking ruling, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found on July 15 that 'allegations of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily state a claim of discrimination on the basis of sex.'

This is the first time a federal age
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LGBT civil rights bill introduced in Congress
Likely to go nowhere while GOP controls both chambers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Equality Act - a bill to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations - will be introduced in both houses of Congress on July 23.

The bill shares a name with the first-ever LGBT rights b
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Public opinion divided on SCOTUS marriage decision
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Public opinion is evenly split on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

The poll found that 39% of the respondents approved of the high court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and 41% disapproved. Eighteen perce
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Going Global: The New Agenda of the Post-Marriage LGBT Movement
by Elise Carlson-Rainier - Special to the SGN

The Supreme Court's recent ruling in support of same-sex marriage across the country was a monumental victory for the LGBT human rights movement. For many LGBT advocacy groups, marriage equality was the ultimate end goal. As activists and donors seek to define their raison d'etre
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Space Needle workers win raises, vow to keep fighting for job security
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

After 1,137 days without pay raises, Space Needle employees will not only get their raises, but also back pay retroactive to the date their contract expired almost four years ago.

According to UNITE HERE Local 8, the union that represents Space Needle workers and some 4,000 ot
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Standing room only crowd at rent control debate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Some 800 people crowded into Town Hall July 20 for a debate on rent control pitting affordability advocates and Seattle City Council members Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant against a Republican state legislator and a prominent consultant for developers.

Judging by the reaction o
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Anonymous community reporting boxes now available to International District residents
According to SPD officials, International District residents now have an innovative way to communicate concerns about their neighborhood to officers in the West Precinct.

The Seattle Police Department's West Precinct Community Police Team has been working with International District residents to install anonymous reporting boxe
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Another bias attack on Gay men; another arrest by SPD
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle's Gay community is still feeling backlash from the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down anti-LGBTQ hate by ruling in favor of marriage equality.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man accused of trying to attack a Gay couple with his skateboard durin
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ECSA hosts annual awards party; Fall Ball registration underway
With its 36th regular season in the books, the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) Open Division - the Pacific Northwest's largest slowpitch-softball organization geared to LGBTQ players and their allies - has even more action planned for the next few weeks.

In addition to opening registration for its Fall Ball season on emera
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SPD invited to White House, honored as national model for police reform
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Congratulations are in order for the Seattle Police Department as this week the department was recognized at the White House for reform efforts and for using technology to build community trust.

This is great for the department and Seattle citizens, but what is really c
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GLAD sues Walmart for same-sex spousal benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) and the WLC (Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs) have filed a class action suit against Walmart, charging the retail giant with unlawfully denying spousal benefits to their Gay and Lesbian employees.

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Bad archbishop: Evidence mounts against promiscuous prelate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Evidence is mounting against John Nienstedt, former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul, in an internal church investigation into charges of 'sexual impropriety' with priests and seminarians under his jurisdiction.

Nienstedt is also under criminal indictment by R
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Taiwan will introduce same-sex partner law, marriage to follow
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Taiwan is planning to introduce same-sex civil partnerships, with full marriage to follow as soon as the government is confident public opinion supports such a move.

Lo Ying-hsueh, head of Taiwan's judicial body, said the government will put related bills on an online voting
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