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posted Friday, July 31, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 31


Suzan DelBene and Marko Liias speak out against 'conversion therapy'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and State Senator Marko Liias will host a press conference August 3 to raise awareness for the federal Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which DelBene is cosponsoring.

The press conference, which is open to the public, will be Monday, August 3, 10 a.m., at James W. Ray Orion Center, 1828
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Mayor Murray announces LGBTQ Task Force action plan at City Hall
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Mayor Ed Murray, along with members of the LGBTQ Task Force appointed in March, announced an action plan on Thursday, to support a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people in Seattle.

'Seattle has long been a place where everyone can find an accepting
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Boy Scouts of America ends ban on Gay scout leaders; criticized for religious exemptions
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to end its decades-long ban on Gay scout leaders.

The organization's national executive board, meeting in Texas, concluded that the policy of excluding Gay adults 'was no longer legally defensible.' Currently,
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Equality Act picks up business support
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after it was introduced in Congress, the Equality Act has picked up endorsements from a number of major companies.

The measure would amend existing federal civil rights statutes to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in the same ways that race is pr
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Seattle LGBT Commission recommends LGBTQ community visibility and inclusion of cultural, intersectional diversity in Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Growth Management Plan
Use an intersectional lens of Race, Social, Economic and Gender Equity in addressing planned growth

The City of Seattle's LGBT Commission calls on the public to advocate for inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender children, youth, adults, seniors, and families in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan for Growth Mana
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Unions endorse Trans-inclusive health care coverage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), an organization representing most of the state's labor unions, has endorsed Transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, and promised that unions will bargain for it in future contract negotiations.

WSLC delegates passed a resolution ti
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Obama unveils new HIV/AIDS strategy
Updates 10-year plan to 2020

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President Obama unveiled the latest version of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy at a July 30 event at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

The plan is an updated version of the strategy President Obama first announced in 2010. The new version emphasized the goal of viral sup
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Marriage equality in Northern Ireland inevitable, Sinn Fein leader says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Marriage equality is inevitable in Northern Ireland Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said at an LGBT event July 27.

Northern Ireland is the last piece of the United Kingdom to resist same-sex marriage. It is internally self-governing and its parliament has defeated marriage bill
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IN MEMORIAM - John Nyquist
Bigger-than-life, Seattle Lifelong and Chicken Soup Brigade food bank volunteer, John Nyquist, passed away on July 23, 2015, in Seattle due to complications from chronic lung disease. He was 64.

Growing up in Froid, he was 'just a hayseed blowing in from Montana' when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam-era. He
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IN MEMORIAM - Robert Leon Mitchell
Robert Leon Mitchell
October 12, 1950 - June 12, 2015


Robert Leon Mitchell passed away peacefully at his home in Portland, Oregon at the age of 64.

He was born in Salina, Kansas to Earl Fugate Mitchell and Betty Louise Cole. As a youth he moved to the Holdenville, Oklahoma area and later studied busi
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California officials to investigate foreign porn industry spending in condom referendum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will be opening an investigation into foreign money used by the porn industry to fight Measure B, the referendum that required porn actors to use condoms in films produced in Los Angeles County.

The FPPC confirmed it laun
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