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posted Friday, October 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 41


LGBTQ community meets with new Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent
Safety and LGBTQ programming among top concerns

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On October 5, Seattle's LGBTQ Commission sponsored a meet and greet between the community and the new Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent inside the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E., 98112 just north of E. Thomas St.). The two-hour event, which was open to the public, had more than 20 people gathered to hear d
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LGBT seniors at risk, study says
Tom Rasmussen asks for City funding to train caregivers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen has proposed $75,000 in funding to help train service providers to care for LGBT seniors.

Rasmussen made the proposal at an October 6 Budget Committee meeting which coincided with the release of a new study on LGBT seniors by Karen Fredr
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District 3 City Council race turns ugly
Charges made that Pamela Banks supporters bought 37th District Dem endorsement

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after City Council member Kshama Sawant and her District 3 challenger Pamela Banks faced off in a heated one-on-one debate, charges surfaced that Banks supporters bought a key endorsement.

Sawant and Banks squared off on October 4 in an often tense debate, wit
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ISIS throws more Gay men to their death; what, if anything, can be done to stop this horror?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The photos are horrible to look at. The words are disgusting to read. But we cannot look away. We mustn't ignore the fact that on what has become almost a monthly showing of barbarism and bigotry, Islamic State (ISIS) militants throw men off of the tops of buildings because they are fo
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Stay informed with AlertSeattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When emergencies happen it is important to stay informed. Now, with AlertSeattle you can!

People who sign up with AlertSeattle will receive real-time, official notifications from the City of Seattle during emergencies say officials.

AlertSeattle is a free
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New Amphitheater for Volunteer Park
Architectural Team Hired

Volunteer Park Trust (VPT) has been working with Seattle Parks and the local community to replace the dilapidated performance stage in Volunteer Park. VPT has now hired an experienced architectural team to conduct a feasibility study exploring community preferences and technical requirements for a new amphitheater.

Design phase
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The Mayor's budget: What's in it for you?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his new budget recommendations in a September 28 speech to the City Council. Running to 761 pages, the budget asks for $5.1 billion in funding.

Council member Kshama Sawant has already denounced the Mayor's plan as 'mostly another business-as-
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ACLU sues Kansas to enforce Obergefell
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU is asking a federal judge to order the state of Kansas to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, and recognize same-sex couples as lawful parents of children they conceived through artificial insemination.

The civil rights group is representing two Kans
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Republicans in disarray
Chaos as House Speaker candidate withdraws

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, said to be the odds on favorite to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House, threw the GOP caucus into disarray when he withdrew his name from consideration on October 8.

McCarthy's candidacy was derailed when about 40 hardline right wi
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California gets first-in-the-country Transgender health benefit law
Two additional laws benefit LGBT Californians

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

California got a first-in-the-country Transgender equality law when Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 703 on October 7.

The measure requires all companies that do $100,000 or more worth of business with the state to offer their Transgender employees exactly the same health care a
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Intrigue in the Vatican
Factions feud as Synod on the Family opens in Rome

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Catholic Church revealed a seamy side of bitter factionalism as opposing groups of bishops fought to publicize their agendas, and even tried to manipulate the Pope as the Vatican's Synod on the Family opened in Rome.

The synod, a meeting of bishops that will set Church pol
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