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posted Friday, March 4, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 10


Activist Danni Askini to run for legislature

43rd District seat opens as Brady Walkinshaw runs for Congress

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Activist Danni Askini announced March 1 that she is running for a state House seat from the 43rd Legislative District. If elected, she would be the first openly Transgender representative in state history.

The 43rd District includes Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Wallingford, and part of the University District. The
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It's official: Anti-Trans bathroom initiative filed
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

It's official. Joseph Backholm, the man who brought you Referendum 74 to repeal marriage equality, has filed for a statewide ballot initiative to bar Trans people from using gender-appropriate restrooms.

In fact, Backholm has filed not one but three separate initiative titles: t
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Mayor Murray to issue executive order protecting Trans rights

Mandates training for City departments on all-gender accommodations law

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced on March 3 that he will issue a new executive order to set down guidelines for City workers on the City's all-gender public accommodations ordinance.

The order, which will be signed next week, will mandate culturally responsive training for al
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Seattle Pride Names 2016 Parade Grand Marshals
Seattle Area Support Groups, Dennis Coleman of the Seattle Men's Chorus, and El Centro de la Raza chosen as Grand Marshals, with the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle as the Special Grand Marshal

Seattle Pride has selected the Grand Marshals of the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade to be El Centro de la Raza, the Seattle Area
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The Trump Phenomenon
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

Republicans considered him a clown. Democrats considered him a joke. Yet he has swept the primaries in ten states and leads his Republican rivals in every poll. In a crowded field of political professionals, he has elbowed his way to the top, forcing both evangelical poster boys and sea
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SPD Bias Crimes Coordinator and STAYING SAFE
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Meet Detective Elizabeth Wareing, Seattle Police Department's Bias Crimes Coordinator. Working out of SPD headquarters downtown, Wareing is on the frontlines of helping victim's get justice and hunting down their attackers. Additionally, and most importantly, her investigations are an
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Is a fence the answer to closing Seattle's Jungle?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Although nothing new, many Seattleites did not learn of The Jungle's existence until the January 26 shooting that claimed the lives of several homeless people during what police describe as an attempt by area teens to collect a drug debt for their mother.

Officially, Th
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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting four more workshops for those interested in applying to its Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the workshops is REQUIRED in order to sub more
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Two states kill anti-Gay 'religious freedom' bills
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lawmakers in West Virginia and South Dakota have killed so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Acts,' or RFRAs, that would have permitted discrimination against their LGBT residents.

The West Virginia Senate voted down its version of the bill 27-7 on March 2. The measure wou
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HEALTH WATCH: Colorectal Cancer Screening
by Isabelle Trepiccione MD
Second Year Residency Program
Swedish Family Medicine,
First Hill

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so that is the focus of this month's article! The term 'colorectal cancer' refers to those cancers that start in the colon (aka the large intestine) and/or the rectum.
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South Dakota governor vetoes anti-Trans bathroom bill

Another anti-Trans bill still pending

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that would have barred Transgender students from using restrooms appropriate to their gender identity.

Daugaard's March 1 veto sets him against fellow Republicans in the state legislature who passed the measure in opposition
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Historic first: EEOC files lawsuits to protect Gay employees
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 2 that it has filed two lawsuits against companies, charging them with discrimination against Gay and Lesbian employees.

These are the first federal lawsuits of their kind, and they follow the EEOC's groundbrea
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Arkansas judge upholds Fayetteville nondiscrimination law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a March 1 ruling, an Arkansas state judge upheld a Fayetteville ordinance barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An Arkansas law forbids cities from passing civil rights protections for groups not already protected by state law, but J
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No exit: Super Tuesday leaves a toxic Republican race
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Super Tuesday did not clean up the Republican presidential race as GOP insiders had hoped. Instead, it leaves the three most toxic candidates in place, with no apparent way out for the party.

To the consternation of GOP elites, Donald Trump solidified his lead by winning seven
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Trans woman hired, fired, then rehired by Virginia KFC
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender woman has been rehired by a Richmond, Va., Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise after being fired because her manager couldn't figure out which bathroom she should use.

Georgia Carter went for a job interview at the fast-food restaurant and was offered a shift. She w
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Ted Cruz shows off his religious bigots
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ted Cruz announced the creation of a 19-member 'Religious Liberty Advisory Council' on February 29. The group is supposed to advise him on how to combat threats to freedom of religion.

'I am honored to chair this council at such a critical time in the history of this nation,' C
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Federation of Gay Games ends One World Event talks with GLISA

Rededicates priorities on Gay Games 10 in Paris, 2018; endeavors to maintain relationship with GLISA

SAN FRANCISCO - On Sunday 28 February, following seven years of ongoing negotiations, the Federation of Gay Games Board of Directors voted to end further discussions with Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) to consider creating a new unified organization to present a singular quadrennial global LGBT+ sports, culture and human more
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There are no Gay Mormons, LDS apostle says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a statement eerily reminiscent of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim that there are no Gay Iranians, a leader of the LDS Church says there are no Gay Mormons.

At an event in Chile, David A. Bednar was asked, 'How can homosexual members of the church live and remain steadfast in
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