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posted Friday, May 6, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 19


Washington Won't Discriminate asks supporters to go public
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's been exactly one week since the launch of Washington Won't Discriminate, the No On I-1515 campaign to stop discrimination from coming to Washington, and the campaign reports that the effort already 'has tens of thousands of supporters.'

In a message to Washington Won't Discriminate supporters this week, c
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Do not enforce anti-Trans law, DOJ warns North Carolina
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has warned North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that his states infamous HB 2 violates federal civil rights laws.

In an official letter to the governor, DOJ gave state authorities until May 9 to address the problem by confirming that the State
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Obama to name Stonewall Inn First National Monument to Gay Rights
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, Seattle Gay News announced the City of Seattle's full support of naming the historic Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village, the nation's first LGBTQ national park. On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed with unanimous consent a resolution expressing the City
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Pride of Ellensburg to host LGBTQ Parade and Festival
A newly formed, LGBTQ non-profit group, Pride of Ellensburg (POE) will host the Ellensburg Pride Parade and Festival, in downtown Ellensburg, WA, on June 4th, 2016. Pride of Ellensburg was formed in conjunction with, and is a partner project of its financial sponsor, CascadiaNow! Working together, CascadiaNow! is a grassroots, umbrella 501(c)(3) more
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SCOTUS will not block Seattle minimum wage law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal challenging Seattle's $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance.

The high court did not issue an explanation of its May 2 decision to deny a hearing to the International Franchise Association (IFA), a business group that sued the C
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Anti-Trans I-1515 could cost state $4.5 billion
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Initiative 1515, a measure to bar Transgender people from using gender-appropriate restrooms, could cost Washington state a whopping $4.5 billion in federal funding, according to a new report from the prestigious Williams Institute.

The Williams Institute researches the econom
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Donald Trump may not hate you, but he's not in love with you either
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not as viciously anti-LGBT as former rivals Ted Cruz and Ben Carson were, but he's no friend of the community either.

Like his stand on a number of other issues, Trump's position on LGBT rights is marked by deep incon
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DOJ looks at federal civil rights protections for LGBT Americans
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) believes that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects Transgender Americans, and it is 'looking at' whether the law also protects Lesbian, Gay, and Bi residents, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told BuzzFeed News in a recent interview.
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Building Community Benefit at Swedish
by Sherry Williams - Community Engagement Director
Swedish Medical Center

Our promise is to provide public and community benefit to the communities in Seattle, King and areas in Snohomish County. Hi everyone, I'm Sherry Williams, Community Engagement Director for Swedish. My role at Swedish is to promote community out
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Elton John AIDS Foundation and HRC announce inaugural HIV 360° Fellowship Program
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As part of the Elton John AIDS Foundation's (EJAF) strategy to strengthen the resilience of the HIV/AIDS movement and to support initiatives that empower community-based leaders from diverse backgrounds, the foundation announced May 5, that they will join the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
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Black AIDS Institute releases 12th Annual State of AIDS in Black America Report:
'Black Lives Matter - What's PrEP Got to Do With It?'

'Black Lives Matter - What's PrEP Got to Do With It?' LOS ANGELES - On April 19 the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, released its 2016 report on the State of AIDS in Black America: 'Black Lives Matter: What's PrEP Got to Do With It?' The report focuses on what Black communities need to know about pre-exposure prop more
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Trump triumphant, Cruz crushed in Indiana
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Donald Trump emerged as the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee after he crushed the aspirations of rival Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary.

With Trump winning more than 53% of the Indiana Republican vote to his own 37%, Cruz announced on May 3 that he was done with
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Don't punish Gays, Saudi Muslim cleric says, let God do it
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A leading Saudi Muslim cleric has come out against punishment for Gay people.

Salman al-Ouda, a member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and director of the Islam Today website, says that God will deal with Gays in the afterlife but human governments should not. more
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Last in the country
Mississippi ban on Gay adoption ends

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mississippi's ban on adoptions by same-sex couples ended at midnight May 3.

The state had until that time to file an appeal of a federal court ruling finding the ban unconstitutional, but the deadline passed without action by state attorneys.

'Mississippi was the
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Washington state Presidential Primary on May 24
Editor:
Ballots will be mailed out later this month for the Washington State Presidential Primary. To vote, you must sign a declaration - which is included with the ballot - stating that you are a Democrat or a Republican. Independents may declare one or the other if they want to vote on this ballot.

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WASHINGTON STATE INITIATIVES 2016 and I-1515
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

Washington state is one of the loosest states when it comes to filing initiatives. We are so loose that people like Tim Eyman can make a business out of filing these things. In fact, this year no less than 150 initiatives were filed with the Secretary of State. Of those, 77 were from T
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