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posted Friday, May 20, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 21


Seattle Pride president steps down as Pride Parade organizers anger community over sponsorship debacle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday, just weeks away from Seattle's Pride Parade (June 26), Seattle Pride president Eric Bennett stepped down as the head of the organization that plans the annual event after a sponsorship debacle first reported in a column in the Seattle Times.

Kevin Toovey, the current Vice-President of Seattle
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
Seth Kirby, Chair of Washington Won't Discriminate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

I-1515, the anti-Trans ballot measure, has yet to qualify for the November ballot, but Seth Kirby is not going to sit around and wait till the June 8 qualifying deadline.

Kirby, chair of Washington Won't Discriminate, the group formed to fight I-1515, is ready to jump into a s
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Chaos in Congress:
Dems chant 'Shame! Shame!' as GOP votes down LGBT protections

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The usually sedate floor of the US House of Representatives echoed with chants of 'Shame! Shame!' on May 19 after Republican leaders strong armed five of their members to vote No on an amendment that would have barred businesses from getting federal contracts if they discriminate against LGBT
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A Gay man is now in charge of the US Army
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 17, Eric Fanning, 47, was confirmed by the US Senate as the Secretary of the Army, making him the highest-ranking, openly Gay official in the history of the military.

Fanning released a brief statement Tuesday, but didn't mention the historic significance of his
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MARK MY WORDS

President Obama, the man still has it!
Change through communication

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

This last sleepy, dreary, overcast Saturday, you might have missed President Barack Obama as he gave what many might say in the future was one of his best speeches of his presidential years. It was a commencement address at Howard University, and it was a call for what he has consistentl
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Reshuffle: Marko Liias runs for State Treasurer, Jim Moeller runs for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a major reshuffle only a day before the candidate-filing deadline, two veteran political leaders will seek new offices.

State Senator Marko Liias announced on May 19 that he will run for Washington State Treasurer, and Rep. Jim Moeller, who was running for Lieutenant Govern
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Labor endorses Washington Won't Discriminate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) unanimously endorsed Washington Won't Discriminate at its May 18 delegates meeting. The action came at the request of Pride At Work, the AFL-CIO's LGBT affiliate.

MLKCLC 'opposes any attempt to alter or remove Washington's n
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Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival a BIG hit!
Thank you for coming out to the 11th annual Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival!

It was our most successful festival yet, with attendance and box office surpassing our goals by 150%!

Congratulations to all the participating filmmakers!

This year we are proud to announce the following
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It doesn't matter if you're an Oscar winner

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ARTS COMMUNITY:
We need to play an active role in ending rape culture

by Nancy Chang - Executive Director of Reel Grrls

As a woman who has built her career on supporting young people, especially girls, I am ashamed that I hesitated for a moment to speak out against the selection of Woody Allen's latest film, Café Society, to make its North American premiere as the Opening Night Film of our much
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We are paper
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

The Republicans have suddenly discovered gender! In spite of the fact that there is zero evidence that transgendered people have attacked, molested, gawked at, or harassed other people in restrooms, locker rooms, etc. and in spite of the fact that transgendered people usually use these
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Wells Fargo VP linked to group behind Washington's anti-Trans I-1515
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Wells Fargo Vice President Jeffrey Grubb has been linked to one of the right-wing groups behind I-1515, the anti-Transgender initiative that may be on state ballots in November, according to the Northwest Accountability Project.

Grubb is on the board of directors of the Murdoc
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Temporary artworks 'Seasons All Around' brighten up Lincoln Reservoir Gate House in Cal Anderson Park

Opening celebration Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. to noon

Starting this Sunday, May 22, the historic Lincoln Reservoir Gate House at Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. & E. Olive St.) will host 'Seasons All Around,' 14 original temporary art works created by nine Washington Middle School students. The artworks will grace the windows of the gatehouse through December 2016 and feature images inspired by the more
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SCOTUS rejects review of Trans-protecting precedent
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court announced May 16 that it would not accept review of a legal precedent used by the Fourth Circuit Court in their landmark April ruling that public schools must allow Transgender students to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

The precede
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Trump on Trans rights:
Rescind Obama's directives, but 'protect everyone'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As he's done on many other issues, Donald Trump tried to have it both ways when discussing Transgender rights with the Washington Post.

In an interview published May 16, Trump says that as president he would rescind the Obama administration's directives protecting Trans Americ
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SHAME on Seattle Pride!
On May 17th of this year, The Seattle Times printed an article saying that Delta Airlines will be the official airlines (and allegedly the ONLY airline allowed in the parade) for Seattle Pride.

This is appalling! Alaska Airlines is not only a local company but it has supported the LGBT community (especially in the Pacific Northw
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Nashville Grizzlies host Bingham Cup
On Memorial Day weekend, the Nashville Grizzlies will welcome over 1300 Rugby players and supporters from 42 teams and 11 countries to Music City to compete for the Bingham Cup, the world championship of Gay and inclusive Rugby.

The 8th Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament is named after Mark Bingham, a Gay Rugby player who
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African AIDS groups barred from UN conference
US protests

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Several African and Asian/Pacific Islander AIDS groups have been barred from a UN conference on HIV/AIDS after Egypt objected to their inclusion on behalf of the Islamic Cooperation group.

Among the groups excluded were African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, Ishtar Men Who
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Mariela Castro leads IDAHOT demo in Havana
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, lead a march through the streets of Havana May 16, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

According to AFP news service thousands partici
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Trudeau introduces Trans rights bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced new legislation that will 'add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to the list of distinguishing characteristics of 'identifiable group' protected by the hate speech provisio
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Worldwide majority OK with Gay sex, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the first time, a majority of the world's people think Gay sex should not be criminalized, according to a new poll released May 17 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.

The survey of 100,000 people in 75 countries is said to be the la
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