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posted Friday, February 17, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 07


State Supreme Court rules against anti-LGBT Richland florist

State has compelling interest in eradicating discrimination, justices say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Pasco florist Barronelle Stutzman was correctly prosecuted and fined for refusing to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding.

Stutzman claimed that she refused to sell wedding flowers to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed for their 2013 wedding bec
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Ed Murray wins key union endorsement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray won a key endorsement in his race for re-election on February 15, when he secured the support of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC).

The MLKCLC includes some 150 union locals representing more than 80,000 workers and is the largest cou
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King County among the first in the nation to achieve a global milestone in the fight against HIV/AIDS
King County is one of the first counties in the United States to reach a major milestone set by the World Health Organization to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Public Health - Seattle & King County achieved the goal three years ahead of schedule. Health officials celebrated the achievement but warn against complacency.

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CDC: Overall HIV rates down, but rising for Gay men 25-34
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Overall rates of HIV infection in the US are down, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, but they are on the rise for Gay men aged 25-34.

The report, presented on February 14 at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections,
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LGBTQ Allyship hosts Love Big! Community Forum on 'Next Steps'
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Trump is changing our country. Conservatives in Washington state have filed another anti-trans bathroom initiative, I-1552.

Trump's administration has tested the waters around a Respect Religious Freedom Initiative that would legalize discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and women based on someone
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Imperial Court of Seattle hosts Coronation 2017
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire (I.S.C.S.O.R.E.) crowned Rainier XLIII Nick Milhoan and Olympia XLVI Merry Lubealot Peters as the organization's newest reigning Emperor and Empress, respectively, on February 11 inside the Madison Ballroom at
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Out like Flynn

Adam Smith demands 'full investigation'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle-area Rep. Adam Smith has demanded a 'full investigation' into Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn and the circumstances that led to his February 13 resignation as Donald Trump's national security advisor.

Flynn had been accused of secret back-channel communications with Russian offici
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SPD and hate crimes: news roundup
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) recently launched its new Bias/Hate Crime Data dashboard. According to the SPD Blotter website, the data are composed of citywide bias crime reports and can be viewed by precinct, microcommunity policing plan neighborhood, bias type, year, and crime
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Pramila Jayapal elected vice ranking member of House Budget Committee
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Continuing her rapid rise into the leadership of the Democratic Party, newly elected Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been elected vice ranking member - the Democrats' number two spot - on the powerful House Budget Committee.

Jayapal represents Washington's 7th Congressional Distr
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New findings reveal health and aging experiences of LGBT adults across the nation
Approximately 2.7 million adults age 50 and older self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) in the U.S., and this number is expected to climb to over 5 million by 2060. LGBT older adults are a critically understudied population. Researchers at the University of Washington have been working to change that through Aging wi more
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7 ways the Affordable Care Act protects LGBTQ Americans
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Republican leadership in Congress and President Donald Trump are working to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), landmark legislation that provides access to health care for 22 million Americans, including millions of LGBTQ people.

David Stacy, legislative director
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If you worked for Walmart and had a same-sex spouse between 2011 and 2013, read this
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If you worked for Walmart and had a same-sex spouse between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2013, an upcoming court settlement could affect your rights.

The resolution of Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a suit filed in 2014, calls for the retail giant Walmart to pay out $7.5
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Incarceration rate of LGB people three times the general population
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that sexual minorities are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates, and once incarcerated they are more likely to experience mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization.

Approximately 238,000 sex
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LGBT envoy will stay on, State Department says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Randy Berry, the State Department's Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons will 'continue in his role in the current administration,' a department spokesperson says.

The post was created in April 2015 as one of a number of LGBT rights initiatives undertaken by the
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DeVos-funded group classified as hate group by SPLC

Alliance Defending Freedom supports recriminalization of Gay sex

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A group funded in part by the family foundations of newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been listed as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The SPLC describes the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as 'a legal advocacy and training g
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What happened to the federal website for disabled students?

Murray and Cantwell write letter to DeVos

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have written a sternly worded letter to new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, demanding that she restore a federal website aimed at students with disabilities and their families.

The website, originally set up under George W. Bush,
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