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posted Friday, June 30, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 26


END OF AN ERA: Two Seattle LGBTQ landmarks demolished in one week
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

We knew this day was coming, but to lose not one, but two buildings, that each meant so much to many in the Seattle LGBTQ Community (during Pride Week, no less): I am talking about the house on 303 17th Ave. E. (home to the Seattle AIDS Support Group, later called Dunshee House, and then Seattle Area Support Groups & Community
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Ed Murray endorses Jenny Durkan for mayor

Won't run write-in campaign, he says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will not run for re-election as a write-in candidate, he said at a June 29 press conference. Instead, Murray is backing former US Attorney Jenny Durkan to succeed him.

Murray dropped out of the race after a sex scandal derailed what looked to be almost
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SGN exclusive interview: Seattle mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jessyn Farrell is staking a lot on her run for mayor of Seattle. To run without the fundraising limits imposed by state law, she resigned from a safe state House seat she's held for three terms.

Farrell represented the 46th Legislative District - including Kenmore, Lake Forest
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Madrid is the most welcoming city for LGBT folks, Beijing the least
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Strangely enough, Catholic Madrid is the most welcoming city in the world for LGBT folks, while Beijing is the least.

These ratings are based on a survey by the German housing website Nestpick and were published by Newsweek magazine. One hundred world cities were included in the
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IN MEMORIAM - Jim Irish (1936 - 2017)
A memorial will be held for Jim Irish at Christ the King Parish, 405 N. 117th St., Seattle WA, on Monday, July 3rd at 10:30am.

The following obituary was originally published in the SGN March 31, 2017.

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jim Irish, real estate appraiser and veteran LGBT rig
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Flagship tasting event at Fremont Studios to showcase Washington's leading distilleries

Meet and learn from top local spirits experts at PROOF

A world champion ice sculpturist and local entrepreneur. A top distiller and educator. A noted spirits historian with an artisan flair. These are just a few of the interesting and unique presenters who will take the stage at PROOF: The Washington Distillers Festival, to share their wit and wisdom with lovers of craft spirits from throughout th more
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Washington Won't Discriminate: State should reject I-1552 petitions

Text violates state constitution and laws

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Won't Discriminate - the group fighting anti-Transgender Initiative 1552 - has asked Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman to reject I-1552 petitions for multiple violations of the state's constitution and laws.

In its letter, delivered June 23, the group lists th
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4th Circuit rejects challenge to North Carolina same-sex opt-out law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge to North Carolina's law allowing magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages.

In a unanimous decision on June 28, the judges said the three couples who brought the lawsuit lacked stand
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Truth Wins Out closes after 11 years
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, announced on June 27 that his organization was closing on its 11th anniversary. Truth Wins Out was founded to counter so-called 'ex-gay' groups, and it has served its purpose, Besen said in a statement.

'Truth Wins Out is closing because
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Same-sex couples must get equal treatment on birth certificates, SCOTUS says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court sided with two Lesbian couples in an Arkansas lawsuit, ruling that both partners must be listed as parents on the birth certificates of the couples' children.

The decision in Pavan v. Smith was announced June 26. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, an
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Insurance Commissioner: CBO report reveals GOP health plan is not reform, it's a disaster
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the US Senate Republicans' Better Care Reconciliation Act:

'Today's analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals what can happen when you draft such monume
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Pew poll: The whole world hates Donald Trump (except Russians and Israelis)
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The whole world hates Donald Trump - with the exception of Russians and Israelis - according to a new Pew poll released June 27.

The poll involved 40,447 respondents in 37 countries and was conducted from February 16 to May 8.

Only 22% of the respondents said t
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