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posted Friday, December 8, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 49


Supreme Court hears arguments on Colorado cake case
Court could restrict equal rights to public accommodations by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on December 5.

The case, in which the State of Colorado brought a civil rights complaint against a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a Ga
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Largest LGBT Gala in the Pacific Northwest raises $950,000 for scholarship fund
The Greater Seattle Business Association, the largest LGBT chamber of commerce in the US, raised a record $950,000 at its annual gala, EQUALUX: The TASTE of GSBA, on November 18.

900 guests gathered at the Westin Seattle Hotel for an evening featuring celebrity chefs, 25 Washington wineries, bites prepared by member restaurants
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Australia legalizes same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Australia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage on December 7. The vote came after more than twenty previous failed attempts at legislating marriage equality since 2004.

Almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joined the opposition Labor and
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The 14th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast was better than ever
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

On Friday morning, December 1, the LGBTQ and allied community came together for the 14th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast at the Seattle Sheraton Hote for the second year in a row.

After welcoming remarks from KOMO 4 News anchor Molly Shen and messages from G
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: The First Trump Year
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I have not written much about Donald Trump, his administration, or their ongoing attempt to destroy everything I hold dear, for two reasons. First, as one who dominates the news for better or for worse (mostly the latter), Trump has been written about by so many writers and journali
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Council takes first steps to making County Code gender-neutral
Unanimous support for making changes to gendered pronouns and historically gendered terms

In 2016, County voters supported a change to King County's 'Constitution,' the King County Charter, replacing gender specific terms with gender-neutral language. The Metropolitan King County Council today [Tuesday, December 5] unan
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Former Army Secretary questions Trump administration claim that military is not ready to accept transgender applicants A return to 'We Don't Serve Your Kind Here'?

Far-reaching dangers of Masterpiece Cakeshop Case highlighted by Open to All campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Eric Fanning, former Secretary of the U.S. Army, questioned the Trump administration's claim yesterday [Wednesday, December 6] that the military is not ready to accept transgender applicants. According to Fanning, 'the Department of Defense was on track to lift the accession ban for transgender service effective July 1, 201 more
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US Supreme Court declines to take Texas spousal benefits case
Returns issue to Houston court

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving same-sex spousal benefits, instead returning the issue to a lower court in Houston.

The high court announced on December 4 that it would not grant certiorari in Tur
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National LGBTQ Task Force: Masterpiece Cakeshop case could roll LGBTQ rights back a half-century
Remarks prepared by National LGBTQ Task Force for SCOTUS protest, December 5, 8-11am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National LGBTQ Task Force was out at full strength on the steps of the Supreme Court to rally for the court to uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the lead up to the court
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OutRight Action International holds Global Week of Advocacy at UN
40 LGBTIQ activists, 29 countries, 5 days of activism NEW YORK, NY - OutRight Action International held a Global Week of Advocacy, where dozens of LGBTIQ activists from 29 countries from every region of the world have come to participate in the organization's 6th annual United Nations (UN) Week of Advocacy. From December 4 to 8, huma more
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North African LGBTIQ activist speaks about Egypt crackdown in New York, December 7, during OutRight Action International's Global Week of Advocacy
NEW YORK, NY - Since September 2017, over 60 people perceived to be LGBTIQ have been arrested in Egypt. The government has clamped down on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, even going so far as to banning positive coverage of LGBTIQ people in the media. On December 7 an activist working in Egypt, Azza Sultan, about the perse more
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology to the Canadian LGBTQ2 community
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to his country's LGBTQ2 community in an emotional speech to parliament on November 28.

Following is a transcript of that speech as reported by The Canadian Press. You can also read or watch his full remarks at http://fortune.com/2017/11/29/justin-trudeau-lgbt-apology-full-tran
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HRC joins allies to demand a clean DREAM Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, [Wednesday, December 6] the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, joins Dreamers from across the nation on Capitol Hill to demand that Congress pass a clean DREAM Act and protect thousands of dreamers and Deferred Action for Child more
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Senator Murray to Dreamers: 'We stand with you, and we will not stop until we get this across the finish line'
President Trump announced the end of the DACA program, leaving the futures of 800,000 young men and women in doubt unless Congress acts In floor speech, Sen. Murray urges Republicans to reject President Trump's reckless agenda and instead support the bipartisan DREAM Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, December 7, in a
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The Dream Act
The bipartisan Dream Act would allow a select group of immigrant students who grew up in the United States to contribute more fully to the country they love. These young people, known as Dreamers, have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here. They grew up pledging allegiance to the American flag and singing the Sta more
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Perhaps the most "historic" speech todate about LGBTQ2?

Watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a historic apology to LGBT Canadians in the House of Commons, saying sorry for decades of "state-sponsored, systematic oppression and rejection."

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