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posted Friday, June 8, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 23


SCOTUS rules for anti-Gay baker
Decision is terrible or fine depending on what you read

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court issued an equivocal ruling on June 4 in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a Colorado baker claimed a religious exemption from the state's civil rights laws.

The case arose
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NAACP statement on Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
BALTIMORE - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation's premier civil rights organization, released the following statement on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court ruling:

'The US Supreme Court yesterday characterized as 'unexceptional' the principle that state law 'can protect gay per
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LGBTQ candidates make history in Democratic primaries across the US
Democratic voters across the nation spoke out [on June 5], craving more diverse leadership. From Alabama to Montana to California, LGBTQ candidates are poised to make history.

Here's a snapshot of some of the new LGBTQ candidate successes so far this primary season:

June 5:
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HRC kicks off Pride Month by launching a 'Summer of Action' to rally millions of equality voters coast to coast
WASHINGTON - [On June 1], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, launched a nationwide 'Summer of Action' anchored by more than 500 local events in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. [On June 1], HRC President Chad Griffin [ki more
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Happy Birthday, Sheldon Jacobs!
The Cuff to host celebration June 9

Sheldon Jacobs, longtime member of the Seattle Leather Community, Leather Granddad 1995, and longtime volunteer at the Museum of Flight, will be the guest of honor at a Birthday Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 9, 1-5pm, at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. Jacobs turns 90 this S
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SCOTUS fallout begins: Racists already using wedding cake decision to justify turning away people of color
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mere hours after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to supply a wedding cake for a Gay couple, a South Dakota legislator added that businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.

In a Facebook post, South Dakota State Represent
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In response to this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mere hours after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to supply a wedding cake for a Gay couple, a South Dakota legislator added that businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.

In a Facebook post, South Dakota State Represent
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'Herstory' comes to Gay City's Calamus Auditorium Friday, June 22
'Herstory,' live readings and videos presenting the lives of old Lesbians, comes to Gay City's Calamus Auditorium on Friday, June 22 at 2pm.

This special presentation is the result of a collaboration between the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP), Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), and Pride at Work AFL
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Celebrating Pride Month with action
Council approves legislation aimed at eliminating barriers to full inclusion of LGBTQ community

Inclusion can take shape in many forms, with one step including the recognition that all residents do not conform to a specific gender identity or sexual orientation. The Metropolitan King County Council adopted legislation [o
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GoFundMe: Trans Pride Seattle 2018!
https://www.gofundme.com/TransPrideSeattle2018

Each year Gender Justice League produces Trans Pride Seattle, the Northwest's largest trans-specific event, serving nearly 10,000 people each year. Trans Pride Seattle has been featured on the front page of the Seattle Times and heavily covered in all other local media. It
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Burien celebrates Pride!
by Rob Johnson - Special to the SGN

A weekend full of excitement in Burien! A beautiful Saturday welcomed a great group of people to Burien Town Square and the 2nd Annual Burien Pride celebration. It was a day full of dancers, bands and a few drag queens that made the event so special. Also, some great vendors (nearly 100 of them
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Human Rights Campaign endorses Rick Neal for Congress
Columbus, OH - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Rick Neal for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 15th Congressional District.

'Rick Neal's commitment to equality and lon
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Katie Hill advances to general election in congressional race
Out Bisexual candidate will face anti-LGBTQ incumbent; 15 Victory Fund-endorsed candidates advanced or won in Tuesday's primaries

WASHINGTON, DC - Openly bisexual congressional candidate Katie Hill (CA-25) won enough votes to secure a spot on the November ballot and will face anti-LGBTQ incumbent Steve Knight in the gene
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Don't separate families at the border, Pramila Jayapal tells congressional committee
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle-area Rep. Pramila Jayapal is one of three House members authoring a letter to the Subcommittee on Homeland Security to restrict the Department of Homeland Security's ability to separate families at the border.

The other authors are Reps. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississip
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ACLU, immigrants' rights groups sue Trump administration over census citizenship question
NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Arnold & Porter filed a federal lawsuit [on June 6] on behalf of immigrants' rights groups challenging the Trump administration's plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The groups charge that Trump's order intentionally discri
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Lambda Legal sues State of Alaska for denying health care coverage to Transgender employee
JUNEAU, Alaska - Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit [on June 5] against the State of Alaska on behalf of Jennifer Fletcher, a state legislative librarian who was forced to pay out of pocket for medically necessary surgical treatment because the state health insurance plan prohibits such coverage only for transgender state employees.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calls for unity at the 8th Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

Last Friday, June 1, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission along with Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold joined Mayor Jenny Durkan as they raised the Pride flag and proclaimed June as Pride Month. This flag was a little different than the usual six color rainbow, with added colors of p
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