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posted Friday, June 21, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 25


Make PrEP free, Kamala Harris says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) debuted health care legislation on June 20 that would provide free PrEP medication to everyone with health insurance. Harris is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

According to Harris's office, one million Americans could benefit from access to PrEP, but only 7%
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Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations declare: Stonewall is now
OAKLAND, Calif. (June 20, 2019) - This week Transgender Law Center (TLC) and partner organizations announced plans to mobilize in El Paso, Texas, and hold a National Day of Action on June 25th to hold the government accountable for the deaths of Black and brown trans women.

'On the first day of Pride, a trans migrant named Joha
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AFJ: Kacsmaryk confirmation will harm millions in Texas
WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2019) - Following today's vote to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk to a seat on the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

'Matthew Kacsmaryk's confirmation is going to cause suffering to millions of people in Texas, including many vulne
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GLAAD submits formal comment asking Trump administration to drop rule barring health care access for Transgender Americans
NEW YORK (June 19, 2019) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today formally submitted a comment to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) calling on the Trump administration to drop its proposed rule that could eliminate health care access for transgender Americans across the country. Previously, the admini more
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Nova Project High School students raise Pride Flags
Nova Project High School students raised the Trans Flag and Philly Pride Flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement at its 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, June 6th.

Nova Project is an alternative Seattle Public High School committed to social justice (https://novahs.seattleschools.org/)

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Walt Odets to read from and discuss his new work: OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives at Town Hall June 27
WALT ODETS
OUT OF THE SHADOWS:?REIMAGINING GAY MEN'S LIVES
THE FORUM AT TOWN HALL
June 27 @ 7:30pm


'Odets's greatest strengths are his moving prose and ability to make the psychological material accessible and as fascinating and thought-provoking as the poignant stories. Gay men will find much to p
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Union Pride 2019 to host a NO COVER 3-day celebration on Capitol Hill
Union Seattle is excited to announce Union Pride 2019, a NO COVER, 3-day celebration and street party featuring outdoor bars, guest VJ's, and you.

Union (1318 E Union St) will join with Bar Sue (1407 14th Ave) and take over 14th Ave (between E Union and E Madison Sts) creating one large venue with multiple spaces to enjoy your friend
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PRIDE Act fixes discrimination against LGBT couples in tax code
WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2019) - Today, Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Andy Levin (MI-09) introduced HR 3299, the Promoting Respect for Individuals' Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act of 2019. The PRIDE Act, which is scheduled to be marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m., includes language from HR 1244, the more
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10,000 LGBT teens protected from conversion therapy in 18 states with bans
LOS ANGELES (June 18, 2019) - An estimated 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13-17 have been protected from receiving conversion therapy by licensed health care professionals in the 18 states that have banned the practice, according to an updated study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Revised estimates show that approximat
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Less than one in four approve of Trump's LGBTQ policies
Half support the Equality Act

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only 24% of US adults approve of the Trump administration's handling of LGBTQ rights, while 38% disapprove, according to a new Hill-YouGov poll released June 19.

The survey also found that half the respondents support legisl
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HRC on 'civil rights disaster' of Trump-Pence administration ahead of 2020 campaign launch
WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization slammed the Trump-Pence administration for [its] attacks on LGBTQ people ahead of Trump's 2020 campaign launch.

'Since Donald Trump and Mike Pence took of
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New law legalizes paid surrogacy, increasing family building options for LGBTQ community
by Lorna Marshall, MD
Director of Center for Collaborative Reproduction
Pacific NW Fertility & IVF Specialists

The state of Washington made paid surrogacy fully legal January 1, taking a huge step forward for people who need to use a gestational carrier to build their families. Options available and access to care
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HRC: Congress must pass Speier Amendment, protect Trans troops
WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, called on Congress to pass an appropriations amendment introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would prevent further implementation of Trump's ban on transgender peop more
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MMAA statement on appointment of Mark Esper as acting Secretary of Defense
WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2019) - Today, the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) - the nation's largest nonprofit organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) military and veteran community - released the following statement on the appointment of Mark Esper as acting Secretary of Defense.

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Lambda Legal on anti-LGBT Kacsmaryk confirmation: this highly offensive appointment further damages our judiciary
WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2019) - In response to the Senate confirmation of Matthew Kacsmaryk to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Sharon McGowan, Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director at Lambda Legal released the following statement:

'Today the US Senate did further damage to our federal judi
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HRC responds to the confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Matthew Kacsmaryk
WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, [responded] to the confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Matthew Kacsmaryk to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

'Matthew Kacsmaryk is
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