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posted Friday, January 23, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 04


Waiting for SCOTUS - Marriage cases in limbo till high court rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pending litigation on the rights of Gay and Lesbian couples to marry has been put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court's January 16 announcement that it will hear appeals from same-sex couples in four states under the Sixth Circuit Court's jurisdiction. [NOTE: SCOTUS is an acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States.]
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Body Worn-Cameras: Will they increase police accountability?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave South) a panel presentation and community discussion hosted by The Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) is scheduled for body-worn cameras on Seattle police officers.

According to t
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Obama mentions Transgender people in State of the Union speech
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President Barack Obama has mentioned the acronym LGBT before; but never before has the President, Obama or any other, ever actually said the word 'Transgender' during a State of the Union (SOTU) speech. Until last Tuesday, that is. During his speech, which has been lauded by many as one
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Senator Patty Murray's statement on Roe v. Wade anniversary, regarding continued GOP attacks on women's health care decisions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, January 22, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, released the following statement on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

'Forty-two years ago today the Supreme Court issued a constitutional guarantee in Roe v. Wade to women acr
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All City GSA Dance Planning Meetings: February 9, 23, & March 9
An Open Invitation to All LGBTQA Youth:

Hi GSA members:

My hope is that every GSA (or similar club) that can do so will be able to send one (or more) representatives to help plan the next All City GSA Dance!

Planning meetings are open to all teens whether or not they are in a GSA club.
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'Black Lives Matter' - Huge MLK Day march, police arrest 19 in civil disobedience
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As many as 10,000 people marked Martin Luther King Day in Seattle with a march from Garfield High School to the Federal Courthouse. Later, police arrested 19 people in civil disobedience actions on State Route 99.

Ferguson, Missouri, protest leader Jelani Brown was the keynote s
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ECSA Field Day set for January 24
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) invites players of all types to its annual Field Day, 10 a.m., January 24, at North SeaTac Park (128th Street and 20th Avenue S., SeaTac, WA).

The new-player clinic and skills assessment is designed for players of all skill le
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Dear Board members, Court members, and fellow Courtiers,
This is my letter of intent for the position of Candidate for Emperor 41 of the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire.

I am sorry that it has taken me this long to come to a decision to run. But it took me this long because I do not take this position lightly. I do not want to commit to somethi
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To The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and The Olympic and Rainier Empire, College of Monarchs, Board of Directors, and Greater Community of Seattle.
My name is Paul Creasman, aka Shirley Todae, and this is my letter of intent to run for the position of Olympia 44 Empress of the Imperial Court of Seattle.

I have a very long history of experience in fundraising, pageantry and stage. My accomplishments include:

o Queen of Hearts 19 of the Imperial Court
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Voters are ready for Hillary, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton shows double-digit leads over all the most frequently mentioned Republican presidential hopefuls, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released January 22.

In more good news for the former Secretary of State, every matchup shows her with more than 50% o
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Trans Health Insurance Forum a huge success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On January 17, Gender Justice League hosted a Trans Health Insurance Forum with the Coalition for Inclusive Healthcare at Calamus Auditorium inside Gay City Health project (517 E. Pike St.).

According to Executive Director of Gender Justice League, Danielle Askini, in a
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Republicans move to reverse LGBT gains
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican lawmakers are introducing new measures to roll back many of the gains made by the LGBT community in the past few years.

Texas Congressman Randy Weber has reintroduced his State Marriage Defense Act, which would prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-s
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Minneapolis Catholic Archdiocese files bankruptcy; seeks to evade molestation lawsuits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 17. The move freezes more than 20 lawsuits against the archdiocese, all of them arising from allegations of sexual misconduct by priests. An additional 100 suits are reportedly pending.
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California to investigate NOM on ethics charges - Complaint filed by Gay Republican Fred Karger
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state of California will investigate NOM (the National Organization for Marriage) and seven of its major donors for violations of state campaign laws.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) - the state equivalent of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) -
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Chile on track for same-sex civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chile's House of Representatives has approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to form legally recognized civil unions. According to La Tercera newspaper, the January 20 vote was a comfortable 86-23, with two abstentions.

The Chilean Senate passed a similar bill last October,
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Evangelicals hate Gays more than they hate Catholics - Form alliance to fight equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay evangelicals have lined up with the Whore of Babylon - an old Protestant expression for the Catholic Church, derived from the Biblical Book of Revelations. Their common goal? Stop marriage equality.

An organization called Evangelicals and Catholics Together are set to
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Joint statement from IGLHRC and MADRE: Be cautious in reporting 'Gay executions' by ISIS
After the publication of photos that purport to document executions by ISIS of Gay men in the city of Mosul, Iraq, the International LGBT Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and MADRE, an international women's rights organization, have issued the following joint statement:

IGLHRC and MADRE caution concerned members of the media,
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