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posted Friday, March 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 11


Utah passes landmark anti-discrimination bill - Bill allowing opt-outs from same-sex marriages also passes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Utah House of Representatives has passed a landmark bill outlawing discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of housing and employment. The March 11 vote on the measure, titled SB296, was 65-10.

The bill passed the Utah Senate by a 23-5 vote on March 6. It will now go to Utah's governor, who is expected to s
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Barney Frank in Seattle March 30
On Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., Barney Frank will appear in Seattle in a conversation, reading and book signing of his new memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, sponsored by the University Book Store. The event will be held at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St. in the Sanctuary. more
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Top Dems send marriage brief to SCOTUS
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two hundred and ten Democratic members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have sent the Supreme Court an amicus brief supporting marriage equality.

All the Democratic leaders in both Senate and House signed on to the brief, including Washington Senator Patty Murray.
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SOSea to launch Safety Shuttle program - Self-defense class offered March 18
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) will officially launch its pilot program for a neighborhood safety shuttle service designed to shuttle people around Capitol Hill at night. The idea for a safety shuttle came up as an answer to calls from the community for more safety on Capitol Hill as rep
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Big changes at SPD as Chief O'Toole names new assistant chiefs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole announced a shake-up in the agency's command staff Wednesday morning that includes the promotion of two longtime SPD officers in addition to some out of town folks.

Mayor Ed Murray and O'Toole announced the appointments of four new ass
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IN MEMORIAM: TRENTON JOHN GARRIS
Trenton John Garris passed away Monday morning March 2nd, 2015 at the age of 42 at his cousin's house in Tucson, AZ. He is survived by his mother, sister, niece and nephew, an aunt, four cousins and their eight children. He was also survived by the shear multitude of friends and an entire community who not only shared his life and the ups and do more
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Social Security Administration sued over marriage recognition
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) and Justice in Aging filed a class action lawsuit March 10, demanding that the Social Security Administration (SSA) stop trying to collect overpayments to same-sex couples.

The groups' clients, Hugh Held and Orion Masters, say th
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Oklahoma House abolishes marriage licenses - If we have to license same-sex couples we won't license anyone, lawmakers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a bill abolishing marriage licenses.

The measure, passed on March 10 by a lopsided 67-24 vote, would substitute after-the-fact 'certificates of marriage' filled out by whoever officiates a marriage ceremony.

Bill
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FDA approves expanded testing for HIV 'cure'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved expanded testing for what has been called an 'effective cure' for HIV.

The method uses genetic modification to create a specific mutation in the patient's T-cells which replicates naturally-occurring mutations in the
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New app locates Trans-friendly restrooms - Restroom rights threatened in Texas
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new iPhone app can help Transgender and other gender variant people find safe restrooms.

The app - launched by Refuge Restrooms on iPhone and Android - allows business owners to identify gender-neutral and safe gendered restrooms. Trans people can then use the app to find the
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Same-sex marriage is a human right, European Parliament says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Parliament has called on EU member states to recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions as a human right.

'The European Parliament takes note of the legalization of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions in an increasing number of countries around the worl
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