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posted Friday, May 8, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 19


National Faith Leaders Sign Letter Urging Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills Cloaked Falsely in 'Religious Freedom'
Also Call for Laws Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

WASHINGTON D.C. - On Wednesday, April 29, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that 17 national religious leaders, from California to t
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SCOTUS turns down challenge to New Jersey conversion therapy ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal challenging New Jersey's ban on so-called 'conversion therapy,' the justices said on April 4.

This is the second time the Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal against a law banning the practice of trying to 'convert' Lesbia
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Habitat for Humanity's PRIDE BUILD is this June - Your help is needed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There are families in need and when we, as a society, tend to 'give back' it is usually around the holiday season. There is something about overeating for Thanksgiving that reminds us, as a collective society, to donate food to a homeless shelter or volunteer at a soup kitchen at a chur
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Seattle City Library teams up with Pride ASIA and others for Transgender visibility
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Sunday, May 3, nearly 100 people filed into the auditorium at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library to watch a documentary film KUMU HINA, presented by Pride ASIA, Seattle U.T.O.P.I.A. (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance), in collaboration with Three Dollar B
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The Space Needle is at it again: New unfair labor practice charge filed
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A labor union activist has filed a new unfair labor practice complaint against her employer, the Space Needle.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency charged with enforcing federal labor laws, found the Space Needle guilty on five separate ULP charges in January
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Farewell Fuiten: Anti-Gay bigot retires
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Notorious anti-Gay pastor Joe Fuiten announced May 4 that he will retire from his Cedar Park Assembly of God church.

Fuiten, now 65, was once a leading figure among anti-Gay evangelicals, but came to be an even bigger thorn in the side of his fellow Christians than he was fo
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Paul J. Everett  In Memoriam
Paul J. Everett, 69, passed away from a sudden illness December 25, 2014 in Seattle, WA. He was born in Miami, FL. He worked in restaurant management until his retirement. He is survived by his sisters Nancy Prigg Rawls, Pensacola Beach, FL, Mary Jeffery of Corona, CA, Jane Ellington of Springfield, OR and a brother Thomas Adams in Greensboro, GA. more
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Patty Murray to HHS: Women must have access to contraceptives
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's senior Senator Patty Murray authored a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell insisting that women have access to all FDA-approved methods of contraception.

Murray was joined by Washington's junior Senator, Maria Cantwell, and 37 other Se
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No surgery for Transgender inmate, SCOTUS rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a Transgender inmate seeking gender reassignment surgery in a brief May 4 order.

The high court did not comment on its reasons for rejecting the appeal of Michelle Kosilek, who is currently an inmate in a Massachusetts stat
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You can't be God's spokesperson, federal judge tells Nebraska woman
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Nebraska woman who wanted to be named the legal spokesperson for God and Jesus Christ.

U.S. District Judge John Gerrard dismissed the suit May 6.

Sylvia Driskell asked the court to name her God's legal repres
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We won't fire Gay or divorced employees, German Catholic Church says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Germany's Catholic bishops have adopted new rules for lay employees of church-related organizations that will no longer require them to adhere to Catholic teaching in their private lives.

The new rules mean that LGBT employees or those who have been divorced will no longer be auto
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Pornography is good for you - We hear lots about the downsides of porn. What about the benefits?
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

Porn gets a bum rap. Nearly every discussion focuses on the negatives, not the positives. In my view, it's time for a more balanced, nuanced response to pornography.

The issue is back as a hot topic after the controversial and disputed anti-porn researcher, Gary Wilson, a
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Oxford English Dictionary considers gender-neutral title 'Mx'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Oxford English Dictionary - the repository of standard English since 1884 - is considering adding a gender-neutral title, Mx., to Mr., Mrs., and Ms.

'This is an example of how the English language adapts to people's needs, with people using language in ways that suit them
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