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posted Friday, May 29, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 22


Irish landslide rocks Catholic Church
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ireland's landslide vote for marriage equality has rocked church leaders in what was once the most Catholic country in Europe, and the shock waves have reached as far as the Vatican.

Sixty-two percent of Irish voters agreed to amend the country's constitution to provide for same-sex marriage, with Yes votes leading in a
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SPD Safe Place launch a success
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Something has changed on Capitol Hill. Business owners, citizens, students, and community organizers are fed up and we are sending a clear message to criminals that their days of running the streets of Capitol Hill are coming to an end. Residents - old and new - are tired of the intimid
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GLSEN applauds Oregon legislature and Governor Brown for protecting LGBT youth by banning conversion therapy for minors
NEW YORK - On May 14 GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, thanked Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the state's Legislature for passing and signing into law a ban on the use of conversion therapy on minors. Oregon joins California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., as the only regions that ban conversion therapy, also known as 'reparative ther more
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Pride Foundation awards $403,850 to 124 LGBTQ and allied students across the Northwest - Provides important financial and community support to student leaders
by Rachael DeCruz - Pride Foundation

While much has changed for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community since Pride Foundation's scholarship program was established more than two decades ago, the program continues to provide essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ and allie
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LGBT youth in foster care - HRC's call to action and new issue brief
With LGBT youth in foster care facing bias and discrimination, HRC issues call to action to address crisis

New issue brief, released during National Foster Care Month, details realities that conspire to put LGBTQ youth in danger of abuse, violence and homelessness

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, May 19, the Huma
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DignityUSA Convention coming to Seattle July 2-5
God's Love - Enduring as the Mountains, Endless as the Sea - that's the theme of the 22nd Biennial DignityUSA Convention being held this summer in Seattle - July 2 - 5 at the Renaissance Hotel (515 Madison Street). DignityUSA is an organization that works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identi more
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SOSea Safety Shuttle to officially launch June 1, with app
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since December 2012 Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), the Capitol Hill based social justice nonprofit that I am founder and president, has worked to keep Seattleites safe.

We first launched a simple poster project called NO ONE WALKS ALONE to remind folks that it is not
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Hawaii Supreme Court rejects challenge to marriage law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Hawaii Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge to the state's 2013 Marriage Equality Act.

The suit was filed by Republican State Representative Bob McDermott, alleging that Hawaii's legislature did not have the constitutional authority to legalize same-sex marriage.
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Frank Kameny to be honored with spot in Labor Hall of Honor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Labor will honor LGBT rights pioneer Frank Kameny with a spot in its Hall of Honor.

'Kameny's legacy as a civil rights leader has made a monumental difference in improving the lives of all workers all across America,' the Labor Department said in a May 27
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North Carolina governor will veto anti-Gay opt-out bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said May 28 that he will veto a bill allowing state officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The bill was passed by the state's House May 28. The North Carolina senate passed the measure in February.

'I recognize th
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Angela Merkel says 'nein!' to marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While the overwhelming vote for marriage equality in Ireland prompted calls for similar action across Europe, Germany's Angela Merkel stands squarely in the way.

Merkel's government said that at most it will agree to small changes in existing civil partnership laws, but marri
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Kazakhstan Constitutional Council rejects homophobic propaganda bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, May 26, Human Rights First welcomed reports that Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council has rejected the proposed homophobic propaganda bill as unconstitutional. The organization notes that this ruling, which blocks the bill from becoming law, will ensure that 2022 Olympic contender Kazakhstan meets requirements inc more
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HRC and Gender Proud to raise Transgender visibility and awareness in the Philippines
HRC and Gender Proud launch partnership to raise visibility of the Transgender community and their rights in the Philippines

Partnering with model and Transgender activist Geena Rocero, HRC supports three-city public education campaign


WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, May 13, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the
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Mayor Ed Murray's statement on Irish marriage equality
SEATTLE - On Saturday, May 23, Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after Ireland became the first nation in the world to recognize marriage equality by popular vote:

'Congratulations to the people of Ireland. When I visited Ireland last year, I could feel an incredible energy behind the marriage equality movement. To
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Op-Ed by the Vice President on Ireland's Vote for Marriage Equality
The following is an op-ed by Vice President Joe Biden featured in the Advocate, the Washington Blade, and Irish Central.

Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality.

They recognized the fundamental truth t
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Arouet presents 'Lawfully Wedded' - Plays about marriage. Or not. A one-night late-night event.
What is love? What is marriage? What does it all mean? People have widely differing views, and that is the subject we explore in this collaborative piece about marriage equality. Through personal interviews, theatre and poetry, we will explore the topic and challenge your preconceived notions. This collaborative production is sure to speak to more
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Start antiretrovirals immediately after diagnosis, CDC says
Agency halts study because benefits of early treatment already clear

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

HIV-positive patients should be given antiretrovirals as early as possible, the CDC said May 27.

The agency also said it was halting the largest-ever clinical trial of early HIV treatment because the benefits were already so clear that no further study was necessary. James D.
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PrEP reaches peak effectiveness after only one week, new study says

High effectiveness remains for one week after last dose

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When used as a PrEP drug, Truvada reaches its peak effectiveness after only five to seven daily doses, and remains effective for up to seven days after the last dose, according to a new study.

According to the research, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, o
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