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posted Friday, July 17, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 29


Caitlyn Jenner's acceptance speech on receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN's 2015 ESPY Awards Ceremony
'Thank you so much. It is so wonderful to be here tonight. Now the last few months have been a whirlwind of so many different experiences and emotions. But to tell you the truth, it seems like every time I turn around in life, I'm putting myself in these high-pressure situations. Competing in the Games, raising a family. But I've never felt more pressure than I ever have felt in my more
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Central District March Against Violence held on Thursday, July 16
After a wave of shootings and street crime that brought city and police officials to the Central District's Powell Barnett Park Thursday night for a community meeting and a march to 'take back the neighborhood' and 'stop the violence,' Central District residents showed a renewed appreciation for the SPD, its Chief, and the Mayor. more
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Boy Scouts end ban on Gay leaders
Local option allows church-sponsored troops to maintain ban

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Boys Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously lifted the organization's ban on Gay adult leaders on July 13. The resolution also prohibits regional councils and Boy Scout camps from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, and allows previously removed leaders to reappl
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Trans homelessness event at City Hall a step in the right direction
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Wednesday, July 15, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray spoke at a Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) sponsored, Equality Coalition for Housing and Opportunity (ECHO) organized, community forum at City Hall addressing Transgender homelessness.

Murray was particularly focused when he
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Ali Forney Center to break ground on 'Bea Arthur Residence' in Manhattan
New York, NY - On Monday, July 20, 2015, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residence for homeless LGBT youth operated by the Ali Forney Center. In 2012 the New York City Council and the Manhattan Borough President awarded $3,300,000 for the renovation of a long vacant building owned by the New Yor more
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Michigan Christian college OKs spousal benefits for same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The administration of Hope College, a Christian school affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, says it will grant same-sex married couples the same benefits that were previously reserved for opposite-sex spouses.

'In employment policy and practice, Hope College has alw
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Chick-fil-A is 'the official chicken of Jesus'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fox News radio star Todd Starnes proclaimed Chick-fil-A 'the official chicken of Jesus' in a July 12 sermon at Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia.

SGN readers will remember that in 2012 the fried chicken company donated millions of dollars to anti-Gay groups including
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Even Christian Republican business owners say it's wrong to turn away LGBT customers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A large majority of small business owners - including those who identify as Christian and Republican - say businesses should not refuse service to LGBT customers, according to a new survey.

The poll, released July 13, was commissioned by Small Business Majority, an organizatio
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Sisters celebrate 19 years this weekend
by Sister Ophelia Onassis - Special to the SGN

On July 14, 1996, seven people, dressed in stylized nun's habit, dunked themselves in the waters of Lake Washington - baptizing themselves The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan! These six Sisters reaffirmed their vow to promulgate universal joy and to expiate sti
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Equality in employment is next step, Joe Biden says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Equality in employment is the next step for the LGBT community, Vice President Joe Biden said in a July 9 speech at a Freedom to Marry event in New York City.

'There are still 32 states where marriage can be recognized in the morning and you can be fired in the afternoon,' Bid
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Utah must recognize parental rights of Lesbian couple, judge rules
Arkansas couples also sue

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what is possibly the first legal fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a federal judge ruled on July 15 that Utah must recognize the parental rights of a married Lesbian couple and list both of them as parents on their daughter's birth certificate
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Alcoholics Anonymous celebrates 80th birthday at recent International Convention in Atlanta
by Anonymous - Special to the SGN

It was estimated that 70,000 Alcoholics, Al-Anons and Alateens were in Atlanta, GA, July 2-5, representing 90 countries, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous. Convention events were held at the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park and loca
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Civil unions being scheduled in Chile
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay and Lesbian couples are jamming civil registry offices in Chile, scheduling their civil union ceremonies.

July 9 was the first day Chilean same-sex couples could apply for a license to form a civil union. The first ceremonies will take place in October.

Many
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Ireland OKs sweeping changes to gender identity laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ireland's parliament adopted sweeping changes to the country's gender identity laws on July 15. The legislation now heads to the Irish president, who is expected to sign it and it should go into effect by the end of the summer.

'Ireland will go from being one of the last count
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