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posted Friday, August 28, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 35


Rentboy bust leads to protests:
LGBT organizations call for decriminalization of sex work

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The August 25 raid on the offices of escort website Rentboy.com has many LGBT activists up in arms, with some organizations renewing their calls to decriminalize sex work.

Shortly after U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents and New York City Police descended on the website's Manhattan office, carting away record
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Police release additional footage in Neighbours fire
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Additional video is being released by SPD concerning a fire that a man seen in the nightclub's video surveillance footage ignited in broad daylight August 7.

Firefighters responded to Neighbours on Broadway around 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 7, when fire engulfed the Plexigl
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U.N. Security Council briefed on ISIS hate crimes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), briefed the U.N. Security Council on anti-LGBT hate crimes committed by ISIS.

In her August 24 statement to the U.N. body, Stern urged governments to act immediately to su
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SPD cracking down on gun violence
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There's been a 30.6 percent increase in shots fired in Seattle through August 17 from the same period last year, and a 16.3 percent increase in shooting injuries. More than 15 homicides have occurred in Seattle, with nine of those being people that have died in shootings this year through
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Rentboy bust leads to protests: LGBT organizations call for decriminalization of sex work
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The August 25 raid on the offices of escort website Rentboy.com has many LGBT activists up in arms, with some organizations renewing their calls to decriminalize sex work.

Shortly after U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents and New York City Police descended on the websi
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Columbia Tower Club Philanthropy Committee announces KIRO 7 and GSBA as sponsors of its 2015 Givers Ball
On August 25, the Philanthropy Committee of the Columbia Tower Club announced KIRO 7 and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) as two of its key sponsors for the 2015 Givers Ball on November 7th.

'We are proud to have such great organizations as key sponsors for this year's ball,' Nick Simonton, Chair of the Philanthr
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GSBA awarded $10,000 by NGLCC and Wells Fargo to Support LGBT-Owned Businesses
Grant will fund effort to increase diversity in corporate supply chains

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is proud to announce that the chamber was awarded a $10,000 grant on Thursday, August 13th at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)'s 2015 International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, this grant
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NOM donors revealed!
Group got big bucks from six funders

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

NOM finally turned over its list of donors to Maine officials after years of legal wrangling aimed at concealing its funding sources.

The anti-Gay group raised money nationally that it then channeled into Maine's 2009 initiative banning same-sex marriage. Maine campaign financ
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Kentucky clerk defies Sixth Circuit, turns away Gay couple
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kim Davis, Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, defied a ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court and again turned away a Gay couple seeking a marriage license on August 27.

The Sixth Circuit ruled on August 26 that Davis must give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Hotel workers protest '$500,000 Green Card' program
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle hotel workers joined their counterparts in other U.S. cities to protest what they call the '$500,000 Green Card' program.

August 25 was a national day of action against reauthorization of the EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to buy priority treatment when it
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Mormons to stay in Boy Scouts
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Mormon Church announced August 26 that it will continue its affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America despite BSA's decision to allow Gay adult leaders to participate in the program.

The Mormon Church sponsors nearly 38,000 Scout units with 427,000 boys, accounting for ab
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Four GOP losers sign NOM pledge to repeal marriage rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Four Republican presidential hopefuls have signed a NOM-inspired pledge to repeal marriage equality if they are elected in 2016.

Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and Ben Carson vowed to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and reverse the U.S. Supreme Cou
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Venice mayor wants to ban Pride: 'Let them go do it in Milan,' he says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wants to ban Pride celebrations in the iconic Italian city.

'There will be no Gay Pride in my Venice,' Brugnaro told La Repubblica newspaper. 'Let them go and do it in Milan, or under their own windows.'

Brugnaro, a right-wing business
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Condoms not entirely to blame for erection problems, new study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Condoms are not entirely to blame when men who use them experience erection problems, a new study says.

The study, published in the August Journal of Sexual Medicine, surveyed 479 men between the ages of 18 and 24 who had used a condom during sex in the previous 90 days.
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