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posted Friday, October 23, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 43


White House says ban conversion therapy
Federal agency calls practice 'dangerous'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House called for a ban on so-called 'conversion therapy' after a federal health agency said the practice was dangerous for minors.

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its report on conversion therapy October 15. The same day, senior White House staffer Va
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Hate crime strikes Beacon Hill church
Swastika spray-painted on Gay-friendly spiritual center

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Beacon Hill church was the target of a hate crime on the morning of October 21, with vandals spray-painting a four-foot by four-foot swastika and hate language on the front of the building.

Amor Spiritual Center at 2528 Beacon Ave. S. displays its slogan - 'Love in many lang
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'Gay gene' debunked? Environment influences sexuality
Biology alone doesn't cause homosexuality, suggests new epigenetic research

by Peter Tatchell - Peter Tatchell Foundation

This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph (London, UK; 9 October 2015) with the headline: The latest 'gay gene' study gives no comfort to homophobes.' READ & COMMENT: http://bit.ly/1OqUW2P.

This is an extended version of Peter Tatchell's Daily Telegra
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Mormons vs. Kim Davis
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay county clerk Kim Davis should shut up and do her job, a high-ranking Mormon official said October 20.

Public officials 'are not free to apply personal convictions - religious or other - in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices,' Mormon Apostl
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VOTE 'YES' ON PROPOSITION 1, THE LET'S MOVE SEATTLE LEVY
On your ballot this fall, Seattle voters have an opportunity to create a less congested, safer and more modern transportation system by voting 'yes' on Seattle Proposition 1.

Proposition 1, the Let's Move Seattle levy, is a bold and much-needed investment in transit, safety and fixing what we have. Transportation is critical fo
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SEAMEC announces endorsements
SEAMEC, the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee for Gays, Lesbian, Bisexuals & Transgender individuals, announced its general election endorsements on October 15.

Incumbent King County assessor Lloyd Hara was endorsed for reelection because of his long record of support for the LGBT community.

Veteran
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Last minute money enters District 3 City Council race
Pro-business PAC takes on Sawant

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

With less than two weeks to go till Election Day, a newly formed pro-business PAC is gearing up to throw new money into the race against incumbent City Council member Kshama Sawant.

Called 'Neighbors for Banks' - that's Sawant's challenger, Pamela Banks - the PAC was formed by i
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Seattle's TomboyX prove they are winners at National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Biz Pitch Competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. - At one time, calling a woman a tomboy might have been an insult, but an LGBT-certified business embraced it and ended up taking home the top prize in the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's Biz Pitch Competition.

TomboyX, a Seattle-based start-up clothing company, creates underwear, t-shirts and othe
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Bernie Sanders snubs profiteering pharma CEO
Campaign donation will go to health clinic

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will transfer a $2,700 campaign donation to a District of Columbia health clinic because the donor is pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli is the drug company executive who acquired rights to Daraprim, a medication used by s
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Utah settles lawsuit with Lesbian couple
OKs birth certificate with names of both as parents

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state of Utah has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a Lesbian couple seeking to have both their names listed as the parents of their child.

In documents filed October 16, the ACLU of Utah and the Utah attorney general's office acknowledged that the couple - identified
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The next big court case?
Gay man sues federal agencies for discrimination

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Gay man whose discrimination complaint prompted a landmark Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling in July has now taken the next step and filed a federal lawsuit against two U.S. government agencies.

David Baldwin charges that he was harassed and passed over
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NCLR and HRC release draft law against conversion therapy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only days after the Obama administration announced its support for outlawing so-called conversion therapy, two LGBT rights groups have issued draft legislation to ban the practice.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released what th
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Swiss dismiss hate speech charge against Catholic bishop, LGBT groups appeal
LGBT HISTORY MONTH: Tenderloin's LGBT story survives by Seth Hemmelgarn
Bay Area Reporter
Special to the SGN

San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood has a colorful history and was once the center of gay life in San Francisco. Grittier than the Castro, which in the late 1970s overtook 'The Loin,' as it's somet
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A taste of her own medicine:
Westboro Baptist Church pickets Kim Davis

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay county clerk Kim Davis got a taste of her own medicine October 19, when her office was picketed by the even more anti-Gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Gathered on the lawn of the Rowan County, Ky., courthouse, members of the cult-like church carried their trademark signs
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Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System at the Seattle Public Library Oct. 27
Author and former Prosecutor Christopher T. Bayley will discuss his successful fight during the 1970s to end corruption in Seattle law enforcement and politics from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library events are free and open to the public. Regist
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AHF commends SCRUFF mobile dating app for free STD testing ads
LOS ANGELES - Following the explosion of international media attention on a provocative Los Angeles billboard campaign launched in September by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to draw attention to the risk of mobile dating app users contracting STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia, the organization applauded SCRUFF, one of the largest location-b more
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