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posted Friday, November 6, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 45


Prop 8 redux: Houston rejects civil rights ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston voters have decisively rejected the city's civil rights ordinance passed in May 2014. The vote was not even close, with 61% of voters in the No column.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) would have established legal protections for 14 protected classes: sexual orientation and gender identity, race,
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SPD Safe Place program rolls out to Starbucks stores in the Seattle area
Special to SGN - from Starbucks Corporation

One of the first things Jim Ritter did when he became LGBTQ liaison officer for the Seattle Police Department earlier this year was to page through reports of hate crimes. The numbers indicated a possible modest uptick in attacks and menacing behavior aimed at the gay community. An
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Seattle HIV/AIDS memorial planners seek support
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen may be leaving City Hall early next year, but he's made it very clear that that does not mean he is leaving Seattle - or the LGBTQ community for that matter - one bit. In fact, as a part of his recommendations for the last city of Seattle budg
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Election wrap-up:Seattle City Council will be majority women
Incumbents heading for re-election

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle City Council will be the same, but different, as a result of the November 3 election.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the majority of City Council members will be women. On the other hand, all the City Council incumbents who made it to through the primary a
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Homeward Pet sings the 'Oldies But Goodies' for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet-Month
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet-Month, and Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville will be celebrating the 'Oldies But Goodies' in their care with reduced adoption fees on all cats and dogs over the age of 8, all month long!

Senior pets are more mature, more experienced and often more easy-going.
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JAKE Talks presents: HOME
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Inspired by the online series of 'TED Talks,' JAKE Talks was conceived to spotlight the voices of speakers and thought-leaders who are LGBT who can intimately speak to the unique social and cultural experiences celebrated as a community alongside community allies in an entertaining yet
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Amicus briefs support Transgender student
Boy was excluded from men's restroom

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender high school student Gavin Grimm got a boost in his lawsuit against the Gloucester, Va., school district, when leading legal experts and two national LGBT rights organizations filed supporting briefs.

Grimm had been using the men's restroom in his high school until
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No protection for you! Missouri court tells Gay man
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Missouri law does not protect Gay people from harassment in the workplace, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled on October 28.

In a 2-1 decision, the court said that the state law against discrimination based on sex does not apply to people who are harassed bec
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Salt Lake City elects Lesbian mayor

Jackie Biskupski ousts two-term incumbent

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Salt Lake City voters elected their first Lesbian mayor on November 3. Jackie Biskupski ousted two-term incumbent Ralph Becker, winning 52% of the votes to Becker's 48%.

She would be the second openly LGBT mayor in Utah history. In 2001 Willy Marshall was elected mayor of the
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Ben Carson shockingly ignorant
Pyramids were built by Biblical character to store grain, he claims

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Proving that expertise in one field doesn't necessarily translate into broad scientific knowledge, neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson displayed shocking ignorance on November 4, when he claimed that Egypt's pyramids were built by the Biblical character Joseph to stor
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Feds support Trans student's access to locker room
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has given an Illinois school district 30 days to grant one of their Transgender students access to the girls' locker room or lose millions of dollars in federal funding.

Palatine High School District 211 is in violation of Title IX of the
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Lambda Legal Victory! Gay widower wins Florida property tax battle
'Homestead exemptions protect surviving spouses against a dramatic spike in property taxes after the loss of their loved ones, and are particularly important for seniors on fixed incomes who might otherwise lose their homes.'

MIAMI - At a hearing on October 21, the Miami-Dade County Office of Property Appraisal agreed
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HRC hosts leadership summit for students, faculty and administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Collaboration with National Black Justice Coalition aims to foster LGBT-inclusive campuses

WASHINGTON DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), will convene on Friday, October 30, a delegation of students, faculty and administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for a leadership summit designed to help foster campuses that are welco more
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The LGBT Divide: Communities and rights in the South, Midwest, and Mountain States
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last year The Williams Institute released a report, The LGBT Divide, which included data on the LGBT community nationwide and where it stands in areas of education, public opinion on the issues that face the LGBT population and much more.

Chiefly, the report found that whil
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As Veterans Day approaches Senator Schatz & Reps. Pocan and Rangel urge Congress to pass Restore Honor to Service Members Act

Legislation would correct record of service members discharged due to sexual orientation

WASHINGTON DC - On November 5th, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Members of the LGBT Equality Caucus urged the passage of the Restore Honor to Service Members Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. The legislation would help service members discharged solely due to their s more
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Pew religion survey: Evangelicals largest group among GOP, unaffiliated among Dems

Majority of Christians now say they accept LGBT Americans

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new Pew Research study reveals stark differences in religious affiliation between the two leading political parties, with more than a third of Republicans identifying as evangelicals, but the 'none' category leading among Democrats.

Republican religious preferences have rema
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FDA approves new HIV drug designed to reduce side effects
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new HIV drug on November 5.

The drug, to be marketed under the trade name Genvoya, is manufactured by Gilead Sciences, the maker of Truvada. The drug is a novel form of tenofovir, one of the ingredients of Truvada.
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Six injections per year may replace daily HIV meds
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Daily HIV meds may be phased out in favor of injections administered every two months, a healthcare research company said on November 3.

Clinical trials by ViiV Healthcare, backed by pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson, demonstrate that bimonthly inje
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