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posted Friday, November 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 46


White House endorses Equality Act
Bill would add LGBT protections to Civil Rights Act

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House announced on November 10 that President Obama 'strongly supports the Equality Act.'

The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration has been reviewing
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Federal hate crime sentence in Capitol Hill attack
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on November 9 that a man convicted on federal hate crimes charges has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

In a plea agreement, Troy Deacon Burns admitted to assaulting three men near Harvard Avenue and E. Pike Street
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Utah judge takes foster child away from Lesbian couple
Ruling aligns with new Mormon guidelines

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Utah court has taken away the foster child of a married Lesbian couple and placed the infant with a straight couple instead.

April Hoagland and Beckie Pierce had planned to adopt the girl they had been raising for three months. The couple also has the support of the girl's bio
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Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies to be held in Seattle, Bellevue and Edmonds
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a day set aside to remember and honor Transgender persons who were murdered in the last year. Sadly, this year has seen a marked increase in the number of such hate-motivated crimes. The Puget Sound Transgender community and its allies gather to remember those who were taken from us at ceremonies ar more
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PRIDE LIVES suicide prevention
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The LGBTQ community is sadly no stranger to hearing that one of our own has died by suicide. From youth to seniors in our community, the rate at which some LGBTQ people have fallen victim to suicide is disproportionate to that of our straight counterparts. And we know that attempts at
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30-month federal hate crime sentence in Capitol Hill knife attack
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Crimes against people, such as assault, muggings, malicious harassment always seem to spike in the summer. But 2015 was different. While crimes against people did not necessarily rise in January and February of this year, bias crimes (hate crimes) did.

One of the inciden
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'LGBTQ and the Police: Changing Cultures from the Inside'
A panel discussion at Central Washington Univerity

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Gay News was invited to attend and participate in a Monday afternoon (November 9) panel discussion at Central Washington University (CWU) with community organizations and law enforcement officials from the Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Department o
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TPP treaty shortchanges LGBT people
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Despite the Obama administration's commitment to LGBT rights, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade treaty it is promoting fails to protect LGBT people in the countries that are set to sign on to the deal.

The TPP is a free trade agreement that will include 12 Pacific Rim
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96,000 same-sex couples married since Supreme Court decision
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide in June, the 96,000 same-sex couples who have tied the knot account for 11 percent of all summer weddings, according to an analysis released today by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research D
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Vatican meets with U.S. LGBT envoy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Randy Berry, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, met privately with Vatican officials on November 10.

Details of Berry's meeting with officials from the Holy See's Secretary of State's office, the Vatican equivalent of the U.S. State Department, were
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Greek government to introduce civil partnerships
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Greece's left-wing government announced November 9 that it would soon introduce a bill opening civil partnerships to same-sex couples.

Under existing Greek law, opposite-sex couples who don't want to be married by the Orthodox Church can sign a cohabitation agreement and get a
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Lawyer who defeated DOMA speaks to Philadelphia Gay News
by Paige Cooperstein
Philadelphia Gay News
Special to the SGN

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was submitted to the SGN by Philadelphia Gay News last month as part of their annual LGBT History Month editorial celebration. Due to time constraints, the SGN was not able to run this interview until now. Roberta Kaplan appea
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