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posted Friday, January 1, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 01


Top LGBTQ news stories in 2015
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This year the LGBTQ equality movement seemed to go into overdrive. With more Americans than ever admitting that they know a person who is LGBTQ it has become increasingly more difficult for people with bigoted views to scapegoat the community, openly discriminate against LGBTQ people or treat us like second-class citizens. T
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2015 top local news stories
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This year the LGBTQ equality movement seemed to go into overdrive. With more Americans than ever admitting that they know a person who is LGBTQ it has become increasingly more difficult for people with bigoted views to scapegoat the community, openly discriminate against LGBTQ people or tr
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Catholic newspaper names Gay couple 'Persons of the Year'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Catholic newspaper has broken with Church leadership and named a Gay couple 'Persons of the Year' for their role as plaintiffs in the historic Obergefell case.

'One Catholic couple who can - and do - tell the story of the benefits of same-sex marriage are Greg Bourke and Mic
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Utah judge recognizes same-sex common-law marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Utah state judge has ruled that an eight-year Lesbian relationship is a common-law marriage. This is reportedly the first time a same-sex common-law marriage has been recognized by Utah courts.

The ruling by Judge Ernest Jones came in a case involving Nicki Bidlack and her
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Attorney General urges WA State Supreme Court to uphold anti-discrimination ruling in Arlene's Flowers case
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a brief with the Washington State Supreme Court on December 23 urging the justices to uphold a Benton County Superior Court decision ordering a Richland florist to stop discriminating against Gay and Lesbian customers seeking flowers for their weddings.

In a February 18, 20
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Dr. Robert Spitzer dies at 83
Urged dropping homosexuality from list of mental disorders

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The psychiatrist whose campaign to drop homosexuality from the list of psychiatric disorders led to greater medical acceptance of Gay people died December 25. Dr. Robert Spitzer was 83.

'The fact that gay marriage is allowed today is in part owed to Bob Spitzer,' Gay psychoana
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Seattle Pride names 2016 L Corner Stage announcers
Shelita Potroast and Caeser Hart will lead announcing at the L Corner Stage during the 42nd Annual Seattle Pride Parade

Seattle Pride has chosen Caesar Hart and Shelita Potroast to be the announcers at the L Corner Stage (4th and Denny) during the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade.

Ceasar Hart is best known for
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Workshop scheduled for January 2016 to introduce city employees to Seattle's All Gender Bathroom Ordinance
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

SEqual, the official LGBTQ and Allied group for City of Seattle employees will host the upcoming 'Building Bridges' training event, entitled 'Toward Gender Justice; Introducing the All Gender Bathroom Ordinance' with host Aleksa Manilla, January 27, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at City Hal
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Pride ASIA's Dim Sum Dialogues a success at Seattle Asian Art Museum
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 19, Pride ASIA with The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Art Museum presented DIM SUM DIALOGUES at Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) that saw more than 100 people attend a night of music, art, dancing, and community building among Queer People of Color and Allies through an
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Neighborhood Matching Fund announces 2016 funding opportunities for community-initiated projects Free workshops start in January for community groups
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has announced its funding opportunities for 2016. All three of its funds - Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund - support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. Mo more
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ASK DR. KEVIN!
by Kevin Wang, MD, Faculty
Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency Program
Special to Seattle Gay News

Hello there! I am thrilled and excited to introduce a new collaboration between Seattle Gay News and Swedish Medical Center featuring a monthly column discussing important primary care topics with an LGBTQ t
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If I'm elected I will enforce DOMA, Santorum says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum promised to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) if he is elected president, in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a December 27 interview on the Catholic News Network, Santorum said he was ready to confront the high court
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Who's the biggest bigot?
Huckabee challenges Cruz for title

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rival Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are now competing to see who is the biggest anti-Gay bigot.

Cruz, whose anti-Gay credentials have been endorsed by NOM's Brian Brown, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Family Research Council head Tony
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Misgendering now illegal in New York City
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Deliberately misgendering someone is now illegal in New York City.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights issued new guidelines on the city's 1945 Human Rights Law on December 21, including the willful misuse of gender pronouns as a civil rights violation.

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Texas strips HIV funding from Planned Parenthood
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state of Texas continued its feud with Planned Parenthood, stripping $600,000 from the organization's HIV screening and prevention programs.

The money comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but is administered by the state government. It ha
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Michigan group one step closer to LGBT rights ballot measure
But can it win?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Michigan LGBT rights group called Fair Michigan has been cleared to begin collecting signatures for a state constitutional amendment banning discrimination against LGBT residents.

If the group can get 315,000 valid signatures by July 11, 2016, the measure would go on the Nove
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Brits warn about 'super-gonorrhea'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Health officials in Britain say gonorrhea could become 'untreatable' because the bacteria that cause it are rapidly developing resistance to common antibiotics.

Dame Sally Davies, the country's chief medical officer, has written to all physicians and pharmacies to ensure that
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New study of midlife and older Gay men links 'internalized Gay ageism' with depressive symptoms
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

'Internalized Gay ageism,' or the sense that one may feel denigrated or depreciated because of aging in the context of a Gay male identity, is associated with negative mental outcomes according to a new study published in Social Science & Medicine.

Prior research has sh
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