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posted Friday, January 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 05


Bill to restrict flags on WA state ferries introduced after Pride flags flown last June
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

State Rep. Brad Klippert introduced a bill this week in Olympia that, if passed by the legislature, would mean that no other flag besides the Stars and Stripes, the Washington state flag and maritime signal flags will fly over state ferries.

The Kennewick Republican told the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday, 'I h
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Hearing on Washington state anti-Trans bill SB 6443: A first-hand account
by Brianna Schuman - Special to the SGN

It's pretty clear that there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be Transgender among our opponents. Transgender people do not one day 'decide' to live as themselves because they 'feel like' another gender. Gender Identity is closely held by every human on the planet
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U.S. indicts ex-Rentboy.com CEO on prostitution charge
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jeffrey Hurant, 51, the former chief executive of the male escort website Rentboy.com was indicted on Wednesday on a charge of promoting prostitution and added money laundering charges - charges not previously filed against the company founder in a criminal complaint in August 2015. Th
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'Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture'

A Traveling Exhibit of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

presented by Collins Memorial Library, with support from Pierce County AIDS Foundation
February 8 to March 30 in Collins Memorial Library


'It won't kill you to spend time with a friend who has AIDS,' states a 1988 poster that shows a thin young man, alone in a blue room, with his head in his hands. The provocative p
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Memories still fresh on 30th anniversary of The Challenger disaster
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday people around the world observed the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. NASA astronauts Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe died instantly after a booster engine failed and
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Downtown pickets target Wells Fargo exec for funding extremist groups

Anti-Gay, anti-choice, anti-union groups got $54 million from Murdock Trust

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Forty pickets gathered in front of Wells Fargo's downtown Seattle office building January 27, demanding that a top bank executive cut his ties with the Murdock Charitable Trust.

According to the Northwest Accountability Project, the group that organized the protest, Wells Fargo
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Gay-owned Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine closes its Beacon Hill restaurant with one last drag show
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine (2503 Beacon Ave. S.), a north Beacon Hill restaurant specializing in the food of the Philippines since 2007 will serve their last plate of food - and fish - a la drag superstar Atasha Manila - January 29. After nearly one decade of running the restaurant, o
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SGN exclusive interview: County Council Chair Joe McDermott, candidate for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'The opportunity to serve in Congress is not something I take lightly,' King County Council Chair Joe McDermott told SGN in a recent phone interview.

McDermott threw his hat into the congressional ring January 20, saying he would run to succeed retiring Rep. Jim McDermott. more
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SGN exclusive interview: State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, candidate for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Sen. Pramila Jayapal announced on January 21 that she will run for the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by long-time incumbent Jim McDermott.

In the campaign announcement posted on her website, Jayapal describes herself as an immigrant, a parent, and an acti
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Pam Roach kicked off Human Trafficking Task Force
Charged with abusive remarks toward victims

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Sen. Pam Roach has been kicked off the state's Human Trafficking Task Force after using abusive language toward trafficking victims.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen - acting in his capacity as president of the state Senate - removed her in a letter sent January 26.

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Gay man sues pension plan for spousal benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Gay man in San Francisco is suing a union pension fund and its board of trustees to get benefits owed to him as the survivor of his spouse, who was a union member.

Robert Pritchard, the surviving partner, met his husband, Thomas Conwell, in 2005. They immediately fell in lov
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Texas grand jury clears Planned Parenthood, indicts accusers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, has cleared Planned Parenthood of charges that it illegally sold tissue from aborted fetuses and instead indicted the group's accusers.

The grand jury probe began in August 2015, after the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress rele
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EEOC finds for Trans woman in bathroom suit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender woman has received $115,000 from a former employer who prevented her from using the appropriate restroom after a federal civil rights agency ruled in her favor.

Britney Austin went to work for the Deluxe Corporation, a financial services company, in their Phoenix
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The Elton John AIDS Foundation awards more than $5.4 million in new grants
Foundation ups its commitment to challenging HIV criminalization laws, addressing the needs of Transgender individuals, and increasing access to prevention and treatment

NEW YORK- The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, on January 27, announced a new series of grants totaling more
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Trans representation continues on popular television network MTV
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

MTV's 'True Life' is not known for shying away from LGBTQ topics. Some groundbreaking episodes include 'I'm Genderqueer' and other episodes which challenge the social norm include 'I'm a Gay for Pay Pornstar.'

The newest episode, however, 'I Have a Trans Parent,' is ins
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Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy comes out on top of Kickstarter fundraiser a champion
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

People raise money through online fundraising sights like Kickstarter for all manners of things. And sometimes, much to the delight or chagrin of the public, the cause or project or whatever it might be, actually raises or, in some cases, exceeds the fundraising goal and becomes a real
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GLAAD's 'Accelerating Acceptance' report provides snapshot of Americans' feelings about LGBT issues
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its annual 'Accelerating Acceptance' report on January 20, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll, which reveals a startling level of complacency and ambivalence among Americans on LGBT issues.

The
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation files federal lawsuit against Gilead to invalidate patents on key AIDS drug
Legal action, filed on Tuesday, January 26 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, asserts that, ' ... Gilead manipulated the patent system and engaged in anticompetitive practices to prevent economical access to ...' Tenofovir, a key component in Genvoya, Gilead's four-in-one Fixed Dose Combination (FDC).

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