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posted Friday, February 5, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 06


EJAF Chairman David Furnish: 'Black lives matter in the fight to end AIDS'
New York, NY - On Wednesday, February 3, ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Sunday, February 7th, David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, released the following statement:



'Although we have made significant progress in the fight to end AIDS, the fact remains that racism and discrimination are impeding that progress i
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SPD testifies in Olympia at the request of Mayor Ed Murray that no harassment or assaults related to Transgender use of public restrooms or locker rooms have been reported; SB 6548 voted out of committee
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Times certainly have changed. When taking a look at the six anti-Transgender bills introduced in the current session of the Washington State Legislature one could argue that perhaps we haven't made quite as much progress as we'd like to think. But on the other hand it is important to
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Washington wins top scores in HRC's State Equality Index
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state won top scores in HRC's new State Equality Index (SEI).

The new state-by-state rankings, released this month, rate states according to their legislation and policies, good and bad, in five areas: parenting laws and policies; nondiscrimination laws; hate crimes
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Activists TP Pam Roach's office to protest anti-Trans 'bathroom bills'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Twenty activists toilet-papered the Olympia offices of state Sen. Pam Roach on February 4, to protest two Senate bills that would prevent Transgender people from using appropriate restrooms.

Roach is a co-sponsor of both of the so-called 'bathroom bills' pending in the Senate
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Music industry generates $4.3 billion in economic impact, but musicians don't get their fair share
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's music industry accounts for $1.8 billion in direct output and generates more than $4.3 billion in total economic impact, but musicians don not get their fair share of the economic benefits, a new report says.

The report, titled 'Seattle's Working Musicians,' was writ
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Hate-spewing woman that grabbed bar manager's groin during Seattle Pride festivities being sentenced Friday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Gay News has learned that a Seattle woman with a history of hate crime-related convictions, Hanna T. Squires, is being sentenced on Friday for shouting anti-Gay slurs and squishing a bartender's testicles during Pride weekend last year.

King County prosecuto
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Seattle Center Festál announces 23 free, festive and fun weekend celebrations in 2016
In 2016, Seattle Center and community organizations in our region present 23 ethnic festivals on weekends throughout the year. The acclaimed series, which fosters unity by honoring diversity, opens with Tet Festival - Vietnamese Lunar New Year in mid-February and concludes with a celebration of Dawali - Festival of Lights, the first weekend of more
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Ask Dr. Kevin
by Kevin Wang, MD, Faculty
Swedish First Hill
Family Medicine
Residency Program
Special to the SGN

Welcome to my second column and my first article on a medically-related topic for the Seattle Gay News in this great partnership between Swedish Medical Center and the SGN! This month, we've decided t
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Indiana Senate kills 'civil rights bill' that excluded Trans residents
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Indiana Senate Republican caucus killed a so-called 'civil rights bill' that would have offered some protections to Lesbian, Gay, and Bi residents but would have excluded Transgender people completely.

The measure was dropped February 2, only a week after it passed the Sen
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Please, not Donald Trump, Canadians say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Canadians dread the possibility that their southern neighbors will elect Donald Trump president, according to a new poll released February 2.

An Insights West survey has found that 67% of Canadians believe a President Trump would be 'bad for Canada,' with 49% saying he would b
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Upset in Iowa: how and why did it happen?

Hillary feels the Bern, Cruz trumps Trump

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Defying polls that showed them trailing their parties' frontrunners, both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz outperformed expectations in their respective Iowa caucuses February 1.

On the Democratic side, Sanders surfed a youth wave to a virtual tie with frontrunner Hillary Clinton. more
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Welcome to the godless Pacific Northwest

Portland #1 and Seattle #2 in least religious category

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If you're an atheist, then the Pacific Northwest is the place for you, according to a new study released at the end of January.

The two least religious cities in the United States are Portland and Seattle, according to the report released by the American Family Association. San Fr
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NYC's Ali Forney Center launches fundraising drive to obtain anti-LGBT Atlah Church property
The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, announces that it is raising funds to purchase Atlah Church located at 36 W. 123rd St., New York, NY 10027, which is being put up for auction due to unpaid bills and tax liens. Atlah Church has been the home of Rev. James Man more
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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 t
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Gay, Bisexual rely on 'chosen families' more than on family for major needs, new study shows
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay and Bisexual men tend to rely on other Gay and Bisexual men of the same race or ethnicity for major needs, such as borrowing large sums of money or having someone provide care when seriously ill, as opposed to family members. In contrast, heterosexuals, Lesbians and Bisexual women
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AHF files new campaign financing complaint against porn producers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has filed new complaints against a foreign porn producer, charging that the company violated U.S. campaign financing laws.

The charges stem from the 2012 election. AHF was one of the main sponsors of Measure B in Los Angeles County, a succ
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Athens mayor signs first same-sex civil partnership agreement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis signed the first same-sex civil partnership agreement in Greece's history on January 25.

Civil partnerships were opened to same-sex couples in December, when the leftist SYRIZA party government fulfilled its campaign promise to give legal protectio
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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signing undermines U.S. commitment to LGBTQ equality and the fight against HIV/AIDS
by Jerame Davis - Pride at Work AFL-CIO

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, February 4, in Auckland, New Zealand, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, along with his counterparts from other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, will sign the secretly negotiated trade deal despite numerous flaws, significant opposition, an
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