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posted Friday, February 12, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 07


Victory! State Senate votes down 'Bathroom Bill'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington state Senate voted down SB 6443, otherwise known as the 'Bathroom Bill,' by the narrowest of margins on February 10.

The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate was 25 against and 24 in favor, with three Republicans voting No and two Democrats joining the rest of the Republicans to vote Yes.
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FTC should stop conversion therapy, Sen. Patty Murray says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Patty Murray called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take 'decisive action' to stop conversion therapy, in a letter dated February 10.

In addition to Murray, the letter was signed by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Jackie Speier and Ted Lieu of California
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Lasting damage seen in LGBT teens who suffer harassment
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

LGBT teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests. The study directly challenges the notion that 'It Gets Better' after graduation for LGBT youth.

Researchers followed almost 250 LGBT youth in Chicago for fo
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FTC should stop conversion therapy, Sen. Patty Murray says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sen. Patty Murray called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take 'decisive action' to stop conversion therapy, in a letter dated February 10.

In addition to Murray, the letter was signed by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Reps. Jackie Speier and Ted Lieu of California
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Find your softball team for 2016 at ECSA Field Day - February 13
The Emerald City Softball Association, the Northwest's largest Gay-softball organization, invites players of all types to its Feb. 13 event

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) invites players of all types to find their team for 2016 at its annual Field Day event, Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., at North SeaTac P
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Sawant, Gender Justice League celebrate defeat of Transphobic bill in state legislature
Councilmember Kshama Sawant thanked the Gender Justice League and all activists who helped to defeat Senate Bill 6443 [on February 9], a bill intended to roll back protections for transgender people. Sawant celebrated the historic victory for trans rights and the victory against bigotry in the Senate:

'Congratulations to the G
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Washington SAFE Alliance celebrates protection of state's anti-discrimination law for Transgender people
Senate votes 25-24 to defeat bill to repeal rules that protect Transgender Washingtonians

OLYMPIA, WA - The statewide coalition, Washington Safety & Access for Everyone (SAFE) Alliance, celebrates the Senate defending the state's 2006 anti-discrimination law and protecting all Washingtonians, especially transgender peopl
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Blowout!
Sanders 'berns' Clinton in New Hampshire
Trump wins on GOP side

By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump beat their polling averages to emerge as the big winners of the February 9 New Hampshire primary.

On the Democratic side, the primary was a 22-point blowout for Sanders that left Clinton operatives openly speculating about a total reshuffling of
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Michigan Senate reaffirms unconstitutional sodomy law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Michigan's Senate reaffirmed the state's unconstitutional ban on sodomy on February 4, with a brief passage in a bill prohibiting cruelty to animals.

Known as 'Logan's Law' after a husky who was burned with acid by an abuser, the measure included language forbidding 'the abo
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Lawyers send out 1,200 notices in suit against Walmart

Retail giant charged with denying insurance to same-sex spouses

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lawyers handling a class action lawsuit against retail giant Walmart mailed out 1,200 notices to current and former Walmart employees on February 9. The court-approved notices ask people who were denied health insurance for their same-sex spouses to contact Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defen
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LGBT digital journalists revolt against GLAAD over Blog Award snub
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Among the nominees are Academy Award nominees Carol and The Danish Girl; Golden Globe nominee Grandma; Fi
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OUTBOUND: Same-sex military couple marry in surprise Hawaii wedding
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Ever dreamed of getting married in Hawaii? The sound of ocean waves splashing against the shore. The smell of tropical flowers in full bloom. Baby blue sky, bright sun and palm trees swaying in the background. Your closest family and friends in attendance, wearing Hawaiian print shirts and
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MARK MY WORDS

Calling out insensitive, anti-Semitic protest [at Creating Change]

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Our family fled from the pogroms in Russia, others in our family perished in the Holocaust and Grandmom even fought for women's
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Sleeping with the enemy: Gay billionaire backs Ted Cruz
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In spite of Ted Cruz's vocal opposition to LGBT rights, one of his biggest financial backers is Gay billionaire Peter Thiel.

Thiel, who cofounded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, has a net worth estimated by Forbes magazine at more than $2 billion. He has been
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SB 6548
To the Editor:

Aside the fact SB 6548 is DOA, when it arrives, in the state House, it would be vetoed by Governor Inslee, and wouldn't be overridden by two-thirds of the membership of the House and Senate, it would also violate Section 1, Article 31 (Equal Rights Amendment) of the Washington Constitution. Washington's ER
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Cruz is a pussy, Clinton is evil, Trump says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Donald Trump continued his classy run for the Republican presidential nomination, calling rival Ted Cruz a 'pussy' at a pre-primary event in New Hampshire.

Trump followed up with an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe TV show the next day, during which he said Democratic candida
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Department of Education answers HRC's call for greater transparency on anti-LGBT religious exemption requests
To help increase transparency and accountability, Department of Education will publish list of educational institutions who have sought and/or received an exemption from federal law seeking the right to discriminate against LGBT students

WASHINGTON, DC - On January 20, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's large
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Despite backlash, LGBTI people make global gains

Worldwide trend towards greater rights for sexual & gender minorities

by Peter Tatchell - Peter Tatchell Foundation

The last few years have witnessed an unnerving backlash against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in twenty countries, including Russia, Morocco, Uganda, Brunei, Syria, Nigeria and The Gambia.

This escalating repression has included
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HIV+ to HIV+ organ transplants OKed
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The United Network for Organ Sharing - the group authorized by Congress to manage organ donations - has approved a plan by Johns Hopkins University to begin transplants from HIV-positive organ donors to HIV-positive recipients.

'This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hos
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Iranians invent app to evade morality police
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Iranian developers have invented a new app that allows users to alert each other to lurking 'morality police.'

Called 'Gershad' - a contraction of the Farsi name for the morality police, 'Gasht-e-Ershad' - the app is available from the Google Play Store.

Iran's
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