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posted Friday, February 19, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 08


Notorious bigot launches anti-Trans campaign

Joseph Backholm was mastermind of R-74

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Having failed to pass SB 6443, the so-called 'bathroom bill,' enemies of the state's Transgender community are threatening to launch an initiative campaign to block Trans people from using restrooms appropriate to their gender identity.

SB 6443 would have repealed a recent ruling by the Washington State Human Rights C
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Newly appointed and historic University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce to receive GSBA Award on Tuesday, February 23
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Contributing Writer

Ana Mari Cauce became the University of Washington's 33rd president last October in what was a historic decision made by the University of Washington Board of Regents. Historic - Yes, historic, because Ana Mari Cauce became the first woman, the first Latina, and the first openly G
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Seattle Coronation 2016: A Return to the Paramount
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire celebrated their 45th coronation on Saturday, February 13, with the crowning of a new Emperor and Empress at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle. The sold out event, Coronation 2016: 'A Return to t
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Shoe companies kick anti-Gay spewers to the curb
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Two major athletic sportswear brands took action this week in response to anti-Gay comments directed to the LGBT community.

First, it was Adidas. The German-based company posted a pre-Valentine's Day photo on its official Instagram page, which could also be seen on Twitte
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Our Transgender community deserves better
by M. Lorena González
Seattle City Councilmember
Special to the SGN

Three weeks ago, the Seattle City Council was presented with an opportunity to speak up against an overt attempt by our Washington State Senate to legislate transphobia. As a civil rights attorney who built a 10-year legal career upholding anti-
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Help shape Seattle Public Library services around Seattle culture and history on Tuesday, February 23
Help shape Seattle history and culture services at The Seattle Public Library by joining a Community Conversation with City Librarian Marcellus Turner from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1.

This conversation is co-sponsored with t
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Detectives investigating Capitol Hill assault as possible bias crime
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Compared to this time last year, Capitol Hill has seen a decrease in reported bias crimes for the LGBTQ community. But that does not mean that these crimes don't still occur and go unreported; or they receive less attention from media because there isn't an uptick in the number of crim
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23rd Avenue businesses to City Hall: Mitigation funds now!
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Tuesday, Transgender 23rd Avenue business owner Sara Mae, 701 Coffee (701 23rd Avenue @ E. Cherry St.), and several other minority-owned small business owners brought their grievances to City Hall. During the February 16 Council Briefing, Sara Mae, who has led the charge calling upo
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Space Needle settles with union activist it fired illegally

Promises not to do it again

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A union activist illegally fired by the Space Needle was vindicated when the Seattle landmark settled an unlawful termination complaint he filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Fernando Jimenez had worked for the Space Needle for seven years when he was fired l
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Groups challenge right-wing Freedom Foundation in complaint to AG
Video shows Freedom Foundation plotting to elect Republican candidates

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A broad coalition of LGBT, human rights, and labor groups are challenging the tax-exempt status of the right-wing Freedom Foundation in a complaint to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed F
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MARK MY WORDS

'Queer': Word du jour?

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

There seems to be yet another controversy in our community this week. The issue du jour is over HuffPost changing its dedicated LGBT site's name from 'GayVoices' to 'QueerVoices.' While there are strong opinions on both sides of this issue, when I heard about it, it brought a smile to my
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Openly Gay Republican Pablo Monroy seeks state House seat
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Bonney Lake Republican Pablo Monroy, an openly Gay and small Tacoma business owner, announced February 1 that he is challenging Rep. Chris Hurst in a 2016 race that could help decide the balance of power in the House that Democrats control by a narrow 50-48 margin.

Hurs
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Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic will recognize its employees' same-sex marriages starting in April this year.

According to Mainichi Shinbun newspaper, Panasonic employees will be able to enroll their spouses in the company's benefits programs and take leave for family wed
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LGBT voters still up for grabs:
Say they'd vote for Hillary, but think Bernie is better on LGBT issues

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll by Community Marketing & Insights shows that LGBT voters are still up for grabs in the upcoming presidential election.

If the election were held today, they told pollsters, 48% would vote for Hillary Clinton and 41% would vote for her rival Bernie Sanders.
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'COME FUND THEM' community fundraiser to be held at CC Attle's Saturday, February 20

An Open Letter to the Community:

For those that are unaware, Marcus Dollarhide's husband, Jeffery Pryor, had a major stroke on January 15th and has a very long road to recovery ahead off him. On Monday, February
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Marriage equality is settled law, Kasich says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Distancing himself from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has admitted that same-sex marriage is settled law and said he would not try to reverse the Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling.

Kasich made the remarks at a February 16 campaign
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We hate everybody, Trump voters say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

South Carolina Trump voters would not only ban Muslims from entering the United States, but many also want to ban LGBT folks, according to a poll released February 16. In fact, they don't like any minority group very much.

The poll of 897 likely Republican voters and 525 likel
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New porn industry safety concerns: Actor gets HIV on set
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Testing alone is not enough to prevent HIV infections among people working in the porn industry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a February 12 report.

The federal agency came to that conclusion after studying the case of a Gay porn actor who likely
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