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posted Friday, May 27, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 22


Eleven states sue Obama administration over Trans guidelines
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials in 10 other states have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Obama administration's guidance that instructs schools to let Transgender students use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Among the defendants in the lawsuit filed May 25 are th
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State Labor Council says NO on I-1515
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) gave a resounding thumbs down to I-1515, the measure that would repeal civil rights protections for the state's Transgender community, at its May 21 political convention.

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) had already
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Vermont governor signs law against conversion therapy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed SB 132 into law May 25, banning conversion therapy for minors in the state. The law was passed by the Vermont legislature in April and goes into effect on July 1.

The governor's signature makes Vermont the eighth US jurisdiction to ban the
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Trump to meet with Christian right bigots
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In June Republican presidential nominee-in-all-but-name Donald Trump will meet with dozens of anti-LGBT extremists.

The meeting was organized by Trump's former rival for the nomination and current campaign surrogate Ben Carson and will be co-hosted by the Family Research Counc
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ENDORSEMENTS
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

Caucuses are fine and primaries are okay, but the real down home, town hall, in your face politics happens in your legislative district organizations. This is where candidates plea for your vote in person. This is where pros and cons of initiatives are aired. This is where tons of info
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MOHAI convenes a critical community conversation about the Seattle/King County's heroin epidemic on Monday, June 6
SEATTLE, WA - In King County, more people enter detox for heroin than they do for alcohol. Families are being devastated - the number of opiate-related deaths has tripled since 2009. As a community, how do we respond? Join us at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) (860 Terry Ave. N.) on Monday, June 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open more
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Puget Sound Business Journal and GSBA celebrate The Business of Pride
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday, May 26, the Puget Sound Business Journal held its first Business of Pride Celebration in partnership with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA). The event took place from 5:30-8 p.m. inside the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle.

'Let
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Lifelong's Chicken Soup Brigade windows shattered by vandals
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sometimes a prank goes too far or an accident occurs and a window gets shattered. It's an unpleasant feeling. Nobody really likes the sound of falling, breaking glass. It's loud and it almost always sounds worse than the damage really is. Remember when you were little and your parents t
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Cleveland student: 'Seattle Safe Place Program could've helped me'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

One high school student, a senior, who lives all the way in Cleveland, Ohio, recently published an editorial in the Seattle Times, Andy Huynh, says that Seattle Police Department's 'Safe Place' campaign could have helped him when he was coming out.

'When I was 12 year
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Seattle rents increased by 11 percent last month
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle makes the top slot of a lot of lists, weekly. Seattle is always the best this or the best that. And for many locals and visitors alike; they are just fine with that. But recently Seattle has climbed to the top of a list that I think I am safe to say we do not want to be number 1
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Bigotry doesn't pay

County lost $285 million because of NC hate law, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

North Carolina's Mecklenburg County has already lost $285 million and 1,300 jobs as a result of HB 2, according to the Charlotte, North Carolina, Chamber of Commerce.

HB 2 repealed Charlotte's city ordinance protecting LGBT residents and barred other North Carolina cities from
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Walmart still silent on Trans restroom policy
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Walmart refuses to discuss its Transgender restroom policies, according to the New York Daily News, which has repeatedly contacted the retail giant for clarification.

The Daily News said on May 26 that it had attempted to get an answer from Walmart 'every day for the past week.'
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House OKs amendment protecting LGBT workers, then votes down amended bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In less than 24 hours, the US House of Representatives first passed an amendment barring anti-LGBT discrimination by companies doing business with the federal government, then voted down the amended bill.

Had the bill passed as amended, it would have given statutory authorizat
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Seattle Pride is an expression of our Constitutional rights
Editor:
I was rather surprised, as a civil libertarian, that your lengthy article on the Seattle Pride controversy did not contain a single mention of 'free speech,' or 'the First Amendment.' Pride parades and other celebrations began - and continue - as manifestations of our Constitutional rights to express ourselves and to pe
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