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posted Friday, June 17, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 25


Mass shooting at Gay nightclub in Orlando leaves 49 dead, 53 wounded
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Gay News will feature a special supplemental section dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting and hate crime that took place June 12 in Orlando, Fla., inside Pulse nightclub, a popular Gay bar that was celebrating with a Latin Dance night. Most of the 49 people killed by Omar Mateen were Latino as well as LGBT
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Radical Islamists are not the only religious extremists who want us dead

Orlando murders set off ecumenical hate-fest

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While Republicans blame 'radical Islam' for the mass murder in Orlando and call for more restrictions on America's Muslim communities, other religious extremists have stepped forward to spew hate at the victims, survivors, and the entire LGBT community.

Baptist pastor Steven And
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Another tragedy narrowly averted

L.A. Pride suspect had explosives and loaded semi-automatic rifles in his car

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As if LGBTQ folks needed yet another reminder on Sunday, June 12, the day America learned of the horror that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., a similar massacre was avoided in Santa Monica, Calif., where police found loaded assault rifles, rounds of ammunition, and 25 pounds
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Fire Backholm! demands Washington Won't Discriminate

I-1515 boss orders signature gatherers to harass women

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'We are calling on the I-1515 campaign to fire their manager, Joseph Backholm, for inciting others to commit crimes and putting voters in danger,' Washington Won't Discriminate demanded on June 15.

The call to get rid of Backholm, who is also boss of the Family Policy Institute
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'We will stand strong'

Mayor urges community resolve in wake of Orlando massacre

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray delivered the following remarks on Sunday, June 12, during a vigil at Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting.

'We are gathered on this summer evening during the month we celebrate Pride to share our grief and support each other as we absorb the news of the larg
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'Nonbinary' now a legal gender in Oregon
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Oregon circuit court ruled on June 10 that a Portland resident could list their gender as 'nonbinary' on official documents.

The ruling came in the case of Jamie Shupe, who was assigned male gender at birth but began to transition in 2013. Shupe at first petitioned the cour
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Boo-hoo-hoo! Anderson Cooper was mean to me, Florida AG says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi charged that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper ambushed her on air with questions about her past opposition to marriage equality in a June 14 interview.

Speaking to a New York radio station on June 15, Bondi said she was told that Cooper's interview
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Orthodox Chief Rabbi of the UK says open the synagogues to LGBT Jews
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Orthodox Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, said in a statement that LGBT Jews must be welcomed into Orthodox synagogues that had previously banned them. Mirvis's statement ran in Britain's Jewish News next to a rainbow masthead.

'In the face of such unspeakable violence, we must be introspective,' Mirvis
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At last!

Republican official apologizes for anti-Gay actions

At last! A Republican officeholder has publicly apologized for his previous anti-Gay actions.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at a vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre on June 13 and surprised the crowd by apologizing to them for anti-Gay actions going back to his high school days.

Below is a full tran
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Honrando la memoria de las victimas de Orlando

Honoring victims of Orlando

by Entre Hermanos - Special to the SGN

Entre Hermanos invita a la comunidad en general a en conjunto crear un altar de muertos para honrar la memoria de todos/as aquellos/as que fallecieron durante la masacre ocurrida en la madrugada del domingo 12 de junio mientras se celebraba la Noche Latina LGBTTI del club Pulse en Or
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Florida Republicans shed crocodile tears for Orlando victims
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Even before most of the bodies had been removed from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida's leading Republican politicians stood in front of TV cameras and shed crocodile tears for the dead Gays and Lesbians they had scorned in life.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the shootin
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LGBTQ groups call for unity in wake of Orlando shooting
The following statement by 70 organizations (listed below) was issued June 13.

We the undersigned organizations working on the front lines of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) movement share in the profound grief for those who were killed and many more who were wounded during Latin Night at the Pu
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Senate Dems demand action on gun violence

Sens. Murray and Cantwell join filibuster

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell joined other Democrats in a 15-hour filibuster led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) demanding action on a bill to curb gun violence.

Murphy launched the filibuster June 15, following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. The
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Trump is insane:

Says Obama was complicit in Orlando murders

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a June 13 interview Donald Trump suggested that President Obama was somehow complicit in the horrific murder of 49 people in an Orlando Gay bar.

'Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind,' Trump said in a Fox News inte
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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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'I don't want bigots to be fans of this team'

Seahawks' Ryan defends LGBTQ-friendly social media post after Orlando shooting

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

With all of the heartbreak, anger, and fear that surrounds the LGBTQ community this week, some respite from the woes of the world could be taken from the fact that many straight allies - most of them unexpected - came out of the woodwork to offer support and defend the community again
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