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posted Friday, July 1, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 27


Pope says: We should apologize to Gays

Catholic League boss says: Gays should apologize to me

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If Pope Francis really aims to change his church's approach to LGBT people, he has his work cut out for him.

The Pope said on Pride Day, June 26, that the Catholic Church should apologize to Gays, but less than 48 hours later the head of the US-based Catholic League demanded that Gays apologize to him.

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BREAKING NEWS! Transgender people can openly join and serve the U.S. military effective June 30
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Transgender members of the U.S. military can now serve openly.

'I am announcing today that we are ending the ban on Transgender Americans in the United States military,' said Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, in a news conference Thursday afternoon, June 30. 'Effective
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SCOTUS reaffirms reproductive choice in two decisions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court reaffirmed its previous rulings in favor of reproductive choice in two cases, one of them from Washington state.

On June 27, the high court struck down a 2013 Texas law aimed at shutting down abortion providers under the pretext of enhancing safety protectio
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ERW files ethics complaint against I-1515 backers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) has filed an ethics complaint against Just Want Privacy, the group pushing I-1515 to bar Trans people from using gender-appropriate restroom facilities.

According to the complaint filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) on June 28
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MARK MY WORDS Corporate equality, from Comcast to Charlotte
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

When you're in the media, you get invited to events where you see other media professionals with whom you work. So it was no surprise when I showed up at a press conference last month to preview Philadelphia's annual Fourth of July Wawa Welcome America celebration that I saw my friend David L
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LGBTQ Elder Care: Where are we today?
by Lauren Williams - Special to the SGN

'I have done well. I am educated. I am self-sufficient. I have a relationship with my children. I am alone - I never had a partner because I lived in a closet. I still have two sets of friends - they may suspect but are too polite to ask and I would not share anyway. My hope is that t
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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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How many adults identify as Transgender in the U.S.?
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to The Williams Institute, an estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as Transgender, according to a new study authored by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study provides the first ever state-lev
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LGBTQ Health - Part II
by Dr. Kevin Wang, MD, Faculty
Swedish First Hill
Family Medicine
Residency Program
Special to the SGN

Before I begin this month's article, I just want to take a moment to mourn the horrific event that happened in Orlando, FL at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. I know that what happened there is
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Mississippi officials can't 'opt out' of same-sex marriage, court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge in Mississippi has blocked a state law allowing officials to 'opt out' of authorizing same-sex marriages.

US District Judge Carlton Reeves issued an injunction on June 27 blocking Mississippi's HB 1523, one of many so-called 'religious freedom' laws passed in the
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HISTORIC DECISION:

Defense Department ends ban on Trans military service

On June 30 the Pentagon made a historic announcement that it is lifting its ban on Transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military. The announcement, made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, comes five years after the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' that allowed Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people to openly serve the country as more
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LINKS for LGBTQ Health Care: Where are we today?
Compiled by Lauren Williams - Special to the SGN

The Aging and Health Report -
http://depts.washington.edu/agepride/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Full-report10-25-12.pdf

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) -
http://www.aarp.org/relationships/family/info-04-2011/
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Misty K. Snow, Utah Democrat:

First openly Trans candidate for US Senate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Misty K. Snow of Utah became the first openly Transgender candidate for US Senate when she clinched the Democratic nomination on June 28.

'A lot of people have told me whether I win or lose, I'm already making a difference just by running,' Snow told the Salt Lake Tribune. <
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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 shooting wa
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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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Pakistani mullahs OK Transgender marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A group of Muslim religious scholars based in Lahore, Pakistan, have issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, saying that Transgender people may marry one another and should be treated with respect.

The ruling by the Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat group said that Trans people should be t
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Trump and Brexit - what's the connection?
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

As soon as the results of the British referendum to leave the European Union became known, the media fell all over themselves trying to draw connections between that vote and Donald Trump. CNN headlined, 'Does Brexit mean Donald Trump will win U.S. election?' and Last Week Tonight host J
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Brexit vote sparks anti-Gay, anti-immigrant hate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hate crimes have spiked in Britain in the wake of the country's vote to leave the European Union (EU). The LGBT and East European immigrant communities appear to be the main targets of the outburst.

According to the police website True Vision, the number of reported hate crime
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