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posted Friday, July 8, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 28


I-1515 fails to qualify for the November ballot
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The I-1515 campaign, an effort to repeal Washington state's 10 year-old non-discrimination law protecting members of Washington's Transgender community, failed to turn in enough (246,372) signatures to qualify for this year's fall election ballot.

The WA Secretary of State's office announced late this afterno
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Equality Florida's Pulse Victims Fund surpasses $7 million

Celebs and elected leaders among the nearly 120,000 donors

An online fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting set up by Equality Florida has raised $7M in a campaign that continues to break records for online philanthropy.

Equality Florida launched the GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund) hours following news of the horrific shooting w
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Meningitis outbreak in L.A. Gay community prompts plea for vaccinations
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Los Angeles County public health officials and LGBT advocates are urging Gay and Bisexual men to get meningitis vaccinations, citing a recent outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease that is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men (MSM).

There
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I beat the Gay lobby, ex-Pope brags
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Retried Pope Benedict XVI claims that he defeated a powerful 'Gay lobby' entrenched in the Vatican.

The ex-pontiff makes the assertion in his new autobiography, The Last Conversations, set to be released on September 9. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an ad
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Pakistani mullahs clarify:

We meant Intersex people can marry, Trans people are still not OK

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A group of Pakistani mullahs who made headlines last week with a fatwa that Transgender people can marry have now issued a clarification: they meant Intersex people, and not Trans people at all.

The 50 religious scholars, known as Tanzeem Itehad-e-Ummat, had been quoted as say
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Cancel hearing on anti-LGBT bill, 70 human rights groups tell Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More than 70 human rights organizations have sent a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, urging him to cancel a hearing on the so-called 'First Amendment Defense Act' (FADA).

Chaffetz scheduled the hearing for J
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Block North Carolina HB 2, DOJ asks judge
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion July 5 asking a US district court to block enforcement of North Carolina's HB 2, the law that bars Transgender people from gender-appropriate restrooms.

In May, the DOJ notified North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory that the law
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68 companies sign HRC's amicus brief
supporting U.S. Department of Justice effort
to block North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law

Former Solicitor General and Prop 8 litigator Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP authors landmark amicus brief detailing HB2's harmful effects on businesses

WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, July 8, 68 major companies joined the Human Rights Campaign's amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice's
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All the Trumps are insane: Eric endorses Ivanka for VP
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Eric Trump, son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, has endorsed his sister Ivanka as a potential running mate for his father.

'She's got the beautiful looks, she's smart, she's smart, smart, smart,' Eric Trump said July 7 on Fox News.

'She's certa
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'Flush Hate!' demand local activists

They confront I-1515 boss Joseph Backholm

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender activists from Seattle and Tacoma confronted I-1515 boss Joseph Backholm at the initiative campaign's Lynnwood office on July 7, delivering more than 1,000 postcards opposing the anti-Trans measure.

'Flush Hate!' was the theme, as the activists - organized by LGBTQ A
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ChristianMingle settles discrimination suit, OKs Lesbian and Gay users
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The popular online dating site ChristianMingle will now allow users to look for same-sex matches. The change in policy settles a class action discrimination suit brought by two Gay men in 2013.

According to their complaint, ChristianMingle allowed users to choose 'man seeking
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Kim Davis is in trouble again

She violated Open Records Act, AG says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kim Davis, once the darling of the anti-marriage equality set, is in trouble with the law again.

According to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, Davis violated the state's Open Records Act by refusing to produce documents from her 2015 legal battle against marriage equali
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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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