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posted Friday, December 16, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 51


Orlando PD adopts SPD Safe Place program at six-month Pulse shooting anniversary
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Earlier this week, the six-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida took place, and Seattle had something to contribute. The city of Orlando announced an initiative on December 12 called Safe Place, a rainbow-colored police-badge decal on windows or front doors of businesses and organizations th
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ERW takes conversion therapy ban on the road
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) will build on its victory in getting the Seattle City Council to ban conversion therapy, Executive Director Monisha Harrell told a Town Hall forum on December 11, and try to pass similar ordinances in many other Washington cities.

The Seattle City Cou
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Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson no friend of LGBT community
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

There are many reasons to feel anxious about Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State.

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is a friend of Vladimir Putin and business partner of many of Putin's cronies. He runs a giant oil conglomerate and almost certainly will backtrack on the Obama a
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Louisiana judge strikes down LGBT protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer In a December 14 ruling, a Louisiana state judge struck down LGBT protections put in place by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In April Edwards fulfilled a campaign promise by issuing an executive order requiring protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state contracts. Sim
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4.5% of California youth identify as gender nonconforming
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This week the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released new findings through the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey in the nation. More than 20,000 Californians - including adults, teenagers, and children - are interviewed each year.
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Local nonprofit consultancy to award pro-bono services to promote tolerance and understanding
The Ostara Group works to support ideas that further compassion in Washington state SEATTLE, WA - The Ostara Group is granting 25 hours of pro-bono support in fundraising and organizational strategy for an emerging nonprofit promoting tolerance and understanding.

The rise of hate motivated speech and attacks has been dr
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Uncle Ike's and Solstice partner with Low Income Housing Institute on high-minded stocking stuffer
Proceeds from Cannabis Packs will build Tiny Houses for the homeless

SEATTLE, WA - There's no shelter that hides us from the homelessness in Seattle. Over the past year, the One Night Count was roughly 3,000 men, women and children. It's real, and it takes the whole of us to fix. Solstice and Uncle Ike's have proudly pa
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SOSea self-defense class instructs community members how to avoid being the target of hate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sometimes - no matter if we walk home in a group or alone, or even if we are inside of a packed business - somebody filled with hate in their heart, or whose judgment is muddled by mental health issues, might zero in on a person who is or is perceived to be LGBTQ and commit a bias crim
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Former Gov. Christine Gregoire and Diverse Harmony bring unity and hope to the GSBA Holiday Luncheon
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

It was an exciting afternoon this past Wednesday (12/14) when major players from the Seattle LGBTQA business community came together at McCaw Hall for the GSBA Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting.

As you entered the main hall and lobby there were booths lined up featuring al
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Washington Won't Discriminate - Join the fight!
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Last week, the Seattle Gay News reported on HB 1011, a legislative effort to repeal protections for Transgender Washingtonians. This week, SGN wants you to know about the efforts to get the message to lawmakers to oppose HB 1011.

'Legislative session hasn't even starte
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Federal employees union refuses to turn over names of energy staffers to Trump team
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The head of a union representing federal employees has refused to turn over the names of Energy Department staffers to Donald Trump's transition team.

Trump's team asked Jeff Eagan, President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) - which represents employees of seve
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GOP resurrects FADA

Bill legalizes anti-LGBT discrimination

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said on December 12 that he would reintroduce the so-called 'First Amendment Defense Act' (FADA) when the new Congress convenes next year.

The bill provides that the federal government 'shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, w
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Pride at Work statement on Secretary of Labor nomination
In another case of putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop, Donald Trump nominated Andrew Puzder on December 8 as the Secretary of Labor for his administration. Puzder is the CEO of CKE restaurants, which owns the Hardees and Carl's Jr. fast food chains. He is strongly opposed to any increases in the minimum wage and wants to see the Aff more
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Anti-LGBT group drops First Amendment lawsuit
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBT legal group, dropped its lawsuit against a Massachusetts anti-discrimination law.

Acting on behalf of four Massachusetts churches, ADF had charged that the law violates their First Amendment rights by treating them as public
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Guilty!

White supremacist convicted of Charleston killings

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Self-proclaimed white supremacist Dylann Roof was found guilty on 33 separate federal charges arising from his murder of nine parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof was found guilty on 12 counts of hate crimes, 12 cou
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Cherokee Nation to recognize same-sex marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Cherokee Nation, the country's largest Native American tribe, will now recognize same-sex marriages.

Cherokee Attorney General Todd Hembree ruled on December 9 that all Cherokee tribal members are entitled to marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation. His rul
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Surprise! Trump is the messiah, televangelist says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Donald Trump may be the messiah, according to televangelist Tom Horn. At the very least, he is a precursor to the messiah, much like John the Baptist, Horn said.

Horn made the remarks on Jim Bakker's TV show, where he was a guest along with several other so-called 'end times'
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Seattle will host the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

For the first time ever, the WNBA All-Star Game will take place in Seattle. The Emerald City was selected by the professional women's basketball league to host the event next year, scheduled for July 22 at Key Arena, making it only the third time it's been held in the Western half of th
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UN fires Wonder Woman

Comic book hero was supposed to symbolize women's empowerment

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than two months after being symbolically appointed an 'honorary ambassador' by the UN, DC Comics hero Wonder Woman has been removed from the post.

A UN spokesperson made the announcement December 13. As of December 16, Wonder Woman and the UN will part company, the spokesp
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