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posted Friday, January 13, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 02


They're baaack! Backholm group files new bathroom initiative
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Just Want Privacy - the group that brought us I-1515 last year - has filed a new initiative aimed at preventing Transgender Washingtonians from using gender-appropriate restrooms.

Although the group is still headed by veteran anti-LGBT extremist Joseph Backholm, the paperwork for the as-yet-unnumbered initiative was
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HRC proud to join social justice actions standing for equality at dawn of Trump administration
HRC among sponsors of major upcoming events in Washington, DC, including Women's March and rally for immigrant and refugee rights

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that it is proud
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President Obama reportedly considering freeing Chelsea Manning
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

President Barak Obama is reportedly considering a commutation for former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

A Justice Department source told reporters that Manning was on the president's 'short list' for commutations.

Manning has already spent mo
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Pramila Jayapal rockets into congressional leadership roles
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Newly elected Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced on January 11 that she has been brought into the Democratic leadership team as a senior whip.

In that capacity, she will work with Steny Hoyer, the #2 man in the House Democratic hierarchy, to coordinate legislative strategy and mob
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Meryl Streep's Golden Globe speech WOWS the world
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

Last Sunday (January 8) at the 74th Golden Globe Awards as Meryl Streep was accepting the Cecille B. DeMille Lifetime achievement award, Meryl didn't focus on herself and, as classy as she is, she made a speech about President-elect, Donald Trump, without even saying his name. It was a beau
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Five ways repealing the Affordable Care Act will impact Washingtonians
From Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7)

President-elect Donald Trump and the congressional Republicans have called to repeal the Affordable Care Act, privatize Medicare, make massive cuts to Medicaid, increase prescription drug prices, and defund Planned Parenthood - taking away health care from millions of working families acro
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Gender Justice League and partners hosts name and gender marker change legal clinic
Gender Justice League in partnership with Q-Law Legal Foundation, Teller and Associates, U.T.O.P.I.A., and King County Bar Association will be holding a name and gender marker change legal clinic on January 15 prior to the presidential inauguration. The clinic is in response to requests by hundreds of Transgender community members who have expre more
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Lesbian author Sarah Schulman at Seattle Central Library on Jan. 17
by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - Special to the SGN

SARAH SCHULMAN
CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE:
OVERSTATING HARM,
COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY,
AND THE DUTY TO REPAIR
IN CONVERSATION WITH
MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE
SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
January 17


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Kerry apologizes to LGBT State Department employees for past discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Secretary of State John Kerry formally apologized on January 9 for past discrimination against LGBT State Department employees.

While not explicitly mentioning the so-called 'Lavender Scare' purge of Gays and Lesbians from US government jobs in the 1950s and 1960s, the move fo
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Judiciary Committee Dems go easy on Jeff Sessions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'If one is to be attorney general, they must be willing to continue the hallowed tradition in our country of fighting for justice for all, for equal justice, for civil rights,' Sen. Cory Booker told the Senate Judiciary Committee at its January 9 hearing on Donald Trump's nomination of Sen.
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Mattis won't say he supports LGBT service in military
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

At his January 12 confirmation hearing, General James Mattis, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense, repeatedly refused to say whether he supports LGBT people serving in the military.

The question came up because Mattis wrote in a book published last year that a 'pro
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You don't deserve 'extra rights,' Ben Carson says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ben Carson - nominated for no discernable reason by Donald Trump to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - said at his January 12 confirmation hearing that LGBT Americans should not get 'extra rights.'

If confirmed by the US Senate, Carson would be in charge of
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Florida settles lawsuit on birth certificates for children of same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The state of Florida agreed on January 5 to settle a federal lawsuit over birth certificates issued to children born to same-sex couples.

Two married Lesbian couples and the Equality Florida Institute sued the state in 2015 after health officials refused to include both parents' n
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LGB teens and risk behavior
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The kids are not all right. According to the nation's first survey of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) teens and risk behavior, there are almost 1.3 million such high school students in the United States. They are nearly five times more likely than their straight peers to have attempte
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Obama administration appeals Title IX ruling, seeks to protect Trans students
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Obama administration has decided to appeal an August 2016 federal court decision that blocked enforcement of Department of Education guidelines designed to protect Transgender students.

In a January 6 filing, federal lawyers asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circui
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Online sex-seekers study
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Gay sex-seeker culture switched from the bathhouse and bar to the chat room and mobile hookup app scene years ago. Health organizations have been trying to figure out what's the best way to get the word out about healthy sexual behavior.

It is largely believed that Gay an
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The impact of losing Obamacare
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

At about one o'clock in the morning on January 12, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) withdrew his amendment that would have pushed the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) back to the beginning of March. The move indicates that the Republican majority is not afraid
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Trans man sues Catholic hospital for discrimination

Lawsuit cites part of Obamacare blocked by federal judge

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A transgender man is suing a Catholic hospital for canceling his hysterectomy.

Jionni Conforti says his doctor ordered the surgery as 'medically necessary' treatment for his gender dysphoria, as well as to avoid the possibility of an increased risk of cancer.

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Spain is the most Trans-friendly country, new survey shows
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Spain is the most Trans-friendly country in the world, according to a new survey conducted by BuzzFeed News, Ipsos polling, and the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School.

The United States came tenth on the list, surprisingly behind India but well ahead of Poland, Hungary, and
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