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posted Friday, March 10, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 10


SGN exclusive interview:
Attorney General Bob Ferguson

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'The most consequential job in government is the attorney general's job,' Bob Ferguson says with conviction.

Ferguson, who just scored a major victory with a successful lawsuit to block Donald Trump's Muslim ban, sat down with the SGN in his Seattle office to talk about his work. With him he had Colleen Melody, head
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What next in the Gavin Grimm case?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court suddenly reversed itself on March 6 and sent the Gavin Grimm case back to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case, which the high court had already agreed to hear and had scheduled for March 28, would have decided whether Transgender students have a rig
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Seattle City Council to pass Equality Act resolution
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle City Council is expected to pass a resolution supporting the federal Equality Act at its March 13 meeting.

The resolution is sponsored by Councilmember Lisa Herbold with support from her colleagues Mike O'Brien and Lorena Gonzalez.

The Equality Act
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: Michael Robert Greenspan (1949-2017)
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Michael Robert Greenspan on the last Sabbath of February 1985; and I lost him on the last Sabbath of February 2017. During those 32 years Michael enriched my life more than any person ever could, other than my parents. Michael was my partner, my lover, my best friend and my
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MARK MY WORDS

Mr. President: You're on notice on Trans violence!

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Mr. President:

I write to you today regarding your lifting of the federal guidance on transgender rights in schools. While I am not privy to discussions within your White House, this is viewed by many of us as a victorious win for the bigotry of the Steve Bannon and Vice Pre
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Come learn how you can provide a safe space for unstably housed LGBTQ young adults at a Community Forum on Host Homes
On Tuesday, March 14, from 6-8pm, Gay City hosts a Community Forum on Host Homes. The meeting will be held at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 E. Pike St.

Nationally, 40% of homeless youth identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning.

Host Homes is a pilot program launched last su
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DOJ to drop opposition to anti-LGBT HB 2
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice is preparing to drop federal opposition to North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, known as HB 2.

The law repeals all local ordinances protecting LGBT residents of the state and adds additional burdens to Trans people, barring them from restrooms t
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos meets with LGBT rights groups
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with three LGBT groups on March 8 to discuss protections for Transgender students.

According to the Washington Blade, the meeting was set up by Equality Michigan, the state LGBT group in DeVos' home state, and included the National Center fo
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GLSEN statement on meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
NEW YORK (March 8, 2017) - 'I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by the alarming actions of the Trump administration.

'We highlighted t
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Insurance commissioner says GOP health plan is a bad deal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says the newly released Republican heath care plan is a bad deal for consumers.

In a statement released March 7, Kreidler - who is charged with overseeing insurance programs in the state - called the GOP plan 'a step back
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Donald Trump gets approval to pimp in China
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

China has granted preliminary approval to Donald Trump for 38 new trademarks, according to a March 8 story from the Associated Press. Chinese officials reportedly published the approvals on February 27 and March 6.

Among the Trump-trademarked businesses that Chinese officials
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Weekly Pets
Clive is a charming, 10-year-old orange and white tabby cat. This handsome fellow has a sweet personality who loves attention and enjoys to be petted and engage in some playtime. He's already affectionate and approachable, but you can also win him over by offering some of his favorite treats, like catnip and cat grass. Clive is in a loving more
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GLSEN statement on SCOTUS' decision to decline to hear case of Trans student Gavin Grimm
NEW YORK (March 6, 2017) - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of transgender student Gavin Grimm, sending the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement in response.

'The Supreme Court has missed an opportunity
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Trump administration may quit UN Human Rights Council
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Trump administration is thinking about pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), according to a report in Politico.

The UNHRC was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights. The commission had been criticized for being both too interventionist
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To the Editor:

Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, of the Washington Supreme Court, got it right that Richland WA florist Barronelle Stutzman's refusal to serve a gay couple, because of her religious beliefs, was no more about flowers than civil rights cases of the 1960s were
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