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posted Friday, May 24, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 21


Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
TAIPEI, Taiwan - On May 17, 2019, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), in a historic vote, the parliament of Taiwan voted to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in Asia to do so. This landmark step follows a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Taiwan back in 2017, which ruled that legislation preventing partners of the s more
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HISTORIC: US House of Representatives passes the Equality Act
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the historic passage of the Equality Act by the US House of Representatives, the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights b more
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HUD rolls back protections for Trans homeless
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced it will reverse Obama-era protections for Transgender people who are experiencing homelessness.

The policy change would create a 'religious exemption' for shelters receiving federal funds, allowing them to
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Anti-LGBT, anti-choice judge heads for Senate confirmation
Another horrible Trump nominee

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a party-line vote, US Senate Republicans voted to go forward with a confirmation vote for Howard Nielson, nominated by Donald Trump to the US District Court in Utah.

He is the latest in a series of horrible judicial nomi
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HISTORIC: US House of Representatives passes the Equality Act
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the historic passage of the Equality Act by the US House of Representatives, the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights b more
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Chairman Nadler floor statement in support of the Equality Act
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) -Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement in support of HR 5, the Equality Act, which explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity:

'I rise today in strong support of HR 5, the Equality Act, which amends th
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APA lauds Equality Act as good for business, health, and families
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) - Following is the statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, on the passage of the Equality Act (HR 5) by the U.S. House of Representatives:

'The American Psychological Association commends the US House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act
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GLAAD praises Speaker Pelosi, members of Congress for passing Equality Act through the US House, calls on Senate to follow suit
NEW YORK (May 17, 2019) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today praised Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the United States House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for LGBTQ Americans [in] employment, housing, and public accommodations more
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DNC on the House passage of the Equality Act
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) - Today, House Democrats passed the Equality Act, a comprehensive bill to expand nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response:

'Today, Democrats reaffirmed our support for the equitable and fair trea
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Jayapal to hold Town Hall at University of Washington May 29
U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) will hold a town hall at the University of Washington on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30pm. At the event, Jayapal will discuss her work in Congress and take questions from members of the community in attendance. Town halls are an important way for constituents to connect with their representatives in govern more
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OutRight Action International to host panel discussion and conversation May 30
I'm delighted to share that OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern will be back in Seattle on May 30, and we are co-hosting an exciting event featuring Jessica and several other incredible womxn changemakers who are leading movements for social justice in our community!

I hope you'll join us at The Riveter (1517 12th Ave.) o
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Country Doctor opens dental clinic for Medicaid/Apple Health enrollees
New clinic on 19th Ave. E. is an asset to the community

SEATTLE (May 17, 2019) - Individuals and families with Medicaid/Apple Health coverage can now receive dental care at a new clinic on Capitol Hill.

For nearly 50 years, Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) has provided high-quality primary
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200+ economists support Dingell, Jayapal Medicare for All bill
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2019) - Today, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following joint statement after a group of more than 200 economists spoke out in favor of 'Medicare for All' bill to guarantee quality health care for everyone:

'This letter highlights what millions of Americans know t
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AFJ: Bress is wrong for the 9th Circuit
WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2019) - The Alliance for Justice (AFJ) today released a report on the record of Daniel Bress, a Trump nominee for a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. AFJ President Nan Aron made the following statement:

'President Trump is on a crusade to push the 9th Circuit to the far right, so much so that he
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HRC & UConn survey finds API LGBTQ youth at heightened risk for discrimination at home and in school
WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2019) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, released the 2019 LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Report, a groundbreaking resource detailing the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ youth. The report, which analyzes responses from nea more
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GLAAD's 2019 Studio Responsibility Index: film industry addressing GLAAD's inclusion challenge as LGBTQ representation increases in major film releases
LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2019) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its seventh annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2018 calendar yea more
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