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posted Friday, August 2, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 31


Mayor Pete Buttigieg brings his campaign for U.S. President to Seattle
by Gregory L. Evans - Special to the SGN

On July 23rd, Seattle was graced by the kind, inspirational, heartwarming, and eloquent words of Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg is a progressive, openly Gay mayor in the heart of the Rust Belt. An elected official holding office in the home state of our current vice president, Buttigieg has fought agains
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Laurie Jinkins elected first woman and first Lesbian Speaker of the House in WA state history
WA State Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) (l) and wife Laura Wulf. Washington state House Democrats chose Jinkins to become the new Speaker of the House for the 2020 session. More information to come in next week's SGN.  Photo by Elaine Thompson / AP more
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Merck debuts PrEP implants
Pin-sized implant could block HIV for a full year

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pharmaceutical giant Merck has announced the results of a clinical trial of a PrEP prototype that could revolutionize HIV prevention.

The device is pin-sized and designed to be implanted in the patient'
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Alabama civil rights groups and Montgomery Pride United seek public records on Pride weekend police raids of bars and restaurants
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (August 1, 2019) - Three Alabama civil rights groups and Montgomery Pride United filed a public records request with three government agencies yesterday, seeking to determine why bars and restaurants in the city were shut down during Pride month and on the weekend of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots.
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On Pete Buttigieg
Following Pete Buttigieg's appearance at The Showbox Pike Place Market in Seattle on July 23, the SGN solicited comments from readers who had attended the event to describe their experience at the event.

We received the following comments:

Comment by Wes Edwards
A few months ago, I had never heard of
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LGBTQ+ Affirming Senior Housing Project
A community update to be held August 7

Generations Aging with Pride (GenPRIDE) and Capitol Hill Housing, alongside our community partners, will host a Community Update on the status of the LGBTQ+-affirming senior affordable housing project as we prepare to apply to the Seattle Office of Housing for funding.

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Mayumi Tsutakawa reads from Washington's Undiscovered Feminists at the Seattle Public Library August 8
Remember some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest as writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa discusses her book Washington's Undiscovered Feminists from 6pm to 7:30pm Thursday, August 8 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. SW, 206-684-7455.

In this presentation, Tsutakawa will talk about five 'women w
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Seattle Center seeks your input to help design the future of Dupen Fountain
Seattle Center seeks public input to help design the future of The Fountain of Creation, aka Dupen Fountain, nestled in the lower Northwest Courtyard between SIFF Film Center and the New Arena at Seattle Center. The opportunity to undertake some much-needed fountain updates arose in conjunction with Arena redevelopment, and the goal is to compl more
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Take PrEP to stop the spread of HIV
by Colin Fields, MD - Kaiser Permanente

Washington state doesn't have a law that requires adults to wear life jackets when boating. Yet, depending on what kind of boating it is, what the water conditions are, and whether a person can swim, it's sometimes critical that we choose to wear one. If the boating creates drowning ris
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'Medical Angels' community discussion on gene therapy as a cure for HIV at the Seattle Public Library August 21
Hear about the experiences of Matt Chappell and Matt Sharp, two HIV activists who took part in early gene therapy trials to cure or control HIV, and the scientist who led that research, Carl June, on Wednesday, August 21, from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4 more
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Bad religion I: Secret Catholic group shelters pedophile priests
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A secret Catholic group operating out of Dryden, Michigan - a tiny town of less than 1,000 residents near Detroit - has been sheltering pedophile priests since 2002, according to a July 29 story published by the Associated Press (AP).

The conservative group, known as Opus Bono
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Bad religion II: Greek Orthodox Bishop discusses anal sex, and what could go wrong there?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Neophytos, Greek Orthodox Bishop of Morphou, in Cyprus, made himself and his church a laughingstock recently, by commenting on how people become gay.

According to the Bishop, 'It happens during the parent's intercourse or pregnancy. It follows an abnormal sexual act between th
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Over 137,000 LGBT people in South Carolina lack statewide protections from discrimination
LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2019) - An estimated 137,000 LGBT adults in South Carolina are vulnerable to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

South Carolina's statewide nondiscrimination law, the South Carolina Human Affairs Law, doe
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Victory Fund endorses Ritchie Torres for US Congress; faces anti-LGBTQ opponent in effort to become first LGBTQ Afro-Latinx congressperson
WASHINGTON, DC (July 29, 2019) - Today, the LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres in his 2020 race for New York's 15th Congressional District. In the primary, Torres will face one of the most anti-LGBTQ Democrats in the entire more
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Court approves settlement in HB 2 replacement case
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (July 23, 2019) - The State of North Carolina cannot use HB 142, the law that replaced HB 2, to prevent transgender individuals from using public restrooms and other facilities in state government buildings that match their gender, under an agreement approved today by a federal court.

US Judge Thomas Schroeder
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AHF alarmed at reports of Border Patrol separating families based on HIV status
WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2019) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today decried statements from the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that it is using HIV status as a basis to separate families attempting to enter the US at its southern border. According to the Washington Blade, CBP Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Brian Hastings sai more
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Spain welcomes more than 30 refugees
I am pleased and excited to let you know that [on July 31, 2019], more than 30 LGBT refugees living in Turkey left for the start of a new life and beginning in Madrid, Spain.

A few months ago, Spain asked the UNHCR [UN High Commissioner for Refugees] office in Ankara for refugee referrals. Many refugees who were already referre
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