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posted Friday, June 19, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 25

In Our Hearts
and in our Minds

for all you have done for us
in the LGBTQ+ community

You will be truly missed George


VICTORY! Title VII protects LGBTQ workers, SCOTUS says
6-3 majority opinion written by Neil Gorsuch, of all people

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court ruled on June 15 that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does indeed protect LGBTQ people from discrimination on the job.

The decision was a stunning rebuke to the Trump administration, which argued that the law
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Threats mount against the CHOP, endangering the work of Black Lives Matter protesters; Alt-right activist to warn White House that the CHOP is a modern day 'Babylon'
by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Conspiracy theorists, hate groups and members of the conservative media have all descended on the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), formerly known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). The six-block area claimed by Black Lives Matter protesters more than a week ago was the scene o
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Seattle's LGBTQIA+ organizations join forces to present "Together for Pride"
Three-day virtual Pride event promises to be a weekend of solidarity, June 26-28

Seattle's LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is going virtual with three days (June 26-28) of speakers, performances and activities courtesy of Gender Justice League, PrideFest, and Seattle Pride.

The three organizations, producers of Seattl
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HRC designates Juneteenth as an organizational holiday
WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced the establishment of Juneteenth as an organizational holiday.

"Juneteenth is the culmination of countless seen and unseen efforts by enslaved peoples and abolitionists. It is a clarion call that we still hear today, a call that we have been pressed to ans
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News from the HRC
by Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign

In this week's email I can share breaking news with all of you. Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that we are suing the Trump administration over a new rule that would effectively sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people in their health care. This is the Human
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Trump administration denies protections to Transgender people seeking health care in the midst of a pandemic and exactly four years after the Pulse Nightclub attack
NEW YORK (June 12, 2020) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, criticized the Trump administration's new rule stripping federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people seeking access to health care. The implementation of this new rule comes on the fourth-yea more
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HHS rule reverses nondiscrimination protections in health care for more than 1.5 million Transgender people
LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2020) - The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a final rule that reverses federal protections prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in health care.

The regulation could create added barriers to accessing health care for an estimated 1.4 million adults and 150,000
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Capitol Hill Housing has new Community Roots Housing name and a new project bringing meals to affordable housing residents and business to local restaurants
by Lena Friedman - Capitol Hill Seattle blog intern

Affordable housing developer Capitol Hill Housing has branched out far from its start on 15th Ave E. Its new name reflects its expanded focus - Community Roots Housing.

"Our name has changed, but our mission as an organization has not," CEO Chris Persons said a
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GLAD lawsuit tests Trump administration's reversal of health care protections for Transgender people under the ACA
BOSTON (June 12, 2020) - Pangborn v. Ascend, a federal lawsuit brought by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on behalf of a transgender man denied coverage for gender-affirming care, will test the legitimacy of the Trump administration's reversal of [a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)] rule that had previously made clear that more
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HRC plans to sue the Trump administration for eliminating anti-discrimination health care protections
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that it will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump-Pence administration's decision to roll back critical civil rights protections in the rule implementing Section more
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NCLR denounces new HHS rule that undermines protections for LGBTQ Americans
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2020) - Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule that undermines clear federal protections against discrimination in health care based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the latest in a series of attacks by the Trump administration against the LGBTQ commu more
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HRC: Supreme Court is on right side of history for LGBTQ rights
WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights more
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Interfaith Alliance - Supreme Court extends employment protections to LGBTQ+ Americans
WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2020) - Today, the Supreme Court issued decisions in three major cases protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ workers. Katy Joseph, director of policy and advocacy at the Interfaith Alliance, shared the following:

"Today, the court affirmed an inherent truth, holding that LGBTQ+ people are, and should be, pro
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Reactions to historic SCOTUS ruling
Lambda Legal:
Today, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today's decisions confirm workplace anti-discr
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NMAC hails Supreme Court decision preserving DACA
WASHINGTON, DC (June 18, 2020) - NMAC today hailed today's the Supreme Court decision that preserves DACA protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

"Today's decision is a win not just for the immigrant community but for justice in immigration," said Joe Huang-Racalto, NMAC's director o
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Former Log Cabin Republican boss joins Trump administration
This would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gregory Angelo, former head of Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), has a new job. According to the right-wing newspaper Washington Examiner, Angelo will now be working for Donald Trump's Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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Silent BLM March, June 12
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Over 350 LGBTQ organizations call for transformational change in policing
WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a letter joined by over 350 prominent LGBTQ and civil rights organizations, calling for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment i more
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Federal court orders Department of State to recognize US citizenship of child of Gay couple born abroad
(June 17, 2020) - A federal court in Maryland today ordered the US Department of State to recognize the US citizenship and issue a US passport to one-year old Kessem Kiviti, a baby born abroad to a same-sex married couple, who was refused recognition as a US citizen from the moment of her birth by the Trump administration despite federal law g more
New York Times: Pride 2020 Special Report
NEW YORK (June 16, 2020) - To mark fifty years since the first Pride March, the New York Times today published a Pride special report [www.nytimes.com/spotlight/lgbt-pride], featuring LGBTQ voices on the challenges and possibilities of these troubled times.

Authors Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, and Thomas Page McBee ref
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"Rock For Pride" unites the LGBTQIA+ community
A virtual love letter to the community, from the community - now online

by Jack Mozie - Special to the SGN

"Rock For Pride 2020 - At Home Edition," a free broadcast dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community bringing you messages of love from community leaders, non-profits, drag performers, musicians, and more,
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LGB people who have undergone conversion therapy almost twice as likely to attempt suicide
LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2020) - A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that non-transgender LGB people who experienced conversion therapy were almost twice as likely to think about suicide and to attempt suicide compared to their peers who hadn't experienced conversion therapy.

Using a representative s
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HRC mourns Egyptian LGBTQ activist Sarah Hegazi
WASHINGTON DC (June 16, 2020) - Today, Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, mourned the loss of Egyptian LGBTQ activist Sarah Hegazi.

"Sarah was living her truth in a country where LGBTQ people are rout
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HRC calls for cancellation of Puerto Rico TV show "La Comay"
WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2020) - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, is supporting local Puerto Rican LGBTQ advocates in their call for the cancellation of a popular show called "La Comay." The show, featuring a more
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Facing the systemic racism that keeps wages down

To the Editor:

The growing strength of the Black Lives Matter movement gives me hope that we as a nation are finally poised to confront the reality of racial injustice, to acknowledge the structural racism of our past and our present, and to make
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GSBA - US Supreme Court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ workers
by Matt Landers
GSBA Director of Public Policy & Government Relations

SEATTLE (June 15, 2020) - This morning, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting LGBTQ workers under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The National Center for Transgender Equality describes the cases as follows:

"All
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National Fair Housing Alliance on SCOTUS ruling to protect LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination
WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2020) - In July 2019, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) was among almost 60 civil rights organizations that filed a joint amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court to ensure that anti-discrimination workplace protections apply to LGBTQ individuals. We applaud the Court's recent decision to do exactly that.
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Employees call it retaliation for protest, Trader Joe's says closed for Capitol Hill remodel
by Justin Carder - Capitol Hill Seattle blog

Trader Joe's isn't big on public relations and social media but its Monrovia, California corporate office has responded to CHS's inquiry about the strange and sudden shuttering of the Capitol Hill store that employees say is retaliation for employee actions in support of Black Lives
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SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL - JUSTICE IN MOTION Episode 1.5
Resources for Racial Justice

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The Social Justice Film Festival stands in solidarity with black communities, and with organizers and protestors demanding justice and equity across the nation. We are committed to a global culture where it is not just equali
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Labor Council boots cops
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

MLK Labor, the central labor council for King County, voted on June 17 to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) from its ranks.

The action came on a motion from the Highline Education Association, a teachers union. MLK Labor represents some 150 union locals, councils
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SCOTUS to Trump: Don't touch DACA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In its second rebuke to the Trump administration in a week, the US Supreme Court ruled on June 18 that the federal government cannot shut down DACA, the program that allows 800,000 undocumented young people known as "Dreamers" to remain in the US.

Chief Justice John Roberts wr
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