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posted Friday, January 30, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 05


Alabama marriages set to start February 9
Southern Poverty Law Center files ethics complaint against state judge

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay and Lesbian marriages are set to begin February 9 in Alabama after the federal judge who struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages said definitively that her ruling applied to the whole state.

U.S. District Judge Callie 'Ginny' Granade ruled on January 23 that the Alabama ban was unconstitutional, and on
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U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle welcomes new officers, launches new support group
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (U.T.O.P.I.A.) Seattle announced this week the organization's newly elected 2015 board of directors. U.T.O.P.I.A. welcomes Tanya Rachinee as the new U.T.O.P.I.A. Chair and Vice Chair Lory Lealie'e Suluai. In addition Treasurer Isyss Viena
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: City Council member Nick Licata
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For the first time since 1998, when the new Seattle City Council takes office in January 2016 Nick Licata will not be in one of the seats.

The veteran Council member announced January 22 that he will not run for reelection in November.

Not that Licata will sp
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All City GSA Dance Planning Meetings: February 9, 23, & March 9
An Open Invitation to All LGBTQA Youth:

Hi GSA members:

My hope is that every GSA (or similar club) that can do so will be able to send one (or more) representatives to help plan the next All City GSA Dance!

Planning meetings are open to all teens whether or not they are in a GSA club. more
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Insights & Perspectives
REJECTION: IT HURTS

by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

We've all had it happen to us and we've all done it to someone else - rejection. It comes in the form of being rejected as in being fired from a job, being rejected by our family for being LGBTQ, friends reject each other, and romantic relationships or interests can end with a reject
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SEAMEC to host annual meeting; you're invited!
Dear Friends of SEAMEC:

You are cordially invited to SEAMEC's thirty-eighth annual meeting on Saturday, February 7, from 3-5 p.m., at Ingersoll Center/Equal Rights Washington on the lower level of the Kaladi Brothers Coffee/Gay City space, 517 E. Pike St, Seattle WA 98122.

That's right - SEAMEC (Seattle Munici
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Evangelicals hate Gays more than they hate Catholics - Form alliance to fight equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay evangelicals have lined up with the Whore of Babylon - an old Protestant expression for the Catholic Church, derived from the Biblical Book of Revelations. Their common goal? Stop marriage equality.

An organization called Evangelicals and Catholics Together are set to p
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Mormons ask for truce in culture war
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Mormon Church will support legal protections for LGBT people in return for broad religious exemptions, LDS leaders said in a January 27 press conference.

In 2009, Mormons backed a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting Gays and Lesbians in Salt Lake City. The Church is now w
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Saks Fifth Avenue admits Trans people are protected by civil rights laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what HRC (Human Rights Campaign) calls 'two major victories' for the Transgender community, Saks Fifth Avenue admitted that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does protect Trans workers and the U.S. Department of Justice filed court documents stating definitively that Title VII applies
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Find a Trans person in your restroom, win $2,500, Kentucky senator offers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Kentucky state senator has introduced legislation to allow parents to sue public school districts if their children encounter Transgender students in their restrooms.

'Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various st
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Joint statement from IGLHRC and MADRE: Be cautious in reporting 'Gay executions' by ISIS
After the publication of photos that purport to document executions by ISIS of Gay men in the city of Mosul, Iraq, the International LGBT Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and MADRE, an international women's rights organization, have issued the following joint statement:



IGLHRC and MADRE caution concerned members
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Pope grants private audience to Trans man and his fiancé
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Francis met privately with a Trans man on January 24, the first time a Pope has met with an out Trans person.

Diego Neria Lejarraga has gone through gender reassignment surgery and plans to be married soon. He wrote to Pope Francis after his priest called him 'the devil's
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Chile on track for same-sex civil unions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Chile's House of Representatives has approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to form legally recognized civil unions. According to La Tercera newspaper, the January 20 vote was a comfortable 86-23, with two abstentions.

The Chilean Senate passed a similar bill last October,
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Greek election: A victory for the LGBT community?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The stunning victory of SYRIZA - the Coalition of the Radical Left - in Greece's January 25 election has European central bankers reeling, working class Greeks celebrating, and the country's LGBT community cautiously optimistic.

SYRIZA is the only Greek party represented in pa
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