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posted Friday, June 12, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 24


Our Queer Neighborhood March planned for Saturday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A group of individuals, not representing any particular nonprofit business or club, have planned a march and rally against violence towards LGBTQ people called OUR QUEER NEIGHBORHOOD, for Saturday at 10 p.m. - midnight.

Organizers say that the march will begin at 10 p.m., with people arriving at Bobby Morris P
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HRC is a 'white men's club' report says
Group admits to problems, promises to change

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

HRC has been branded a 'white men's club' by a fact-finding report that the group itself commissioned.

In a four-page public response, HRC admitted it had serious internal problems, but promised to change.

The report, commissioned by HRC after bitter complaints
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New study on problems of LGBTQ youth: 'Serving Our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Homeless LGBTQ youth face many of the same problems that straight homeless youth face, only more so according to a new study released by the Williams Institute and True Colors Fund.

The study, titled 'Serving Our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Experiencin
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Arkansas must recognize 500 same-sex marriages, judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An Arkansas state judge has ruled that more than 500 Gay and Lesbian couples were legally married in the state and state officials must recognize the marriages.

The couples were married in Arkansas between May 9, 2014, when Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down the s
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SOSea to spread some PRIDE at Picnic on Saturday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

June is LGBTQ Pride month and at Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) we believe that means it is Pride month for all of us - and that includes LGBTQ homeless teens and Allies. Last year, SOSea's Volunteer Coordinator Eileen O'Brien founded a news program called FROM THE HEART. The program i
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The solution to homelessness?
One Transgender leader's idea on how we can afford to help 4,000 people not to have to sleep on the streets of King County

by Douglas Hamilton - Special to the SGN

Lonness Valenna is the former Vice-Chair of G.A.S.S, the Gender Alliance of the South Sound. As a self-styled Fairy Godmother, Lonness can be seen on the sidewalk wearing fairy wings and roller skates, lending her time to homeless people she meets there. She knows firsthand what it is
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Seattle Counseling Service LGBTQI Undocumented Immigrant and Refugee Research and Outreach Project
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) recently launched its LGBTQI Undocumented Immigrant and Refugee Research and Outreach Project. Jacque Larrainzar recently joined SCS staff as Outreach Specialist for the project and was highlighted in the organizations monthly newsletter to donors and su
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Group of LGBTQ open carry folks announce they will be at PrideFest; festival organizers say 'not so fast'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A person or group of people calling themselves Sparkles and friends has organized 'Liberty with Pride' an open carry walk for PrideFest at Seattle Center on Pride Sunday, June 28. Open carry means these people want to show up with guns visible to the public, usually in protest, that t
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Texas legislature adjourns without action on anti-Gay bills
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Texas legislature adjourned June 1 without taking action on a slew of anti-LGBT bills introduced by Republican legislators.

No less than 23 bills designed to limit LGBT rights or roll back advances that already have been made were before Texas lawmakers, including:
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Fraud suit against New Jersey conversion therapist underway
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jury selection was completed and opening arguments began last week in a New Jersey lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) against a provider of so-called 'conversion therapy.' The suit brought under New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act is the first of its kind in the United Stat
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Michigan governor signs three bills to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples
North Carolina enacts marriage refusal on same day

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three bills on June 11, all of them designed to allow religiously-affiliated adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.

The measures also require agencies that deny services to prospective parents to give them a li
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Senators and Congress members to Obama: More protections for LGBT people, please Patty Murray, Jim McDermott sign on
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sixty members of Congress have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take further executive action to protect LGBT employees from discrimination.

Washington's senior senator Patty Murray, and Seattle-area congressman Jim McDermott were among those who signed on. The l
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Pentagon to add non-discrimination protections for Gay & Lesbian troops
WASHINGTON DC - On Friday, May 29, Washington Blade broke the news that 'the Pentagon is preparing to update its Military Equal Opportunity policy to include sexual orientation as a protected class and the change could be made final as soon as the end of next month.' The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's largest organ more
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Right-wing UKIP party banned from London Pride
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

London Pride organizers have banned a contingent from UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) from participating in the parade.

UKIP had to go, they said, to 'ensure the event passes on safely and in the right spirit.'

The party came in third in Britain's rec
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Greece to introduce same-sex civil partnerships
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Greece's embattled leftist government will introduce legislation creating civil partnerships for all couples.

The SYRIZA party, which formed a government after Greek elections in January, had promised to introduce same-sex civil partnerships, but so far has had its hands full
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Pope beatifies Archbishop Oscar Romero
Archbishop was murdered by El Salvador death squad

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a stunning reversal of the Catholic Church's judgment, Pope Francis has beatified the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, and declared him a martyr. Beatification is the step prior to naming someone a Catholic saint.

Romero was assassinated by a right-wing death sq
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PrEP reaches peak effectiveness after only one week, new study says
High effectiveness remains for one week after last dose

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When used as a PrEP drug, Truvada reaches its peak effectiveness after only five to seven daily doses, and remains effective for up to seven days after the last dose, according to a new study.

According to the research, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, on
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