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posted Friday, July 3, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 27


Gay bashings in Seattle Pride weekend after SCOTUS ruling
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Every time the LGBTQ community advances our rights we face backlash; retribution for wanting the right to love and live in happiness and to finally not be a second-class citizen. Members of our community are beaten, fired from their job, threatened and in some cases killed.

In May of 2013, 32-year-old New Yorker
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Jim Obergefell lays a wreath at Gay Pioneers historic marker to launch National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration
Philadelphia, PA - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Jim Obergefell has launched the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration by laying a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historic marker on Thursday July 2nd, at 2:15 p.m. He was surrounded by LGBT leaders and Gay Pioneers. The Gay Pionee more
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Love wins! Marriage Equality Rally at Federal Courthouse with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's hard to write about history when it is made. Words don't seem to do justice to what it felt like on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality. And even though it has been one week since that momentous marker in the decades long fight for LGBTQ equality, I still h
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Girl Scouts of Western Washington give back $100K donation requiring discrimination against Trans girls
Raise $309,865 in four days on Indiegogo in response

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington have returned a donation of $100,000 because the donor asked that it not be used to benefit Transgender girls.

The gift was substantial. The one donation alone represents almost 30% of the group's annual $350,000 in donations.

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God and marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Many people of faith (Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, etc.) believe that God and Gays go together like oil and water. In fact, whenever the religious right aren't using the 'the Gays want to recruit your children' as a scare tactic they predictably fall back to that old tried and true 'marria
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HRC commends Episcopal Church for historic vote allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples
Storied denomination changes church law with vote embracing marriage equality

WASHINGTON, DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, hailed the Episcopal Church for its vote today allowing clergy to
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After marriage equality, economic equality
by Mike Andrew - Pride At Work
Martin Luther King
County Chapter

Like everyone else, our Pride At Work members were delighted by the U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing marriage equality as the law of the land.

Although we in Washington won the right to marry in 2012, nationwide recognition
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SASG losing house on Capitol Hill, looking to purchase
New Capital Campaign includes $300,000 Matching Gift Challenge

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Seattle Area Support Groups & Community Center (SASG) will be losing its lease at 303 17th Ave. E. and is currently reviewing multiple options for purchase of a new location. Whether you have been a part of our organization since our founding as Seattle AIDS Support Group in 1984; found and share more
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Your constitutional right to cuss out the cops
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that citizens have a constitutional right to call police abusive names.

The decision came in the case of a juvenile identified only as E.J.J., who swore at police officers when they arrested his sister. He was convicted of obst
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Reparative therapy is consumer fraud, NJ court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Reparative therapy is consumer fraud, a New Jersey jury ruled on June 25. The decision came in a suit brought by the Southern Poverty Law center (SPLC) against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), a group claiming to convert men from Gay to straight.

Reparative
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Judge voids Louisiana laws against same-sex marriage Bobby Jindal is still an ass
by Mike Andrew SGN Staff Writer Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is still an ass.

That's not news. What is news is that he no longer has legal cover to prevent Gay and Lesbian couples from marrying in his state.

On July 2, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling and declared that same-
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Federal judge in Alabama:
Marriage equality must begin in every county. Now.

Across the South, most counties are moving forward with marriage equality.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - [On Wednesday, July 1], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, put the spotlight on a new and crystal-clear order from Judge Callie V.S. Grana
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You will marry Gay and Lesbian couples, judge tells Alabama
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade has issued a new court order instructing Alabama state officials that they must marry Gay and Lesbian couples.

Granade was the trial judge who ruled in January that a Gay couple had the right to marry in Alabama, because the state laws forbid
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New federal overtime rules: Who is eligible?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If you are a salaried employee making less than $970 per week, or $50,440 per year, and you work more than 40 hours per week, you will be eligible to collect overtime, if new rules proposed by President Obama go into effect.

The president announced the new overtime rules on Ju
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's statement on Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage:

'Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is simply wrong. America can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values - i
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Germany blocking European Equality Directive, Euro Parliament VP says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

European heads of government - and particularly Germany's - are blocking adoption of the European Equality Directive, the openly Lesbian vice president of Europe's parliament charged on June 29.

If adopted, the Equality Directive would give Lesbians, Gay men, and Bisexuals - a
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Turkish police attack Istanbul Pride march, draw international condemnation
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Members of Europe's parliament condemned police violence against Pride marchers in Istanbul at a June 30 press conference. Turkish police used water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets to disperse Istanbul's Pride march on June 28.

Kati Piri, European Parliament rapporteur o
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Hundreds march in second Cyprus Pride Parade
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Several hundred Cypriots marched in their capital city of Nicosia on June 13 to celebrate the country's second Pride.

In 2014 scuffles broke out when a small group of Greek Orthodox protestors tried to disrupt the march, but this year the parade went off without a hitch.
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Cuba eliminates mother-to-child HIV transmission
WHO hails breakthrough

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a June 30 statement. It is the first country in the world to have done so.

WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest
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McDermott comments on Obergefell v. Hodges decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges:

'As a long time supporter of marriage equality, I commend today's ruling by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. With today's decision we are now closer to ensuring that same
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MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Supreme Court Decision 'A Victory for Equality and For Love'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - [On Friday, June 26], U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, guaranteeing nationwide marriage equality.

'Today is a truly historic moment, and a victory for equality and for love. After decades of fighting for equal rights, LGB
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