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posted Friday, August 21, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 34


Capitol Hill murder
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Capitol Hill is going through tremendous change. Anyone that returns to Capitol Hill after having moved away, even if after just a year, returns and finds parts of the neighborhood unrecognizable. And while there has always been an element of danger, unlike many dense central city neighborhoods, the 'Hill' has never been kno
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Candlelight vigil to condemn violent crime
Our neighborhood belongs to us, not crime

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
MELROSE & E. PINE ST.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
@ 9PM


Shots rang out on Capitol Hill and a young man is dead. A man walking home after leaving a Gay bar on the Hill heard someone behind him say, 'Hey,' and when he turned
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HRC hosts Nancy Pelosi and Suzan DelBene at Amazon HQ
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

House Democratic leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene to tout the Equality Act at Seattle's Amazon headquarters.

The Equality Act, which was introduced this month, is a comprehensive federal civil rights bill protecting LGBT American
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It's OK to sleep on the park bench, DOJ says in landmark ruling for homeless
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cities may not enact ordinances forbidding people to sleep in public places, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in an August 13 statement of interest.

The statement was filed in the case Bell v. City of Boise, in which a group of homeless people filed a federal lawsuit
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Civil rights veteran Julian Bond dies at 75
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Civil rights veteran Julian Bond died on August 15 at the age of 75.

Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the more radical civil rights groups in the early '60s. The group and its leaders advocated direct action against ra
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Seattle Big Men's Club hosts 2015 Convergence Labor Day long weekend
by Tim Moffett - SGN Staff Writer

Celebrating its 34th year, Convergence is an event that brings big men and their admirers together for a week of fun and frivolity. The international selection committee selects a host city and venue each year. This year Seattle Big Men's Club is honored to host 2015 Emerald City Convergence.
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Candidates honor Hyatt Hotel boycott
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Rotary Club candidates' forum scheduled for September 9 at the Hyatt at Olive 8 Hotel will switch to a new date and venue after two of the Seattle City Council candidates refused to participate.

Incumbent councilmember Tim Burgess and his challenger for the at-large Positio
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Airport workers to get $15 per hour, State Supreme Court rules
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Airport workers are covered by the SeaTac minimum wage law approved by voters in 2013, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on August 20.

The decision came on a narrow vote of 5 to 4, but as a result, some 4,700 restaurant employees, custodians, baggage handlers and other
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Advocacy groups warn local officials on laws criminalizing sleeping and camping by the homeless
Seattle University School of Law's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, the ACLU of Washington, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and other advocacy organizations are warning local officials throughout Washington state about enforcing unconstitutional bans against sleeping and camping by individuals experiencing homelessness. more
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Bernie Sanders on the record: Longtime supporter of LGBT rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Everybody knows that Hillary Clinton made LGBT rights a marquee issue during her tenure as secretary of state. What is less well known is the fact that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's chief challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, has a pro-Gay record going back to the e
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Baker can't refuse to make cakes for same-sex couples, Colorado appeals court says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that a bakery owner cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

Their decision upholds a previous ruling from the state's Civil Rights Commission that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips violated Colorado's public acc
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First Transgender White House staffer: Obama hires NCTE's Raffi Freedman-Gurspan
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The White House announced on August 18 that it had hired its first openly Transgender staffer. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will work as an 'outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel' in the Office of Personnel.

Seattle native Dylan Orr, now director of the City's
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HRC Foundation's groundbreaking conference supporting LGBTQ youth to be held in Dallas
Third annual Time To THRIVE conference is expected to attract 800-plus participants from around the nation for sessions on helping LGBTQ youth thrive in the classroom and beyond

WASHINGTON DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American
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Catholic LGBT coalition evicted from Philadelphia parish center
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four LGBT Catholic groups, has been evicted by Catholic Church officials from the space they intended to use during the September World Meeting Of Families in Philadelphia.

The coalition had secured space at St. John the Evangelist Parish Center,
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Young people more sexually fluid, Brit study finds
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Young people are much less likely than their mothers and fathers to define themselves as '100% straight,' a British study finds.

The study, sponsored by YouGov website, interviewed 1,632 people ranging from 18 years to over 60 years in age. They were asked to rate their sexual
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