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posted Friday, September 18, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 38


Officer Whitlatch fired by SPD Chief O'Toole
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was served September 15 with a termination notice for sustained policy violations involving bias, abuse of police discretion, and escalation of a contact on July 9, 2014.

Whitlatch sparked a media and public backlash against SPD when video taken from the dashcam in her car showed that
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43rd District Dems snub Pamela Banks, vote 'No Endorsement' in District 3 City Council race
Frontrunner Socialist Kshama Sawant barred from endorsement by Dem rules

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Despite appeals from State Sen. Jamie Pedersen and from the candidate herself, the 43rd District Democratic Party organization refused to endorse Pamela Banks in her race for a City Council seat from District 3.

Instead, 49 out of the 89 votes cast at the group's September 14
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Washington ranks sixth in LGBT-friendly companies, study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington State ranks sixth in the country in the number of LGBT-friendly companies, according to a new study by Expert Market.

Expert Market is a so-called B2B, or business-to-business, marketing company that links businesses up with suppliers.

The aim of the
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Americans rethinking 'religious liberty' issue, new poll shows
Big majority now favors equal treatment for same-sex couples

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Americans are rethinking the so-called 'religious liberty' to discriminate against same-sex couples, with a large majority now saying that 'equality under the law' supersedes personal religious beliefs.

According to a poll released September 15, nearly three-quarters of responde
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Seattle's first LGBT church to install new senior pastor this weekend
The Reverend Brian Hutchison to lead Seattle MCC into a bright future

Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church Seattle, a member congregation of the international Metropolitan Community Churches denomination (www.MCCChurch.org), was the first church formed by and for the LGBT community in the Pacific Northwest. In its 43-year history, it has been on the forefront of LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS work, service to the poo more
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Chad Goller-Sojourner to host a workshop for adoptive parents who are raising black children
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Transracial Adoption and Family Coaching is hosting a workshop Sunday, September 20, for adoptive parents who are raising Black Children. The workshop, 'Raising Black Boys and Girls to Become Black Men and Women,' will be taught by local author/performer Chad Goller-Sojourner, who is ope
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Sen. Patty Murray seeks more protections for workers: Introduces WAGE Act
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's senior U.S. senator Patty Murray has introduced potentially groundbreaking legislation to protect workers from intimidation and retaliation by their employers.

The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act was introduced September 16, with Murray and Congres
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Sixth Circuit rejects Kim Davis twice
Deputy clerk says she's nice, but he will issue the licenses

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay county clerk Kim Davis was rejected not once but twice in a single week by the Sixth Circuit Court.

On September 17, the appeals court turned down Davis's request to stay the order of U.S. District Judge David Bunning that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple
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Trans woman wins settlement from employer that fired her
Southern Poverty Law Center wins case

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Transgender woman who was insulted and then fired by her new employer has won an undisclosed amount of money and a promise to implement diversity policies.

Jessi Dye reported for work at her new job at Summerford Nursing Home in Vinemont, Ala., on November 26, 2014.
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Bernie Sanders at Liberty University: 'I believe in Gay rights and Gay marriage.'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders challenged Christian fundamentalists to join with him to fight social inequality in a speech at Liberty University September 14.

The school - founded by anti-Gay fundamentalist Jerry Falwell in 1971 and now run by his son Jerry Jr
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House committee votes down Gay veterans' measure
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

LGBT veterans should be entitled to spousal benefits. Yet, years after DADT was repealed, a measure narrowly failed in a House committee on Thursday that would have changed the definition of spouse under Title 38 to clarify that not all spouses are persons of a different sex.
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Irish court rejects challenge to marriage equality
Marriages to begin before end of year

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ireland's Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch challenge to the country's marriage equality law on September 16, and same-sex couples should be able to marry before the end of the year.

The Irish government had planned to enact new marriage laws in July, following a May referen
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