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posted Friday, November 20, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 47


City Council votes to add $75,000 to the Office of Arts and Culture in 2016 for AIDS Legacy/Memorial
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Good news for outgoing Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen this week. On Monday the City Council voted to add $75,000 to the Office of Arts and Culture in 2016 to help fund the initial planning process for an AIDS Legacy/Memorial.

Also, Rasmussen's office confirmed that there will be a $75,000 match in
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Tom Rasmussen offers counter proposal to LGBT community center budget item
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

At a Seattle City Council budget committee meeting November 16, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen opposed a proposal by his colleague Kshama Sawant to fund a study to explore creating an LGBT community center.

Sawant's measure would have instructed the Seattle Parks Department t
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SPD films training videos for officers in preparation for new Transgender policy set to begin
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police Department officials began work on a Transgender specific policy in late 2013 that would govern how officers deal with everything from traffic stops to body searches of Transgender people in Seattle. Earlier this year, SPD, in cooperation with several members of the loca
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Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies to be held in Seattle, Bellevue and Edmonds
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a day set aside to remember and honor Transgender persons who were murdered in the last year. Sadly, this year has seen a marked increase in the number of such hate-motivated crimes. The Puget Sound Transgender community and its allies gather to remember those who were taken from us at ceremonies ar more
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Mayor wants to strengthen labor laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is proposing new legislation to strengthen the city's progressive labor standards.

'The legislation is aimed to better protect workers, deter and penalize bad actors while leveling the playing field for businesses that are already in compliance,' the May
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SGN exclusive interview: George Pieper talks about an LGBT community center
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

George Pieper, president of Seattle LGBTQ Community Development, was 'disappointed but not deterred' by the Seattle City Council budget committee decision not to explore ways to create an LGBT community center.

Pieper has spent seven years working to build a new LGBT community
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UFCW 21 announces new Trans health benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 has announced that its largest employee insurance trust, Sound Health and Wellness, will now include full medical services for Transgender union members.

UFCW 21 is the largest private-sector union in the state, with 44,000 me
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Utah judge removes himself from Lesbian child custody case
HRC files ethics complaint

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Utah state judge who took a foster child away from a married Lesbian couple first reversed his decision and then removed himself from the case as criticism of his ruling mounted.

Judge Scott Johansen originally removed a baby girl from the custody of April Hoagland and Becki
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Trans exclusion in ADA may be unconstitutional, DOJ says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The provision in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) excluding Transgender individuals may be unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said on November 16, and courts should ignore it to avoid legal problems.

The ADA protects people with disabilities from d
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Clinton racks up big endorsements
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hillary Clinton won two big endorsements this week, getting the support of Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the historic marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges, on November 16 and the endorsement of the huge Service Employees International Union (SEIU) the next day.

'I refuse to let R
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HRC President Chad Griffin testifies at first-ever Congressional Forum on Anti-Transgender Violence
WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, November 17, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus held the first-ever Congressional Forum on Violence Against the Transgender Community in an effort to raise awareness of the scourge of violence impacting the Transgender community - particularly Transgender women of color. Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rig more
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We know Jeb but we really don't like him that much, Florida voters say
New poll shows Jeb Bush in 5th place

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is well known - but apparently not so well liked - in his home state, according to a new Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) survey.

In fact, Bush comes in far down the list of Republican presidential hopefuls.

In a
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Ukraine passes LGBT protections to get free travel to EU, as EU discusses end to open borders
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ukraine finally passed a law protecting its LGBT residents from discrimination in order to win the right for Ukrainians to travel freely in the EU, but less than a week later, France proposed that the EU scrap its open borders policy.

After six tries, and only two days after v
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AHF calls for more STD funding after new syphilis report
Congenital syphilis up 38%

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In the wake of a new report on STDs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for increased funding to combat what it called an 'STD epidemic.'

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published November 13 sh
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