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posted Friday, December 18, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 51


Seattle is one of HRC's perfect cities
2015 Municipal Equality Index released

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle is one of 47 cities earning a perfect score of 100 points on HRC's latest Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the group announced December 17.

Seattle has been 'leading the way on equality for decades,' HRC President Chad Griffin said in a media conference call. 'Seattle has truly blazed the trail and set an exa
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SGN exclusive interview: State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, candidate for Congress
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Everything you need to know about Brady Walkinshaw is summed up in a brief exchange from a much longer conversation I recently had with him. Walkinshaw is the young 43rd District representative who is challenging long-time incumbent Jim McDermott for his congressional seat.

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Seattle Pride names DonnaTella Howe and Cherry Sur Bête as 2016 Westlake stage announcers for the 42nd Annual Seattle Pride Parade
Seattle Pride has chosen their announcers for the Westlake stage at the 42nd annual Seattle Pride Parade; they are performers DonnaTella Howe and Cherry Sur Bête.

Cherry Sur Bête (French for 'Cherry on Beast') is a high-concept, performance and makeup artist with a flair for post-modern drag. Her devotion to artistry and enter
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11 years in prison for man convicted in Miami Gay Hungarian sex-slave ring
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A Hungarian man was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison for running a Gay sex slave ring in Florida. The ring had originally been set up in New York and later moved to Miami.

Andras Vass, 25, was convicted of human trafficking and racketeering in April. He faced a m
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Chely Wright, Richard Blanco & Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to bring hope to LGBTQ+ youth at Pizza Klatch's 'A Slice of the Good Life' Gayla on Jan. 23
OLYMPIA, WA - Pizza Klatch, a youth-focused LGBTQ+ nonprofit in Olympia and Thurston County, will host their 2nd Annual Fundraising Gayla: 'A Slice of the Good Life' on Saturday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts (512 Washington St. SE, Olympia).

'As a member of the LGBTQ+ community for over 40
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New Pierce-Kitsap YMCA policy change for Transgender members goes into effect Dec. 21
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The YMCA in Tacoma on Tuesday announced plans to spend $1 million to improve privacy in its locker rooms and showers, and a change in policy that will allow Transgender people to use those facilities without discrimination.

The $1 million investment will 'enhance privacy
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Gay rights Festivus pole headed to Olympia Capitol
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Humanity Fund, an organization supporting LGBT rights, won a spot for a Gay Rights Festivus Pole to be displayed along with a nativity scene and other religious displays on the Olympia State Capitol grounds.

The Humanity Fund works to get a 'Festivus pole' into stat
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SGN exclusive interview: Trans activist Willy Wilkinson
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'I decided at four that I wanted to be white and male,' Willy Wilkinson said with a laugh.

Instead, he had been identified at birth as a girl born to a white and Chinese couple. What followed from that contradiction is the subject of his new book, Born on the Edge of Race an
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Profiteering pharma CEO arrested by FBI
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli was arrested by FBI agents at his Midtown Manhattan apartment December 17 and led away in handcuffs. He has been charged with security fraud.

Shkreli rocketed to notoriety in September when his pharmaceutical firm acquired rights to the drug D
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Hillary Clinton lays out agenda to promote equality and end discrimination against the LGBT community
Hillary Clinton announced on Thursday new proposals that would promote equality and protect the LGBT community from discrimination. While the Supreme Court recognized that under the Constitution every person has the right to marry whomever they love, many LGBT individuals face discrimination in the workplace, at their places of worship, and i more
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Bill Kennedy, one of the NBA's top referees, comes out as Gay
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On December 3 the National Basketball Association suspended Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo for one game for derogatory comments directed at referee Bill Kennedy during a game against the Celtics.

'I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a Gay man,
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Stonewall Inn should be a National Historic Site, New York lawmakers say
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to make the Stonewall Inn a National Historic Site.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes the Greenwich Village site, and New York's two senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, submitted the bill December 10.
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SCOTUS overrules Alabama Supreme Court, orders visitation rights for divorced Lesbian mom
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered emergency visitation rights for a divorced Lesbian mother, reversing a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court.

The woman, identified only as 'VL,' married her now-ex-wife, 'EL,' and had three children with her. EL was the biological birth moth
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Hillary wins a poll, Bernie wins a big union endorsement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Although Hillary Clinton holds a 33-point lead in the latest national opinion poll, Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, has won the endorsement of a major private-sector union.

On December 17, the 700,000-member Communications Workers of Ameri
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