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posted Friday, January 8, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 02


The Washington SAFE Alliance coalition forms to defend longstanding anti-discrimination laws, especially for the Transgender community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday, a coalition of organizations and individuals across Washington state who have joined together to defend longstanding anti-discrimination laws, especially for the Transgender community, calling themselves The Washington SAFE Alliance officially announced its formation.

'All Washingtonians deserve to ha
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Alabama chief justice blocks same-sex marriages:
Ignore him, federal attorneys advise

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order January 6 blocking state probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The two U.S. Attorneys with jurisdiction in Alabama have advised Alabama judges to ignore Moore.

In a four-page order, Moore said that a
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New City Council sworn in
Which way for Seattle?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new Seattle City Council was sworn in January 4, the first one elected under the new district system. Old familiar faces were gone, and bright new councilmembers sat in their places, but what the new Council means for city government is still up in the air.

Four of the nine co
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Navy looks to remove the word 'man' from all job titles
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The U.S. Navy secretary has ordered the service to review all job titles and consider removing any reference to 'man' in them, a move that could force name-changes to nearly two dozen specialties, from airman to yeoman.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered the scrub as the
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Councilmember Debora Juarez takes Oath of Office, first enrolled Native American to serve on Seattle City Council
Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) took her ceremonial Oath of Office on Monday, January 4, becoming the first enrolled Native American to serve on the Seattle City Council. Councilmember Juarez is a member of the Blackfeet Nation. The following are her remarks delivered at the Seattle City Council inauguratio more
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Councilmember Lorena González's remarks at the January 4 Seattle City Council inauguration ceremony
Fellow Councilmembers, distinguished guests, tribal leaders and activists: Buenas tardes. Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here today. I have the distinct pleasure of going last, so I'm going to try and go for the world record of shortest inauguration speech since I had my very own party in November.

For many of us, toda
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Hamza Warsame died from unintentional fall from a Capitol Hill building say authorities
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The King County Medical Examiner announced Wednesday that 16-year-old Hamza Warsame, the Seattle Central College student whose death on December 5 sparked protests and calls for justice because some believed that he'd been murdered, died from blunt force injuries caused by an unintent
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Congressman Jim McDermott will not run for re-election
Veteran pol is ally to LGBT community

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fourteen-term Seattle-area Rep. Jim McDermott will not seek re-election in 2016, he announced on January 4.

Although McDermott would have been challenged in the primary by fellow Democrat Brady Walkinshaw, he said he was sure he would have been re-elected to a fifteenth term.
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WA native, Gay porn star Jasper Robinson dead at 21
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington-born Gay porn star Jasper Robinson has died at the age of 21.

The performer died of unknown causes a month ago on December 13. It is also unknown why no statement was made to the media by any of the studios he's worked for at the time of his death. Fans and t
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12 brothels shut down in Bellevue; women held against their will
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Wednesday, police officials announced that a successful investigation led them to shut down Bellevue brothels, created by a website, where women were held against their will and then trafficked across the West Coast.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart, the Bellevue po
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Seattle's LGBT Square Dancing Club offering beginning square dancing lessons
On Thursday, January 14, Puddletown Squares will be offering the second of their two FREE introductory sessions to their 20-week Beginning Square Dancing Series at St. Andrew's Church (111 NE 80th St) near Green Lake from 7:00-9 p.m., which will officially kick off on Thursday, January 21.

The Beginning Square Dance Series is op
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'QUEER I AM: An LGBTQ+ Student Summit Exploring Culture & Pride'
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

WORKSHOP PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED!
NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS THROUGH
JANUARY 16TH, 2016


The '2nd Annual Queer I Am: An LGBTQ+ Student Summit Exploring Culture & Pride' is now seeking workshop proposals. 'Queer I Am' aims to create a liberating space that enga
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Oklahoma City passes fair housing ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Oklahoma City's city council has passed an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in housing.

After a debate that NBC News describes as 'heated,' the City Council acted on January 5, passing the new rules by 5 votes to 4.
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Utah Republican wants to repeal same-sex marriage ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Utah state Rep. Kraig Powell has introduced legislation to remove the section of the state constitution that bans same-sex marriage.

Like many states, laws barring Gay and Lesbian couples from marrying are still on the books in Utah, even though they were rendered unenforceable
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Ben Carson brings in homophobic general to fix sagging campaign
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In an attempt to reinvigorate his sagging campaign, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has appointed a homophobic retired general to head his team.

Carson's new campaign chair, retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, is well known for religious extremism and anti-Gay views.
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LGBT groups file brief in Supreme Court abortion case
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fourteen LGBT rights and racial justice groups have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing new restrictions on reproductive health clinics in Texas.

The lawsuit in Whole Womans Health v. Cole asks the high court to strike down Texass HB2, passed in 2013
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AIDS Heathcare Foundation:
Rise of drug resistant gonorrhea in UK underscores need for adherence to proven STD treatment regimens

LOS ANGELES - A drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea first discovered in the United Kingdom last spring could potentially threaten public health in the U.S. and other countries according to recent warnings by Britain's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, and Dr. Sachin Jain, medical director of HIV prevention programs at Montefiore AIDS Ce more
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