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posted Friday, March 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 11


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Danni Askini, candidate for 43rd District House seat

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

If elected to the state House, Danni Askini will make history as the legislature's first-ever openly Transgender member. The significance of the race is not lost on her.

'Of course I think about the historic nature of this campaign,' she told SGN recently. 'I've been thinking about this for the last couple of years,
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Mayor Murray signs executive order granting protections for Seattle Trans* Community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an Executive Order on Thursday morning, March 10, instructing the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to develop uniform guidance and trainings for front-line City staff on how to best continue providing safe and inclusive spaces for residents, including Transg
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SPD releases first-ever officer training videos featuring Seattle Transgender community members
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday, March 10, Seattle Police Department officials released to the public, training video footage that officers designed to train the ranks on the appropriate treatment of Transgender residents.

According to officials, SPD developed the training in partnership wi
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SEATTLE RED DRESS PARTY TO RETURN APRIL 2

PrideFest to host; Ultra Naté to headline

After retiring the Seattle Red Dress Party in 2014, the founders of the popular Northwest benefit event have handed the reigns for the party over to PrideFest, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization responsible for PrideFest at the Seattle Center among other events. The Seattle Red Dress Party will take place on Saturday, April 2 at Fremont more
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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: It's Tax Season
by Susan Sommer
Lambda Legal Senior Counsel
Director of Constitutional Litigation

After DOMA was struck down in 2013, the federal government recognized marriages of same-sex couples for tax purposes, although, in violation of the Constitution, many states did not. Following the Supreme Court's watershed decision
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Labor leader in the race for 43rd District rep

Marcus Courtney led fight to unionize Microsoft

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Labor leader Marcus Courtney announced on March 7 that he is running for the 43rd Legislative District House seat being vacated by Brady Walkinshaw.

The 43rd District takes in Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Wallingford, and part of the University District. Walkinshaw is givin
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California safety agency fines porn studio

Cites violations of condom laws

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cal/OSHA, the agency charged with enforcing workplace safety laws in California, has cited a porn studio for 'multiple violations of state condom and other safety laws, which exposed performers to sexually transmitted infections and illnesses.'

The agency set the fines for Thi
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Democratic primaries: Bernie takes Michigan

Can he repeat in Ohio?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Bernie Sanders scored an upset win in Michigan on March 8, overcoming a 20-point polling deficit to beat Hillary Clinton by two points, 50% to 48%.

As expected, Clinton swept the Mississippi primary the same day, giving her a net gain in convention delegates for the day, but t
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Lesbian widow wins Social Security benefits

SSA agrees to comply with Obergefell decision

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Lesbian widow has finally won Social Security survivor benefits after the Social Security Administration (SSA) settled a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal.

Texas residents Kathy Murphy and Sara Barker were a committed couple for more than 30 years, eventually marrying in Mass
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SCOTUS affirms same-sex adoption, reverses Alabama court
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the Alabama state Supreme Court and ordered Alabama to recognize an adoption by a Lesbian couple.

The couple, identified only as 'E.L.' and V.L.' in court documents, were unmarried but committed partners who planned to raise chil
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Hungary vetoes European agreement on LGBT rights

Also blocks deal on immigrants

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Hungary has blocked a European Union (EU) agreement on LGBT rights.

The draft measure would have empowered the European Commission to ban discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, promote LGBT equality, and collect data on EU countries' treatmen
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No marriage equality in Puerto Rico, rogue judge rules

Governor says he will continue to follow SCOTUS ruling

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge in Puerto Rico ruled on March 8 that the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage must remain in effect despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

U.S. District Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez said in a 10-page ruling that Obergefell does
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We are not amused!

Queen Elizabeth may not approve of same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Queen Elizabeth does not approve of same-sex marriage, according to a report published in the British newspaper The Daily Mail.

However, Buckingham Palace sources have referred journalists to a PinkNews story saying she thought it was 'wonderful.'

The Daily Mai
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Ugandans charge rigged elections, picket country's London embassy
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Not free. Not fair,' the picket sign said. Others read 'Recount now,' 'Sanction Museveni regime,' 'Britain: Don't recognise Museveni presidency,' 'UN: Speak out against Museveni's crimes in Uganda,' and 'Museveni! Stop suppressing peaceful protests.'

One hundred demonstrators
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