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posted Friday, April 1, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 14


Same-sex couples can now adopt children in all 50 states
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan ruled Thursday that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making LGBTQ adoption legal in all 50 states.

The judge issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide
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Bernie Sanders overwhelms Washington with his big caucus win
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Staff Writer

Bernie Sanders won the Washington state caucus on Saturday by a huge margin. Winning every county in the state, Sanders took 73 percent of caucus-goers compared to Hillary Clinton's 27 percent.

'We knew things were going to improve when we headed west,' Sanders told an ec
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Trump: 'Women who get abortions should be punished'
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Staff Writer

Just when we thought Donald Trump could not possibly offend women any more, he surprises us all and takes it to a whole different level.

On Wednesday, perhaps to end Women's History Month with a bang, he managed to spew out one of his most outrageous comments about women
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12th Annual ICON at Seattle Marriott Waterfront April 10
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

ICON, now in its 12th year, is scheduled for April 10, VIP 5 p.m., general admission 6 p.m., at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel (2100 Alaskan Way). Each year Seattle Drag legend Aleksa Manila produces 'ICON: A Celebration of Drag, Art and Life' to raise money for Seattle Counseling
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MARK MY WORDS - Moving forward, looking back
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Jason and I went to a heterosexual wedding last weekend. (I wonder if heterosexuals say, 'I went to a gay wedding last weekend'?) Anyway, it was the first one we've been to since our own wedding. We were honored to be asked to be a part of the ceremony itself; we got the opportunity to wa
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#CONSENT information campaign launched on Capitol Hill by Our Hill, Our Home Facebook group
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Capitol Hill resident Aten Pharaoh first moved to the neighborhood in 1987. For more than two decades of going to local nightclubs on Capitol Hill he says he's seen a few things. Some of those things he did not like, such as the predators who prey on somebody's weaknesses. The obvious
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LGB Trans people more likely to face discrimination, study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, or Bi are more likely to face discrimination than ones who identify as straight, a new study shows.

The study, by Jody L. Herman, scholar of public policy at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, is titled 'LGB within th
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OUTBOUND: Miami Beach Gay Pride celebrating its eighth year with Iggy Azalea April 8-10
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Ready for Pride? While our event is still in the planning stages, organizers at the opposite corner of the country, Miami Beach, are just about set for their big show.

In its eighth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride is prepared to welcome 130,000 people from throughout South Flor
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Investigate Freedom Foundation, lawmakers ask Attorney General

Right-wing group may be violating tax codes

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Thirty Washington state legislators have asked Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state Public Disclosure Commission, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate the right-wing group Freedom Foundation.

In their letter, dated March 24, the lawmakers charge that Freedom Fou
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Health Education - The more you know...
by Erin Torrone
Heath Education Specialist
Swedish Medical Center

Many of us would not choose to go back to school. We're finished with the exams, the studying and the lectures. But does that mean we don't have anything more to learn? Unlikely. In fact, most of us could afford to get schooled&on health! Do yo
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I can't defend anti-LGBT law, North Carolina AG says

Republicans demand his resignation

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said on March 29 that he will not defend the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law against a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Equality North Carolina.

'We should not even be here today, but we are,' Cooper said at a press conference. 'We're h
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Georgia and Virginia governors veto RFRAs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The governors of Georgia and Virginia have vetoed so-called 'religious freedom' bills that would have legalized discrimination against their states' LGBT communities.

Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal acted first, on March 28.

'I do not think we have to di
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Anti-union, anti-Gay appeal thwarted as SCOTUS splits 4-4

Friedrichs case would have defunded public sector unions

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a 4-4 split, on March 29 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge that could have crippled labor unions.

The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), was argued before the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and labor activists feared the high
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NYC college makes all restrooms gender neutral
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City's East Village, says it will remove all gender markers from all of its restrooms.

Instead of the usual 'men' and 'women' signs, Cooper Union restrooms will be labeled 'restroom with urinal and stalls' or 're
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Mississippi challenges North Carolina for worst-in-the-country status

New law legalizes discrimination against LGBT residents

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Mississippi Senate has passed its version of a 'religious freedom' law allowing discrimination against the state's LGBT residents. The March 30 vote was a lopsided 31-17 in favor of discrimination.

HB 1523, euphemistically titled the 'Protecting Freedom of Conscience f
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Oops! Saudi man flies 'pretty' rainbow flag, ends up in jail
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Saudi man was arrested by the country's religious police after he hoisted a rainbow flag over his house in the city of Jeddah. He was released after convincing authorities he had no idea the flag symbolized LGBT pride.

According to local news reports translated by the newspa
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Brit study: 60% of Trans people face discrimination at work

Bad, but not as bad as the US

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sixty percent of British Transgender people say they have experienced workplace discrimination because of their gender identity, but more than half say conditions are improving for Trans people in the UK because of media coverage of Trans issues.

Those are key findings of a ne
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