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posted Friday, April 15, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 16


Mayor Ed Murray discusses travel bans to hate states NC and MS
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed executive orders in recent weeks banning official City of Seattle travel by City of Seattle employees to both North Carolina and Mississippi after the two states passed similar anti-LGBT laws.

While the move is largely symbolic, as it would have virtually no direct economic impact o
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WA state's anti-Trans initiatives:
Judge rules against bigots on ballot language

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A superior court judge has ruled against sponsors of a series of anti-Trans initiatives in Washington, leaving the state attorney general's description of their ballot measures more or less intact.

Local LGBT activists said they were 'deeply pleased' with the judge's decision.
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SPD to host first-ever National Hate Crimes Conference April 27-28
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle Police Department is about to host something very profound. On April 27-28, with the SPD LGBTQ Liaison Officer Jim Ritter at its helm, the department with host hundreds of law enforcement leaders and Department of Justice folks for a two-day conference to address hate crime
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Northwest charity donates $375,000 to right-wing hate group supporting WA state anti-Trans Initiative 1505
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Staff Writer

A billion dollar trust fund based in Vancouver, Washington just gave a big chunk of money to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), one of the groups behind the anti-Transgender initiatives in Arizona, North Carolina, and now in Washington state via Initiative 1505.

In Feb
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IN MEMORIAM: Valerie (Val) Jean Valrejean
Valerie (Val) Jean Valrejean, 67, went to meet her Savior on March 29th, 2016 from the Ray Hickey House in Vancouver, Washington after fighting a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Val was born on February 3rd, 1949 in Seattle, Washington. She was the daughter of Shirley Rose Honroth and Gilbert Henry Bailey. Val
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A breakdown of all the anti-LGBTQ legislation around the country
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As soon as the LGBTQ community won the right to marry the person they love, activists, experienced leaders, and some elected officials warned - almost immediately - that there was still more work to be done and that the bigots were not going to sit idly by and take the loss lightly. The c
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North Carolina governor 'clarifies' state policy

OKs protections for LGBT state employees

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order April 12 - only a week after he signed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT residents of his state - to 'clarify' the state's policy on LGBT rights.

McCrory's effort to calm a nationwide outcry against the disc
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Dave Upthegrove to run for Commissioner of Public Lands
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced April 11 that he will run for Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. The incumbent, Peter Goldmark, said he would not run for a third term.

The Commissioner of Public Lands heads the state Department of Natural Resour
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Honduras: 215 LGBT people killed in 7 years
LGBTs at risk of torture, imprisonment & assassination, with impunity

by Peter Tatchell - Peter Tatchell Foundation

A new report from Index on Censorship exposes the torture, imprisonment and assassination of LGBT people and activists in Honduras.

The research, published by SAGE and carried out by journalist Duncan Tucker utilising data collected by on-the-ground NGOs, reveals
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Trans activists boo Massachusetts governor off stage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Trans activists disrupted a speech by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on April 13, forcing him from the stage at an event for Boston LGBT business leaders.

Baker had been invited to speak at the annual Boston Spirit LGBT Executive Networking Night, hosted by Boston Spirit mag
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Louisiana governor orders protections for LGBT state employees
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Newly elected Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order on April 13 providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, di
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Federal study of Seattle youth increases understanding of homeless teens
SEATTLE - More than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver, and more than half say they have tried to stay at a shelter but it was full. Those findings resulted from a study released on Thursday, April 14 by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administra more
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Anti-Trans bill will cost us billions in federal money, Tennessee AG warns
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Passing pending legislation to exclude Transgender students from gender-appropriate restrooms will cost the state of Tennessee as much as $3 billion, the state's attorney general warned on April 11.

Because school districts that receive federal money must comply with Title IX
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North Carolina NAACP against anti-LGBT law
Plans sit-in for April 21

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The North Carolina NAACP has announced plans for a sit-in at its state's capital on April 21 to demand repeal of HB 2, the bill legalizing sweeping discrimination against LGBT people in the state.

'We are the laughing stock of the whole nation,' said North Carolina NAACP presid
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A message from Founder & CEO of Replacements Ltd. Bob Page
The following email was sent to Replacements Ltds. email subscribers on Monday, April 4:

Today, I take the unusual step of sending you a personal message. Perhaps you, like millions of others, have heard that North Carolina's recent passage of House Bill 2 - which has been called the worst anti-LGBT bill in the United Sta
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Social Security Administration gives in on overpayments to married Gays and Lesbians
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Social Security Administration (SSA) said on April 13 that it will give up trying to collect so-called 'overpayments' from married Gay and Lesbian SSI recipients.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program designed to help very-low-income people with disabilit
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Half of all people carry 'Gay gene' one study suggests
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

New research suggests that roughly half of all people - including heterosexual women and men - could carry so-called 'Gay genes.'

The research suggests that Gay men's sisters tend to have more children, which may help explain how homosexuality persists in larger populati
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22 year-old Gay Mormon activist dies by suicide
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lincoln Parkin, 22, a well-liked and respected LGBTQ activist and Utah-based youth advocate and environmentalist was found dead on April 6.

As medical examiners investigate the case, the consensus is that Parkin's death was self-inflicted. The young man who inspired so m
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2016 State of the Hill Address and the annual Spirit Award
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) has announced that this year's State of the Hill address will be held April 20, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Grim's (1512 11th Ave).

'The State of the Hill is the Chamber's opportunity to celebrate the successes of 2015 and discuss our plans for 2016,' Mel Burchett, CHCC Community Engagemen
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Chinese court rules against Gay marriage
by Victor Hawthorne - SGN Staff Writer

A court in southern China has ruled against a Gay couple seeking the right to marry in China's first court case addressing the issue of same sex unions.

The couple, Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang, were refused a marriage license after they tried to register in Changsha, a ci
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