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posted Friday, April 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 18


Seattle Hate Crimes Conference
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The first-ever Seattle Police Department Seattle hate crimes conference, Understanding, Investigating and Responding to Hate Crimes, held at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) in Burien, April 27-28, brought together some of the nation's most knowledgeable prosecutors, judges and other represe
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Washington Won't Discriminate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Thursday, a broad-based coalition of law enforcement officers, clergy, sexual assault prevention groups, businesses and many others working to block discriminatory I-1515 and protect freedom, equality, and respect for everyone, launched Washington Won't Discriminate.

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Seattle supports a national park for Stonewall
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Despite the rich history and cultural impact the LGBT community has made in the United States, there does not yet exist a national LGBTQ park that recognizes that. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is doing all it can to change that, and Seattle - from its many LGBTQ and
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Patty Murray teams up with Cory Booker against 'conversion therapy'
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's senior U.S. senator, Patty Murray, joined with her New Jersey colleague Cory Booker to introduce a new bill against so-called 'conversion therapy.'

The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would define 'conversion therapy' as a fraudulent practice and empower the Fede
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Cruz mocks Trans people while attacking Trump
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz mocked Transgender people while attacking rival Donald Trump in an April 25 speech in Indiana.

Referring to Trump's April 21 interview with NBC's Today Show, in which Trump criticized the new North Carolina law barring Trans people fr
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Washington's Democratic House members call for hearing on Equality Act
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's six Democratic House members have called for a hearing on the Equality Act.

Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, and Adam Smith all signed on to a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), calling on
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Even zombies boycott North Carolina
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The walking dead will join the boycott of North Carolina, they said in a statement released on April 25.

The Walker Stalker Convention, a three-day festival for zombies and zombie enthusiasts, was scheduled to take place in July at the Charlotte, N.C., Convention Center.
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The Ultimate Harm
by Kris Hermanns - Executive Director
Pride Foundation

I don't know about you, but lately I've talked a lot about bathrooms - actually about bad 'bathroom bills,' as I call them.

But let's be clear: the laws being passed and the ballot initiatives proposed across the country, including here in Washi
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Who is Carly Fiorina and why does Ted Cruz want her as his running mate?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz took a desperate gamble to revive his failing campaign for the GOP nomination, naming Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick on April 27.

Fiorina is not a stranger to electoral politics, although her record does not necessarily ins
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Missouri House committee kills 'Freedom to Discriminate' bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A committee of the Missouri House of Representatives has killed that state's so-called 'religious freedom' bill.

The House Emerging Issues Committee deadlocked 6-6 on SJR 39, a measure that would have allowed religious beliefs to be used as a legal excuse for discrimination a
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Alabama town wants to send Trans folks to jail, ACLU may sue
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU says it is considering filing a lawsuit against Oxford, Ala., after Oxford's city council passed an ordinance banning Transgender residents from using gender-appropriate restrooms.

The Oxford ordinance makes it a crime 'for a person to utilize a multiple occupancy or
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Target vs. Walmart -

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The super-rich Walton family got an endorsement from the anti-Gay, anti-Trans Faith Driven Consumer website on April 26, when the haters launched their #BUYcottWalmart campaign.

Not that the Waltons - who own a controlling interest in Walmart and a family fortune of more tha
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Congressional committee approves attack on LGBT civil rights protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The powerful House Armed Services Committee has approved a measure to strip away federal civil rights protections from the LGBT community.

The proposal, which passed on a party-line vote of 33-29, would invalidate President Obama's 2014 executive order barring workplace discri
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AHF calls on CDC for National STD Prevention Campaign to address rising STD rates
As syphilis hits pre-AIDS rates among gay men - with numbers not seen since the early 1980s - and an antibiotic-resistant strain of 'super-gonorrhea' is emerging among a similar population in the UK, AHF is calling on the CDC to develop and roll out a new national STD prevention campaign.

As STD rates rise, CDC requests l
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'Gay gene' study makes no such conclusion
Editor: I don't know where Shaun Knittel picked up the idea for his article ('Half of all people carry 'gay gene' one study suggests,') but the study in question makes no such conclusion.

Prof. Chaladze's article concerns his playing around with computer models because he is wondering how come there are so many gay
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