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posted Friday, June 24, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 26


At last!

Republican official apologizes for anti-Gay actions

At last! A Republican officeholder has publicly apologized for his previous anti-Gay actions.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at a vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre on June 13 and surprised the crowd by apologizing to them for anti-Gay actions going back to his high school days.

Below is a full transcript of his remarks:

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John Lewis leads House sit-in to force vote on gun bills
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Civil rights icon John Lewis led a sit-in in the US House of Representatives on June 22 in hopes of forcing Republican leaders to bring gun control measures to the floor for a vote.

Some 40 Democratic congressmembers followed Lewis, including Seattle Reps. Jim McDermott and Ad
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Bank of America branches now Safe Places for LGBTQ community
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Bank of America announced June 23 that all 37 of the company's Seattle financial centers are participating in the Seattle Police Department's (SPD) Safe Place initiative.

The bank joins more than 1,600 other businesses, organizations, and schools to offer a place of safe
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Local nightclubs step up safety for Pride festivities
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting, which left 49 dead and 53 injured after a crazed gunman entered the Orlando nightclub in the early morning hours of June 12, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray directed the Seattle Police Department to have as many officers as possible on duty thr
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Florida assistant state attorney suspended in wake of Orlando shooting

Denounces Orlando residents in angry Facebook post

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Florida legal official has been suspended after denouncing the residents of Orlando in an angry Facebook post.

Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis posted the hateful message less than a week after the massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub and was relieved of his official
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NOM hired gun back in town

Chris Plante was spokesman for campaigns against marriage equality

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Veteran anti-LGBT operative Chris Plante is back in Washington state to work on I-1515, the initiative that seeks to bar Transgender residents from gender-appropriate restrooms.

Plante, who is now on retainer for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), was last in Washin
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LGBTQ groups call for unity in the wake of Orlando shooting (Statement dated June 13, 2016)
We the undersigned organizations working on the front lines of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) movement share in the profound grief for those who were killed and many more who were wounded during Latin Night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Their lives were lost or forever altered in this devastating act o more
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Trump meets with loathsome bigots, GetEQUAL disrupts press event
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The LGBT activist group GetEQUAL disrupted a New York press conference featuring Donald Trump and his new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board on June 21.

The advisory board was billed as a way for fundamentalist Christian leaders to meet with Trump and 'better understand him
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Hundreds protest hate-speaking Sacramento pastor
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nearly 1,000 members and supporters of Sacramento's LGBT community surrounded Verity Baptist Church on June 19 to protest hate speech by Pastor Roger Jimenez.

The previous Sunday, only hours after news of the horrific Orlando massacre broke on the West Coast, Jimenez denounced
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Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour
comes to Seattle on Sunday, July 10
to bring families together and save lives

To offer guidance and support to the parents of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) children, The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has launched the Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour to help Asian parents support their LGBT children. These unique workshops will visit twelve ma more
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A fitting memorial

Entre Hermanos hosts Altar of the Dead honoring victims of the Orlando massacre

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The horrific violence that claimed the lives of 49 people, nearly all of whom were Latino, LGBTQ, or both, hit home for local LGBTQ Latino nonprofit Entre Hermanos.

Just hours after the attack, the organization sent a statement to supporters and local media that 'Entre
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SGN interview: Anthony Gipe, candidate for Superior Court Judge
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anthony Gipe, currently president of the Washington State Bar Association, is running for Superior Court Judge, position 52.

He's around to do that only because, as a boy, he liked to sleep late. Gipe grew up near Mt St Helens and he was on the mountain on May 18, 1980, the day it
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Turkish police break up Trans Pride march
By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Turkish Police in Istanbul set up barricades in Taksim Square to prevent a Trans Pride rally from gathering on June 19, then fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Taksim Square is the traditional meeting place for protest marches and was the scene of anti-government
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Seattle Pride is an expression of our Constitutional rights
Editor:
I was rather surprised, as a civil libertarian, that your lengthy article on the Seattle Pride controversy did not contain a single mention of 'free speech,' or 'the First Amendment.' Pride parades and other celebrations began - and continue - as manifestations of our Constitutional rights to express ourselves and to pe
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