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posted Friday, December 2, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 49


Compromise on defense spending bill removes anti-LGBT language
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), without controversial language that would have eliminated protections for LGBT employees, will soon go to a vote in Congress.

The NDAA authorizes $618.7 billion in military spending and is considered 'must pass' legislation. Senior Congressional
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Drain the swamp?

Trump appoints crocodiles to Treasury and Commerce departments

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In spite of earlier promises to 'drain the swamp' of Washington insiders, Donald Trump announced appointments of his campaign finance chair, Steve Mnuchin, as Treasury Secretary and a former business associate, Wilbur Ross, as Secretary of Commerce.

Both picks come from the w
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North Carolina gubernatorial race:

Democrat now 10,000 votes ahead, margin blocks recount

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As of November 29, Democratic challenger Roy Cooper was more than 10,000 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Pat McCrory in the race for North Carolina governor, blocking McCrory from asking for a recount.

Cooper led by a narrow margin since Election Day, despite GOP-sponsore
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Trump's HHS pick threatens Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Donald Trump announced on November 29 that he would name Georgia Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Trump's choice was immediately denounced by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Price is best known as the author of the so-called 'Empowering Patients First Ac
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Seattle will continue to be a 'welcoming city,' mayor says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order on Thanksgiving Day reaffirming that Seattle will continue to be a 'welcoming city.'

The order states that City employees will not ask about the immigration status of residents and that all City services will be available to a
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Gender Justice League and partners hosts name and gender marker change legal clinic Dec. 18
Gender Justice League in partnership with Q-Law Legal Foundation, Teller and Associates, U.T.O.P.I.A., and King County Bar Association held a name and gender marker change legal clinic on November 30 and will be holding a clinic on December 18 and January 3 prior to the presidential inauguration. The clinic is in response to requests by hundre more
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The 13th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast brings triumph and hope
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

On Thursday morning, December 1, the LGBTQ and allies community came together for the 13th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast. After over a decade at the Washington State Convention Center, it moved next door to the Seattle Sheraton Hotel this year.

After a
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016)
by Jesse Monteagudo SGN Contributing Writer When I learned about the death of Fidel Castro, I immediately thought about my father, who died 25 years ago. Like other Cuban exiles of his generation, my dad looked forward to the day when Cuba's communist government would fall; and he and his family would return to a free Cuba. It did not happen more
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Swedish Medical Center and the LGBTQ Community:

A year-end wrap up

by Kevin Wang MD Faculty
Swedish First Hill
Family Medicine Residency Program
Special to the SGN

I can't believe it has been a year since Swedish and Seattle Gay News started this incredible partnership. Over the past year, we've covered diabetes, colon cancer screening, health education, Swedish's involveme
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New deputy national security advisor shunned Gay brother dying of AIDS
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Fox News talking head KT McFarland, soon to be Donald Trump's deputy national security advisor, outed her Gay brother in a letter to their parents and then shunned him as he died of AIDS in 1995.

McFarland's brother, Michael Troia, died June 8, 1995.

'Have you
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Seattle Sounders advance to first MLS Cup Final on December 10
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

It's the most wonderful time of the year for soccer fans, and this year particularly for Seattle Sounders faithful. The Sounders advanced to their first ever MLS Cup Final, the soccer equivalent of the Super Bowl, by defeating the Colorado Rapids in a two game Western Conference Champions
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HIV criminalization laws are outdated and disproportionately affect marginalized communities
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

According to the Williams Institute, outdated HIV criminalization laws in California do not reflect the highly effective medical advances for reducing the risk of HIV transmission and extending the quantity and quality of life for people living with HIV.

'HIV criminaliz
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Hotline dedicated to LGBT elders launched by SAGE
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, has launched the country's first hotline dedicated to LGBT elders.

The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline is operated by the GLBT Nat
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South Africa recruiting for HIV vaccine study
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

South African researchers are enrolling subjects for what they describe as the largest HIV vaccine study since 2009.

According to BBC News, South Africa's Medical Research Council plans to enroll 5,400 sexually active young men and women in the study. About seven million peop
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Australian teens replicate Daraprim, undercut Martin Shkreli
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A group of Australian high school students has created 3.7 grams of pyrimethamine, the active ingredient in the drug Daraprim.

While the students spent about $20 on their experiment, the quantity of pyrimethamine they manufactured would sell for at least $35,000 - and as much
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