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posted Friday, January 5, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 01


Washington DOH passes groundbreaking rule creating a new gender option for birth certificates
Rule creates gender marker 'X' for those who identify as a gender that is not exclusively male or female SEATTLE - [On January 4, 2018], the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) passed a new rule that simplifies the process for a person to change the gender listed on their birth certificate. The rule also creates a gender marker 'X,' which represents a gender that is more
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DOJ backs down, dismissing appeal of order putting ban on Transgender service members on hold
SAN FRANCISCO - [On December 22, 2017], the Trump administration withdrew its appeal of a lower court ruling halting implementation of its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the US armed services. Today's actions clear the way for open enlistment by transgender people scheduled to begin [on January 1] and also more
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A farewell editorial - Part 2
by Shaun Knittel - Special to the SGN

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Three months ago, at the end of September, Seattle Gay News staff writer and associate editor Shaun Knittel and his husband Yee-Shin Huang pulled up stakes here in Seattle and have relocated to Shaun's hometown of Las Vegas, where they are settling into a new groove. Fol
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HRC celebrates swearing-in of Alabama's US senator, Doug Jones
WASHINGTON, DC - [On January 3], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, celebrated the swearing-in of former civil rights prosecutor Doug Jones to the US Senate.

HRC - which opened offices in Alabama in 2014 and first launched its #
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MARK MY WORDS: Goals for the upcoming New Year
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

OK, someone has to say it. We've survived the first year of this administration, but it has done damage to both the country's reputation and our community. And if you feel that way, 2018 is your year to correct that path.

This New Year's, you have reason to celebrate becau
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New York City Council elects Poz Gay man as speaker
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The New York City Council on January 3 elected an HIV-positive Gay man, Corey Johnson, as its speaker. The vote was 48-1. Johnson takes over from Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was term-limited out of the office.

Councilwoman Inez Barron, who mounted a last-minute bid for speaker
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HRC responds to failure of discriminatory and invasive 'voter fraud' commission led by Mike Pence
WASHINGTON, D.C. - [On January 4, 2018], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, issued the following response after the Trump-Pence administration announced [it] would disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice P more
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Genetically modified stem cells may provide HIV cure, study suggests
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Genetically modified stem cells may be able to suppress - or even eradicate - HIV infections, a new study by a team of researchers based at UCLA suggests.

The study, published on December 28, tested whether genetically engineered cells could be made to kill HIV-infected cells.
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Drag queen and two women to replace Three Kings in Madrid's Epiphany parade
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Madrid's traditional Epiphany parade will go on as usual on January 5, but with a twist. This year, instead of the Three Kings, the stars of the show will be a drag queen and two women performers.

The annual Three Kings parades are a beloved feature of Spanish Christmas c
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