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posted Friday, July 12, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 28


ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR LINCOLN ROSE
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Pramila Jayapal's speech on immigration
The following speech was given by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) on July 2, 2019:

So, first of all, thank you so much for being here. It makes me so proud - I'm sorry, I'm losing my voice too - but it makes me so proud to represent this district and to have people that would take time out of their day to be here and to st
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House votes to overturn Trump's Trans military ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US House of Representatives voted on July 11 to overturn Donald Trump's ban on Transgender people serving in the military.

The vote was 242 to 187, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to pass the measure.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the reversal
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British parliament votes to extend marriage equality to Northern Ireland
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Britain's parliament voted on July 9 to extend marriage equality to Northern Ireland. The count was a landslide 383 to 73, with 194 members absent or abstaining.

The marriage bill was introduced by a Labour member, Conor McGinn, and allowed to proceed as a 'free vote' - in oth
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: New York Pride/World Pride
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

By now all of you have seen, heard, read or otherwise know about New York City Pride/Stonewall 50, the events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. You also know about World Pride (June 26-30), held for the first time in the United States simultaneously with S
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Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteer LGBT support group facilitators in Seattle
The Alzheimer's Association is seeking local volunteers to facilitate LGBT Caregiver Support Groups in Seattle.

'Caregivers of those with dementia often feel helpless and alone in their experience,' said April Scott, Manager of Community Support at the Alzheimer's Association, Washington State Chapter. 'A support group facilitato
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South King County LGBTQ Task Force announces inaugural event to battle LGBTQ+ isolation
Des Moines, WA - South King County LGBTQ Task Force announces their first community event Queens of Heart movie screening on Saturday, July 27, at Highline College Theater (2400 S 240th Street - Building 7, Des Moines, WA) from 5pm-8pm.

Queens of Heart is an event to bring the LGBTQ+ community together, become more visible, and s
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Lights for Liberty: A Constellation of Lights
July 12-13 coalition events in Seattle & Tacoma in protest of immigrant/refugee detention

SEATTLE - On Friday evening, July 12th, people will gather in their communities across the nation to hold vigils in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and in protest of mass immigrant incarceration and the atmosphere of fear a
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Pride flag flies over Tacoma Dome for first time. 'It's a big deal,' says LGBT community
by Craig Sailor - Tacoma News Tribune

A half-century after the modern gay rights movement started in the U.S., a gay pride flag was raised for the first time over the Tacoma Dome Tuesday.

'We need a breeze,' someone in a crowd gathered in the Dome's parking lot said immediately after the rainbow-striped flag was
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Jayapal releases 2019 infrastructure report
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2019) - Today, Rep. Pramila Jayapal released her third annual infrastructure report on transportation and infrastructure priorities for Washington's 7th Congressional District and the greater Seattle region.

'America's infrastructure is crumbling, but the Trump administration has failed to take action,'
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AHF to PBMs: Stop the pharmacy fee rip-off!
WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2019) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which operates specialty pharmacies in a dozen states that serve the needs of HIV and AIDS patients, has signed on to a letter to key members of the United States Senate Finance Committee asking that they include pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform more
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LGBT+ activist pushes Amazon for policy update on conversion therapy books
Last week, Amazon removed conversion therapy books from its site in response to public pressure including over 80,000 supporters of a Change.org petition.

Petition starter, Sky Gray applauds Amazon's actions but believes the tech giant needs to clearly specify its policies for any changes to hold. Sky says:

'Amazon
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Hate crimes reports up 22%, FBI says
Racism the biggest motivator

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The number of hate crimes reported to the FBI by local jurisdictions increased by 22% between 2013 and 2017, the FBI said in a new report. 2017 is the most recent report year.

Washington state saw a 78% increase during that p
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NAACP to host LGBTQ town hall during 110th convention
BALTIMORE (July 9, 2019) - Thousands of activists, artists, entertainers, civil rights, and social justice leaders will gather for the 110th NAACP Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 20th to 24th. The five-day convention will include continuing legal education seminars, federal legislative and public policy workshops, youth workshops, more
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GLAAD issues new report on anti-LGBTQ activists leading State Department's new 'Commission on Unalienable Rights'
NEW YORK (July 9, 2019) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released a new report highlighting the records of the anti-LGBTQ activists appointed to serve on the US State Department's new 'Commission on Unalienable Rights.' According to reports, the 'Commission' will provide the federal government 'an informed more
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