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  1. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The US Department of Education will no longer investigate complaints from Transgender students who have been denied access to restrooms that correspond to their gender, the department said in an email to a BuzzFeed News reporter. BuzzFeed's Dominic Holden wrote in his February 12 column that the department replied to an inquiry on February 8, saying its position was that that Title IX - a federal civil rights law - did not protect Transgender students. The Obama administration ruled that Title IX's prohibition on sex discrimination also covered gender identity, and on that basis it supported Trans students' legal complaints against school districts that restricted their access to gender-appropriate facilities. As with other federal policies, things changed when Trump was inaugurated. In February 2017, the Trump administration said in a memo that it would 'consider the
  2. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer Regardless if you have been watching the Winter Olympics, currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, you have definitely been hearing the name Adam Rippon, who has been very Out and vocal in every interview and performance. Back in 2010, we had Johnny Weir, who wasn't officially Out yet. But with Rippon, he is just acting himself. From bonding with Out skier, Gus Kenworthy, or flirting with Out Canadian skater, Eric Radford on the podium after winning the Bronze, while Radford won gold, to being downright straightforward and refusing to meet or acknowledge Vice-President Mike Pence, we can't get enough of Rippon and he has already made history. Here are some of his and Kenworthy's best quotes: February 9th 'The #OpeningCeremony is a wrap and the 2018 Winter Olympic Gaymes are officially under way!' he wrote. 'I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the US and I'm so proud to be
  3. by Ron Rasmussen - Special to the SGN The Seattle area Veterans Administration is hosting a meeting for LGBTQ military veterans on Friday, February 23 at 10:00 am at the Wounded Warrior Project office, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 130. The office is located along the waterfront near the Wall St. parking garage across the street from Anthony's Pier 66 restaurant in Belltown. All LGBTQ veterans are invited to attend. 'This is not the VA of 10 or 15 years ago,' said Mr. Johnnie Hawkins, Legal Administration Specialist with the Veterans Benefit Administration, part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. One of the purposes of the meeting is to establish a social network of care for LGBTQ veterans in the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound region as well as provide an opportunity to learn about what services the VA is currently offering to LGBTQ veterans. The VA also hopes to learn how the VA can better serve the underserved population of LG
  4. by Juli Goetz Morser - Vashon Beachcomber Vashon just got lucky, very lucky. Not lucky once, but twice as international pop and country singer-songwriter k.d lang plans to launch her U.S. 'Ingénue Redux' tour with two benefit concerts at Vashon Center for the Arts in February. Why Vashon? Her manager, and part-time island resident for the past 14 years Steve Jensen, said it's simple. 'k.d. loves Vashon. She is genuinely excited to do this show,' he said. 'Once I bought my place here, she started to visit me - she is my client and also best friend. She and I decided the band would rehearse here and do a benefit for the Land Trust and Vashon Center for the Arts. The decision felt both special and natural.' 'I have lots of good friends on Vashon, so I've spent a lot of time hanging out and holidaying on the island,' lang said during a recent phone interview. 'I try to make Vashon a place I go to.' Perhaps
  5. by Mark Finley - Special to the SGN 'We're in the garage.' It's a moment that's burned into my memory with laser like precision. I was about to go off the handle when he flashed that 'everything is going to be great' smile that only Martin could do so effortlessly. That gentle grin stopped me cold - for two reasons: 1) I knew that he was right - we'd be great; and 2) behind that sweet calming countenance was a powerhouse that didn't let anything stand in his way or keep him from what he wanted. I was first introduced to Martin in the early to mid '90s when we were both heavily involved with the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle. I was merely a past Miss Gay Seattle - but he was Imperial Prince 26 and well on his way to becoming Emperor Rainier 30 - so when he came to me with ideas I listened. This was the era of endless fundraisers and benefits for any and all HIV/AIDS organizations at least twice a month. As you can imagine, att