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  1. Court could restrict equal rights to public accommodations by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The US Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on December 5. The case, in which the State of Colorado brought a civil rights complaint against a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a Gay couple, could limit the access of LGBT people to public accommodations. In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins entered Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, hoping to buy a cake for their wedding reception. Before any specifics of design or other details could be discussed, baker Jack Phillips informed the couple that Masterpiece would not sell products to same-sex couples. Craig and Mullins brought a complaint to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which found that Phillips had violated the state's anti-discrimination law, which bars discrimination on the basis of sexual
  2. The Greater Seattle Business Association, the largest LGBT chamber of commerce in the US, raised a record $950,000 at its annual gala, EQUALUX: The TASTE of GSBA, on November 18. 900 guests gathered at the Westin Seattle Hotel for an evening featuring celebrity chefs, 25 Washington wineries, bites prepared by member restaurants and caterers, musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner, and multiple auctions 'to raise money to ensure that our LGBTQ and allied students are supported and able to attend college,' says GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin. 'We are a community that understands adversity and we have learned how to take care of our own; we support each other's businesses, we advocate for equality, and we have the backs of our young people. That depth of support and generosity was in evidence all night as guests enjoyed each other and happily raised their paddles to raise a record amount of funds for our community's future leaders.' 'Seeing too
  3. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Australia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage on December 7. The vote came after more than twenty previous failed attempts at legislating marriage equality since 2004. Almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joined the opposition Labor and Green parties and independent members to approve the bill. The government presented the measure as a 'free vote,' meaning its members were not under party discipline to vote for the bill, but could vote their conscience. The vote in parliament followed an August plebiscite in which more than 60% of Australia's voters approved marriage equality. The only 'no' votes in parliament were three government members and one independent. The speaker then declared the vote carried, since fewer than five members opposed it. Joyous members hugged each other, and activists in the public gallery began singing
  4. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer On Friday morning, December 1, the LGBTQ and allied community came together for the 14th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast at the Seattle Sheraton Hote for the second year in a row. After welcoming remarks from KOMO 4 News anchor Molly Shen and messages from Gay City's Fred Swanson and Seattle Counseling Service Executive Director, Ann McGettigan, the breakfast began. The crowd applauded when they announced that Washington state is the first U.S. state to achieve the 90-90-90 UnAIDS Campaign goal. 90-90-90 is an ambitious treatment target promoted by the United Nations to help end the AIDS epidemic. It's goals are that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
  5. by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer I have not written much about Donald Trump, his administration, or their ongoing attempt to destroy everything I hold dear, for two reasons. First, as one who dominates the news for better or for worse (mostly the latter), Trump has been written about by so many writers and journalists that for one more of us to do so would only be repetitious. Trump is the center of his universe and any piece about him would only enhance his monstrous ego, even if he dismisses it as 'fake news.' Second, I am not getting any younger, and Trump's antics only threaten my physical and mental well-being. This is especially true of Trump's daily Twitter messages, a never-ending series of petty and hateful rants, the products of a sick mind. I wish I could live without enduring any more Trump twits. Instead, the print, broadcast and online media continue to inform me about them, raising my blood pressure and making me nostalgic for the days