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  1. Democrats gain ground in legislature, may pick up one congressional seat by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Like voters around the country, Washington state voters sent mixed messages in the November 6 election. I-940, the measure that would change state law to make it easier to prosecute police officers who shoot civilians, won by a 60-to-40% margin. I-1639, which has been described as 'the nation's strictest gun regulation,' passed by the same margin. On the other hand, I-1631 - which would have been a historic effort to clean up the environment by making corporate polluters pay fees based on their carbon emissions - failed by more than 10 points. I-1634, to block Washington cities from following Seattle's lead and taxing sugared beverages, leads by nearly 10 points. Mayor Jenny Durkan's signature $600 million Seattle Education Levy is also passing. Washington's congressional
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Within the 'blue wave' that swept Democrats into control of the US House of Representatives was a rainbow wave that brought a record number of LGBT candidates into office. In Colorado, Rep. Jared Polis became the first out Gay man elected governor of a US state. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, also a Democrat, came out as Gay while in office in 2004. Polis, a Democrat who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, used his sexual orientation to emphasize the contrast between himself and Donald Trump's administration. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, is openly Bisexual, which made her the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016, when she was elected to serve out the term of John Kitzhaber when he resigned. She won election to a full term this year. In Michigan, Lesbian attorney Dana Nessel - who represented plaintiffs in a lawsuit c
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  4. WASHINGTON, DC (November 7, 2018) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, celebrated a historic victory in Massachusetts [in which] voters upheld nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public spaces. Question 3 - which asked voters whether to maintain a 2016 law protecting transgender people from discrimination in critical public accommodations, including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stores, and public transportation - was the first time gender-identity nondiscrimination protections were on a statewide ballot independent of protections based on sexual orientation. The HRC serves as a founding executive committee member of Freedom for All Massachusetts, a coalition of national and state equal rights organizations, which led the successful Yes on 3 Campaign. The multiyear coalition effort also included organizational partners like Freedom for All
  5. Volunteer Orientation and Workshop Thank you for your interest in volunteering at GenPRIDE. We will be hosting two orientation and basic training workshops this month. This training consists of an orientation to GenPRIDE followed by our Dialogue for Understanding workshop, which is an illuminating discussion on different communication styles that you will find very practical in every day life. Our two-hour orientation dates are Monday: November 12 at 6pm and Saturday: November 17 at 10am. Please RSVP to let us know which orientation and workshop you will be able to attend. If you've ever wondered what a volunteer opportunity at GenPRIDE looks like, please take advantage of one of these volunteer orientation and workshop events. We are growing as an organization and would love to have you join us! Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments to ww