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  1. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer ECHOES THE MOORE THEATRE October 14 The BIG fundraiser, ECHOES, a benefit for the AIDS Memorial Pathway project, happened this past Monday evening (10/14) at the Moore Theatre. The lower level was packed with Seattle's LGBTQ elite and it was a great evening to see old friends and remember the friends who are no longer with us. Like the memorial it is ushering in, ECHOES was a celebration of life and collective memories, while also standing as a call to action. It's the next step in honoring both our past and our future. Hosted by former KIRO reporter Micki Flowers the night featured performances by the Showtunes Band and Ensemble, Billie Wildrick, Whim W'Him, Alexandria Henderson, Justin Huertas, with a very subdued finale by the Seattle Men's Chorus and The Seattle Women's Chorus. Bill Hall, DeAunté Damper, Pat Migliore, and Steven Pa
  2. Same judge ruled all of Obamacare unconstitutional by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer A federal judge in Texas has overturned rules guaranteeing medically necessary treatment to Transgender patients. The rules, known as Section 1557, were a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and stated that insurers and providers who receive federal money could not deny treatment or coverage to anyone based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy. US District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled on October 15 that the Obama-era policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers. The policy violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, O'Connor claimed. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a federal law passed in 1993 that was intended to allow Native American shamans to use peyote in religious ceremonies and to conduct rituals on federal pr
  3. WASHINGTON, DC (October 16, 2019) - US Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) today introduced the Safe Gun Storage Act, legislation that would direct the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to establish safety standards for firearm safes and firearm locks. Unsafely stored firearms are a major public safety and public health issue in our country. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54% of gun owners report not storing their firearms safely, and 34% of these homes had children 18 years or younger in the home. Eighteen percent of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of improperly stored firearms in homes. Additionally, household gun ownership increases the rate of gun-related suicides, and this is particularly true in households with young children. In 2016, the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] (CDC) noted that 60% of all firearm deaths were from suicides, with more than 1
  4. Half of registered LGBTQ voters identify as Democrats by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer An astonishing 21% of LGBTQ adults are not registered to vote, according to a study released this week by UCLA's Williams Institute. By contrast, some 17% of non-LGBTQ adults are unregistered. This finding comes at a time when LGBTQ rights could be a major issue in the 2020 presidential election. Some LGBTQ voters already face an uphill battle making their voices heard at the ballot box. 'Voter suppression has primarily targeted voters of color, who also happen to include LGBTQ Americans, who far too often face disproportionate barriers in accessing their right to vote,' HRC president Alphonso David told the Washington Post. David also pointed out that voter ID laws in some states require that a person's documentation match their birth-assigned gender, a rule that could prevent Transgender people
  5. Special to the SGN from Pride at Work When ballots come in the mail, we will have an opportunity to correct an injustice - we will be able to vote to restore affirmative action in Washington state. Referendum 88 asks voters to approve of the action of the state legislature in passing Initiative 1000, which restored fairness in hiring, education, and awarding of contracts to women, veterans, people of color, and disabled persons. It also recognizes the LGBTQ community as a marginalized group protected by state laws. It used to be the law in Washington state that public goods be distributed fairly, and that marginalized groups be entitled to a shot at getting a job, going to school, and winning a state contract. In 1997, however, Initiative 200 took all that away. I-200, by the way, was one of the first electoral efforts of the then unknown but now infamous Tim Eyman. This year, mo