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  1. Enjoy Black Pride THURSDAY - August 22 PNW BLACK PRIDE 2019:Transforming, Transitioning, Transcending. Five-day event (8/21-25) continues with play Black D*ck Matters (7pm) and opening reception (8:30pm), both at Gay City. Visit www.nwblackpride.org for details, registration and special hotel rate. FRIDAY - August 23 PNW BLACK PRIDE 2019:Transforming, Transitioning, Transcending Five-day event (8/21-25) continues with Cocktail and Conversation with ONYX Seattle, Leather vs. Kink (6pm, Red Lion), DRIP: A Drag King Experience (8pm, Wildrose), and Afterglow (10:30pm, Red Lion hospitality suite). Visit www.nwblackpride.org for details, registration and updates.
  2. Expansion of religious exemption threatens LGBT workers, among others by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The Trump administration released new rules on August 14 that will allow federal contractors to evade nondiscrimination protections for their workers, as long as the employer claims a religious motive. Federal contractors - companies that do business with the federal government - include most of the country's largest companies. The 46-page draft document would allow religious objections to be offered as a valid reason to discriminate against employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, LGBTQ status, and other characteristics. 'The contractor must be organized for a religious purpose, meaning that it was conceived with a self-identified religious purpose. This need not be the contractor's only purpose,' the proposed rule says, granting employers wide latitude for discrimin
  3. by Jake Goldstein-Street Capitol Hill Seattle Blog capitolhillseattle.com Architects and Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) representatives have showcased plans for an eight-story affordable housing project specifically for LGBTQ+ elders on Broadway between Pike and Pine that will include at least 100 units at a mix of income levels rising above the preserved facade of an auto row-era Seattle landmark. The project was originally planned to be located on their property at 14th and Union, but the location was shifted to Broadway partly due to influence from the city, according to Chris Persons, CEO of Capitol Hill Housing, the nonprofit developer at the center of the effort. He says the new spot is 'much more in the center of the LGBTQ+ community on Capitol Hill.' 'This building is going to really make a mark,' Freya Johnson, project architect at Environmental Works, said Wednesday night [August 7, 2019] during a community meeting
  4. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Donald Trump's Department of Justice (DOJ) is putting political pressure on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to get the federal civil rights agency to reverse its position on legal protections for LGBT+ workers. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing civil rights laws in the workplace. It does not make law, but it has authority to make administrative rulings that have the force of law, and its findings are influential with judges who ultimately decide discrimination complaints. Since 2011 the EEOC has stated that stereotyping of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual workers is sex discrimination and therefore illegal. The following year, the EEOC ruled that discrimination against Transgender workers is also sex discrimination. In 2015 the EEOC ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the workplace is already illegal under existing federal
  5. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren says that all Transgender Americans should be able to access affordable, gender-affirming health care. In an August 13 tweet, Warren said that 'the Trump administration is trying to roll back important protections for trans Americans' and 'Everyone should be able to access high-quality, affordable, gender-affirming health care.' Warren also linked to a website called Protect Trans Health, run by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Transgender Law Center. In July, Warren added her pronoun preferences to her Twitter and campaign bios in a show of solidarity with the Trans community. Warren's reference is to Trump administration actions is about the Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal to revise Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to remove gender identity as one of the protected