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Gay Rights

House Votes to Block Pentagon from Banning Funding for Gender Transition

Politics
Transgender troops currently in the military have been able to serve openly since last year. The policy also allows them to receive any treatment deemed medically necessary, including surgery and hormone therapy. ...
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Opinion: Disappointing Parentage Case Out of Idaho

Editorial
Sadly, homophobia is alive and well and we know with the spate of laws passing trying to allow same-sex couples to be denied adoption and foster care placements that homophobia will defeat the best interest of the child for many people. ...
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Burien Pride Crowd Exceeds Expectations, $8,000 Donated to Local Charities

Local
Organizers say they expected approximately 300-500 attendees, but were pleasantly surprised by the crowd size that continued to swell throughout the day's programming and into the evening's performances. ...
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Majority of U.S. Adults Say Homosexuality Should be Accepted by Society, New Study

National
Survey researchers face a number of challenges in measuring LGBT identity, and there is no consensus about how best to measure sexual orientation. Some rely on respondents self-identifying as LGBT, while others base their estimates on reports of sexual behavior or sexual attraction, which usually result in higher estimates. ...
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PRIDE and Influence: Insights from the Wife of a Transgender Candidate

Mac McGregor and Dawn Celeste McGregor
Editorial
Movements happen when it becomes impossible to sit on the fence any longer. We are inside one of these pieces of history right now, just as we were when PRIDE came into existence. ...
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Yes, Israeli Queers are Active Against the Occupation

International
To gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by Queer Israelis who oppose the actions of Israel’s sectarian government, The Seattle Lesbian spoke to two veteran Jewish-Israeli activists who have long fought at the intersection of Queer rights and the rights of other groups marginalized by Israeli society. ...
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U.S. Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team to Attend Storm Pride Party vs. Phoenix

Sports
In addition to celebrating Pride on June 23 against Phoenix, Seattle will give a warm welcome the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team, as it joins the Storm in supporting equality, inclusion and diversity when it hosts the Mercury at 7 p.m. PDT. ...
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Gay New York Skydiving Instructor Files Employment Discrimination Suit

Donald Zarda/YouTube
National
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has granted en banc review in Zarda v. Altitude Express, the case of a New York skydiving instructor who was fired from his job because he was gay. ...
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The 5th Avenue Theatre to Present: Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!

Entertainment Local
Proceeds from Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP, and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. ...
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LGBT Jewish Org A Wider Bridge Announces Leadership Change

A Wider Bridge
Faith and Religion
A Wider Bridge announced its founder and leader will step down next year. Arthur Slepian conceived the LGBT Jewish organization in 2010 following the tragic shooting at the LGBT community center in Tel Aviv in 2009. ...
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