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  1. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Seattle officials say local data contradicts assertions by the Trump administration that rainbow crosswalks are unsafe, and the ones that were installed here will remain in place. Last week the city of Ames, Iowa, revealed it had received a letter from the Federal Highway Administration threatening to cut off federal money for roads unless its rainbow crosswalk - installed to mark Pride this year - was removed. The letter asserts that rainbow crosswalks don't comply with federal safety standards and could be a distraction for drivers and pedestrians. Ames officials said they would ignore the letter. Seattle has received a similar letter and is also ignoring the federal order. According to Seattle City traffic Engineer Dong Ho Chang, Seattle has 11 rainbow crosswalks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood alone. Similar crosswalks painted in African Liberation colors adorn
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three LGBT employment discrimination cases on October 8. Two - Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express v. Zarda - involve men who were fired after their employers discovered they were Gay. The third - RG and GR Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC - centers on a Trans woman who was fired when she transitioned at work. All three cases hinge on the interpretation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically on how to interpret the law's ban on sex discrimination. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and several federal judges agreed that Title VII protected LGBT people from discrimination in employment. The Trump administration has reversed federal policy on this issue, and the administration's lawyer, Noel Francisco,
  3. NEW YORK (October 10, 2019) - In an interview with Thomson Reuters today, the ethics and integrity minister of Uganda, Simon Lokodo, announced plans to introduce to parliament a bill imposing the death penalty for same-sex relations and 'promotion and recruitment' of homosexuality in order to curb a rise in 'unnatural sex.' Local activists confirm that it is to be tabled on October 28, 2019. The so-called 'Anti-Homosexuality Act' was first passed by the parliament of Uganda in 2013 and signed into law by President Museveni in early 2014. It was invalidated by the Constitutional Court of Uganda on procedural grounds the same year. According to Thomson Reuters, the government now plans to resurrect the act in the coming weeks, with a death penalty foreseen not only for same-sex relations but also for 'promotion and recruitment' of homosexuality. Kasha Jacquelin, founder of the Uganda LGBT Community, commented: 'The timing of the resurrection of the bi
  4. LYON, France (October 9, 2019) - At the opening of the Sixth Replenishment conference, the Global Fund announced a range of private sector partners that will spur innovation to accelerate the end to HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria, the world's deadliest infectious diseases. Nine private-sector organizations are making new commitments to help solve critical challenges with innovative mobile and digital technology, consumer goods, and finance that provide crucial technical expertise and know-how. 'The Global Fund needs forward-thinking and innovative approaches if we are to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB, and malaria,' said Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund. 'These commitments exemplify the private sector's expertise to help break down barriers to access health services and accelerate the fight.' The event in Lyon showcased how private sector commitments are supporting the development of new and better products, su
  5. Editor: Voting matters! Civic engagement matters! We have heard all too often that 'folks died achieving the vote' but, in today's world, I would say, 'folks are dying because too many of us did not vote'. The people in office, at this very moment are responsible for rolling back voting rights, the border humanitarian crisis, women's reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights being overturned, rise in discrimination and hate crimes and, a list of new wrongs popping up every day. It's easy to be weary and wary of our political process, but deciding on whether or not your vote counts is not an option. It's hard to complain with the outcome of elections, when we give up our most paramount duty as a citizen, which is to vote. If every eligible voter actually voted, we'd have elected officials who more fully represented our community. Let's do an old-fashioned GOTV (Get Out The Vote) and make sure that you, your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors vote in this and