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  1. WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2020) - Tonight, Pete Buttigieg claimed a second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary - further accelerating his momentum and solidifying his status as a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. The strong showing was an unprecedented moment in the 2020 presidential race, with voters signaling for the second time that an openly gay candidate is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump. LGBTQ Victory Fund became Buttigieg's first national endorsement when it was announced in June of 2019. Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the results: "The electability assumptions of political pundits are tumbling down all around us - with Pete showing in Iowa and New Hampshire that he can build broad coalitions in cities and rural areas and across the political spectrum. It shatters the notion that an openly gay candidate can win in only the most
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Michael Bloomberg, arguably a potential Democratic presidential nominee, has a spotty record on LGBT issues. While he has publicly championed equal rights for LGBT New Yorkers, including marriage equality, some New Yorkers have charged him with "Disneyfication" of the city - promoting high-end tourism and luxury real estate developments at the expense of Queer neighborhoods and social spaces. Bloomberg's support for the New York Police Department's "stop and frisk" policy has also had a significant negative impact on the city's LGBT people of color, activists say. Bloomberg, who is currently in third place in the Democratic presidential race according to national polling averages, announced his candidacy on November 24. He has not yet run in any primaries, and his high polling numbers seem to be driven by his hugely expensive advertising campaign. For most of his non
  3. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (February 11, 2020) - Young sexual minority men - including those who are gay, bisexual, queer, or straight-identified men who have sex with men - do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers University researchers. A Rutgers study, published in the Journal of Community Health, examined what young sexual minority men - a high-risk and high-need population - know about HPV and the HPV vaccine and how health care providers communicate information about the virus and vaccine. About 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, with about 14 million becoming newly infected each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a sexually transmitted infection, HPV can lead to several types of cancer, including anal and penile cancer, and is particularly concerning for sexual-minority men due to the high prevalence of HIV
  4. Statement from Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society SEATTLE (January 31, 2020) - The recent proposal to close the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Seattle has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget. This is a matter of utmost concern to the heritage community. The Washington State Historical Society's mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The loss of this valuable resource will significantly impact our community and institutions like ours. NARA's Pacific Alaska Region facility holds over 56,000 cubic feet of archives for the Pacific Northwest: photographs, documents, maps, and architectural drawings that date from the 1850s to the 1980s. This resource represents an incredible breadth of history of our region, and its loss will greatly impact the people who live here. Transferring these materials to locations as distant as Californi
  5. "Frontrunner" Joe Biden trounced in New Hampshire by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg finished number one and two in the New Hampshire primary on February 11. Supposed frontrunner Joe Biden finished a distant fifth. With almost all precincts counted, Sanders had 26%, Buttigieg was at 24.4%, Amy Klobuchar had 19.7%, Elizabeth Warren had 9.3%, and Joe Biden was at 8.4%. For the leaders, it was almost a replay of the Iowa caucus a week before. In that contest, Sanders won slightly more votes but Buttigieg finished with one delegate more than Sanders. For Biden, the outcome in New Hampshire was a new step down from his once seemingly unbeatable position as "frontrunner" - he declined to fifth from his fourth-place finish in Iowa. Biden didn't even remain in New Hampshire for the results. Instead, he landed in his supposed firewall state of South Carol