Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan won a competitive race Tuesday night to become the next mayor of Seattle, making her the city’s first lesbian mayor and Seattle’s first female mayor in nearly a century

According to the Seattle Times, Durkan won the election by taking 60.6 percent of the vote compared to the 39.4 percent won by her opponent, Cary Moon.

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Seattle mayor to resign amid another molestation allegation

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Sept. 12, 2017, announced he will resign amid allegations that he sexually abused a fifth man in the 1970s. (Photo courtesy Seattle mayor’s office)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday announced he will resign after a fifth man accused him of sexual molestation.

Murray in a statement said he will step down on Wednesday at 5 p.m. local time. Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell will become acting mayor.

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How Seattle police, local prosecutors address hate crimes

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SEATTLE (AP)- In a classroom spotted with colorful hijabs, Seattle police Detective Beth Wareing stands in front of whiteboard and asks the group of 25 refugees what the police were like in the countries they emigrated from.

“From what I’ve heard, police are not the people you call for help,” she says.

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Washington prosecutor won’t seek death penalty for defendant accused of killing gay couple

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SEATTLE (AP) – A Washington state prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty against Ali Muhammad Brown, who authorities say claimed to have committed killings in Seattle and New Jersey in 2014 to protest U.S. foreign policy.

Brown was recently sentenced to more than 36 years in prison in New Jersey after being convicted of robbery and other crimes, and he’s awaiting trial there for the death of a 19-year-old motorist. Following that case he’s expected to be returned to Washington, where he’s accused of killing a man in Skyway and two young men outside a Seattle gay nightclub.

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Orlando shops designate themselves a ‘Safe Place’ for the LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Officials in Orlando are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for LGBTQ people if they feel threatened.

City officials will begin distributing decals Dec. 12 to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.

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Man sentenced to 30 months in jail for anti-gay attack

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SEATTLE (AP) — A 34-year-old Bremerton man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting he attacked three gay men in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with a knife.

Troy Deacon Burns pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in August. The attack occurred last January when Burns came up behind the men and shouted homophobic slurs. He was holding a knife and raised it over his head in a stabbing position.

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Starbucks raises gay flag above headquarters to honor Pride month

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Starbucks raised the gay flag above their Seattle headquarters in honor of National LGBT Pride month.

The flag will remain through the weekend as the city celebrates Seattle Pride.

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Seattle cyclist killed was attorney who fought DADT policy

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SEATTLE (AP) – The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle was identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office identified the bicyclist as Sher Kung, 31, who had been working for the firm Perkins Coie.

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Transient man charged for double murder at gay bar in Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) – King County prosecutors have filed aggravated murder charges against a transient accused of the June 1 execution-style shooting deaths of two young Seattle men shortly after they left a gay nightclub.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole says police are working with law enforcement in New Jersey, where 29-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown has been linked to a robbery and carjacking last weekend in Point Pleasant Beach.

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CSX, other railroads to offer same-sex spouse benefits

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Seattle (AP) – The nation’s largest freight rail carriers – including Jacksonville-based CSX – have announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.

Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., read the statement from the National Railway Labor Conference in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Dec. 4. The conference represents the railroad companies in dealings with labor groups.

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Mariners fly rainbow flag to celebrate marriage equality

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In a show of support for marriage equality in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Decision to rule portions of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Seattle Mariners hoisted a rainbow flag June 30. The act makes the Mariners the first Major League team to fly a gay pride flag at a game this weekend.

The historical event at Safeco Field not-so-coincidentally falls on the same day as Seattle’s Pride parade.

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