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Geoff McGrath

Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APGeoff McGrath points out an "inclusive scouting" badge worn on his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America on Monday booted an openly gay Scoutmaster, believed to be the first openly gay leader to be ousted since the BSA voted last year to accept openly gay scouts, but maintain a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. [ Read more → ]
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Seattle police make arrest in New Year’s Eve arson at gay nightclub

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SEATTLE — A 30-year-old man suspected of starting a fire at a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been arrested, police said Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Seattle Times Mitchell Munro Taylor

Man charged in making death threats to gay mayor, socialist council member

Saturday, January 25, 2014
SEATTLE -- A 32-year-old Seattle man accused of posting threats on Facebook against Seattle's openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member has been charged with malicious harassment, felony harassment and two counts of cyberstalking. [ Read more → ]
Mitchell Munro Taylor

Man held in threatening Seattle’s openly gay mayor, socialist council member

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SEATTLE -- A 32-year-old man accused of threatening Seattle's openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member in Facebook postings was ordered held in jail Friday on $600,000 bail. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

After much prayer, church stands by decision to oust gay administrator

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Archdiocese of Seattle said Wednesday it won't change its mind about rehiring a gay vice principal who was encouraged to leave a Seattle-area Catholic high school after school officials learned he had married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

Gay educator says Catholic school suggested he divorce to keep his job

Monday, January 6, 2014
SEATTLE -- A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school's leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job. [ Read more → ]
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Investigators say New Year’s Eve fire at Seattle gay nightclub was arson

Thursday, January 2, 2014
SEATTLE -- Police and fire investigators said Thursday that a New Year Eve's fire at a popular Seattle gay nightclub was most likely arson. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
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Gay lawmaker who led marriage equality effort leads in Seattle mayoral primary

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
SEATTLE — A state senator who drove efforts to make gay marriage legal in Washington state led early returns in Seattle's mayoral primary, while incumbent Mike McGinn looked as if he'd avoid being the second consecutive mayor ousted before the general election. [ Read more → ]
Jason Jacobs

Seattle gay man chased, beaten by five attackers hurling anti-gay slurs

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A Seattle gay man is recovering from an early morning attack on Monday in which he was chased and beaten by a group of three men and two women who began by taunting him with anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.

PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
A giant marriage equality flag, with an "equal" symbol inside an outline of Washington state, flutters atop the Space Needle Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle.

First gay couple married in Wash. raises equality flag on Space Needle

Sunday, June 30, 2013
SEATTLE — The two women who were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Washington State were grand marshals for the annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Cheryl Chow

Former Seattle councilwoman who came out last year at age 66 dies of cancer

Friday, March 29, 2013
SEATTLE — A former Seattle city councilwoman who announced last summer that she was gay and said she wanted to encourage others to tell their loved ones the truth has died at age 66. [ Read more → ]
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‘A great, joyous day:’ Marriage equality comes to Washington state

Sunday, December 9, 2012
Washington state's historic marriage equality law took effect Sunday, and beginning just one minute past the stroke of midnight, the first same-sex couple took their vows. [ Read more → ]
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Washington state begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, December 6, 2012
At just one minute after midnight Thursday, Washington state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple, becoming the first of three states to do so in the coming weeks after voters approved marriage equality measures on Nov. 6. [ Read more → ]
Ed Murray

Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) will become just the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after his Democratic colleagues on Tuesday night chose him as majority leader of the Washington State Senate. [ Read more → ]
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Seattle Sounders’ Marc Burch gets fine, suspension for homophobic slur

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Major League Soccer has suspended Seattle Sounders' Marc Burch for three games after he used a homophobic slur against another player during a playoff match against the opposing Real Salt Lake team last week. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Boy Scouts’ ‘perversion files’ tracked suspected homosexuals

Monday, October 15, 2012
For years, the Boy Scouts of America has secretly kept detailed records of suspected homosexual scoutmasters and volunteers alongside suspected child molesters, in what the organization referred to as the "perversion files." [ Read more → ]
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Seattle Times endorses marriage equality; launches ‘I Do’ social media campaign

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
SEATTLE — In an unprecedented move, The Seattle Times on Monday declared its support for same-sex marriage, and launched a social media campaign aimed at gaining voter support for Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that will allow voter to approve or reject the state’s new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
J. Peter Sartain (left) and Eusebio Elizondo

Bishops want churchgoers to circulate anti-gay marriage petitions

Saturday, April 7, 2012
SEATTLE -- The two bishops of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle said they will call on parishioners to collect signatures in support of Referendum 74, a ballot measure aimed at overturning the recently passed marriage equality law in Washington state. [ Read more → ]
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Soccer player Colin Clark under fire for calling ball boy a ‘fucking faggot’

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Houston Dynamo winger Colin Clark is under fire for calling a ball boy a "fucking faggot" in Friday night's soccer match in Seattle after he wasn't issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted on a throw-in situation. [ Read more → ]
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Seattle adds transgender health care to city’s employee benefits

Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has announced that for the first time, healthcare benefits offered to city workers will cover procedures for transgender employees, reports the Seattle Gay News. [ Read more → ]
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