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Girl Scouts council returns $100,000 donation over anti‑transgender provision

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
AP (File)
The Girl Scouts of Western Washington says it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls. ...

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Seattle unveils 11 rainbow crosswalks in gay‑friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (center) unveils one of 11 rainbow crosswalks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for LGBT Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years. Mayor Ed Murray, who is openly gay, unveiled one of the 11 new crosswalks in the historically gay-friendly Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. ...

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Washington state blood bank sued for turning away transgender woman

Monday, May 11, 2015
Blood-donor
A woman says the for-profit company discriminated against her because she’s transgender and told her they’d notify other blood centers that she was on a permanent deferral list. ...

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Florist at center of LGBT rights storm: ‘I’m a little grain of sand’

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers refused the flowers for a gay couple's wedding in 2013, and her actions were among the first in what has become a nationwide quandary for bakers and others who believe same-sex marriage conflicts with their ...

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Washington state House approves ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Friday, April 10, 2015
Washington state capitol in Olympia.
The Washington state House of Representatives has passed a bill to prohibit therapy intended aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. ...

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Washington governor Jay Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

Friday, April 3, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended. ...

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Washington governor joins boycott: No state-funded travel to Indiana

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has imposed an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against LGBT individuals. ...

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Seattle mayor Ed Murray joins Indiana boycott, says no city-funded travel

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Ed Murray
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not allow work-related city-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that has the potential to discriminate against LGBT people and others based on religious beliefs. ...

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Judge fines Washington florist who refused services for same-sex couple’s wedding

Friday, March 27, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees. ...

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