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Membership Controversy
10:09 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Boy Scouts Of America's Policy On Gay Troop Members And Leaders

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Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Ellis, the author of "Judging the Boy Scouts of America," about how and why the Boy Scouts of America developed its current policies on gay troop members and gay troop leaders.

Gay Discrimination
8:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Arizona Gov. Brewer Vetoes Controversial Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., on Monday at the White House when she and other state executives met with President Obama.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:10 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.

Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, following a flurry of meetings between the governor and state legislators.

Update at 7:52 p.m. ET Brewer's Comments

"I call them like I see them," Brewer said of the proposal, "despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd."

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Gay Rights
9:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth

Holy Names students Audrey Long and Theresa Edwards at a December rally outside the Archdiocese of Seattle in support of former Eastside Catholic Vice Principal Mark Zmuda.
Credit Courtesy of Audrey Long

Clarification 2/12/14: The text of this story has been edited to include a response from Audrey Long’s parents. They say they never attempted to take their daughter to a Christian gay conversion therapist.

Four years ago, as a freshman at Holy Names Academy, an all-girls Seattle Catholic school, Audrey Long came out to her family. It wasn’t a positive experience.

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Gay Rights
2:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

'The Games Have Always Been A Little Gay': Video For Gay Rights At The Olympics Goes Viral

Flickr Photo/Serena Epstein (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Bach, founder and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, about a viral video advocating for gay rights in Russia.

RadioActive Podcast
9:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Zerrin McLaughlin performs as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
Courtesy of Zerrin McLaughlin

We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.

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Civil Rights
8:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

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Gay Rights
4:10 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Eastside Catholic School Alumnus Fighting For Teacher's Rights

President of Eastside Catholic School Sister Mary Tracy resigns just weeks after its vice principal was dismissed for marrying his same-sex partner.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Corey Sinser, graduate from Eastside Catholic School, about the resignation of the school's president Sister Mary Tracy and his fight to bring Mark Zmuda back to the school.

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Gay Rights in Russia
4:22 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

LGBT Activists Protest At The Russian Consul General's House

Protesters line the street outside the Russian consulate in Seattle's Madison Valley.
Paul Constant

Tuesday afternoon, activists led by The Stranger's Dan Savage will protest in front of the Russian Consul General's house in Madison Park. The protest is in response to a Russian law passed in June that outlaws "propagandizing non-traditional sexual relations among minors."

Russian authorities have interpreted that language broadly and as a result, people seen as "promoting gay values" have been arrested and subject to violence from police or other Russians.

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Interfaith Amigos
9:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Metro Driver Safety, Gay Rights In Russia And The Interfaith Amigos

Metro Driver Safety
Yesterday morning in downtown Seattle, a Metro bus driver was shot and wounded by a passenger. While assaults on Metro drivers have decreased overall since 2006, there were still 107 incidents last year. What is Metro doing to keep drivers safe? And what affect has ending the ride-free-zone downtown had on driver safety? Dow Constantine is the King County Executive. He joins us from the Ryerson Base in SODO.

Gay Rights In Russia
According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, only 16 percent of Russians say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In another survey conducted a nonprofit Russian research center this spring, nearly 35 percent of Russians believe that homosexuality is a disease.

Recently, the Russian government has been legislating against gay rights. In June, the government passed a law that prohibits the distribution of so-called “homosexual propaganda” to minors. Protests are gaining momentum in the United States to dump Russian vodka and even boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. What are the historical and cultural factors that have influenced Russian attitudes toward homosexuality?

Interfaith Amigos
Death is something we all need to grapple with. The Three Interfaith Amigos join us with a look at what religion has to say about mortality and the afterlife. They’ll also respond to the common accusation from the non-religious: That God is just a story to make people feel better about life and death.   

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Community & Technical Colleges
10:29 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Wash. Colleges Start Tracking Students' Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

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Bringing new meaning to "student orientation," Washington community and technical colleges will start asking students their sexual orientation and gender identity when students register for classes this year.

Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, said it was students who proposed the colleges start tracking the data.

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Pride Parade
8:57 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Seattle Pride Parade Draws Thousands

Colorfully-dressed crowds lined the street for Seattle's Pride Parade.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.

Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”

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Pride March
6:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Hosts First Transgender Pride Event In 16 Years

During Pride weekend, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will host a march and party specifically for transgender people - the T in LGBT.

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Listener Call-In
10:55 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Washington State Reacts To Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights supporters celebrate Wednesday after the Supreme Court's rulings.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

 The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today, allowing gay couples access to federal benefits. It also decided on another gay marriage case concerning California’s Proposition 8, effectively clearing the way for gay marriage in California. The LGBT community calls these rulings a victory for gay rights.

But Washington state legalized gay marriage back in December. So what do these Supreme Court rulings actually mean for LGBT couples here in Washington? Peter Nicolas, a law professor at the University of Washington and author of "The Geography of Love: Same Sex Marriage Recognition in America (The Story in Maps)” helps us break down the Supreme Court decisions. Christopher Plante, regional director of the National Organization for Marriage, also joins Ross Reynolds to explain why his organization condemns the verdicts. Ross also talks to callers about their reaction to the news.

Gay Marriage
10:37 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, react on steps of the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013, after justices cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. From left: Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, David Boies, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Gay Boy Scouts
11:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

NW Churches Grapple With Boy Scouts’ OK To Gay Members

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban against gay youth members in May, a handful of churches around the Puget Sound area have decided to cut ties with the organization. Meanwhile, some churches have indicated they are awaiting guidance from national leadership before they make any changes to their existing charters with Scouting units.

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