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NWPR Books
4:52 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Book News: Gay Bookstore Said To Be The Nation's Oldest Is Closing

A historical marker stands outside Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia. Owner Ed Hermance says he plans to close the doors for good later this month.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Transgender Discrimination Verdict
5:07 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Portland Bar Ordered To Pay Up In Discrimination Case

Google Maps. The Twilight Annex - formerly known as The P Club - club was ordered to pay $400,000 to members of a transgender group.

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:57 pm

The state of Oregon has ordered a Portland bar to pay up in a case that involved alleged discrimination against a group of cross-dressing men. Some in the transgender community say this type of treatment is far from unusual.

The case involved a Portland watering hole known as the P Club, which has since changed its name to the Twilight Annex. The owner phoned members of a cross-dressing group that met there occasionally and told them they weren't welcome to come back.

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Civil Rights
7:03 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Makes Waves With Gay, Lesbian Ordinance

The reaction is split in Coeur d’Alene after the city council passed an ordinance banning gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday night.

Paige Browning reports.


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Gay Rights Ordinance
7:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pocatello Rejects Gay Rights Ordinance In Close Vote

The Pocatello City Council heard testimony from the public on April 4.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

An ordinance to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people failed in the city council of Pocatello, Idaho Thursday. The close vote was a setback for gay rights advocates, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Transgender Woman Banned
6:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Rosauers Supermarket In Idaho Bans Trans Woman From Store

Ally Robledo, born Alberto Robledo, identifies as a woman.
Credit Northwest News Network

A supermarket in north Idaho has banned a transgendered woman from the store after she used the women's restroom. Police issued Ally Robledo a trespass notice that will make it a misdemeanor for her to enter the store for one year.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:30 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Wash. Voters May Find Referendum Confusing

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Over the next few months in Washington, someone may approach you with a petition. Opponents of same-sex marriage are trying to force a referendum vote on Washington’s new marriage equality law. There’s also a separate initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Meanwhile, gay rights supporters are also collecting signatures for their own non-binding pledge. Confused? Azusa Uchikura has this voter’s guide.

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Washington Gay Rights
5:09 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Wash. Senator Says Tenor Of Gay Rights Debates Has Evolved

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle.
Photo courtesy Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay rights supporters will gather Monday in an ornate reception room in the Washington state capitol. They will witness history as Governor Chris Gregoire signs into law legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins looks at how the rhetoric that led to this controversial moment has changed.

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Washington Gay Marriage
7:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Decision Personal for Lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor.
Photo by Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

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Washington Gay Adoption
5:48 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Anti-Gay Discrimination Hard To Prove In Foster Care Arena

David Wing-Kovarik is a gay adoptive father who runs a non-profit for families like his.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Wednesday, the Washington state House is expected to send a gay marriage bill to the governor. The final measure will likely contain some special language to address a concern raised by faith-based foster and adoption agencies. These state contractors don’t want to be forced to place children with gay couples. But Washington law already prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. So how does that work now? As Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins found out, it’s “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:35 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Clears House Committee

Same-sex marriage passed the Washington House Monday.
Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - One more vote by the full Washington House is all that remains before same-sex marriage goes to the governor's desk in Olympia. In a narrow vote Monday, a House committee moved the gay marriage bill forward. A floor vote could come as early as Wednesday night.

In testimony Monday, gay rights activist Charleen Strong introduced a panel of lawmakers to her newborn daughter.

"And it is my hope that she will know that her moms have the right to be married and to be a family, just as many other Washington families have," Strong said.

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