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Seattle, San Francisco, and Connecticut to Ban Government-Funded Travel to Indiana

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy plan to ban government-funded travel to Indiana over the newly passed "religious freedom" bill which allows businesses to discriminate against gay customers.

KING5 reports:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is banning city-funded travel to Indiana. He plans to sign an executive order next week. "Laws that say you can discriminate have no place in this country," he told reporters Saturday. Murray's opinion on the order has company. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is making a similar move.

The SF Chronicle reports:

In a statement, [Ed] Lee said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He said the city “will not subsidize” that kind of intolerance.

“Effective immediately, I am directing city departments under my authority to bar any publicly funded city employee travel to the state of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety,” Lee said.

Malloy tweeted this morning:

Because of Indiana's new law, later today I will sign an Executive Order regarding state-funded travel. When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.


Gallup Survey Confirms San Francisco Is The Nation's Gayest City (#7 May Surprise You Though)

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Not surprisingly, San Francisco has the highest concentration of LGBT people of any city in the US, at 6.2 percent, according to a new Gallup survey

However, there are some surprises on the list, including Salt Lake City, which is ranked No. 7.

From The New York Times:

Gallup1It might seem surprising at first that the city most associated with the Mormon Church — which believes that sex and marriage should occur between only a man and a woman — has the seventh-highest share of L.G.B.T. people, at 4.7 percent.

But another aspect of the Mormon culture — the importance of community and family — goes a long way toward explaining the pattern, people in Salt Lake City say.

Though many gay people who were raised Mormon (or L.D.S., an acronym for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) describe feeling expelled from the community, a large number still choose to stay close to their families and culture. “If you grow up L.D.S. like I did, you still have these deep Mormon values that are embedded in your DNA,” said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, an L.G.B.T. advocacy group.

The Gallup survey includes the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas and is believed to contain the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live. 

Birmingham, Alabama, has the lowest concentration of LGBT people, at 2.6 percent, but according to Gallup, the overall margin is small:  

The distribution of LGBT identity across the largest metro areas in the U.S. is relatively narrow, with a range of 3.6 percentage points from the highest to the lowest MSA among the top 50. This mirrors previous analyses of the distribution of the LGBT population across states, which show similarly fairly even distribution, at least in comparison to the many other pronounced geographic differences found on race, ethnic, political and ideological variables.

The lack of sharp distinctions could reflect in part that the geographic MSAs used in this research are large, and for most areas, include significant suburban populations around center cities. The sample sizes involved do not allow for an analysis of center cities per se, but perhaps the LGBT percentage is larger in these areas than in the metropolitan area as a whole.

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Go On A Romantic and Sweet Gay First Date With Music Video 'The Thing I Didn't Know' - WATCH

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To promote his new book, The Thing I Didn't Know, author Brent Hartinger had a novel idea to build interest in his latest work: create a song and music video inspired by the book. With the help of musician Brett Avery and filmmaker Jeremy Ward, Hartinger set off on his journey.

Towleroad readers may recall Hartinger's previous effort, The Geography Club, which was adapted into a feature film. The Thing I Didn't Know continues to follow that book's protagonist Russel Middlebrook as he matures into adulthood:

"Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life—either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore."

When turned into a song and music video, the end result is romantic and endearing. The video stars Hans Iverson as Russel and Randall Brammer as his beau, Felicks.

Catch a case of the awws, AFTER THE JUMP...

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At Least 2 Students Injured in Seattle-Area High School Shooting: VIDEO

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A school shooting in Marysville, Washington, just north of Seattle, has reportedly left at least two students injured, with the gunman dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Seattle's KOMO reports:

At least two students were shot. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Witnesses said the shooting took place in the school cafeteria. 

Several shots were fired. Some witnesses reported hearing anywhere from four to six shots.

Video on the developing story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Seattle Teen Assaulted By Robbers At Bus Stop, 'Outed' To Mother By Text

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A 16-year-old in Seattle was waiting for a bus on October 7th at around 4pm when a random group of thugs approached him, beat him up, and stole his phone and backpack that he dropped while trying to defend himself. To make life even more complicated, the teen found once he got home that his mother had received a text from his phone:

I'm gay, you know that

Which...is a weird prank for thieves to pull, but people un-evolved enough to be muggers tend to be the kinds of people that find calling other people "gay" to be both an insult and funny. The teen evidently had a past connection with at least one of the alleged attackers who was a former classmate of the victim. The teen didn't recognize and was unable to describe the other assailants, just that the group of four were all male.


Seattle Man Confesses to Gay Couple's Murder As 'Vengeance' for U.S. Military Role in Middle East

Ali Muhammad Brown, who was arrested last month for the murders of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, has confessed - saying that he committed the murders as an act of revenge against U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. 

Brown also confessed to two other separate murders, according to the King County Porosecutor's Office.

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"My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it," Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day."

"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life."

Police believe Brown used Grindr to lure Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said to a Seattle nightclub before shooting them both at close range.

Brown is currently in custody in New Jersey. Law enforcement officials have said he could face the death penalty for the killings.


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