Tag Archives: Seattle

May Day Rallies Feature Anti-Trump Theme [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Hundreds of people marched through Los Angeles on Sunday in a May Day rally that took aim at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for his anti-illegal immigration platform that includes building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The demonstration in America’s second most populous city, which has a large immigrant population, came just days after protesters …

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SEATTLE: Court Orders Man To Pay Back $7.8 Million In Christian Pay-To-Pray Scam [VIDEO]

Paying somebody else to pray that you win the lottery seems about as effective as praying yourself. From Seattle’s ABC affiliate: A Seattle man accused of deceiving people with online Christian websites has agreed to pay consumers $7.8 million. The Washington State Attorney General says the Christian Prayer Center website, where you had to pay to receive prayers, was one …

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SEATTLE: Starbucks Joins “LGBT Safe Spaces” Program

The Seattle Times reports: Not one single business has turned away Seattle police Officer Jim Ritter when he’s asked them to join a program aimed at offering help and a safe haven to lesbian, gay and transgender victims of hate crimes. Starbucks announced Wednesday that it, too, is partnering with the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) Safe Place program, even though …

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SEATTLE: Crackpot Stages Straight Pride Parade, Is Only One To Show Up

Via Seattle Gay Scene: Yesterday, Facebook lit up at the realization of a planned “Heterosexual Pride Parade” throughout Seattle’s Capitol Hill gayborhood on July 25th. Anthony Rebello, a hetero-activist of sorts, created the event to “celebrate (his) right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality.” Of course, Seattle’s LGBT community collectively …

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SEATTLE: Killer Says He Murdered Gay Men As Revenge Against The United States

The Seattle man who confessed to the June hook-up murders of two gay men now says he killed them and two others as revenge against the United States for military actions taken in the Middle East. Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a …

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SEATTLE: Judge Doubles Requested Sentence, Arsonist Of Gay Nightclub Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The Seattle man who set fire to a popular Capitol Hill club during a New Year’s celebration was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison – twice as long as the term requested by prosecutors. Facing federal charges in the dangerous but non-injurious blaze, Musab Masmari admitted to starting a fire inside Neighbours Nightclub during the …

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SEATTLE: Arsonist Of Gay Nightclub May Only Get Five Years In Prison

The man who attempted to murder over 700 LGBT people by setting fire to a packed Seattle nightclub on New Year’s Eve is due to be sentenced today. Under the plea agreement Musab Masmari will serve the mandatory minimum of five years in prison, although the judge in the case could sentence the 31-year-old up to the maximum 20 years …

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NEW JERSEY: Suspect Captured In Hook-Up Murder Of Two Seattle Gay Men

Early this month two Seattle gay men were found shot to death after meeting with a man they reportedly met on a hook-up app. On Friday the suspect in the murders was captured near Newark. Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, was taken into custody in West Orange, N.J., Seattle police said. No other details about the arrest have been given. Brown …

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SEATTLE: Two Gay Men Murdered By Man They Met On Hook-Up App, Suspect Seen Robbing Store In New Jersey

Via Seattle’s KOMO-TV: The June 1 shooting in Leschi that left two apparently innocent men dead was premeditated and unprovoked and likely started when one of the victims met the suspect on a hook-up app for gay men, according to charges filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court. Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, has been charged with two counts of aggravated …

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SEATTLE: Drag Queen Confronts Christian Disrupters At Gay Pride Parade

On Sunday a group of Christian protesters disrupted the start of Seattle’s gay pride parade and got in the face of local drag star Mama Tits, who was not having it. Afterwards, she spoke to Seattle Gay Scene: “I saw them coming up the road pre-Parade and looked at Sylvia and DonnaTella and said, ‘Ladies, let’s make a wall!’ Before …

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Starbucks HQ Flies Rainbow Flag

Andy Towle writes at Towleroad: “Starbucks raised an enormous 800 square foot LGBT Pride flag over its Seattle headquarters today in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride. Photographer Nate Gowdy was on hand and shared these images with Towleroad of the clock tower and flag, as well as CEO Howard Schultz, who observed the flag raising with employees.” …

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Seattle Symphony – Baby Got Back

Clip description: Each year, in celebration of the past, present and future of our city’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commission world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands and artists that launched from, or are related to, Seattle. In addition to writing a brand new composition inspired by Seattle’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot, composer Gabriel …

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SEATTLE: No Hate Crime Or Terrorism Charges In Gay Nightclub Arson

From the Southern Poverty Law Center: The man who tried to kill a crowd of 750 people packed inside a popular Seattle gay bar by setting it afire on New Year’s Eve has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of arson. Despite some evidence that he was motivated by hatred of LGBT people, Musab Mohammad Masmari will not face federal …

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SEATTLE: Feds Take Over Gay Nightclub Arson Case, Terrorism Charges Possible

The federal government has taken over the case of Musab Masmari, who is accused of setting a fire in a Seattle gay nightclub as more than 700 patrons celebrated on New Year’s Eve. The change in jurisdiction means that terrorism or hate crime charges are more likely. A friend of Musab Musmari’s contacted the FBI in early January to say …

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SEATTLE: Gay Mayor Ed Murray Reaches Labor Deal For $15/Hour Minimum Wage

Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has struck a deal with local labor groups that could result in a $15/hour minimum wage, which would be the highest in the nation. Via the Associated Press: The mayor’s proposal gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have …

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REPORT: Accused Seattle Gay Nightclub Arsonist Was “Provoked” By Gay-Baiting

The Seattle man awaiting trial for the New Year’s Eve arson of a crowded gay nightclub may have been provoked by an email which taunted him to have gay sex. Police say the email strengthens the likelihood of hate crime charges. Via local television: KIRO 7 has uncovered new evidence against Musab Masmari, who told a friend about his “distaste …

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How Seattle Pastor Mark Driscoll Bought His Way Onto The NYT Bestsellers List

Via the Christian site World Magazine: Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list. According to a document obtained by WORLD, ResultSource Inc. (RSI) contracted with …

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WASHINGTON: Fired Catholic School Vice President Mark Zmuda To File Lawsuit

The Seattle-area Catholic high school vice president who was fired for marrying his partner will file a lawsuit today. Mark Zmuda alleges, in his filing, that the decision to terminate his employment at the Sammamish prep school was made by Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The school acknowledges that Eastside Catholic president Sr. Mary Tracy discussed the case with Sartain. …

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Seattle Arson Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Musab Masmari yesterday pleaded not guilty to a single count of arson in the New Year’s Eve fire at a Seattle gay nightclub. Musmari, 30, is being held in the King County Jail. A hearing in the case has been set for March 5th. Musmari was also ordered to have no contact with Neighbours or its employees. A judge had …

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WASHINGTON: Seattle Gay Nightclub Arson Suspect Allegedly Told Friend “Homosexuals Should Be Exterminated”

According to newly released court documents, Seattle gay nightclub arson suspect Musab Masmari told a friend that “homosexuals should be exterminated.” This is the first evidence yet disclosed as to Masmari’s possible motivation for setting the fire on New Year’s Eve as over 750 patrons celebrated. According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari …

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