Posted inCivil Liberties, Events, Policy Topics

Issues facing LGBTQ+ community take center stage at 2023 YDWA Convention in Spokane

Though Wash­ing­ton has his­tor­i­cal­ly been one of the safer states to be queer, the LGBTQ+ expe­ri­ence east of the Cas­cades is a very dif­fer­ent one due to the Repub­li­can-lean­ing local gov­ern­ments. After all, it was­n’t that long ago that it was­n’t very safe to be out in Spokane, the biggest city in the region.

Posted inLegislative Advocacy

Washington State House of Representatives amends and approves police pursuit bill

A bipar­ti­san major­i­ty of the Wash­ing­ton State House has endorsed updates to the law gov­ern­ing police pur­suits, low­er­ing the stan­dard for police offi­cers to insti­gate a chase from prob­a­ble cause to rea­son­able sus­pi­cion while attach­ing a num­ber of new con­di­tions to police depart­ments’ use of that pur­suit authority.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Two-thirds of Washington voters support barring gender-based price discrimination

67% of 874 like­ly vot­ers inter­viewed in March of 2023 by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling voiced sup­port for pro­hibit­ing peo­ple or busi­ness­es “from charg­ing dif­fer­ent prices for two sub­stan­tial­ly sim­i­lar goods based on the gen­der of the per­sons to whom the goods are mar­ket­ed,” which is what Sen­ate Bill 5171 would do if enact­ed. 59% were strong­ly sup­port­ive and anoth­er 8% were some­what supportive. 

Posted inCivil Liberties

Manka Dhingra’s youth-inspired bill to ban gender-based price discrimination advances

SB 5171 is youth-inspired leg­is­la­tion that Dhin­gra, a North­west Pro­gres­sive Foun­da­tion board­mem­ber, intro­duced in part­ner­ship with civi­cal­ly-ori­ent­ed stu­dents from Lake Wash­ing­ton High School in Kirk­land. If passed, it will stop retail­ers from charg­ing Wash­ing­to­ni­ans (espe­cial­ly those who iden­ti­fy as female) extra for prod­ucts mere­ly because they are mar­ket­ed to a par­tic­u­lar gender.