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posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 24
A fighter for equality gets her due
Rep. Suzan DelBene to receive Seattle Women's Pride Crusader Award
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A fighter for equality gets her due
Rep. Suzan DelBene to receive Seattle Women's Pride Crusader Award

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The organizers of Seattle Women's Pride have announced that U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1) will receive the Seattle Women's Pride Crusader Award at their third annual gala on Saturday, June 18.

The Crusader Award honors a high-ranking official who utilizes their power for positive change in the lives of the underserved.

DelBene, a Democrat, represents Washington's First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, including parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Last year, she was appointed to serve on President Obama's Export Council, an advisory committee on international trade. She also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition's 21st Century Job Skills Working Group as well as the Congressional Women's High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Trademark Caucus, and Aluminum Caucus.

'It's truly an honor to be recognized with the 2016 Seattle Women's Pride Crusader Award,' DelBene said. 'We have much to celebrate - not the least of which is full marriage equality in all 50 states. But we also cannot forget how much work remains to be done to ensure full equality for LGBT Americans, who continue to face intolerance and injustice simply for who they are and who they love. Particularly as extremists across the country double down in their attempts to legalize discrimination, we must keep fighting until all Americans have equal rights and protections under the law.'

According to Sarah Toce, publisher of The Seattle Lesbian and organizer of the annual Seattle Women's Pride event, DelBene is an appointed member of the Republicans' Select Committee to Attack Women's Health (the name Democrats gave to the panel formed to 'investigate' Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers after doctored videos were released by a group of anti-choice extremists - two of whom have since been indicted by a grand jury on felony charges). In her role on the panel, DelBene is fighting to protect women's access to health care and safeguard the privacy and safety of doctors, patients, and medical students across the country.

'I [firmly] believe that medical decisions should be made between a patient and their doctor - not by politicians or employers,' DelBene stated. 'Continuing attacks in Congress on women's health care are unacceptable, and I will always be an ongoing proponent for access to contraception and reproductive health services.'

It was previously announced on May 20 that Bastyr University Adjunct Professor Ali Tromblay will receive the Seattle Women's Pride inaugural Community Champion Award. Tromblay has been teaching the next generation of midwives at Bastyr since 2007. Additionally, it was announced on May 12 that Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will be honored with the organization's inaugural Luminary Award. The Seattle Women's Pride Luminary Award is presented to an individual whose purpose is to light the path for others in the LGBT community through their tireless commitment and dedication.

Seattle Women's Pride 2016 is produced by The Seattle Lesbian and is presented by Eastside Women's Health Center.

Comedian Dana Goldberg, voted by Curve magazine as one of the 'Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America,' will perform during Seattle Women's Pride's iconic one-night-only comedy show. Previous Seattle Women's Pride performers have included The Voice's Vicci Martinez (originally from Tacoma) and Bravo's Julie Goldman. Lesbian fan-favorite Brooklyn Dicent will open the show and continue as emcee for the remainder of the evening.

Seattle Women's Pride is quickly becoming an integral part of Seattle Pride heritage with national sponsors that include the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Family Equality Council (FEC), New York-based GO Magazine, and Lesbian.com. Additional sponsors include the WNBA's Seattle Storm, Bastyr University, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Seattle Pride, and Provincetown's Bride Pride.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Jennifer Jimenez at jjimenez@eastsidewomenshealth.com.

The 21+ event, which takes place June 18 at Q Nightclub, is ASL-interpreted and reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets are $30 for general admission or $45 for VIP (which gets guests up close and personal with Dana after the show) and are available via Stranger Tickets: www.strangertickets.com/events/31940901/comedian-dana-goldberg-at-seattle-womens-pride.

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