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posted Friday, January 3, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 01


Remembering LGBTQ icon Shaun Knittel
by Sarah Toce - Publisher/Editor
The Seattle Lesbian

Former Seattle Gay News Associate Editor Shaun Knittel passed away in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV on December 30, 2019 at the age of 39 years old. According to his husband, Yee-Shin Huang, via SGN Editor George Bakan, Shaun died in the hospital from complications from diabetes when his liver and kidneys f
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Trans activist Julie Berman murdered in Toronto
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Canadian Transgender activist Julie Berman was murdered December 22, according to police reports. She was 51.

Toronto police say they discovered Berman in a house in the city's Harbord Village neighborhood. She had sustained what were described as "serious injuries to her head
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Queer the Census
by Matt Landers - Director of Public Policy
& Government Relations
GSBA

With so much discussion of the thankfully now-abandoned "citizenship question" in the news last year, it should be no surprise that the 2020 Census is fast approaching.

The decennial Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution
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HELP WANTED: Program Administrator
African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry is accepting applications for a part-time (24 hours a week) Program Administrator. Salary: $21.50 hourly.

AARTH Ministry is a non-religious faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide HIV/AIDS and other chronic disease health education and organization d
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An open letter to GSBA members and the community
As we are getting ready to celebrate the start of a new decade, I want to thank you for all you do to make our community stronger and our world more just.

As small business owners, I know you work long hours under very challenging circumstances, but it is your commitment to giving back that ensures small businesses and local comm
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: Remembering Richard Sedlak
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Every new year we look back and remember those men and women who left us during the year, leaving behind a legacy of achievement and love. Some of those departed ones were world-famous, while others were personal friends. Richard Sedlak (1949-2019), who died November 6 after a long
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Round 2 of Amazon tax fight begins January 13
Kshama Sawant calls for Washington Hall rally

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Round 2 of the City of Seattle vs. Amazon fight begins at 6:00 p.m. on January 13 with a rally at Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue in Seattle.

Newly re-elected Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announc
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Community Solidarity Rally Against the Far Right to be held January 5 at Seattle City Hall
Community and Labor Against Fascism (CLAF), a coalition of labor and community organizations, is sponsoring a rally Sunday, January 5 from 11am to 3pm at Seattle City Hall to oppose the racist, misogynist and anti-Semitic message promoted by the Washington Three Percenters, who plan to gather at City Hall that day.

CLAF spokeswom
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Seattle Public Library implements new fine-free policy
SEATTLE (January 2, 2020) - The Seattle Public Library's Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan jointly announced the implementation of Seattle's fine-free policy. Starting today, the library will no longer charge daily late fines for overdue materials, a change that was approved by 76% of Seattle voters in August 2019 more
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Shaun and Yee-Shin - How one couple's marriage came to be
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article first appeared in the Seattle Gay News in our June 21, 2013 edition. Shaun Knittel and Yee-Shin Huang were married May 25, 2013 at Plymouth Church in downtown Seattle. Shaun had written this article several months earlier in anticipation of the even
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Let's be counted in the 2020 Census!
The U.S. Census has never identified the LGBTQ+ community. This has made it very difficult for federal agencies and researchers to accurately track the size, demographics, and needs of our community.

We must be counted!

The GSBA has an excellent article written by Matt Landers (reprinted in this week's SGN) on w
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Thousands of LGBTQ activists to convene in Dallas in January for 32nd annual Creating Change conference: "Love, Learning & Liberation!"
DALLAS (December 2, 2019) - Thousands of LGBTQ advocates, activists, leaders, and allies will gather in Dallas, Texas, for the 32nd Creating Change conference from Wednesday, January 15 through Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the Sheraton Dallas.

The Creating Change conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is the foremo
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