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posted Friday, October 16, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 42

SPD makes mass arrests of BLM protesters outside East Precinct
Police claim demonstrators caused a riot; assaulted civilian, dumped trash, obstructed law enforcement and roadway

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Police Department made mass arrests outside the East Precinct at 12th Ave. and E. Pine St. in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood after midnight on Thursday morning. The lights and commo
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SCOTUS OKs end to census count
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US Supreme Court gave the OK for the Trump administration to terminate the US Census count in an October 13 ruling.

The high court granted an emergency request from the administration to overturn a lower court ruling extending the counting.

As is typical for
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Red flag at Amy Coney Barrett hearing: Nominee says she won't discriminate against "sexual preference"
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett used a suspect phrase when referring to marriage equality in Senate hearings on October 13.

In response to a question from California Sen. Diane Feinstein, a Democrat, Barrett initially refused to comment on how she might follow the lead of
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Lambda Legal mourns passing of pioneer journalist and LGBTQ advocate Monica Roberts
NEW YORK (October 8, 2020) - Avery Belyeu, director of Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, made the following statement:

"Lambda Legal is sad to learn that Texas-based transgender activist, advocate, and educator Monica Roberts has passed away. She dedicated her life to creating a more just and equitable world
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UNMUTED: new anthology highlights Seattle's growing community of LGBTQIA elders
SEATTLE (October 7, 2020) - As the baby boomer generation ages, LGBTQ+ adults over age 55 are among the fastest-growing populations in Seattle/King County. While the US census has never measured the LGBTQ+ community, reports estimate that there are currently around 3 million LGBTQ+ adults over age 50. That number is expected to grow to approxima more
Durkan Digest: We must keep leading the way on COVID-19
SEATTLE (October 9, 2020) - In this unprecedented year, COVID-19 has forever altered our city. While we were an original epicenter of the virus, the actions that each of us are choosing to take are literally saving lives.

As reported by the Seattle Times this week, Seattle is recording the lowest cases of COVID-19 compared to the
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Dunn's request for study on COVID-19 response approved by King County Council
SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) - The King County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Councilmember Reagan Dunn that directs King County to partner with the University of Washington to analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response in King County. The report would look at key aspects of the pandemic and how the acti more
KC Council passes unprecedented funding to create supportive housing
SEATTLE (October 14, 2020) - The King County Council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to an unprecedented investment to target help to the people experiencing homelessness who are the hardest to reach.

"I believe that government is people coming together to do collectively what we cannot do individually. And nowhere is that more true
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2020 now officially the deadliest year on record for Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the US
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2020) - Today, with news of the death of 20-year-old Brooklyn Deshuna, whom some reports identify as Brooklyn DeShauna, in Shreveport, LA, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has now officially recorded more violent deaths of transgender and gender-nonconforming people than any year prior - and we still have three months lef more
Scalia's mirror image: HRC releases report on Amy Coney Barrett
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a 12-page report detailing the troubling judicial approach and philosophy of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett was nom more
Lambda Legal urges Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2020) - Today, Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the members to oppose Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court. The rushed confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, Oc more
Organizations of color blast Supreme Court ruling cutting census short
SEATTLE (October 14, 2020) - Today, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to conclude the 2020 census count immediately, two weeks ahead of schedule. Community organizations and civil rights watchdogs have warned that an accurate census count is essential for low-income and underrepresented communities to receive the federal resou more
National AIDS Memorial to launch 50-state AIDS Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition in conjunction with World AIDS Day
SAN FRANCISCO (October 9, 2020) - The National AIDS Memorial is announcing a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) that will feature more than 10,000 quilt panels representing all 50 state and US territories. The memorial is inviting interested panel makers, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to be part of more
25th annual Seattle Queer Film Festival preview:
Q&A with Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Executive Director Kathleen Mullen

by Sara Michelle Fetters: - SGN A&E Writer

If one were scripting how the 25th annual Seattle Queer Film Festival (SQFF) was going to proceed in 2020 pre-COVID-19, it's safe to say running this silver anniversary milestone virtually and
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Rep. Smith successfully includes provision in updated HEROES Act to support youth achievement center in King County
WASHINGTON, DC (October 3, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) successfully included a provision in the Updated HEROES Act, which passed the House last night, that would help transit agencies make the most of unused land for community-based organizations and housing.

"Innovative and valuable projects across the nation are being
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Full lineup announced for the 25th Annual Seattle Queer Film Festival
Virtual film festival to feature 40+ programs over 11 days

Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the full lineup of film screenings and special programs for the 25th Seattle Queer Film Festival (SQFF) taking place October 15-25. Tickets and passes are on sale now. The largest festival of its kind in t more

Star-studded Chicago 7 a timely tale of protest, injustice and personal courage
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Now playing on Netflix


It feels obvious to state that Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a bit on the timely side as far its release this weekend is concerned. Hitting Netflix less than three weeks before the Preside
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Discrimination contributes to poorer heart health for LGBTQ adults
American Heart Association Scientific Statement Statement Highlights:

The majority of LGBTQ adults report experiencing discrimination from a health care professional. Compared to cisgender heterosexual adults, LGBTQ populations experience multi-level, psychological and social stressors, including exposure to discrimination and
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A conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan won't be up for reelection until next year, but she did get some great news last week when the Washington State Supreme Court threw out the effort to recall her. With that in mind, I had many questions for the mayor, including the police assault on our very ow
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My notorious RBG moment
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

In the 1990's, the U.S. Senate was attempting in every possible way to censor this new thing called the Internet. They soon came up with an idea to stop information that might be objectionable to a particular community, an idea which would have allowed a district attorney in, say, Alabama
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Winters' Watch 2020
1977, when LGBTQ+ became a political force in Washington state

by Roger L. Winters - SGN Contributing Writer

Forty-three years ago, legislation in Olympia in the spring, followed by a voter registration drive and candidate ratings for City offices in the fall election, made 1977 the year LGBTQ+ activists
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MARK MY WORDS: This election is your Stonewall moment
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

You might be like most people right now who are just sitting back believing that the lead in the polls that Biden/Harris have at this point is impossible for Trump to come back from. That would be wrong. Just look at 2016 when all of us thought that it was in the bag for Hillary Clinton,
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The U.S. Supreme Court v. LGBT Americans
by Victoria A. Brownworth - Philadelphia Gay News

June 30, 1986 was a broiling hot day in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, a landmark sodomy decision. The press was huddled under the small bank of trees near the side entrance, waiting for the copies to be handed out.
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Finding inspiration with Pramila Jayapal
by Sarah Toce - Unite Seattle Magazine

Pramila Jayapal's measure of cohesiveness and inclusion comes straight from the gut. The Democratic congresswoman from Washington State's 7th District has experienced and witnessed inequality throughout her life and career in one aspect or another - as a person of color, a woman, the mother o
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A chat with pandemic hero Gov. Jay Inslee
by Sarah Toce - Unite Seattle Magazine

Though he stands at an impressive 6'2", 69-year-old Gov. Jay Robert Inslee appears to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. Yet he somehow finds a way to remain calm, cool, and collected under the pandemic-size pressure.

Maybe it's the simplicity of the morning cof
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Vice presidential debate, the fourth nationally televised forum of the general election, fails to include LGBTQ issues
(October 8, 2020) - In the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, no LGBTQ-specific issues were raised to the candidates, Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. It's the fourth straight nationally televised forum of the general election to fail to include LGBTQ issues.

Vice President Pence has yet to be directly
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HRC releases Congressional Scorecard for the 116th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC (October 8, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization - released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBTQ equality in the 116th Congress.

Members of Congress were scored based on a range of
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