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posted Friday, January 8, 2020 - Volume 49 Issue 02

VICTORY IN GEORGIA
Victory for HRC-backed candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff in Georgia Senate runoffs

ATLANTA (January 6, 2021) - Yesterday, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)-endorsed candidates emerged victorious in Georgia. Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock won their elections to the United States Senate in the January 5th dual Senate runoff, defeating incumbent Sens. Dav
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Sen. Murray calls for removal of President Trump from office under 25th Amendment
WASHINGTON, DC (January 7, 2021) - Today, US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement on Congress resuming its constitutional duty to certify the election after a violent mob of President Trump's supporters attacked the US Capitol, calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked immediately to prevent President Trump from inciting more
"This is what terrorism looks like"
Statement by Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, on the attack on the US Capitol on Wednesday:

"What we're witnessing at the Capitol today is nothing less than an attack on our country and on our people brought to life by a president who refuses to accept that millions turned out to elect Joe Biden by overwhelming
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: Vitambi Springs needs miracle to stay open
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

On December 8, Vitambi Springs Florida Wilderness Resort & Camp sent out a lengthy e-mail message, in English and Spanish, "To the Friends of Vitambi." This message led to much concern and discussion among past and present guests of Vitambi, on Facebook and other forums: "After m
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COVID-19's disproportionate impact on LGBTQ people and Seattle's response
by Eve Kucharski - SGN Contributing Writer

As the United States passes the somber milestone of 300,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, it's clear that the pandemic's impacts on all aspects of life will be felt far beyond the release of a vaccine. While it's unlikely that we can have a full understanding of what COVID-19's
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National LGBTQ Task Force, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund call for "immediate removal" of President Trump by use of the 25th Amendment
(January 6, 2021) - Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director: "Donald Trump has been, continues to be, and will remain a threat to democracy, the US Constitution, and human life every day he remains in office. While his attempted coup has failed, he and his supporters are a threat to democracy and will be as long as he is in power.

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Rep. Smith on Capitol campus insurrection
WASHINGTON, DC (January 6, 2021) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in the midst of the protest that has overrun the Capitol campus during the proceedings to certify the 2020 general election results:

"The assault by pro-Trump extremists on the United
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JCPA condemns violence and insurrection
(January 6, 2021) - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the violent insurrection at the US Capitol Building. This was a direct assault on our democratic process, and nothing less than an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election and an act of sedition.

We urge in the stron
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NCLR on historic Georgia Senate election of Rev. Warnock and Jon Ossoff
SAN FRANCISCO (January 6, 2021) - Last night, Georgia voters made history by electing Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to represent the Southern state in the US Senate. Rev. Warnock's election is truly historic, as he will be the first Black senator to represent Georgia in Congress.

A statement from Imani Rupert-Gordon, the N
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Lambda Legal celebrates election of pro-equality Senate
NEW YORK (January 6, 2021) - Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings today issued the following statement about the election of Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock and Democrat Jon Ossoff to the US Senate, defeating incumbent Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Tuesday's run-off election:

"We hope that today's outcome
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Photographic Center Northwest presents "To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults"
Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre highlight transgender older adults in new book and exhibition

"TO SURVIVE ON THIS SHORE:
PHOTOGRAPHS AND INTERVIEWS
WITH TRANSGENDER AND
GENDER NON-CONFORMING
OLDER ADULTS"
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
January 14-April 15


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Judge dismisses SPD lawsuit against Kshama Sawant "with prejudice"
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant filed by two Seattle police officers.

In a December 29 order, US District Judge Marsha Pechman noted that Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers Michael Spaulding and Scott Miller ha
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Balducci re-elected chair as King County Council embarks on busy new year
SEATTLE (January 6, 2020) - Coming off a challenging past year and looking ahead to a busy 2021, the King County Council on Tuesday unanimously re-elected Claudia Balducci as chair and Joe McDermott and Reagan Dunn as vice chairs.

"I'm proud of the work the King County Council accomplished in 2020 under unprecedented condition
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Durkan Digest: Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021
SEATTLE (December 31, 2020) - 2020 presented unprecedented challenges for cities across the world. While many families faced grief and loss, we saw the resiliency, compassion, and determination of our community, neighbors, friends, essential workers, and first responders to respond to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and economic crisis.
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Chopin's Gay love letters shock Poland
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Swiss music critic Moritz Weber shocked Poles recently with his documentation of Polish composer Frederick Chopin's romantic feelings for another man.

On his radio show, Chopin's Men, Weber revealed 22 erotic letters from Chopin to his friend Tytus Woyciechowski.

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Virtual coaching for LGBTQI* entrepreneurs in South Africa: Five challenges and five lessons
(December 8, 2020) - Dreilinden is reporting back on its first coaching program for LGBTQI* entrepreneurs in South Africa [https://bit.ly/2VZMsb3]. The program was launched [as a] follow-up to the Queer Pitch Days in South Africa [https://bit.ly/3gnwW2k] where we had identified six entrepreneurs with high potential business models and outsized more
AHF thanks HHS for clarifying rules on 340B drug pricing; blasts pharma's greed
WASHINGTON, DC (December 30, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) welcomed and praised an advisory opinion issued earlier today by the Office of the General Counsel for the US Health and Human Services Department (HHS), which concluded that drug manufacturers are required to deliver discounts under the 340B Drug Pricing Program on cove more
Trump has ushered in a federal judicial climate unprecedented in its anti-LGBTQ+ hostility
WASHINGTON, DC (January 5, 2021) - In just four years, President Trump has ushered in a judicial landscape that is significantly more hostile toward LGBTQ+ people, with nearly 40% of Trump's confirmed federal appellate judges having demonstrated anti-LGBTQ+ bias according to a new report released today by Lambda Legal. The new report - the culmi more
HRC: The 117th Congress will prioritize LGBTQ equality
WASHINGTON, DC (January 3, 2021) - Today, the 117th US Congress swears in its new members, which boasts a pro-equality majority in the US House of Representatives and record number of women and LGBTQ people elected. In response to first convening of the 117th Congress, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David issued the following s more
Friday Harbor Film Festival announces Director Series lineup for January & February
The Friday Harbor Film Festival Director Series will present a varied selection of not-to-be-missed documentaries to brighten your life during the winter of 2021. Tickets are $3.95 and can be accessed online at fhff.org. Here is the lineup for January and February:

January 7-17 - The importance of public land
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15 ways the Seattle Public Library can help you thrive in 2021
SEATTLE (January 4, 2021) - During the many challenges of 2020, we have all spent time longing for normalcy and connection with our families, friends and community. As the 2020 Library of the Year, the Seattle Public Library has put in place many free programs and services that can help us thrive together in the coming year. From finding a job more









 

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