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posted Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 48

WORLD AIDS DAY 2020
Powerful, inspirational voices on the frontlines of the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics speak out on World AIDS Day, December 1

SAN FRANCISCO (November 20, 2020) - 2020 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to nearly 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later. This year, our nation struggl
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Visual AIDS commissions six international filmmakers to explore the impact of HIV/AIDS to commemorate World AIDS Day
NEW YORK (November 16, 2020) - Visual AIDS, the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS and HIV awareness through dialogue, art exhibitions, and public forums, announced its virtual "Day With(out) Art: Transmissions" launch event [on] November 30, as a prelude to World AIDS Day on December 1.

An annual e
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Transgender pioneer Jan Morris dies at 94
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Transgender pioneer Jan Morris died November 20 at her home in Wales. She was 94.

Her son, Twm Morys, a Welsh-language poet, announced her death: "This morning at 11.40 at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl, on the Llyn, the author and traveler Jan Morris began her greatest journey. She leaves b
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Seattle Public Library offers virtual arts programs for older adults in December
SEATTLE (November 20, 2020) - This winter, The Seattle Public Library and Silver Kite Community Arts have partnered to offering online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community. These opportunities provide stimulating and creative engagement opportunities, as well as social connection.

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An open letter to drag-queens
Dear Editor:

Please accept this as an open letter to drag-queens in the Pacific Northwest.

As the oldest surviving drag-queen in Seattle I wish to call attention to some disagreeable facts currently in evidence because of Covid-19. Naturally, being responsible citizens we have adhered to all the tiresome rest
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MARK MY WORDS: Georgia on my mind
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

This column could be filled with the names of those in the LGBTQ community who expect or should be considered for position in the Biden/Harris administration. But there's something even more important at the moment that needs to be addressed. There are two runoff elections for the United Stat
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MARK MY WORDS: The world moves on
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

While this country has been paralyzed by both the pandemic and the political circus we call the 2020 election (led by the lead clown Donald Trump) the LGBT movement towards equality goes on.

In China, the annual Gay Pride in Shanghai has been cancelled by the government, but th
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Seattle's missing holiday traditions are the ghosts of Christmas Present
by Tom Orr - SGN Contributing Writer

Christmas Time Is Here!
Ignorance and Fear!
One by One
Our Yuletide Fun's
Begun To Disappear ...


There are certain iconic institutions that are synonymous with Christmastime, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, those beloved ho
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Holidays dazzle with augmented reality, lights, and delights in downtown
SEATTLE (November 20, 2020) - Under the theme "Holiday Lights and Delights," the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) is bringing new activities to downtown this holiday season, along with some tried-and-true traditions.

The annual tree-lighting celebration, emceed by WARM 106.9's Shellie Hart, will be livestreamed on Facebook an
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Gay City hosts virtual Stronger Together: World AIDS Day event Dec. 1
Gay City will host a virtual Stronger Together: World AIDS Day event on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 9am-10am PST. Join us virtually as we commemorate World AIDS Day. Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted HIV/STI testing, and challenges ahead in 2021.

This annual event celebrates Seattle's ongoing leadership in the fight against HIV an
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Seattle City Council passes budget
SPD cut by 20%

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle City Council passed a 2021 budget package on November 23, by a vote of 8 to 1. District 3 Council member Kshama Sawant was the only "no" vote.

The $6.5 billion budget tried to compensate for COVID-19 holes, increase funding for h
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Shelter Open House: a month to make a difference
BELLEVUE (November 23, 2019) - Pawsitive Alliance will be hosting the 9th annual statewide Shelter Open House throughout December 2020. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of homeless animals and to help those pets find forever homes. Animal shelters and rescues in every region of the state are participating in this exciting event. more
As COVID cases surge, Seattle Pride grows grant funds and extends application deadline to Dec. 1 for LGBTQIA+ serving nonprofits
As COVID-19 cases climb once again in Washington state, many area nonprofit organizations are trying to serve more people despite drop in donations.

In response, Seattle Pride has extended its fall grant application deadline from Nov. 1 to Tuesday, Dec. 1, and is offering an additional $25,000 in grant funding for LGBTQIA+ servin
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Astro's keynote speech at Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration in Seattle Nov. 20
My name is Astro, and I use they/them pronouns. I am a Queer man-of-color, a social worker, a community organizer, a journalist, a student, a sex-worker advocate and a trans rights activist. I founded my own Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) event 3 years ago in 2018, because, quite frankly, no one else in central Seattle was holding one, a more
AHF reminds HIV patients care is 'Just a Call Away' during pandemic
LOS ANGELES (November 20, 2020) - As rates of COVID-19 escalate in the US - with a reported 60,000 hospitalized as of earlier this week and more than 100,000 new infections logged daily over the past week - the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is rolling out a new nationwide public service billboard and transit advertising campaign to remind H more

Victory for HRC-backed Capt. Mark Kelly
PHOENIX (November 3, 2020) - Tonight, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)-endorsed candidate Mark Kelly won the US Senate special election in Arizona. This is the second straight election cycle that the HRC has played a large role in flipping a US Senate seat in Arizona, first doing so in 2018 when the organization made significant investments in supp more
Lambda Legal takes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to court over anti-Transgender policy
TACOMA (November 23, 2020) - Today, Lambda Legal and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger PLLC filed a federal lawsuit challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois's ("BCBSIL") administration of a blanket exclusion of gender-affirming care in an employer-provided health insurance plan provided by Catholic Health Initiatives Franciscan. The la more
NBJC mourns the loss of Asia Jynaé Foster
WASHINGTON, DC (November 23, 2020) - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the loss of Asia Jynaé Foster.

Asia, a 22-year-old Black trans woman, was found dead due to multiple gunshot wounds in Houston, Texas, on Friday, November 20. She was a client of Montrose Grace Place, a drop-in shelter for unhoused LGBTQ+ you
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Transgender woman sues Georgia Dept. of Corrections after repeated sexual assaults and denials of medical care
ATLANTA (November 23, 2020) - Today, Ashley Diamond, a Black transgender woman represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, sued the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) for the second time for its failure to protect her from sexual assault and provide her with adequate healthcare while incarcerat more
Stewart and Davis wrap Happiest Season in comforting holiday cheer
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

HAPPIEST SEASON
Hulu


That Happiest Season is as breezily entertaining as it turns out to be is a testament to the film's talented cast and director Clea DuVall's (The Intervention) confident handling of the material. Even with its LGBTQ bent, this Chr
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Visually inventive Croods sequel full of prehistoric charm
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

CROODS
Rodeo Drive-In Theatre (Bremerton) Nov. 27-29;
double feature with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
PVOD Dec. 25


I liked 2013's The Croods an awful lot. It's amusingly weird and superbly cast, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Ke
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Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Kathleen Mullen invited to teach Film Festival Management at universities in both the US and Canada
On Tuesday, November 24, Three Dollar Bill Cinema emailed the following statement to the SGN and the rest of their email subscriber list:

Thank you for joining us for a wonderful 25th Anniversary celebration with Seattle Queer Film Festival and our encore series!

There is important news to share with you: Our
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