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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
Year-end celebration of the Seattle LGBT Commission's accomplishments scheduled
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Year-end celebration of the Seattle LGBT Commission's accomplishments scheduled

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Seattle LGBT Commission will host a free evening event to celebrate the Commission's accomplishments in 2011 and to review and help plan its goals for 2012 on December 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee (511 E. Pike St.).

The LGBT Commission enjoyed a successful and eventful year in 2011. Among its major accomplishments, the Commission completed the Seattle Snapshot, a citywide needs-assessment survey to identify the most important issues facing Seattle's LGBT community, and successfully advocated for Transgender-inclusive health care coverage for city employees.

'2011 was a banner year,' said Mac McGregor, co-chair of the commission. 'We are especially pleased to finish 2011 with the city's passage of inclusive health benefits and to start January 2012 with those essential benefits in effect citywide for many employees.'

The LGBT Commission is developing its upcoming work plan and goals for 2012 and welcomes suggestions and input from the community. Based on the issues identified in the Snapshot survey, the Commission intends to focus on promoting the creation of an LGBTQ community center as part of the Capitol Hill light-rail station; advocating for an economic empowerment initiative for Seattle's Transgender community; supporting the push for marriage equality in Washington state; fostering better understanding between Seattle's LGBTQ community and the Seattle Police Department; and working to address the issues facing homeless youth.

'The Snapshot survey provided reliable data about the needs of Seattle's LGBT community,' said David Howenstine, co-chair of the LGBT Commission. 'We are excited to build on that data, in conjunction with ongoing community feedback, to work with Mayor McGinn, the City Council, community leaders, and the public to implement concrete solutions to make Seattle a better city for all LGBT people.'

According to commission officials, the event will provide an opportunity for LGBT community members and the general public to mix and mingle with commissioners, city officials, and community leaders; discuss and help plan the commission's goals for 2012; and celebrate the commission's accomplishments in 2011.

Brief remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the commission will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase from Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Commission advises the mayor, City Council, and city departments about sexual minority issues, recommends policies and legislation, brings the LGBT communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-range projects, and ensures that city departments fairly and equitably address LGBTQ concerns as individuals and as a protected class. For more information about the commission, visit www.seattle.gov/LGBT.

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