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posted Friday, March 27, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 13


Terrence McNally's "Every Act of Life" - November 3, 1938 - March 24, 2020
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

The news of the passing of celebrated Broadway gay playwright, librettist, and screenwriter Terrence McNally, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus, has hit the theater community hard. Many notables have taken to social media with their response to losing one of the finest playwrights of the century.

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Federal relief package: Here's what's in it for you
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As the SGN goes to press, here are the details available on the latest federal relief bill.

You could get up to $1,200 as an individual or up to $2,400 if you're married and file a joint IRS return with your spouse.

However, there are income limits on receiving
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Shaun Knittel's The Legacy Project
by Dru Dinero - Special to the SGN

I first met Shaun Knittel when I was 8 years old. One of my older brother's best friends, Shaun had recently come out of the closet at 16. Shaun was young, Gay, and - since coming out - homeless. My parents, although Evangelical Christians, welcomed Shaun into our home, when my older brother,
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HRC releases research brief on the unique vulnerabilities of the LGBTQ community during the COVID-19 crisis
WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, published a research brief outlining health and economic risks faced by the LGBTQ community during the COVI more
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Rep. Chopp's letter: Continued action to confront COVID-19 and the challenges it has laid bare
Friends and neighbors,

In the short 60 days of this year's state legislative session, the world changed. State legislators responded to a massive new public health emergency, and to challenges that have gone on for years.

Public health
Facing the COVID-19 virus challenge, the legislature took sw
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COVID-19 hits Capitol Hill

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Durkan Digest special edition: relief for small businesses
SEATTLE (March 20, 2020) - My fellow Seattleites,

We are facing one of the most transformative and consequential events that our region and our country will experience since World War II. Over the next few days, I want to provide a series of updates for workers, seniors, and individuals who may need child care.

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Joint statement from the mayors of Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Tukwila, Enumclaw, Algona, and Pacific
(March 23, 2020) - As the results of COVID-19 become clearer, there is no denying that it is both dangerous and deadly. The number of those diagnosed and those dying from it continues to climb at an alarming rate, especially in our region.

The governor is evaluating next steps, as are we. As your local elected officials, we may
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Artist Trust announces COVID-19 Response & Recovery Resources
In response to COVID-19, Artist Trust has created a growing list of response & recovery resources for artists in Washington state. These online resources are responsive to artists' needs and will be updated often as we learn more about this crisis and its impact.

If you're an artist in need, apply to The COVID-19 Artist Trust Rel
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Council approves Dunn's program to engage community in region's COVID-19 response
SEATTLE (March 24, 2020) - King County residents who have been looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response will soon get some guidance, thanks to a program sponsored by Vice Chair Reagan Dunn that was approved Tuesday by the King County Council.

Project C.A.R.E. (for COVID-19 Action and Response Enlistment), will establ
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Cultural relief funds available April 1
Financial support is on the way. As closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19 impact the King County cultural sector, we have details to share about our Cultural Relief Fund [www.4culture.org/grants-artist-calls/cultural-relief-fund], which will distribute $1 million over the coming months:

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Laid off? Furloughed? Reduced hours?
Here's what you need to know

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Have you been laid off or furloughed, or had your work hours reduced because of the governor's COVID-19 stay-at-home order?

Have you been quarantined because you were exposed to the virus? Are you self-quarantined because you
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Digital resources at the Seattle Public Library provide entertainment and education for home-bound residents during the coronavirus outbreak
Self-quarantining to be safe? Kids staying home from school? Newly telecommuting and need to brush up on digital skills?

Although all locations of the Seattle Public Library are now closed in accordance with public health guidelines, Library cardholders can take advantage of a wide range of online educational and enter
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Rep. Smith statement on House passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act
WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement tonight after the House voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201), which strengthens the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak and addresses the impacts of the coronavirus on financial security and the economy more
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Spiritual support is something we all can do
Dearest Soulforce family,

Soulforcers like us have been working to stop spiritual violence for over 20 years, and we understand that a lot of us may be feeling anxiety and grief right now, especially since for many of us, we practice resiliency by creating networks and spiritual community to connect across isolation and replen
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Shelter in place: A reflection from the Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
How do you shelter in place when you have no place to shelter?

How do you wash your hands when you have no clean running water and some days you can't even count on having a drink for your kids?

Those are the questions many of us, as caring people, are pondering, I am sure, as we pass out of a weekend that le
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VICTORY! Court rules Alaska's denial of health care to Transgender employee is unlawful discrimination
ANCHORAGE, AK (March 6, 2020) - A federal district court today ruled in favor of Lambda Legal client Jennifer Fletcher and [ruled] that the State of Alaska's denial of health care coverage to a legislative librarian, based on its blanket exclusion of medically necessary transition-related surgical treatment from AlaskaCare, the state employee more
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Seattle Opera announces cancelation of La bohème
Dear Seattle Opera community,

We are all living through an extremely challenging period and you can probably imagine that Seattle Opera as much as the entire cultural sector overall is facing challenges and difficult decisions. Our work and mission is to bring people together to enjoy and share the beauty and emotions of the hu
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Terrence McNally's "Every Act of Life" - November 3, 1938 - March 24, 2020
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

The news of the passing of celebrated Broadway gay playwright, librettist, and screenwriter Terrence McNally, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus, has hit the theater community hard. Many notables have taken to social media with their response to losing one of the finest playw
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