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posted Friday, April 17, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 16


Seattle Pride, Seattle PrideFest and TransPride Seattle announce changes for 2020 Pride celebrations
To our Seattle Pride family, we want to share with you that Seattle Pride, Seattle PrideFest and Trans Pride Seattle have made the collective decision to shift this year's annual Pride celebrations to a series of virtual events. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution - and concern for our community's health - after conferring with local public health officials and the Cit more
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COVID-19: Trump blew it, Patty Murray says
She calls for massive testing

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a nine-page white paper on the COVID-19 pandemic, US Sen. Patty Murray has called for a massive federally funded testing program.

"Health experts have made clear if we want to end social distancing & safely get people back
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President Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden
Hi George:

Let me start by saying the obvious - these aren't normal times. As we all manage our way through a pandemic unlike anything we've seen in a century, Michelle and I hope that you and your families are safe and well.

Over the past weeks, we've seen plenty of examples of the kind of courage, kindness
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BOOK BINGO: Seattle Public Library's popular reading program for adults returns for the sixth year in early May
This year's Book Bingo, an adult summer reading program co-presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures and The Seattle Public Library, will launch online - and a bit earlier! - making it Spring/Summer Book Bingo.

Now in its sixth year, our annual Book Bingo offers a fun way for Seattle readers to expand their reading selections. Each sq
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LGBTQ free youth social support groups online with Lambert House
This time of social isolation can be particularly challenging for LGBTQ youth. Lambert House now has free confidential online groups available 7 days a week for LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-22. For more information, please email Laurie@Lamberthouse.org.

Courtesy of Lambert House
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Union grocery workers to get extra "hero bonus"
Stores take measures to reduce risks

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Grocery workers - now on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic - who are members of UFCW 21 will get an extra $2 per hour "hero bonus" in their paychecks.

The union successfully pressured employers to reward worker
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United Health Foundation pledges $1 million to support vulnerable Seattle residents amid COVID-19 emergency
MINNETONKA, Minn. (April 14, 2020) - The United Health Foundation has committed $1 million to provide urgent assistance to Seattle residents experiencing homelessness as they face unprecedented hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is part of UnitedHealth Group's previously an more
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Gilead announces $20 million philanthropic fund to support nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
FOSTER CITY, Calif. (April 8, 2020) - Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) announced the creation of the global Gilead CARES (COVID-19 Acute Relief and Emergency Support) Grantee Fund to provide financial support to current grantees facing an imminent closure or termination of vital services due to losses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. more
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#ThePlateFund to provide immediate, one-time payments to the hardest-hit restaurant workers in King County
SEATTLE (April 7, 2020) - A coalition of greater Seattle restaurants, foundations, organizations and individuals announced today the creation of #ThePlateFund, an initiative to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant and food-service workers who have lost jobs and income due to business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandem more
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HRC and GLSEN to host virtual graduation ceremony to honor the LGBTQ+ graduating class of 2020 amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (April 10, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and GLSEN, the leading national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education, announced [they] will hold a virtual graduation c more
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IRS launches website to speed relief payments to some low-income Americans who don't file taxes
by Sarah D. Wire - Los Angeles Times

Many Americans who didn't file taxes in 2018 or 2019 because they earned less than $12,000 a year can now provide the IRS with direct deposit information in order to more quickly receive their up to $1,200 economic stimulus payout, the IRS announced Friday.

The new site - l
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HIV leadership informs people living with HIV about the impact of COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2020) - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ten national, community-centered HIV service and advocacy organizations partnered to create a resource guide focused on supporting people living with HIV (PLHIV). The "COVID-19 and People Living with HIV: Frequently Asked Questions" document [https://bit.ly/2RzraPL] provide more
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LGBTQ+ people with disabilities and the COVID-19 crisis
WASHINGTON, DC (April 14, 2020) - People with disabilities are at particularly high risk during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the CDC, approximately 90% of hospitalized patients had one or more underlying conditions. Millions of people with disabilities are unable to get food and medicine. And there are widespread fears in the community ab more
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GLSEN condemns Idaho Gov. Little for signing HB 500 into law
NEW YORK (March 30, 2020) - Today, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 500, titled the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," a law that prohibits transgender students from participating in athletic programs in the state's K-12 schools and colleges. The law will also set forth a policy that would allow other students to dispute their peers' ge more
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GLAD and NCLR statement on the one-year anniversary of Trump's Transgender military ban
WASHINGTON, DC (April 11, 2020) - The US Department of Defense began enforcing the transgender military ban proposed by President Trump one year ago, on April 12, 2019. Five legal cases challenging the policy are currently pending in the federal courts.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbi
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Human rights group sues Ukrainian church leader COVID-19 is divine punishment for same-sex marriage, he claims
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Patriarch Filaret, the founder and leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is being sued by the human rights group Insight for a statement blaming the COVID-19 pandemic on same-sex marriage.

In an interview on Ukraine's TV Channel 4, the churchman said that coronavirus was "God
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COVID-19: AHF signs on to compulsory licensing effort for key drugs
AHF joins the call to demand that countries use compulsory licenses to make COVID-19 medicines available to everyone who needs them

WASHINGTON, DC (April 13, 2020) - According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), compulsory licensing is when a government allows someone else to produce a patented product or proc
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2020 MEN IN DANCE FESTIVAL announces selection of Featured Choreographer
As we continue preparing for the 2020 MEN IN DANCE FESTIVAL to be held the first two weekends of October we are happy to announce our selection for this year's Featured Choreographer.

Introducing Micaela Taylor, Cornish College of the Arts alumna and founder of The TL Collective. Exactly one week ago today Micaela was featured as
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Gage Academy of Art launches Gage 360 online program with free weekly workshops
SEATTLE (April 8, 2020) - This spring marks one of the most exciting moments in the Gage Academy of Art 30 year history: the beloved academy is going online starting April 20 with a new program called Gage 360, offering unprecedented access to top tier instructors, guest lectures and printmaking, as well as drawing, painting, print making, scul more

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ACLU, Legal Voice file lawsuit challenging Idaho's law targeting Transgender student athletes
BOISE, Idaho (April 15, 2020) - A lawsuit was filed today challenging Idaho's recently passed law that bans women and girls who are transgender and many women and girls who are intersex from participating in school sports. Gov. Brad Little signed the law, HB 500, making Idaho the first state to impose an outright ban on participation of trans more
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Lambda Legal asks court to confirm Idaho anti-Transgender birth certificate law violates ruling
BOISE, Idaho (April 16, 2020) - Lambda Legal today filed a motion with the US District Court to confirm that its March 5, 2018, ruling, which ordered Idaho state officials to allow transgender people born in Idaho to correct the gender markers on their birth certificates to match their gender identity, bars enforcement of the recent bill signe more
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NEON powered by GLAAD partners with Queer Quarantine to present "Alone Together," a YouTube video highlighting the perspectives of LGBTQ people of color during the COVID-19 pandemic
NEON powered by GLAAD has partnered with the creative agency Queer Quarantine to release its new project "Alone Together," which highlights how LGBTQ people of color are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Alone Together" aims to express solidarity and document the times, ultimately recognizing that maintaining a sense of community and conne more
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GLAAD to present "Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone," a star-studded livestream event highlighting the LGBTQ response to COVID-19
LOS ANGELES (April 16, 2020) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will host "Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone," a livestream event on Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET on GLAAD's YouTube channel and Facebook Live. The event will highlight the LG more
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Virginia Values Act signed into law, extending long-delayed, critical protections to LGBTQ Virginians & others
RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, celebrated the signing into law of the Virginia Values Act by Gov. Ralph Northam. The law will extend existing state nondiscrimination protections in public employment, more
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Fair and Equal Michigan to collect electronic signatures to keep safe from COVID-19
LANSING, MI (April 13, 2020) - Fair and Equal Michigan announced today it will keep its campaign moving forward by transitioning to an electronic signature-collection strategy. Supporters in favor of introducing a citizens' bill to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrim more
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