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posted Friday, May 22, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 21


OP-ED: Trump's attack dogs turn on Blade DC reporter
by Kevin Naff - Washington Blade

Washington Blade political reporter Chris Johnson last week challenged White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, over her opposition to marriage equality and the administration's preparedness for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on whether Title VII applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.

They were legiti
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Biden: "I stand with LGBTQ+ people" - Statement by Joe Biden on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
(May 17, 2020) - Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, I stand with LGBTQ+ people and their allies around the world to celebrate and champion the inherent dignity and worth of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Around the globe, including here at home
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New HRC research brief - "Supporting Safety of LGBTQ Children and Youth: Risk Factors of Child Abuse and Neglect during COVID-19"
In a groundbreaking new issue brief, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation summarized how LGBTQ people could face disproportionate economic and health risks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues to affect communities across the globe, growing attention has been given to the safety risks facing children and youth.

The
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Albania more LGBT-friendly than 30 US states
Country bans conversion therapy

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The small Balkan country of Albania has banned so-called "conversion therapy," making it more LGBT-friendly than 30 US states.

According to the AFP news service, Albania's order of psychologists has determined that the pract
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UW ACTU seeks 2,000 patients for potential new COVID-19 treatment
A study is now enrolling participants to determine whether a treatment combining a low dose of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent hospitalization and death in people with COVID-19.

Dr. Ann Collier, professor of medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine, expla
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Williams Institute: More than 200,000 LGBT adults in California at high risk for COVID-19 illness
LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2020) - Over 200,00 LGBT people in California have one or more medical conditions that put them at high risk of COVID-19 illness, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or HIV, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Approximately 361,000 LGBT adults in the state were in fair or poor hea more
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HRC and PSB Research release data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released new data outlining the economic impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ communities of color. The research, released in more
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With wide-ranging support, Rep. Jayapal introduces Paycheck Recovery Act to keep workers in their jobs, stop mass unemployment, and deliver direct relief to businesses of all sizes
SEATTLE (May 19, 2020) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, introduced HR 6918, the Paycheck Recovery Act, today as a policy solution that delivers working people immediate relief and certainty while matching the scale of the current public health and economic crisis. The Paycheck Recovery Act en more
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144 organizations to Congress: 2020 Census COVID-19 plans can't keep communities undercounted for yet another decade
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2020) - The Census Counts campaign, housed at the Leadership Conference Education Fund, led 143 other organizations in urging Congress to take action to prevent an inaccurate 2020 census in the wake of [the COVID-19 pandemic] by supporting significant enhancements to the methods that have been specifically designed to count more
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"Pride 2020 Drag Fest: A Weekend to Support Our Queens"
Over 100 of NYC's greatest drag performers join Marti Gould Cummings & The Only Productions' virtual performance event

NEW YORK (May 19, 2020) - Political activist and New York City drag staple Marti Gould Cummings and The Only Productions today announced the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020. More than 100
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As a federal judge rules LA must house the homeless, AHF renews its offer of the 74-room Valley Haven Hotel
LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2020) - As the coronavirus pandemic continues its deadly course and meaningful action on the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles remains largely at a standstill, the AHF today renewed its offer of a turnkey 74-room Van Nuys hotel - an offer first made to government officials and agencies over two months ago - for its use to more
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PFAW: Instead of the pandemic, Republicans focus on another anti-ACA judicial nominee
WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2020) - Following today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Cory Wilson to the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, PFAW Executive Vice President for Policy and Program Marge Baker released the following statement:

"Instead of using critical Senate time to address the coronaviru
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AHF welcomes ViiV's success with injectable HIV prevention medication
LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today welcomed news shared by ViiV Healthcare (majority owned by GSK, with Pfizer Inc. and Shionogi Ltd. as shareholders), a drug company specializing in HIV medications, that a study it conducted shows that its long-acting, injectable HIV prevention medication cabotegravir (C more
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For many LGBTI communities, there is no shelter in place
by Urooj Arshad - Freedom House

A few days ago I attended a Facebook Live session in which transgender leaders in Pakistan were discussing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on their communities. As a queer Pakistani woman with deep ties to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities back home, I
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Friday Harbor Film Festival announces Virtual Film Festival May 8-23
The Friday Harbor Film Festival in cooperation with Bullfrog Communities is proud to present a Virtual Film Festival of climate-change-related films in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020.

Beginning May 8th and continuing through May 23rd, FHFF will offer seven powerful, environmentally focused documentary f
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ACLU suing Tennessee to ensure vote by mail for all

To the editor,

Last Friday, we filed a lawsuit with the ACLU of Tennessee and partners to ensure vote by mail is an option for all eligible Tennessee voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state currently only allows a narrow set of
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Hungary bans recognition of Trans citizens
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Hungarian parliament passed a law May 19 barring legal recognition of Transgender people.

The legislation came in the form of amendments to the country's birth, death, and marriage registry, changing to word "sex" to "sex at birth" in references to gender markers on legal
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Janelle Monáe doesn't know time either
The queer icon talks "too on the nose" pandemic, LGBTQ representation and Pride plans

by Chris Azzopardi - Q Syndicate

"HOMECOMING"
SEASON 2
AMAZON PRIME
Premieres May 22


I really hadn't planned on telling queer powerhouse singer-actress-activist Janelle Moná
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PBS announces LGBTQ+ Pride Month programming starting May 26
PBS celebrates Pride Month with PRIDELAND, a Short-Form Digital Series and New One-Hour Special with host and actor Dyllón Burnside, exploring LGBTQ+ identity in the U.S. South

PBS is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with the launch of PRIDELAND a new one-hour special and short-form digital series following host and actor D
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Evan Stults announces retirement from Seattle Men's Chorus after 36 years
by Evan Stults - Seattle Men's Chorus

With great gratitude, I'm letting folks know that I'm leaving my position as the pianist for Seattle Men's Chorus, after 36 years (!) with the group. I had a plan. I was going to wrap up at the end of our season this summer, after the GALA Choruses Festival in Minneapolis. But in this COVI
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Music of Remembrance online May 18-25 with For a Look or a Touch - Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's compelling musical drama
From May 18 until May 25, Music of Remembrance will be streaming composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's compelling musical drama about the persecution of gays during the Holocaust - https://www.musicofremembrance.org/watch-and-listen/look-or-touch. This is a topic that is too little known and too rarely discussed.

In 2
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Tacoma Arts Live's "2020 Gala: Garden of Delights" moves to a Virtual Event via YouTube Live and Facebook Live on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Due to the extension of Governor Inslee's "Stay Home" mandate, Tacoma Arts Live's annual gala takes a new shape as it pivots from the traditionally formal, in-person occasion to a creative digitally produced live experience. Tacoma Arts Live's "2020 Gala: Garden of Delights" is a fundraiser to support education through the arts programs on Fr more
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