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posted Friday, May 29, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 22


Larry Kramer dies at 84 - "One of America's most valuable troublemakers." - Susan Sontag
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Larry Kramer, whose take-no-prisoners rhetoric defined the early period of AIDS activism, died May 27. He was 84.

According to Kramer's husband, David Webster, he died from pneumonia. Kramer had contended with health problems for much of his adult life, including HIV, liver disease, and a successful liver transplant.
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Marriage equality in Costa Rica
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Costa Rica saw its first same-sex marriages on May 26, as the result of a court ruling that limitations on marriage rights were unconstitutional.

A lesbian couple, Daritza Araya and Alexandra Qu Castillo, became the first to be married in a ceremony that took place just after the
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4th Circuit Court hears Trans restroom appeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a key Transgender rights case on May 26, setting the stage for a ruling on how school districts must accommodate Trans students.

Gavin Grimm - at the time a high school student in the Gloucester County, Virginia, school district - informe
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UPDATE on City of Seattle's 8th Annual Pride Flag Raising
PLEASE NOTE: The City of Seattle's 8th Annual Pride Flag Raising ceremony has been tentatively rescheduled to June 5 at 4pm. Check the Seattle LGBTQ Commission Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/seattlelgbtq/] for any updates.

Join virtually with the Seattle LGBTQ Commission and Mayor Jenny Durkan for the 8th Annual City of Se
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White Center Pride presents virtual flag raising ceremony Saturday, June 6
On Saturday June 6 at 6pm, a flag symbolizing both pride and progress will soar over Seattle's southernmost border. The raising of the Progress Pride Flag commemorates the second year of Pride in White Center, where a strong LGBTQIA+ community has recently emerged.

Although the White Center Pride Committee has rescheduled all in-pe
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SGN EXCLUSIVE: Questions for Ann Collier, MD on her latest study on a COVID-19 treatment
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

As we announced last week, Dr. Ann Collier, well known AIDS researcher and Director of the UW AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is heading up a new study for a potential COVID-19 treatment. I had a chance to chat with Dr. Collier via email earlier this week.

MK Scott: Please
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Murray, Schumer, Pelosi, Pallone issue joint statement on the Trump administration's disappointing national testing strategy report
WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2020) - Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following stateme more
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Out Leadership launches "Proudly Resilient," a monthlong virtual global platform of 2020 Pride events
NEW YORK (May 27, 2020) - Out Leadership, the oldest and largest coalition of global companies working to advance LGBT+ equality in the world, announced the release of the full calendar of events that make up "Proudly Resilient," the first-ever monthlong, global Pride celebration, with 70+ speakers and 45+ events across the month. Each event i more
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Procter & Gamble and GLAAD study: Exposure to LGBTQ representation in media and advertising leads to greater acceptance of the LGBTQ community
NEW YORK (May 27, 2020) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced findings of the "LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media" study, conducted in partnership with Procter & Gamble (P&G), the world's largest advertiser. GLAAD and P&G's study details how non-L more
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HRC launches Vote Equal, Vote Safe initiative
WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced a new initiative - Vote Equal, Vote Safe - focused on ensuring that LGBTQ voters and their allies (Equality Voters) are able to exercise their right to vote wit more
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Aggressively bleak Good Woman easy to fall in love with
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND
Video On Demand


Abner Pastoll's A Good Woman Is Hard to Find is a ruthless gut-punch of a drama featuring Sarah Bolger in a magnificent tour de force performance that blew me away. A kinetic, hard-hitting follow-up to his pl
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Going for the jugular - Abner Pastoll on making A Good Woman Is Hard to Find easy to love
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND
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Abner Pastoll's A Good Woman Is Hard to Find is one of the best films I've seen so far this year. A transfixing character-driven thriller, the story follows recently widowed single mother of two Sarah (Sarah Bo
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AHF mourns passing of AIDS warrior and playwright Larry Kramer
WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today mourned the passing of Larry Kramer, a tart-tongued firebrand AIDS activist and award-winning playwright whose personal, professional, and creative lives tracked and drew heavily on the AIDS pandemic. In 1981, Kramer was one of the first - and most vocal - to raise the more
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NMAC statement on the passing of Larry Kramer
WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2020) - Following is a statement from NMAC Executive Director Paul Kawata on the passing of Larry Kramer:

"I was a kid when I started in the HIV/AIDS movement in the 1980s. Larry Kramer changed my life. Larry's writings moved me and inspired me to take action. When he said, 'If you're not mad as hell rig
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"Through Positive Eyes" Seattle artivist application deadline has been EXTENDED TO JUNE 3RD
OPPORTUNITY FOR HIV-POSITIVE ADVOCATES in the Seattle area: Participate in a paid photography workshop and work part-time sharing your HIV story as part of the Through Positive Eyes exhibition in Seattle. Learn more and apply at: bit.ly/2020artivistapplication. SHARE YOUR STORY. BANISH STIGMA.

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National AIDS Memorial and ViiV Healthcare create Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award to support young artist-activists committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS
SAN FRANCISCO (May 26, 2020) - The National AIDS Memorial is now accepting applications for a newly created and inspiring program - the Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award - that offers support to artist-activists who are working and committed to making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The award is named in honor of
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Kathy Hsieh reflects - Zoom edition
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Kathy Hsieh is all things arts-related, really. She knows virtually anyone/everyone in the theater community (at minimum) and has headed up her own theater company (SIS Productions), written many plays, directed plays, acted in scores of productions on stage, and been an employee of the City o
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"Rock For Pride" unites the LGBTQIA+ community
A virtual love letter to the community, from the community, June 7, 11am-1pm

by Jack Mozie - Special to the SGN

"Rock For Pride 2020 - At Home Edition," will be a free broadcast dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community bringing you messages of love from community leaders, non-profits, drag performers, musicians,
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Lambda Literary does Pride with a series of online readings and conversations throughout June
Join Lambda Literary as we celebrate Pride Month with some of our community's most fabulous stars.

Highlighting the transformative power of literature, an eclectic mix of actors, writers, and comedians will participate in a series of online readings and conversations throughout June.

All events are pay what you wis
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Seattle Out & Proud and Third Place Books host online book reading and conversation with Eric Cervini June 1st at 7pm
THE DEVIANT'S WAR:
The Homosexual vs.
the United States of America
by Eric Cervini
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
512 pages


From a young Harvard- and Cambridge-trained historian, the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.

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KCLS annual Summer Reading Program moves online
ISSAQUAH, WA (May 26, 2020) - The King County Library System (KCLS) is pleased to offer its annual Summer Reading Program online this year while KCLS Libraries continue to remain closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For those up to the challenge, KCLS encourages residents of all ages to read 1,000 minutes from June 1 to August 31.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Live Virtual Pride Parade" - Live on Facebook May 31
(Los Angeles, CA) - Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of PRIDE with THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Live Virtual Pride Parade" this Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12p PDT / 3p EDT Live on Facebook.

Join our Grand Marshal and Host legendary Transgender activist & actress, Alexandra Billings at

https://www.facebook.com/TheLavenderEffect
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"Rock For Pride" unites the LGBTQIA+ community
A virtual love letter to the community, from the community, June 7, 11am-1pm

by Jack Mozie - Special to the SGN

"Rock For Pride 2020 - At Home Edition," will be a free broadcast dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community bringing you messages of love from community leaders, non-profits, drag performers, mu
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Statement by Brian K. Bond of PFLAG National upon the passing of Larry Kramer
WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2020) - Today, Larry Kramer passed away. Kramer was an award-winning playwright, author, filmmaker, and LGBTQ+ rights activist known for co-founding the Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP. Brian K. Bond, executive director of PFLAG National, issued the following statement:

"In his lifetime, Larry Kramer
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HRC mourns the loss of legendary advocate Larry Kramer
WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the passing of legendary LGBTQ and public health advocate Larry Kramer.

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Remembering Larry Kramer
To the editor,

Let's honor the Legacy of Larry Kramer, founder of ACT-UP, by remembering HOW he helped change our world for the better.

Kramer exemplified a stark shift of LGBT politics from the hat-in-hand lobbying and appeasement of power that preceded it to one where audacious demands successfully wer
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Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W'Him launches all-digital Season 11 with IN-with-WHIM membership program
Whim W'Him is launching its 11th season this June with a new all-digital membership program, IN-with-WHIM. Whim W'Him created this program as a way to prioritize the health of its artists and the community, while supporting ways for dance artists, students and audiences to come together while staying apart.

To announce the laun
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