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posted Friday, June 5, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 23


LGBT orgs open letter condemns racist violence
HRC and 100+ LGBT organizations call for action against racism

(June 1, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign released a letter, joined by prominent LGBTQ and civil rights organizations, condemning racism, racial violence and police brutality while calling for action to combat these scourges. The letter is signed by 100+ leaders of the nation's most prominent
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Rep. Jayapal: Call to action
Congresswoman responds to ongoing use of curfews, National Guard, and military tactics in Seattle and across the country

SEATTLE (June 3, 2020) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing use of the National Guard, curfews, and military tactics in response to peaceful protests: more
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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 rescheduled to June 12 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 Annu
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Larry Kramer - An appreciation
by Phil Bereano - Special to the SGN

Larry Kramer is dead. The news came not unexpectedly, given his ill-health, but still with shocking force. Who will hound the Establishment now when the need is again great? Who will rally the people, even if he (or she) is so extreme that allies are alienated almost as frequently as enemies? D
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Tribute to Avia Moliga
by Valerie Devoux - UTOPIA Seattle

Avia Moliga is my best friend of 11 years. We met by happenstance through a mutual friend named Illyana in the summer of 2009 in a time just before social media exploded into every facet of our everyday life. I was living in Arizona at the time and we became part of a group of transwomen that
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JCPA response to the killing of George Floyd
(June 2, 2020) - The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are a grim reminder of the entrenched, systemic racism that exists in our society, policing, and criminal justice system. What's more, they occurred against the backdrop of staggering racial disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Je
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"A knee on the neck of black America"
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2020) - America is grieving. Another Black American, George Floyd, was senselessly killed by a police officer, adding another name to an already too long list of those lost.

When asked in an interview with PBS Newshour, Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins, who represents the district where Floyd wa
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An open letter from Louise Chernin, GSBA President & CEO
Dear GSBA members and community,

[Thursday, May 28, 2020] It might be a beautiful sunny day, but there is a very dark cloud hanging over our country. Of course, there is the cloud of COVID-19, but we believe that crisis will go away with treatment and a vaccine.

Today, my heart goes out to the family of Georg
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Black Lives Matter - Support survivors by fighting anti-Blackness
API Chaya is in solidarity with Black communities across the globe impacted by anti-Black violence. We join the voices of Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, and many others to demand justice for Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and Sean Reed, who were murdered by police last month; as well more
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Durkan Digest: The deep and systemic impacts of racism in our country
SEATTLE (May 29, 2020) - While there are additional updates on the governor's Safe Start plan to reopen King County below, I wanted to address the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

I cannot begin to imagine the deep grief and suffering that his family and loved ones are feeling, and I pray they get the support they need to
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City backtracks on ending police oversight
Consent decree will remain in force

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The City of Seattle will no longer pursue efforts to lift the consent decree giving federal courts oversight over Seattle police, according to June 3 statements by the mayor and the city attorney.

The consent decree was ag
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Gay City demands accountability from Mayor Durkan for her response and the actions of the Seattle Police Department
SEATTLE (June 3, 2020) - Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center stands in solidarity with the Defund the Police Rally and community partners.

Today, Gay City Executive Director Fred Swanson sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan demanding accountability and action from her in response to police brutality that occurred at the #JusticeFo
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While protesters call for justice, Trump & WA GOP stoke division
SEATTLE (June 2, 2020) - The Washington State Democratic Party stands with the protesters calling for justice for the murder of George Floyd and so many other Black Americans who have died as a result of police violence. We know that as Democrats, we can and must do better in lifting up the voices of those who feel they are not being heard until more
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43rd Executive Board statement on the recent protests for Black lives
SEATTLE (June 3, 2020) - The Executive Board of the 43rd District Democrats has issued the statement [below] regarding the recent protests for Black lives across the nation and here in Seattle.

We extend our gratitude to those who have been calling for justice, including many members of the 43rd Democrats, and encourage you to
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HRC makes endorsements to expand the pro-equality majority in Congress
WASHINGTON, DC (June 3, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced the endorsement of several candidates seeking to expand the pro-equality majority in the US House of Representatives.

The full list of endorseme
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Federal court warns Idaho against disobedience of injunction barring anti-Transgender discrimination
BOISE, ID (June 1, 2020) - The federal district court in Idaho today warned Idaho state officials that its permanent injunction issued in 2018 continues to apply and bars them from categorically preventing transgender people born in Idaho from correcting the gender markers on their birth certificates to match their gender identity. While the c more
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National AIDS Memorial to award 10 scholarships to support students pursuing careers and community work in the fight against HIV/AIDS
SAN FRANCISCO (May 28, 2020) - The National AIDS Memorial is now accepting applications for the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, which will award 10 financial scholarships for the fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters to eligible students who complete the application requirements by July 20, 2020.

The scholarship is named in
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LGBTQ+ candidate Colton Myers for WA State Legislature
Good afternoon,

I hope that you are staying safe, and healthy during this time. I was hoping to reach out to introduce myself, discuss my campaign for the [Washington] State Legislature in this cycle. My name is Colton Myers, and I am the sole Democratic candidate running in the 35th LD (my home district, which encompasses al
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Allied Arts Foundation announces 2020 Artist Award in Poetry
Hello Seattle Gay News: Spread the word! Allied Arts Foundation announces our 2020 Artist Awards in Poetry, a new grant opportunity for writers in Washington state with 8 awards from $1,000 to $5,000. Open to submission now through June 15, 2020.

WHO: Allied Arts Foundation

WHAT: $15,000 i
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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, musician
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Statement from Pride At Work: We remember and continue to fight
SEATTLE (June 1, 2020) - Today is the start of Pride month. Fifty-one years ago, the Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in Greenwich Village in New York City, it was the breaking point after years of raids, harassment, and violenc more
Tidal Artist Haven Pride Month spectacular kicks off June 13th!
Tidal Artist Haven (TAH), the artist cooperative in North Seattle, is adapting our programming to bring virtual events to celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride this June. Everyone will be welcome to participate in these events, but part of TAH's mission is to center the experiences of artists who are people of color, disabled people, and/or members of th more
Northwest Film Forum - BLACK LIVES MATTER
All June screening proceeds to support the cause

Dear Northwest Film Forum Community,

From the time they were forcibly brought to the Americas hundreds of years ago, Black Americans have expressed - using offerings of art, philosophy, story, song and dance - the struggles they have endured within a soc
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Seattle's LGBTQIA+ organizations join forces to present "Together for Pride"
Three-day virtual Pride event promises to be a weekend of solidarity, June 26-28

Seattle's LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is going virtual with three days (June 26-28) of speakers, performances and activities courtesy of Gender Justice League, PrideFest, and Seattle Pride.

The three organizations, producers of Seatt
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Whim W'Him postpones June 4 "Dance and Tell" event
Dear friends & supporters,

We've made the decision to postpone our virtual event, "Dance and Tell," which was scheduled for Thursday, June 4. In this time of national trauma, when racial injustices have been made so clear, it feels wrong for us to move ahead with this event. This is not the moment to focus on Whim W'Him.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Letter from Rep. Pramila Jayapal

To the Editor:

I want to share something that's been on my mind, and I'm sure it's been on your mind too.

Four days ago, a white police officer put his knee on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man. That police officer pressed the life out of George Fl
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MMAA expresses deep concern over Trump's threat to use active duty troops against American citizens
WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2020) - Today, the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA), the nation's largest nonprofit organization for the LGBTQ military and veteran community, released the following statement expressing deep concern over Donald Trump's threat to use active-duty military troops against American citizens:

"Do
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AHF unveils new national #StandAgainstHate campaign
WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and its Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), an affinity group of the AHF, today announced the relaunching of the empowering #StandAgainstHate campaign, a national advocacy, awareness, and action campaign intended to take on and challenge the racism, hatred, poli more
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House Judiciary Committee Democrats demand DOJ open investigations of recent murders, pledge additional oversight and legislation
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2020) - Yesterday, in response to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, House Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding prompt action, including the opening of pattern and practice investigations of police misconduct. The letter calls for th more
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NBJC statement mourning the tragic death of Tony McDade by police
WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2020) - In response to news that Tony McDade, a Black transgender man, was murdered in Tallahassee, FL, yesterday by police, David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement:

"Adequate words do not exist to describe the weight of the pain that a
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AHF slams Trump administration for abandoning World Health Organization during pandemic
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) sharply criticized the Trump administration for its announcement earlier today that it is withdrawing US membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) after cutting hundreds of millions in funding to the global organization in recent weeks.

Despite the fac
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Rep. Smith condemns Trump's destructive executive order distorting the First Amendment
WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement today after President Trump signed an executive order targeting legal protections for social media companies:

"This executive order distorts the concept of free speech in a blatant attempt to coerce social media companies into moderating
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