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Interview with George Bakan
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posted Friday, July 10, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 28


Summer Taylor, rest in power
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Summer Taylor was killed in the early morning of July 4, at a Black Femme March on I-5. They were only 24. A driver, later identified as Dawit Kelete, plowed into the demonstrators as they were dancing the Cupid Shuffle on the roadway.

Diaz Love was also injured by Kelete's car. Both were taken to Harborview, whe
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Seattle Schools pass sweeping resolution to affirm LGBT students, staff and community
"The resolution will encourage departments, schools and staff to increase their efforts to affirm inclusion..."

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle School Board voted unanimously to enact a resolution "Affirming Inclusion of Our LGBTQIA+ Students, Staff and Community." The resolution would
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Seattle's "Together for Pride" virtual Pride weekend is heralded as big success
First-of-it's-kind three-day event brings LGBT community together amidst pandemic

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's "Together for Pride" virtual Pride weekend drew 3,300 average viewers per day over the three-day event, which included Trans Pride on Friday, PrideFest on Saturday and Seattle P
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Lambda Legal: Freedom of religion is not freedom to harm
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) - Today, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to approve the Trump administration's expansion of large employers' ability to largely ignore the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth-control insurance rule, which Congress enacted to increase equal treatment of women workers. The Obama administration's ru more
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Jesse's Journal: For the benefit of Mr. Kight (a new biography of Morris Kight)
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Morris Kight (1919-2003) in 1978. That year, Kight came to Miami to serve as Grand Marshal in the annual Pride Parade. Since the Pride Committee did not have money to entertain its guests, I ended up driving Kight, his Co-Grand Marshal Rev. Lucia Chappelle, and Pride Chair R
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Confederate memorial in Capitol Hill's Lake View Cemetery toppled
by Justin Carder - Capitol Hill Seattle blog

Ten tons of granite hewed from the Georgia mountain birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan has come tumbling down from the top of Seattle's Capitol Hill.

The controversial monument to Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in the middle of Capitol Hill's Lake View Cemetery w
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Seattle City Council passes progressive revenue bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle City Council approved Teresa Mosqueda's JumpStart tax bill on July 6. The proposal is expected to bring in an additional $214 million each year.

"Seattle residents have made it clear - now is not the time for government austerity or divisiveness," Mosqueda said in
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AHF: Stop the global AIDS drug stockouts!
WASHINGTON (July 6, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today called on governments, global health organizations, and pharmaceutical companies the world over to work together to swiftly overcome barriers and eliminate stockouts of lifesaving AIDS medicines, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed on the global coronavirus more
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Only 3% of sexually active Transgender people use PrEP
LOS ANGELES (July 9, 2020) - A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that only 3% of transgender adults in the US who are at high risk for HIV infection use Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). High risk for HIV transmission was defined in the study as those not living with HIV who had had sex with cisgender more
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8th Circuit revives lawsuit by health care sales specialist denied job because he is Gay
(July 6, 2020) - Today, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a lower court decision and revived a lawsuit by Mark Horton, a health care sales specialist whose job offer at St. Louis-based Midwest Geriatric Management (MGM) was withdrawn when the employer learned Horton is gay. The appeal was filed by Lambda Legal and co-counse more
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NCLR responds to Supreme Court decisions on religious employers and contraception under the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) - The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today that significantly change the relationship between freedom of religion and anti-discrimination protections.

In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Court ruled 7 to 2, in an opinion authored by Justice Alito, in favor o
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NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's response to Supreme Court's dangerous decision to attack birth control access
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) - The Supreme Court decided to allow the Trump administration to implement a rule that virtually allows any employer or university to declare itself exempt from the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, in Trump v. Pennsylvania.

In response, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's political director L
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George Bakan is honored by the US Congress

George Bakan is honored by the US Congress

US Congress In Memory of George Bakan

Letter from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

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Sen. Murray responds to Supreme Court ruling undermining access to birth control
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) - Today, US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania (Little Sisters of the Poor), which was announced this morning. The court ruled that empl more
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RE: Bostock v. Clayton County

To the editor:

With the U.S. Supreme Court decision, in Bostock v. Clayton County, the issue of the class sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, in federal civil rights laws, is hardly over. Next up is the inevitable court challenge that sex, under the
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HRC praises Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force platform recommendations
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2020) - Today, the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force submitted their platform recommendations to the DNC Platform Committee on issues related to climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration. In response, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David issued the followi more
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More than 50,000 viewers tune in for San Francisco Pride's official Pride 50 online celebration
SAN FRANCISCO (July 6, 2020) - As Pride month comes to a close, the board of directors of San Francisco Pride shared today that more than 50,000 viewers tuned in for the official Pride 50 online celebration [on] June 27-28, 2020. With concurrent live streams across two virtual stages, Pride 50 offered 26 hours of programming, which captivated more
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Larissa Lai wins the 2020 Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize
Lambda Literary is pleased to announce that Larissa Lai has been named the winner of the 2020 Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize.

The prize, which is dedicated to the memory of author and journalist Jim Duggins, honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation an
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Xandria Phillips and Calvin Gimpelevich win the 2020 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers
Lambda Literary is pleased to announce that Xandria Phillips and Calvin Gimpelevich have been named winners of the 2020 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

The award recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Each award includes a cash pri
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"Zoom bombing" plagues LGBT organizations, virtual safe spaces
Seattle's LGBT students, families and staff subjected to online attack, vile language ends virtual meeting

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Zoom and virtual meeting platforms have become a necessity in a COVID-19 reality because life doesn't stop - even in a global pandemic. I have several of these
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