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posted Friday, July 17, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 29


Durkan Digest: Initial actions to transform the Seattle Police Department and reimagine community safety
SEATTLE (July 13, 2020) - In recent weeks, [Seattle Police Department (SPD)] Chief Carmen Best and I [Mayor Durkan] have taken a hard look at the Seattle Police Department's budget and made a series of changes to policing. We believe we can build a new model for community safety in Seattle by reimagining our approach to policing and investing deeply in community.

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Retired out volleyball coach James Finley hopeful for LGBTQ advancement in college sports
by Brian C. Bell - Outsports

Finley retired in December after leading Seattle University's women's volleyball program for seven seasons, capping off a 21-year collegiate coaching career

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Durkan asks judge to reconsider certifying recall petition
Police misconduct not my fault, Durkan says by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Attorneys for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan filed a motion July 15, asking King County Judge Mary Roberts to reconsider her decision to certify a recall petition against the mayor.

Roberts ruled on July 10 that one of the orig
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White House press secretary falsely claims Trump administration has "a great record" when it comes to the LGBTQ community; GLAAD counts at least 153 attacks by administration to roll back LGBTQ rights
NEW YORK (July 13, 2020) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, [has responded] to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's many false claims made today during the White House press briefing, the most egregious being that the administration has "a great record" wit more
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IN MEMORIAM: Robert John Parker
June 15, 1955 - May 2, 2020

Neah Bay resident Robert John Parker (aka "Greta") who frequented the Crescent Tavern passed away at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles on May 2, 2020. He was from the Makah Tribe. He did not want a memorial service. He was 64. Arrangements by Drennan and Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles.
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RESOURCES for LGBTQ+ youth

RESOURCES for LGBTQ+ youth
Online communities, paired with mental health and counseling resources, are just a click away

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5 Questions with Jeanne Córdova Prize Winner Leah Lakshmi
by Brian Gentes
Lambda Literary
Awards Manager


The Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, awarded in memory of the beloved activist and author, honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction authors committed to capturing the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer
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Cops endorse Trump
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has endorsed Donald Trump for President.

In a July 15 statement, the group - an umbrella organization for police unions and benefits associations - praised Trump's "steadfast and very public support" for police officers. more
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HRC on McEnany and Trump's LGBTQ record
WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2020) - In response to today's exchange during the White House briefing where Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke about President Trump's record on LGBTQ issues, Lucas Acosta, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, issued the following statement:

"Kayleigh McEnany is living in a delu
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HRC breaks with Susan Collins, endorses opponent
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The HRC has broken with Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins for the first time in its history, endorsing her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon.

The endorsement was announced July 15, one day after Gideon won the Maine Democratic primary.

"We are fighting for our
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HRC, members, and supporters submit comments against Trump's proposed rule that would effectively end asylum claims, disproportionately harm LGBTQ asylum seekers
WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, denounced a proposed rule by the Trump-Pence administration's Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice that would sharply restrict how asylum is grante more
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LGBTQ elected officials increased by 21% in past year; new report shows 843 LGBTQ elected officials serve nationwide
WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2020) - There are 843 known* openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States - a 21% increase in the past year - according to LGBTQ Victory Institute's Out for America 2020 digital report, which was released today. The increase is attributable to the growing number of LGBTQ people running for office, an increase i more
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HRC Foundation announces first year of ACTIVATE Professional Development Program for Transgender & nonbinary Black, Latinx people
WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 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, announced the first year of ACTIVATE, a fellowship program that is aimed at advancing the professional development of trans, nonbinary, an more
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GLAAD's 2020 Studio Responsibility Index: Highest recorded percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive films, but racial diversity drops and zero Transgender characters appear
LOS ANGELES (July 16, 2020) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its eighth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ characters in films released by the eight film studios that had the highest theatrical grosses from films released in t more
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5 Questions with Publishing Professional Award Winner Brian Lam [May 27, 2020]
by Brian Gentes Lambda Literary Awards Manager

Lambda Literarys Publishing Professional Award honors a distinguished individual in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community whose innovative work in the publishing industry promotes and promulgates LGBTQ literature.

2020 Publishing Profession
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Vandal spreads racist messages across International District Black Lives Matter murals
Franklin students fear for their safety, receive community support

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Students at Franklin High School in Seattle learned a valuable lesson about hate and perseverance after their mural, one of several in the International District painted as part of the "The Mural Project"
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Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents a livestreamed concert from Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, July 30 at 8pm
Saxophonist Michael Brockman, co-artistic director of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, leads a small ensemble (the SRJO "Smalltet") of all-stars drawn from the larger SRJO in a livestreamed concert from the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, July 30th at 8pm. The performance is a tribute to Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, two jazz titans wh more
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Compelling conversations on OutRight TV
In April, OutRight Action International [https://outrightinternational.org/] launched a new initiative - OutRight TV - a video and podcast series bringing to light stories of LGBTIQ people, activists, and allies from across the globe. We thought that especially in the midst of a pandemic, we should connect with each other, hear each other's sto more
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Lynn Shelton "Of a Certain Age" grant launches in 2020, will benefit women and nonbinary filmmakers age 39+
SEATTLE (July 14, 2020) - To honor the legacy of beloved filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Seattle's Northwest Film Forum, alongside Duplass Brothers Productions, is launching the Lynn Shelton "Of a Certain Age" grant. The $25,000 unrestricted cash grant will be awarded each year to a US-based woman or nonbinary filmmaker, age 39 or older, who has yet to more
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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha wins the Lambda Literary 2020 Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction
Lambda Literary is pleased to announce that Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha has been named the winner of the 2020 Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction.

The award, given in memory of the beloved activist and author Jeanne Córdova, honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction author
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Jericho Brown, Jane Wagner, and Brian Lam honored with 2020 Lambda Literary Awards
by Brian Gentes - Lambda Literary
Awards Manager

Jericho Brown - Trustee Award [May 27, 2020]
Jericho Brown is the 2020 recipient of Lambda Literary's Trustee Award, given annually to an extraordinary individual who has broken new ground in the field of LGBTQ literature and culture. In his Pulitzer Prize-wi
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