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posted Friday, July 24, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 30


HRC remembers civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis
WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the tragic news that US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has passed away at the age of 80.

"Rep. John Lewis is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more
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An Open Letter to Gay Men on COVID-19 from 205 Gay Physicians
by Gay Physicians 5 - Courtesy of Towleroad

To our fellow gay men,

It's time we reach out to you.

In recent months, we have watched our friends and families repost on social media "news" articles, YouTube videos, questionable websites and other sources on the topic of the Novel Coronavirus 20
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The Senate must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to honor John Lewis
To the Editor:

As a longtime organizer and activist, I've been arrested for civil disobedience - something for which I have taken inspiration and guidance from the late Congressman John Lewis. Our job as activists and organizers, regardless of where we sit, is to push the boundaries of what is seen as possible. That's why we
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AHF mourns passing of "good friend" Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon
WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today sadly mourns the death of US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an icon in the civil rights movement. His family announced his passing in a statement Friday evening, noting that Rep. Lewis was "...honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American more
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JCPA mourns death of Rep. John Lewis: a true American hero
(July 18, 2020) - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) mourns the death of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, who died from cancer. He was a true hero and beacon of hope. He will be sorely missed.

The JCPA and the Jewish Community Relations Council in Atlanta worked closely with Rep. Lewis for decades in advancing civil
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GLAD mourns the passing of congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis
BOSTON (July 18, 2020) - GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Executive Director Janson Wu issued the following statement on the passing Friday of Rep. John Lewis:

"GLAD joins the nation today in mourning the loss of congressman, American visionary, and civil rights leader John Lewis.

"As a young organizer in
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Rep. Smith statement on the passing of John Lewis
WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement on the passing of Rep. John Lewis:

"America mourns the loss of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon whose moral compass and courage have not wavered, from Selma to the halls of Congress.

"As America reaches another pivo
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Lambda Legal mourns the passing of civil rights icon John Lewis
NEW YORK (July 18, 2020) - Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO, made the following statement:

"Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of John Lewis, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Lewis' enormous contribution
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NMAC celebrates the life of Rep. John Lewis
(July 18, 2020) - The following is a statement from NMAC on the passing of Rep. John Lewis: "In one of his last interviews, Rep. Lewis stated 'you cannot stop the call of history," said NMAC executive director Paul Kawata. "'You may use troopers. You may use fire hoses and water, but it cannot be stopped. There cannot be any turning back. more
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Kitsap Pride 2020
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Feds intervened in Seattle, agency confirms
Trump assigns task force to "protect monuments"

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Portland is not the only city where armed federal agents have intervened. The federal Customs and Border Protection Agency confirmed in an email to Crosscut newsletter that its agents had been assigned to Seattle for the J
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Top cop may have committed election fraud
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle Police officer Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG), may have committed election fraud, according to an investigative report by Carolyn Bick in the South Seattle Emerald.

Solan is registered to vote in Seattle at the address of the South
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Friends of Waterfront Seattle and the Office of the Waterfront & Civic Projects announce artist-in-residency selection and summer launch of $100,000 call for artists
SEATTLE (July 20, 2020) - Friends of Waterfront Seattle (Friends) and the City of Seattle's Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects (OWCP) have selected their Future Forward artist-in-residence: Takiyah Ward. Born and raised in Seattle, Ward is artistically known as T-DUB Customs.

Launched as a rapid-response plan to provid
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ACLU in court to block Idaho law attacking Trans student athletes
NEW YORK (July 21, 2020) - Transgender athletes have been participating in sports, including on the teams that match their gender identity, for decades. In recent years, anti-trans activists have largely given up on battles over restrooms and are instead attacking transgender student athletes.

Here is an overview of the current
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HRC releases report recognizing major employers in Chile committed to LGBT inclusion in the workplace
See below for Spanish

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, [released] its second annual "HRC Equidad Chile: Global Workplace Equality Program," the lea
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Stonewall National Museum & Archives presents in person and online exhibit on "BLK - The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine"
The Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale FL is currently presenting an exhibition on the national publication "BLK - The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine".

Founded in 1988, BLK sought "first and foremost," to be the monthly magazine that "covered the African-American lesbian and gay communities in the U
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Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh current online activity and possible future in-person performances
http://seattlebutoh-laage.com/little-dances-for-you/

http://seattlebutoh-laage.com/roostercrows-essays/

Greetings:

Hope you are doing well...as can be expected...no, better than that What strange times we live in and I as a performing artist (and teacher) in an ethereal art is feeling e
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CORRECTION: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents a livestreamed concert from Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, July 30 at 8pm
The headline on this announcement last week misstated the date of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's upcoming livestreamed concert.

The correct date is Thursday, July 30 at 8pm - not June 30 as the headline incorrectly stated last week - https://www.srjo.org/livestreams.
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Northwest Film Forum: IN MEMORIAM - John Lewis
July 3-31
John Lewis: Good Trouble [Online]
(Dawn Porter, US, 2020, 96 min)
Features a pre-recorded discussion between Rep. Lewis and Oprah Winfrey


John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis' 60+ years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health
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"After Forever" awarded 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Writing Team in a Digital Series
(July 21, 2020) - Sunday night at the streamed virtual Digital Series Emmy ceremony, season two of "After Forever" was the recipient of the Emmy for Outstanding Writing Team in a Digital Series. This is the second year in a row that co-creators Michael Slade and Kevin Spirtas and writer Michael Slade walked off with the award.

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HRC responds to Trump administration decision to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional redistricting
WASHINGTON, DC (July 21, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the Trump administration's decision to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when US congressional lines are redrawn following the 2020 Census. more
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Trump administration targets Trans women
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Earlier this month, Donald Trump's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new rules for homeless shelters receiving federal money. The Trump rules that reversed the Obama-era Equal Access Rule that required shelters to house Transgender people according to their gender ident
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HRC: HUD proposal to gut Equal Access Rule puts Transgender lives at risk
WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, denounced a proposal by the Trump-Pence administration's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would drastically undermine protections for transgender a more
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HUD aims to reverse protections for homeless transgender people accessing shelters
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released a proposed rule that aims to revise the Equal Access Rule, which requires HUD-funded housing services to be provided without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The new rule, if finalized, would allow homeless shelters to deny transgender people a more
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Military could reverse Transgender ban in under 30 days, says new policy memo
SAN FRANCISCO (July 22, 2020) - On the eve of the July 26 three-year anniversary of tweets announcing that transgender troops would be banned from the military, the Palm Center today released a policy memo explaining that the ban can be easily reversed in under thirty days. The memo was authored by retired Rear Admiral Alan Steinman, MD, the more
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Sudan lifts death penalty and flogging for gay sex Punishments changed to jail sentences
by Zoe Tidman - The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/
news/world/africa/gay-sex-sudan
-death-penalty-flogging-lifted-prison
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Sudan has lifted the death penalty and flogging for gay sex in a move hailed as a "great first step" by activists.

Under the o
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