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posted Friday, October 2, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 40

BLM: Week of unrest on Capitol Hill as police and protesters clash
"It has been nothing short of astonishing to watch Seattle's historic 'Gayborhood' mutate into an epicenter of police brutality" - Capitol Hill resident Serena Barr

by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

It has been a week of unrest on Capitol Hill in Seattle since the Louisville, Kentucky grand jury decision in the police-involved shooting death of
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Proud Boys pledge allegiance to Trump after debate debacle
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Proud Boys, a right-wing, all-male extremist group, pledged its loyalty to Donald Trump after the president's off-the-wall debate performance on September 29.

When called on by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and debate moderator Chris Wallace to denounce white nationalist g
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Peaceful protesters sue City of Seattle and State of Washington in civil rights case
SGN staff writer Renee Raketty expected to join landmark suit

The SKKM Firm filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle and State of Washington on behalf of peaceful protesters in Seattle on Friday, September 25th. All of the plaintiffs are cloaked within the power of the Washington State Constitution to engage in Freedo
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Thank you, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Louise Chernin - GSBA President & CEO

September 28, 2020

Thank you. To the very honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I thank you for literally giving your last breath to your life's commitment to achieve equality under the law. Thank you for making it possible for our daughters and all our children, to have
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Overeaters Anonymous now hosting virtual 12-step meetings
Is compulsive eating a problem for you? Has staying at home made it worse?

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step group patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. And Overeaters Anonymous has now gone virtual.

Meetings are free and newcomers are welcome. To join, one only needs a desire to stop eating compulsively.

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JESSE'S JOURNAL: Ghosts, space aliens and monsters
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

Anyone familiar with cable television programs knows that Americans love the occult. Series like "Ancient Aliens", "Finding Bigfoot", "Haunted History," "MonsterQuest" and "Most Terrifying Places in America" are more popular than shows about Adolf Hitler, real housewives or tiger ki
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Mayor Durkan delivers 2021 budget speech
SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) - Earlier today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan delivered her annual budget address and transmitted her 2021 proposed budget to the City Council.

The mayor outlined her priorities and investments in the 2021 proposed budget amidst a historic moment for the city. The mayor's goal with the 2021 proposed budg
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Durkan Digest: Investing $100 million in a community-led equitable initiative
SEATTLE (September 26, 2020) - We are living in unprecedented times: a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a civil rights reckoning ignited by the murder of George Floyd. All have shown the undeniable and devastating impacts that systemic racial inequities have had on Black and Brown communities for generations. The disparities are reflected acr more
KC Councilmember Upthegrove fights for immigrant businesses with motion to stop discrimination in banking
SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) - The King County Council on Tuesday passed a motion reaffirming the council's support of those small businesses that help immigrant communities send money to loved ones overseas.

The motion, sponsored by Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, calls on the Washington State Senate Financial Institutions, Eco
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Seattle Center skate plaza set to break ground with selection of construction lead
SEATTLE (September 25, 2020) - Seattle Center is moving forward on a new skate plaza, following the selection of Grindline Skateparks to undertake construction of the 18,000-square-foot facility. Construction prep began this month.

The skate plaza will occupy a span of public right-of-way, formerly Broad St., between 5th Ave. N
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Soraya Santiago, iconic Puerto Rican Trans activist, dies at 73
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Soraya Santiago, an icon in Puerto Rico's Transgender community has died, according to reports from AP. She was 73

. The news agency was contacted by Puerto Rican LGBTQ activist Pedro Julio Serrano.

According to her autobiography, Made by Hand: Gender Dysmorphia,
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HRC opposes Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC (September 25, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the nation, responded to reports that Amy Coney Barrett will be Trump's nominee to the United States Supreme Court.

"The last four years have been an assault on the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people a
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Rep. Jayapal on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court
SEATTLE (September 26, 2020) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States:

"Any individual nominated to a lifetime appointment on the
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Seattle Pride aims to grow LGBTQIA+ voter participation with new "Vote with Pride" campaign
Vote with Pride kicks off Sunday, Oct. 4 on Capitol Hill with free campaign sign giveaway

Seattle Pride [https://www.seattlepride.org/] is launching a new month-long Vote with Pride campaign in an effort to grow LGBTQIA+ voter registration and participation in the upcoming general election.

On Sunday, Oct.
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Rep. Smith joins Quiet Skies caucus leadership in demanding FAA go back to the drawing board on noise metrics report
WASHINGTON, DC (September 25, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) issued the following statement after joining congressional colleagues in pushing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to meaningfully reevaluate alternative metrics to the current 65 Day Night Level (DNL) standard:

"For years, communities across the nation have
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Rep. Jayapal's South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act passes the House of Representatives
SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) had her South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act pass the House of Representatives today. The bipartisan legislation will raise awareness about the alarming rate of heart disease in South Asian communities throughout the United States while investing in strategies to rever more
Crowley's Boys in the Band still has plenty to say
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

BOYS IN THE BAND
NOW PLAYING
ON NETFLIX


Do we need a 2020 version of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band? Does it still resonate, polarize, educate and shock a viewing audience the same way it did back in the late 1960s or like
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Seattle's MEN IN DANCE present Virtual Festival Celebration October 2-4 at 8pm
Seattle's MEN IN DANCE 2020, would like to announce its featured choreographers for its first-ever Virtual Festival Celebration, live-streaming October 2, 3 and 4 at 8 pm PDT! This program can be viewed by going to watch.menindance.org on the days of the event. There is no admission/ticket fee to participate in this live event, however donation more
From activism to joy, Lambda LitFest showcases the power of Black LGBTQ artistry October 5-9
A weeklong festival celebrating and defending Black LGBTQ Lives

New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA - 2020 has left us with the need to take action and bring joy into our lives, which is why the 4th annual Lambda Litfest has been transformed into a specially curated, virtual event celebrating Black LGBTQIA+ excellence and abun
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Virtual Friday Harbor Film Festival coming October 15-25
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA (September 24, 2020) - The Friday Harbor Film Festival is going virtual this year, featuring award-winning documentaries, short films, and student-made films, as well as daily livestreamed Q&As with filmmakers. All films will be available on demand for 10 days, October 15-25.

Q&As will be recorded for those wh
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Washington State History Museum reopens
TACOMA (September 24, 2020) - Your Washington State History Museum [reopened] on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, after having been closed since mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Inslee announced in August that museums in Phase 2 counties can reopen under specific guidelines.

"We are really looking forward to openi
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Washington State Historical Society presents "Contested Spaces: Power and Resistance in the Pacific Northwest," the 67th Pacific Northwest History Conference, October 20-23
TACOMA (September 25, 2020) - The Washington State Historical Society will convene the 67th Pacific Northwest History Conference virtually this year, taking place October 20-23, 2020. Historians, museum professionals, K-12 educators, archivists, historic preservationists, graduate students, and history enthusiasts will gather to explore the th more
Jack Mozie releases Spanish EP, Sin Poder Hacer Un Ruido on Oct. 9
Local queer artist and activist Jack Mozie's Sin Poder Hacer Un Ruido, a four-song EP about coming out, rejection, and self-acceptance, releases on October 9, 2020. Sin Poder Hacer Un Ruido (which translates into "Unable to Make a Noise") tells the shared story of struggle faced by Latinx queer people upon coming out. "This record shares some of my more
Seattle Public Library's 2019 Impact Report highlights digital circulation, community impact
SEATTLE (September 28, 2020) - The Seattle Public Library has released its "2019 Impact Report" [www.spl.org/about-us/library-impact/2019-impact-report], an annual accounting of the Library's performance and impact on the community through statistics, program updates, and patron stories.

"The Library's 2019 Impact Report is tes
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Seattle Public Library offers virtual arts programs for older adults in October
SEATTLE (September 29, 2020) - This fall, The Seattle Public Library and Silver Kite Community Arts have partnered to offering online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community. These opportunities provide stimulating and creative engagement opportunities, as well as social connection.

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Boo! Seattle Public Library's "Thrilling Tales" podcast to post haunted new episodes each week in October
SEATTLE (September 28, 2020) - Ready for thrills and chills? The Seattle Public Library will get you in the haunted spirit this October with "Virtual Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-Ups." Featuring vintage spooky stories expertly read by David Wright, reader services librarian, this library podcast series will post a new classic tale e more


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