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posted Friday, December 11, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 50

Seattle teen named as Youth Ambassador for Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign announced on Monday, December 7, that Ve'ondre Mitchell (she/her) from Seattle, Washington has been named a member of the 2021 class of HRC Foundation Youth Ambassadors, joining nine other LGBTQ advocates across the country. HRC Foundation Youth Ambassadors serve two-year terms, and this is Ve'ondre's first year.

"This program is designed to a
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Mayor Jenny Durkan: I've had enough!
Won't run for reelection

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Embattled Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on December 7 that she will not run for re-election in 2021.

In a video announcing her decision, Durkan said she wanted to focus on getting Seattle through the COVID-19 pandemic rather t
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Is Mayor Pete going to China?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

President-elect Joe Biden is considering a high-profile ambassadorship for Pete Buttigieg, possibly sending him to China, according to a new report on the Axios website.

Buttigieg himself was said to be lobbying the Biden transition team for the United Nations ambassadorship, a po
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Sir Elton John and David Furnish join line-up saluting HIV/AIDS survivors Dec. 16
by Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease blog

My friends,

My T-cells might have doubled at this news. Sir Elton John and David Furnish have delivered a special video message for "Mark S. King's 60th Birthday Bash" saluting long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, joining Greg Louganis, Javier Munoz, and dozens of long
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A true story based on an untrue story
by Tom Orr - SGN Contributing Writer

I'm going to keep this short, as the lyric I wrote for my Holiday Spectacular Jingle Bell Jock! several years ago does most of the heavy lifting here. It was 2009 and I had the chance to put on the Christmas show of my dreams, as if Andy Williams, Judy Garland and Tom of Finla
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Need help finding work? Free job-search service by local libraries expands partnership and coverage
SEATTLE (December 7, 2020) - To help the region's workers recover from job loss and unemployment, the Seattle area's library systems have banded together to offer one-on-one help with job searches, job skills, technology help and more.

Your Next Job (spl.org/YourNextJob) is a free job search service started in July 2020 by the Seat
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KCLS named five-star library by Library Journal
ISSAQUAH, WA (December 9, 2020) - The King County Library System (KCLS) received a five-star library rating from Library Journal (LJ) in its 13th annual review of US public libraries. KCLS is one of five libraries in its category to receive five stars from the LJ Index of Public Library Services. Out of the 5,608 public libraries that LJ review more
Seattle Human Rights Commission recognizes 2020 Human Rights Day Award winners
SEATTLE (December 8, 2020) - Across the globe, Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10, because on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - the first global articulation of human rights.

On July 22, 1963, twenty-two activists from ages 13 to 22 occ
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Northwest Youth Corps program empowers LGBTQ teens to celebrate their identities while gaining life and job skills serving at local National Parks
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Seattle Gay News received the following press release on Friday evening, October 9, 2020. In scanning our incoming email the following week, we inadvertently overlooked it. Fortunately, we came across it this past weekend and are pleased to now publish this story of Northwest Youth Corps and their work with LGBTQ teens.]< more
The Corps Network's 2020 Project of the Year: Rainbow Conservation Crew, Northwest Youth Corps (OR, WA)
"At The Corps Network's annual National Conference in Washington, DC, we celebrate the important service Corps provide to communities and young people across the country by honoring Corps who have taken on especially noteworthy endeavors within the past year. Projects of the Year are innovative and show a Corps' ability to work with partner org more
NBJC mourns the death of Skylar Heath
WASHINGTON, DC (December 2 2020) - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourns the death of Skylar Heath.

Skylar Heath, a 20-year-old Black transgender woman, was killed in Miami, Florida, on November 4, 2020, from a reported gunshot wound. There has been a gap in the timing concerning reports of her death because of una
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HRC calls on Senate to reject US Court of Federal Claims nominee Stephen Schwartz
WASHINGTON, DC (December 8, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, called on the US Senate to oppose the nomination of Stephen Schwartz to the US Court of Federal Claims.

"Schwartz has made his career by actively wo
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Supreme Court again rejects challenge to Trans-affirming school policies
WASHINGTON, DC (December 7, 2020) - The Supreme Court today declined to hear Parents for Privacy v. William P. Barr et al., allowing school districts to continue to affirm transgender students by allowing them to use the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers.

In 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Or
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New federal contractors' rule creates "essentially limitless" religious exemption
WASHINGTON, DC (December 7, 2020) - The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today issued a final rule that dramatically expands the ability of federal contractors to claim religious exemptions from federal nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Lambda Legal Director more
SLAA New Beginnings 12 Step Program continues online in Seattle
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a 12 Step Program in the tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous. SLAA New Beginnings is a Seattle-based self-help group dedicated to our own recovery and sobriety which has meetings every day of the year at noon PST. Our members come together to address an obsessive/compulsive pattern - either sexual or emotional ( more

HRC and Tent Partnership for Refugees join forces with more than 20 global businesses to support over 1,000 refugees in North America
NEW YORK (December 8, 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, and the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a network of over 130 major companies committed to integrating refugees, have joined forces to mobi more
Music of Remembrance launches "Stormy Seas" on Dec. 13
MOR continues its virtual concert season with "Stormy Seas", featuring a world premiere about child boat refugees and a musical tribute to Ladino heritage

On Sunday, December 13, Music of Remembrance (MOR) continues its season of all-new virtual concerts with its second program, "Stormy Seas". The concert will be availab
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Showtunes Theatre Company showcases local favorites Billie Wildrick & Cayman Ilika in special musical theatre concert event
On November 13, 2020, two of the Pacific Northwest's premier leading ladies joined together - at an appropriate social distance - to create a special evening of musical theatre magic and a one-of-a-kind live streaming concert event experience, TOUCHING VOICES: Billie Wildrick and Cayman Ilika. With the guiding hand of Musical Director and ne more
Rainbow City Concert Band presents "The Duke's Swing-Along Nutcracker" Dec. 20 at 2pm
As part of the Rainbow City Performing Arts' (RCPA) 2020-2021 season entitled Rainbow Connections, RCPA presents "The Duke's Swing-Along Nutcracker." RCPA tips its hat to sister band, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, who first performed the inclusive and engaging "Dance-Along Nutcracker" concert back in the 80's! RCPA invites its fr more
Cyndi Lauper announces 10th annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert
NEW YORK (December 7, 2020) - Cyndi Lauper - the Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning icon and advocate - has announced that her 10th annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert will premiere on Friday, December 11 exclusively on her TikTok at 8 p.m. EST, with an additional stream Sunday, December 13 on Lauper's YouTube and Facebook handles at 8 more
American Ballet Theatre presents Touché first-ever male pas de deux
The ability to see oneself on screen has never been more important than today. Touché, meaning "touched" in French, is American Ballet Theatre's first-ever male pas de deux and reflects our universal desire to connect with each other.

Touché brings to the stage an important love story of two male dancers navigating lust and inti
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Streaming A Non-Holiday Holiday Event Dec. 21
WHO: West of Lenin & B-Sides

WHAT: 'Christmas B-Sides & Rarities' Live-Streaming

WHEN: Monday, December 21st, 2020 @ 7:00pm PST

WHY: To celebrate the dark and bluesy side of the holidays

STREAM LINK: https://bit.ly/2L6jPa4

TICKETS: Pay-What-Yo
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2020 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival Walking Tour Dec. 12 - Jan. 10
Award-winning films from the 2020 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival, a community-centered film festival in the Duwamish Valley, will be playing on monitors strategically located outside of several Georgetown businesses as part of a COVID-friendly walking tour kicking off on December 12th. Individuals and small groups (from the same household) can more
Holiday season an ideal time for a refresher on proper lifting
LAKE CITY, WA (December 9, 2020) - From digging out boxes of holiday decor and hauling packages to and from the home, to hiding gifts away on higher shelves at the back of your closet, the holiday season requires its fair share of bending, lifting, and reaching.

This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December an ideal time
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Friday Harbor Film Festival presents The Director Series
Documentary films on-demand and on-line at fhff.org

The Director Series presents Benjamin Ree's The Painter and the Thief, now playing on-demand at fhff.org through Sunday, December 13. A scheduled livestream filmmaker Q&A session will follow. Audience members are welcome to participate. The cost to view this film is $5.95.
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Immaculately composed Mank a frustratingly empty disappointment
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

MANK
Netflix


There are several things to like, maybe even love, about David Fincher's spunky Hollywood golden age historical reinvention Mank. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' inspired score. Donald Graham Burt's (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) superla
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Frameline Voices announces lineup, new platform partners, and renewed mission
SAN FRANCISCO (December 7, 2020) - Today, Frameline Distribution - the world's only non-profit LGBTQ+ film distributor, serving cinemas, broadcasters, over the top platforms, educational institutions, film festivals, and the LGBTQ+ community at large - announced the acquisition of four new films as part the signature short film distribution pr more



 

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