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posted Friday, December 25, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 52

GSBA President & CEO Louise Chernin - community activist and community leader extraordinaire - retiring after 28 years of service
GSBA Weekly Update

by Louise Chernin - GSBA President & CEO

Words from 2020 I never want to hear again: pivot, pandemic, and social-distancing. But one word that never gets old is community. Forty years ago, it was the small LGBTQ business community that launched GSBA and today it is this same community that is buying those gift cards, doing cu
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Judge halts implementation of ban on speech about systemic racism, sexism, and implicit bias
SAN FRANCISCO (December 23, 2020) - Last night, US District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings or engaging in grant-funded work that explicitl more
Trump eats his own
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In his final days in the White House, Donald Trump is turning on once-faithful allies and staff, according to a new report from Axios.

Sources identified as "top White House officials" told the newsmagazine that Trump is bitterly critical of "anyone who refuses to indulge conspi
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OP-ED: The time for a fully inclusive military is now
Statement from PFLAG National Executive Director Brian K. Bond on 10th anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

WASHINGTON(D.C.) (December 18, 2020) - On Dec. 22, 2010 then President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the military policy known as "Don't Ask Don't Tell," which banned service of lesbian, gay, and
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MARK MY WORDS: Mayor Pete will make a great Secretary of Transportation
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

In my October Q & A with candidate Joe Biden, I asked whether he would put LGBT people in his cabinet. His answer was "I'll nominate and appoint federal officials and judges that represent the diversity of America, including LGBTQ+ individuals."

That wording is important since n
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The Trump family's last grift
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Trump reelection campaign amassed an astonishing $1.26 billion in contributions, but half of it was siphoned off by a phony campaign company and ended up in the pockets of Trump family members.

The so-called "shell company" was incorporated by Jared Kushner in 2018. Named Am
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Miguel Cardona, Joe Biden's intriguing choice for education secretary, offers promise
WASHINGTON, DC (December 22, 2020) - Jeanne Allen, the founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform (CER), a national leader in the fight to achieve educational excellence in the United States, today issued the following statement about President-elect Biden's decision to nominate Miguel Cardona as US Secretary of Education:

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HRC's Transgender Justice Initiative announces new small grants program
WASHINGTON, DC (December 18, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced the launch of a new small grants program as a part of the organization's Transgender Justice Initiative (TJI). The program more
Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe, and Candace Parker join nearly 200 athletes supporting Trans youth participation in sports
SAN FRANCISCO (December 21, 2020) - Today, sports icon Billie Jean King, US National Women's Soccer Team co-captain and World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, and WNBA trailblazer and legend Candace Parker joined nearly 200 fellow athletes in women's sports to support providing girls and women who are transgender the equal opportunity to participa more
Women's and civil rights groups, athletes, coaches, corporations, and legal and medical experts tell federal appeals court to strike down Idaho anti-Trans law
BOISE, Idaho (December 21, 2020) - Hundreds of athletes, coaches, and businesses, as well as civil rights, legal, and medical experts, submitted friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today in Hecox v. Little.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Lindsay Hecox, a student at Boise State University who i
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Trans students in Idaho fight for rights guaranteed them by the US Constitution and federal law
WASHINGTON, DC (December 21, 2020) - The rights of transgender student-athletes must be protected from sexual discrimination, harmful legal targeting, and sexual assault, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Women's Law Center, and attorneys from Hogan Lovells and 60 other organizations argued today in an amicus brie more
Sen. Murray negotiates wins to make college affordable and accessible to more students
WASHINGTON, DC (December 20, 2020) - Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Education Committee, negotiated wins in a bipartisan, bicameral higher education proposal that will be included in the must-pass year-end spending bill to make college more affordable and accessible to more students. Sen. Murray successfully fought to more
44 civil rights organizations call on EEOC to withdraw proposed update undermining non-discrimination protections
WASHINGTON (D.C.) (December 18, 2020) - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Human Rights Campaign, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Women's Law Center submitted a comment [https://civilrights.org/resource/rin-3046-za01-comment-in-response-to-eeocs-proposed-updated-compliance-manual-on-religi more
Poor People's Campaign tells Biden team: Nation's healing begins by lifting from the bottom up
(December 18, 2020) - Poor and low-income people met Thursday with the top leaders of the domestic policy team of the Biden-Harris administration, putting forth powerful policies for the first 100 days of the new president and vice president.

More than 30 leaders of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Reviva
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AHF to HRSA: Reject Kalderos' plan to hurt 340B drug discount program
WASHINGTON, DC (December 21, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) sounded the alarm today at reports that drug companies - through their vendor Kalderos - are moving forward with plans to undermine the 340B drug program - to the harm of safety net providers, who are already struggling to maintain services to their populations in the mi more

AHF milestone: 1.5 million lives now in care!
LOS ANGELES (December 22, 2020) - The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, which now operates in 45 countries, is privileged to announce that it has reached a remarkable new milestone in its history: as of December 1 - World AIDS Day - the AHF now provides lifesaving HIV/AIDS medical care and services to 1. more
ArtsWA and Dept. of Commerce announce investment of $3.405 million in relief grants
OLYMPIA (December 21, 2020) - Nearly 390 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving 32 Washington counties received funding in recent rounds of CARES Act funding in Washington State. The state's creative economy supports more than 17,600 arts and culture-related businesses and more than 305,000 jobs.

Administered by the W
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Taproot Theatre co-founders Scott & Pam Nolte retire after 44 years of leadership
SEATTLE (December 21, 2020) - The first act for Taproot Theatre Company is coming to a close: Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte is retiring from his position after co-founding Taproot with his wife Pam over 44 years ago. The first press Taproot ever received in one of Seattle's major papers couldn't have said it better: "Six young peop more
Christmas in quarantine makes for an array of yuletide sugarplums and surprises
by Tom Orr - SGN Contributing Writer

While living in lockdown or being cloistered in quarantine for some has been boring or frustrating at best, and depressing, demoralizing and nightmarish at worst, there are those resourceful souls who have actually thrived creatively during this period of social distancing restrictions and
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Ernest who? Drag queens really DO save Christmas in The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special
by Tom Orr - SGN Contributing Writer

THE JINKX & DELA HOLIDAY SPECIAL
On Demand Vimeo and HULU
Thru January 3


One late summer day in 2019, I was strolling down 15th Ave. atop Capitol Hill. As I passed the mini mansion known as The Gaslight Inn, something sparkly caught my eye through
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Western News of the World a hopeful tale of emotional rebirth
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

NEWS OF THE WORLD
Theaters / PVOD on 1/15/2021
(Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Xfinity, etc.)


Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) travels from one secluded Texas town to the next to read the news. It's been five years since the end of the Ci
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Pixar's Soul a jazzy piece of empathetic whimsy
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

SOUL
STREAMING ON DISNEY+


Pixar's Soul has a lot on its mind. Inside Out and Monsters, Inc. impresario Pete Docter has delivered a meditative animated comedy centered upon complex, whimsically multidimensional ideas that frequently caught me by surprise.
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Messy Wonder Woman sequel lassos hope
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

WONDER WOMAN 1984
Theaters / HBO Max


Whether one cared for the film or not, you can't diminish the cultural impact director Patty Jenkins' 2017 smash Wonder Woman had upon the moviegoing populace. In the time since its original release, the picture has o
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Emotionally astute disaster epic Greenland enjoyably ridiculous
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

GREENLAND
PVOD (Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Xfinity, etc.)


If Roland Emmerich's outlandishly overblown 2009 hit 2012 and Roar Uthaug's 2015 critical darling The Wave got together and had a baby, it would probably look a lot like Ric Roman Waugh's
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SMC's Holiday Special a virtual smorgasbord of treats
An interview with SMC's & SWC's Paul Caldwell

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2020
WITH NINA WEST
(through December 31)


https://www.seattlechoruses.org/
attend/concerts-events/holidayspecial/

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