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posted Friday, January 1, 2021 - Volume 49 Issue 01

GOFUNDME THANK YOU - A LETTER OF GRATITUDE SGN readers donate $15,705 in 2020
As 2020 comes to a close and we reflect on this difficult year, we pause to give thanks that despite the hardships we are still here. 2020, a year that none of us could have possibly predicted. 2020, four numbers that represent so much loss for so many people. It has been a liar, a cheat, and a deceiver through a horrific virus that has no discrimination. Although 2020 has left behind more
Will HIV-positive people get vaccine priority?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

While scientific opinion seems to say that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people living with HIV, it's not clear when vaccines will be available to that population.

If many HIV/AIDS advocates have their way, HIV-positive people - regardless of their degree of viral suppression - w
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2020: A year in review for Seattle's LGBTQIA+ community
by Renee Raketty - SGN Contributing Writer

2020. I'm eager to turn the page not because I believe all the hype that 2021 will make everything better for my community or myself, but because with the new year comes new hope.

Here, I reflect back on 2020. I don't intend to cover everything that happened and, clearly, I
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OP-ED: What if there's no place like home for the holidays?
by Tom Orr - SGN Contributing Writer

Oh, There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays! I'll Be Home For Christmas. Home Sweet Home.

From Homer's The Odyssey to Voltaire's Candide, from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to Steven Spielberg's E.T., the concept of Home - as an ideal destination, an insp
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"Am I a Thembo?" and Other 2020 Questions
by A.V. Eichenbaum

I, like many Americans, unexpectedly found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands last year. Between the sweet summer paranoia of whether or not I'd be snatched up again by the SPD for political dissidence; the constant, creeping anxiety of finding ways to pay rent; and the day-to-day struggle that comes w
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Queen Elizabeth II delivers annual Christmas speech amid COVID-19 crisis
"Every year we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light does more than create a festive mood. Light brings hope. For Christians, Jesus is the Light of the World, but we can't celebrate his birth today in quite the usual way.

"People of all faiths have been unable to gather as they would wish for their
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COVID-19 vaccines: safe for people living with HIV?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, HIV-positive people may wonder whether the vaccines are safe for them to take.

The answer seems to be a qualified yes.

Neither Pfizer nor the CDC has stated that its vaccine is unsafe for people with
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Creating Change announces program line-up, award recipients for first-ever virtual conference
WASHINGTON, DC (December 9, 2020) - Community leaders Gloria Allen, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Javier Hernandez, and Gayle Rubin will all be honored at the 33rd annual Creating Change Conference. Held virtually from January 28 through January 31, 2021, the conference will include four plenary sessions, 16 daylong institutes, and 48 workshop and ca more
Creating Change 2021 workshops and events announced: politics, religion, sexuality, and more
WASHINGTON, DC (December 28, 2020 - The organizers of the Creating Change Conference today announced the full slate of workshop and other sessions organized for the 33rd annual conference. From activism to faith to fundraising, with some timely twists on popular workshops like "Sex in the Times of COVID," the conference will have programs of i more
Sexual and gender orientation data is needed to measure COVID-19 impact on LGBTQ communities
(December 9, 2020) - States need to implement a uniform system of collecting sexual orientation and gender identity demographic data to better understand the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ communities, according to a new Rutgers School of Public Health Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) paper. more
Reps. Jayapal, García, Escobar, Ocasio-Cortez, Chu, and Clarke join FIRM Action in announcing Roadmap to Freedom Resolution
WASHINGTON, DC (December 11, 2020) - Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Judy Chu (CA-27), and Yvette Clarke (NY-09) joined FIRM Action - the nation's largest immigrant-rights network - today in announcing the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution as a progressive visi more
Shaun Knittel's The Legacy Project features interviews with SGN Editor-in-Chief/Publisher George Bakan
by Dru Dinero - Special to the SGN

I first met Shaun Knittel when I was 8 years old. One of my older brother's best friends, Shaun had recently come out of the closet at 16. Shaun was young, Gay, and - since coming out - homeless. My parents, although Evangelical Christians, welcomed Shaun into our home, when my older brother,
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GOFUNDME THANK YOUS FROM SGN STAFF
Thank you for your generous financial support during this critical time for the SGN and for your vote of confidence in the work we do. - Rick McKinnon

HUGE thanks to all our donors. (And I think I can speak for George, as well.) - Maggie Bloodstone

After 5 years occupying a space that was literall
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THANK YOU TO ALL of our SGN GoFundMe campaign donors
With a special acknowledgment to our Premier Donors: Anonymous (3), Jenny Durkan, Luke Gutzwiller, Mature Friends, Michael Weidemann, Sherry Harris.

And a special acknowledgment to our Prime Donors: Anonymous (9), Steve Ash, James Braden, Katherine A Brands, Lorraine Cannon, Stephen Carstens, Joe Cowan Jr, Richard Ellison, Robin Gar
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GenPRIDE's UNMUTED celebrates connection and healing
by Alice Bloch - SGN Contributing Writer

UNMUTED: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community

Published by GenPRIDE, 2020


For some books, context is irrelevant; for others, it's absolutely necessary. UNMUTED is in the second category. This slim volume is the result
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SPL offers virtual arts programs for older adults in January
SEATTLE (December 28, 2020) - This winter, 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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Rep. Smith introduces bill to provide automatic rental assistance to families in response to recessions and natural disasters
WASHINGTON, DC (December 29, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) introduced the Crisis Housing Act, which would establish a new automatic housing assistance program to provide emergency rental assistance vouchers to households during natural disasters or economic recessions.

"When responding to an unforeseen disaster like a pand
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Rep. Smith applauds House passage of the National Apprenticeship Act Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2020) - Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement following House passage of the reauthorization of the National Apprenticeship Act, which would invest in increasing access to registered apprenticeships (RAs), codify and streamline existing standards that are vital to support RAs, and invest and expan more
San Francisco launches effort to designate longtime home of LGBTQ icons Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin as a landmark
SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2020) - On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution authored by District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to nominate the former home of pioneering LGBTQ and civil rights activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin for designation as a local historic landmark.

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2020 film recap: In a movie year like no other, cinematic greatness was still easy to find
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

In a 2020 unlike anything I could have imagined beforehand, writing about the year in film feels understandably strange. Considering all that has transpired, talking about how COVID-19 has likely transformed the motion picture industry forever from a distribution and exhibition stand
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Clooney's Midnight Sky achieves emotionally cathartic liftoff
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

THE MIDNIGHT SKY
Netflix


As a young man, astronomer Augustine (George Clooney) discovered K23, a distant planet similar to Earth he believes could sustain human life. Decades later, the greying scientist is stationed at a remote Arctic research station. R
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Exciting Shadow in the Cloud a monstrously silly flight of fancy
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Theatres / VOD (Amazon Prime, iTunes, Apple TV, Xfinity, etc.)


Flight Officer Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on a top-secret mission carrying a mysterious package. Much to the consternation of the all-male B-17 Bomber crew of
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