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posted Friday, February 5, 2021 - Volume 40 Issue 06

Buttigieg confirmation to Biden's Cabinet makes LGBTQ history
by Paige McGlauflin - SGN Contributing Writer

Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation Secretary on Tuesday, making him the first openly Gay cabinet member confirmed by the Senate.

The former 2020 presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor was nominated to the position by President Biden following an announcement on December 15.
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QAnon congresswoman wants to ban Pride flags
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Newly elected QAnon congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has co-sponsored a bill that would ban the flying of Pride flags outside US embassies and other diplomatic offices.

The bill, known as the Old Glory Only Act or HR 85, was introduced by South Carolina Republican R
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Green River Killer's youngest victim can finally rest in peace
by Hannah Saunders - SGN Contributing Writer

On January 25, the King County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and DNA Doe Project (DDP) identified one of the Green River Killer's victims, Wendy Stephens, through the use of genetic genealogy.

Back in 1983, the 14-year-old girl ran away from her home in Denver, Colorad
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Former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney dies at 86
Chartered national LGBTQ labor organization Pride At Work

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney died February 1 at the age of 86. He led the federation of unions from 1995 until his retirement in 2009.

Sweeney was elected in 1995 at the head of a reform
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Tent encampments are here to stay unless...
by Tim Burgess -
Seattle Forward, former City Council president and interim mayor

The tents, dilapidated vehicles, and piles of trash you see in almost every Seattle neighborhood have become an enduring fixture. So has the human suffering.

We should quickly prioritize addressing these tent encampments a
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History: the way they didn't want you to see it
by Janice Athill - SGN Contributing Writer

I think we can agree that history books should state the facts in a way that is honest about and relevant to the events being discussed, although, historically, this has been a running issue in our school systems. There is an unbelievable amount of suppressed information that haunts the
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Jesse's Journal: (Quick) tricks of the trade
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

As everyone knows, the present pandemic forced many groups (queer or otherwise) to stop meeting in person. Instead, group members gather in front of their computers or other devices to attend virtual meetings or events.

One of those groups is Quick Tricks Duplicate
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Grocery workers to get $4 per hour extra hazard pay
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Beginning February 3, grocery workers in large Seattle stores will get an extra $4 per hour in hazard pay for working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seattle's City Council passed the new rule 8-0 last week. Grocery workers did get extra hazard pay early on in the pandemic, but
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With 1,000+ doses expiring after freezer failure, Seattle U clinic part of overnight COVID-19 vaccination scramble
by Justin Carder - Capitol Hill Seattle

SEATTLE (January 29, 2021) - The eligible. The connected. The lucky.

Late Thursday night, word spread across the city that one of those emergency COVID-19 vaccination events you've been hearing about was happening here in Seattle.

A freezer failure. A 5:3
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National AIDS Memorial observes Black History Month with Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition honoring Black lives lost to AIDS
SAN FRANCISCO (February 4, 2021) - During Black History Month, the National AIDS Memorial honors Black lives lost to AIDS with a specially curated selection of 56 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt). The exhibition uses the beauty and power of the Quilt to bring to light stories of the countless men, women, and children who have d more
Second grader expelled from Christian school because she said she had a crush on a girl
'My daughter was crying, saying 'Does God still love me?'

by Bil Browning - LGBTQ Nation

A second-grade student was expelled from Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Oklahoma after she told another girl she had a crush on her.

"She said the vice principal sat her down and says the Bible says you ca
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Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over murders of multiple Transgender people
by Bil Browning - LGBTQ Nation

(January 28, 2021) - Puerto Rican Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi has declared a state of emergency as transgender people continue to be murdered on the island.

Attacks on transgender Americans rose at an alarming rate in 2020 - both on the mainland and in the US territory. The violence
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Two men receive 77 lashes in public as punishment for having sex with each other
by Alex Bollinger - LGBTQ Nation

(January 28, 2021) - Two men in Indonesia were publicly caned 77 times each this afternoon after their neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex with each other.

The AP is reporting that several dozen people witnessed the caning of the 27-year-old and
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The world gathers in 2021 for Seattle Center Festál
SEATTLE - Seattle Center Festál, 24 cultural festivals presented by Seattle Center in partnership with regional community organizations, returns for its 24th year in 2021. This unique and revealing series turned virtual in 2020 in response to the pandemic, and most Festál events will remain partially or fully online in 2021.

Th
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Bill Gates joins Seattle Arts & Lectures' 2020/21 season
SEATTLE (January 5, 2021) - Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) announced today the addition of Bill Gates to its 2020/21 season lineup. Gates will be in conversation for an online-only event on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (PST), as part of the SAL Presents series of special events.

Digital passes are on sale now, and a
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