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posted Friday, March 5, 2021 - Volume 40 Issue 10

Equality Act passes House, 224 to 206
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The LGBTQ Equality Act passed the US House of Representatives on February 25, by a vote of 224 to 206.

Every single Democrat in the House signed on to the measure as a co-sponsor. The Democrats were joined by only three Republicans: Tom Reed and John Katko of New York, and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.
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House passes $1.9 trillion dollar relief bill, which now faces scrutiny in the Senate
by Paige McGlauflin - SGN Contributing Writer

The House passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act on Saturday, aimed at providing relief from the coronavirus pandemic's impact.

The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for eligible Americans, $20 billion for vaccine distribution, and an extension of weekl
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1,001 great films (part 1) - How I lost it at the drive-in and fell in love with the movies
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

Editor's note: Sara Michelle Fetters first joined the SGN in 2006, so when she approached us about doing a feature on her 1,001 greatest films of all time, we said, "Great! Let's make it a 10-part series." So join us every first Friday of the month through December as we celebrate S
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Jesse's Journal: My ethnic self
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

"You don't look Latin," people sometimes say to me when they learn about my background. "What does a Latin look like?," I reply, knowing full well what their answer might be. The fact is, to many Americans, Latinx people are mestizos with dark skins and curly black hair; in shor
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101
Poet, publisher, LGBTQ ally

By Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, publisher, and LGBTQ ally, died on February 22. He was 101.

Born in New York City, Ferlinghetti served in the Navy during World War II and settled in San Francisco after the war. There, he co-founded
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Durkan Digest: one year since the first COVID-19 death
by Mayor Jenny Durkan - Special to the SGN

This week, our region is reaching a sobering milestone. February 28, 2021, marks one year since Public Health - Seattle & King County confirmed the first COVID-19-related death in King County.

Just over one year ago, our city was booming, vibrant, and focused on the futur
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Victory Institute applauds appointment of Reggie Greer to be senior advisor on LGBTQ issues at the White House
WASHINGTON, DC (March 3, 2021) - Today, the LGBTQ Victory Institute praised the appointment of Reggie Greer to be President Joe Biden's director of priority placement at [the Presidential Personnel Office] and senior advisor on LGBTQ issues at the White House.

Greer served as the director of constituent engagement at the Victory
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LGBTQ heroes postage stamp letter-writing campaign launched
SAN DIEGO, CA - The United States' oldest LGBTQ organization, the International Imperial Court System (IICS) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico (founded in 1965), and the oldest LGBTQ civil rights organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force (founded in 1973), have launched a national campaign asking the US Post Office Department to issue more
Rachel Levine fends off anti-Trans questioning in historic confirmation hearing
by Chris Johnson - Washington Blade

(Feb. 25, 2021) - Rachel Levine's testimony in the US Senate on Thursday marked the historic first time an openly transgender person had taken part in a confirmation hearing for a presidential appointment but also featured attacks against transgender youth and implicit animosity to her gend
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OAS commission issues landmark ruling against Jamaica sodomy law
by Michael K. Lavers - Washington Blade

(Feb. 23, 2021) - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said in a landmark decision that Jamaica must repeal its colonial-era sodomy law that criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual relations.

Human Dignity Trust, a London-based human rights organization, filed t
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It's time: A message from Andy Towle
by Andy Towle - Towleroad

(Feb. 28, 2021) - Longtime readers and friends, we've come a great distance together. But after nearly 18 years scouring the web for LGBTQ news and bringing it to you on a daily basis, this has been my last week at Towleroad.

It's been a thrilling experience, and a lot of hard, rewardi
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Niecy Nash to host the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
NEW YORK (March 3, 2021) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced today that out actress and producer Niecy Nash will host the virtual ceremony for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

GLAAD also announced the awards ceremony will stream on GLAAD's
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Seattle Jewish Film Festival preview: A brief conversation with SJFF Director of Arts + Ideas Pamela Lavitt
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

The 26th annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) kicked off virtually last night with a presentation of the documentary Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me. The festival runs through March 18 and features 19 features and documentaries from around the world, including one US premie
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Jodie Foster kisses her wife in Golden Globe acceptance speech
by Alex Bollinger - LGBTQ Nation

(March 1, 2021) - Out actor Jodie Foster kissed her wife during her Golden Globe acceptance speech last night.

[She appeared] on the prestigious awards show in bed, in her pajamas, with her wife Alexandra Hedison and their dog Ziggy.

She was one of five nominees
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Thrilling Raya a hopeful adventure in forgiveness and faith
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
Theaters / Disney+


It has been 500 years since the land of Kumandra split into five separate nations: Heart, Tail, Talon, Spine, and Fang. In that time, humanity has become increasingly fractured, the result of a recent calamity d
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Virtual Irish Festival features Gaelic dance, music, and culture
SEATTLE (March 1, 2021) -Seattle Center Festál: Irish Festival Seattle, presented virtually in 2021, continues a tradition of bringing together Irish culture carriers to share their arts, ideas, and stories about what it means to be Irish. Created in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club, Irish Festival Seattle posts digitally March 13 and more














 

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