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posted Friday, March 19, 2021 - Volume 40 Issue 12


EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Conquering AIDS, COVID battle & the opioid epidemic

Renee Raketty, field producer, in cooperation with the SGN and Unite Seattle Magazine, sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a sweeping interview on a range of topics READ RENEE'S INTERVIEW HERE
Italy to Steve Bannon: Stay home!
Denied license to set up right-wing training camp

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon has lost his legal battle to set up a right-wing training camp in Italy.

In a March 15 ruling, Italy's Council of State - its highest authority on civil law - ruled that Bannon and his associates may not have a licen
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From Aug. 24, 2007: Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, White House advisor talks to SGN
[Editor's note: Over 47 years, the Seattle Gay News has covered thousands of stories that still resonate today. This week we look back at our first interview with Dr. Fauci, from August 2007. Be sure to read our new interview in our special section.]

by [Renee] Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Global researc
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Random thoughts regarding the 93rd annual Academy Award nominations
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

Roughly two months later than normal, the nominations for the 93rd annual Academy Awards were announced Monday morning, March 15, having been delayed courtesy of COVID-19. With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extending the release deadline for 2020 films to February 28
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Mayor extends eviction moratorium to June 30
Preempts City Council action

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a March 15 announcement, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan extended the city's eviction moratorium to June 30.

The moratorium, one of Seattle's pandemic relief measures, had been scheduled to expire on March 31.

"Wh
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Jesse's Journal: Joseph McQuay: April 6, 1955-February 20, 2021
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Joseph McQuay in 1982, when he was hired as editor of The Weekly News (TWN), Miami's gay community newspaper. During his tenure, Joe McQuay improved that paper - and my contributions to it - with his journalistic and editorial talents and his affection for the community that
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Security guard tosses popular Trans DJ out of nightclub restroom; management is scrambling
by Bil Browning - LGBTQ Nation

MELBOURNE, Australia (March 15, 2021) - Musician and DJ Simona Castricum, a transgender woman, was berated and tossed out of the women's restroom at a popular nightclub in Melbourne's LGBTQ enclave.

Castricum literally helped the city's nightlife venues write their trans inclusion p
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No blessings for same-sex couples, Vatican says
Slap at German bishops

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Roman Catholic clergy may not bless same-sex couples, the Vatican said on March 15.

The Vatican's doctrinal office issued a document, said to be personally approved by Pope Francis, saying it is impermissible for clergy to pronounce
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Mississippi governor signs first anti-Transgender bill of 2021
by Philip Van Slooten - Washington Blade

(March 12, 2021) - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law on Wednesday a bill banning the state's transgender student athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.

Jace Pierce, a 35-year-old trans man who was born and raised in Miss
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LGBTQ ally Rep. Deb Haaland confirmed by Senate as Interior Secretary
by Brody Levesque - Washington Blade

WASHINGTON, DC (March 16, 2021) - New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland was confirmed Monday in a 51-40 vote by the Senate, becoming the first Native American to serve in a presidential cabinet, as the 54th Secretary of the Interior.

The vote to confirm was [mostly] along party lin
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What is the most affordable way to obtain dental care?
SEATTLE - As Washington state's unemployed suffer the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, so too can their healthcare.

According to the Movement Advancement Project, nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ+ households experienced job loss since the beginning of the pandemic. For many, unemployment results in a loss of medical an
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Gory horror-comedy Slaxx worth trying on for size
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

SLAXX
Shudder


Libby (Romane Denis) is dizzily excited about her first day working for Canadian Cotton Clothiers (CCC). The company has built its reputation on clean business practices and the promotion of healthy living, stating proudly that they want
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Convoluted Cosmic Sin a misbegotten sci-fi mess
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

COSMIC SIN - Theaters / PVOD

Centuries from now, humanity has spread across the cosmos. On a distant planet on the outer edges of the known universe, a small mining survey team has made first contact with an alien race. Rounds are fired and chaos ensues. No
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LGBTQ Grammy highlights
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards turned out to be the queerest in years!

LGBTQ-inclusive winners included:
" Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Rain On Me" - Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

" Best Rock Song: "Stay High" - Brittany Howard

" Best Dance/Electronic Album: Bubba - Kaytranada

"
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Dr. Anthony Fauci's second SGN interview
'This has been completely explosive, where you have literally a half a million people in the United States dying in a year's period of time.'

by Renee Raketty - SGN Contributing Writer

I first met Dr. Anthony Fauci high atop the Sheraton Hotel and Towers on a summer's day in Seattle 13 years ago while he wa
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More than one way to heal
by Janice Athill - SGN Contributing Writer

There are many forms of health and a variety of ways to care for your own wellness. Some people work out at least 30 minutes a day to care for their bodies, and others follow specific diets. When it comes to mental health, we find options that range from therapy to getting your hair cu
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Seattle's Top Gay Doc Gives Us Straight Talk on COVID-19: A Q&A with Dr. Peter Shalit
by Vincent Kovar - Special to the SGN

As part of our salute to the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, Unite Seattle Magazine sat down for a (virtual) Q&A with Peter Shalit, MD, PhD, longtime LGBTQ+ health specialist and author of Living Well: The Gay Man's Essential Guide to Health.

We discussed the
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At-home 'pawsitivit': pets & mental health in 2021
by Kylin Brown - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle is home to hundreds of thousands of pets, with an almost never-ending supply of puppies in the classifieds and at least 25 Capitol Hill cats sneakily watching me from their apartment windows on my walks to QFC.

In 2011, the Seattle Animal Shelter found that ther
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Advancing gender-related health care
by Dr. Colin Fields - Special to the SGN

The medical profession continues our work to deliver quality, inclusive care that meets the needs of gender-diverse populations, especially as we more fully understand the impact that gender dysphoria has on a patient's total health, including depression and anxiety. With gender dyspho
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Why Super Bowl LV's Dexcom G6 ad has lost its grip with reality
by Hannah Saunders - SGN Contributing Writer

As a Type 1 diabetic of twenty years, I can say that I have experienced it all. From the disabling low blood sugar episodes that make me feel like I am about to slip into unconsciousness, to the stubborn highs that leave me groggy and irritable for days to follow. Welcome to my dise
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Triangle Recreation Camp looks ahead to the upcoming season
by Josephine Baird - SGN Contributing Writer

Through the thick and thin of the coronavirus pandemic, Triangle Recreation Camp, "the Northwest's premier recreational campground that is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer owned and operated" has continued to safely serve the community at a limited capacity.

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Pushed to the limit: How COVID changed me
by Dr. Hisam Goueli - Special to the SGN

I wanted to help. On March 25, 2020, I drove to New York in my Fiat with my dog to join the fight against the COVID pandemic.

For the past seven months, I treated corona virus-positive adult and geriatric patients requiring in-patient psychiatric care. And although I knew
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A professional caregiver reflects on life during COVID-19
by Renee Raketty - SGN Contributing Writer

I was sitting with my slumbering client in the Swedish Edmonds emergency department in late November as I overheard a nurse inform the attending physicians and nurses that another patient had tested positive for COVID-19. A lot of other people there, complaining of a variety of ailments
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Coming Out of COVID
by Vincent Kovar - Special to the SGN

A swiftly spreading plague whose methods of transmission-for a time at least-are mysterious and debated. An equally infectious spread of bigotry, suspicion, and shame. Methods of prevention that are unevenly adopted. A deluge of quack cures, uncaring politicians, inequitable resources.
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Tennis: the social, socially distanced sport
by Will Taylor -

2012 USPTA PNW Professional of the Year and tennis professional at Pacific Clinic

Tennis is amazing! It is played by people of all ages, and it connects you to individuals all over the world.

Playing tennis has many health benefits, and during these socially distanced times, wit
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Roll for survival: D&D, an inclusive coping mechanism in quarantine
by A.V. Eichenbaum - SGN Contributing Writer

"I have this pet theory, which is that found family is inherently queer," says podcaster and performer Monica Domena as she looks out at me from a Zoom call screen. We're discussing the intersection between the LGBTQ+ community and the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) renaissance. Why have t
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One year, two public health crises: Seattle LGBTQ orgs reflect on COVID-19, HIV, and the long road theirs services faced
by Paige McGlauflin - SGN Contributing Writer

Many populations with pre-existing health conditions have spent the last year in uncertainty. Among those are individuals living with HIV.

In the wake of the pandemic's anniversary, the SGN spoke with several people and organizations with connections to HIV about t
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