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posted Friday, May 14, 2021 - Volume 49 Issue 20


Seattle Channel documents the colossal project of organizing and sorting 45 years of the Seattle Gay News! A well appointed team of local archivists, librarians, historians and citizens generously donated their time, effort and collaboration towards saving this paper. A true spectacle of the community at work to save their community resource! see the video


HHS bars health discrimination against Trans people
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Federal law protects Transgender people against discrimination in health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on May 10.

In affirming that laws against "sex" discrimination apply to Trans people, HHS reverses the Trump-era policy holding that "sex" refers only to biological sex determine
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SCS taps Victor Loo as new executive director
by Paige McGlauflin - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle Counseling Service announced last week that Victor Loo has been chosen as its new executive director following Ann McGettigan's retirement in April. McGettigan led SCS, the country's oldest behavioral health agency serving LGBTQ+ individuals, for 22 years.

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Pride in small businesses - How the recession is impacting the LGBTQ business community
by Lindsey Anderson - Special to the SGN

With Pride Month only weeks away, store shelves once again are becoming much more colorful. Products from Doritos to Listerine have begun marketing to LGBTQ consumers in hopes that a rainbow-colored bag of chips or bottle of mouthwash will reflect the same pride and struggles that have
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Keeping the flame of justice burning
The spirit of last summer's demonstrations lives on at a Renton church

by Josephine Baird - SGN Contributing Writer

Last Tuesday afternoon a group of individuals gathered outside of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Renton to demonstrate their support for racial justice. This particular day was sunny, be
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Protesters clash outside law enforcement appreciation dinner in Bellevue
SPD officers invited to attend dinner sponsored by foe of LGBTQIA equality

by Renee Raketty - SGN Contributing Writer

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue was the site of protests on Monday as the LGBTQIA community and their allies joined forces with groups opposed to police brutality outside the hotel. Franklin G
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Queens to the rescue! Drag Race trailblazer GottMik previews the latest edition of 'Drive 'N Drag'
by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

DRIVE 'N DRAG SAVES 2021
Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila
May 14 through 16, 7 & 9:30 p.m.


Fun is finally returning to the Seattle area! The latest, much-anticipated "Drive 'N Drag" event debuts this weekend at the Southcenter Mall parking lot.
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A balm for the (socially isolated) soul
Soprano Karen Vuong gives virtual recital at Seattle Opera

by Carter Hemion - SGN Contributing Writer

Seattle Opera premiered "Karen Vuong in Recital" on May 7. The event, available online through May 28, features soprano Vuong accompanied by pianist David McDade performing art music including works by
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Spiral a gruesomely familiar 'Jigsaw' puzzle
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW
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Like a combination of a grimy 1990s police procedural and the long-running series of horror films from which it is spun off that helped bring the term "torture porn" into the cinematic lexicon, Spiral: From the Bo
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This week in SGN history: 24 years ago
Compiled by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

Over 47 years, the Seattle Gay News has covered thousands of stories that still resonate today. This week we look back at Volume 25, Issue 20, published May 16, 1997.

Gay serial killer at large: A mere two months before the murder of fashion design
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Frustrating Wrath of Man a violently ambitious misfire
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Staff Writer

WRATH OF MAN
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Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man has a lot going for it. The film reteams the director with star Jason Statham for the first time in 15 years, and the actor responds by giving his best, most broodingly intense performance in ages. It o
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No children here - How 'adultification' kills childhood, one Black girl at a time
by Janice Athill - SGN Contributing Writer

Social norms. The unspoken law dictating acceptable and appropriate behavior. They place the expectations for your social group directly on your shoulders before you can realize what it would mean not to fit in that box, or that there is even a box to fit into. At ages as young as fi
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Search for the Soul of Seattle: Just a nice day
by A.V. Eichenbaum - SGN Associate Editor

A warm 65 degrees near Cal Anderson. Nobody ever talks about how beautiful Seattle is this time of year. Don't tell the outsiders that every day is nearly perfect for meandering, hands in pockets, trying to fight writers' block.

If anyone bothers you while you're starin
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National Highlights
by Daniel Lindsley - SGN Contributing Writer

MSN reported on May 6 that authorities in Atlanta have warned that Grindr is being used to target gay and bisexual men for robbery. Eight men have been robbed after being lured into remote locations using the app, with the suspect taking items ranging from wallets to vehicles
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Teens: It's time to take your shot
FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for youths 12 to 15

by Hannah Saunders - SGN Contributing Writer

On the afternoon of May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to include 12- to 15-year-olds under an emergency use authorization (EUA). more
German priests defy Vatican, bless same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Priests in around 100 Catholic churches in Germany are offering blessings to same-sex couples starting on May 10.

The blessings have been organized under the slogan "Love Wins."

The Love Wins movement emerged after the Vatican issued a statement in March - said
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International Highlights
by Daniel Lindsley - SGN Contributing Writer

Australia
Reuters on May 6 brought forth the words of former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs, who has concerns over the fairness of transgender athlete Lauren Hubbard competing in women's competitions. Hubbard, who has been eligible to compete since 2015, is on t
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Lutherans elect Transgender bishop
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected its first Transgender bishop. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will serve as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, based in Sacramento and comprising about 200 congregations in Northern California and Nevada.

Although it uses the word
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