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  1. WASHINGTON, DC - [On October 11], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Jenny Durkan in the race for mayor of Seattle. The HRC estimates approximately 389,000 of Seattle's 512,000 registered voters are 'equality voters' - meaning they are strong supporters of LGBTQ equality. 'Jenny Durkan is a proven leader with a passion for justice, fairness, and equality,' said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. 'As the first out LGBTQ US attorney appointed by President Obama, Durkan knows the importance of leading by example and has a clear vision to make Seattle an even stronger and more vibrant community. We are proud to endorse Jenny Durkan for mayor of Seattle.' 'I am proud to have earned the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, which was a critical partner in the fight for marriage equali
  2. by Jen Colletta - Philadelphia Gay News When President Barack Obama linked Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall in his second Inaugural Address, it was a connection that hit home for Congressman John Lewis. For more than six decades, Lewis has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice - whether it's racial equality, the women's movement or LGBT rights. Lewis began his work in the civil-rights movement in the 1950s, and quickly became a national leader. He was the youngest of the 'Big Six' - a national group of movement leaders, alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who organized the 1963 March on Washington - and an original Freedom Rider. Lewis led hundreds of civil-rights marchers into Selma, Ala., in 1965, in a demonstration that would come to be known as 'Bloody Sunday,' as protestors were beaten and tear-gassed by police; Lewis still bears the scars of a skull fracture suffered that day. Lewis parlayed his protes
  3. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The National Park Service pulled out of a flag-raising ceremony at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on the same day Tony Perkins announced that Donald Trump would be the featured speaker at the 2017 Values Voter Summit. The Stonewall event was scheduled for October 11, and was to have featured a rainbow flag and a speech by National Park Service director Barbara Applebaum. Applebaum dropped out at the last minute, organizers said, and the Park Service dropped its sponsorship of the event. Ann Northrop, co-host of Gay USA, who presided over the ceremony, said, 'This is an unbelievably petty, sleazy, transparent bit of cruelty by the Trump administration. Evidently, we are so filthy to them and their right-wing supporters that they can't even be associated with a few yards of rainbow fabric.' The event went on as scheduled without Applebaum or her agency.
  4. Generations Aging with Pride, Seattle's newest resource for all things LGBTQ aging, is hosting a community conversation at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E. at E. Harrison St) on Monday, October 23 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Board members and the new outreach coordinator, Liz Illg, will be on hand to answer questions about the group's plans for the future. Generations Aging with Pride, affectionately known as GAP, is committed to promoting, connecting and developing innovative programs and services that enhance belonging and support, eliminate discrimination, and honor the LGBTQ elders in Seattle with funding and support from the City of Seattle. Illg, who joined the organization less than a month ago, is eager to meet and greet community members who share LGBTQ aging concerns. 'We're not getting any younger,' she said recently, 'and we need to use our knowledge and skills to make sure our community institutions do right by their LGBTQ elders.' As a veteran of
  5. by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News Donald Trump and his fake excuse and misdirected attack on the NFL players who are kneeling for social justice have some people saying it's a sign of a leader cracking down on the First Amendment, which leads to an authoritarian state. Think that's an overreach? Take a look at a similar issue in another country with an already-authoritarian state. A few weeks ago at a concert in Cairo, Egypt, by a Lebanese band, Mashrou' Leila, several people in the audience proudly waved the rainbow flag - and guess what happened? Police arrested seven people, reportedly for 'promoting sexual deviancy,' even though there is no law against homosexuality in Egypt - no less against the rainbow flag. The band issued the following statement: 'Dear everyone, we were on a flight to New York, where we will be teaching a workshop for the next two months, when the media frenzy began. We have not yet comm