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  1. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer It was a decades-in-the-making moment when Mayor Jenny Durkan officially cut the ribbon for the Capitol Hill Station Development this past Tuesday, June 19th. Besides Durkan, the event also featured various speakers from Capitol Hill Housing, Sound Transit and the AIDS Memorial Pathway (AMP). Capitol Hill Champion's Cathy Hillenbrand was credited for her work and vision of the proposed development which she spearheaded for over a decade. Tom Rasmussen, former Seattle City Councilmember and current chair of the AMP, gave credit to George Bakan and the importance of the Seattle Gay News for years of service to the community. Besides the ribbon cutting ceremony, the event had information tables staffed by all the project partners including Capitol Hill Housing, Sound Transit, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market and The AMP. The event also featured food and drinks provided by local purveyors,
  2. SEATTLE (June 21) - In her first Pride Awards presentation, Mayor Durkan took the opportunity to honor the achievements of six members of the LGBTQ community. This year's award winners have extensive experience in advocacy, leadership, and the pursuit of equality - many of the winners have worked on behalf of Seattle's LGBTQ community for decades. 'Louise, Monisha, and Charlene are forces of nature and have fought for years to improve the lives of the LGBTQ community through policy and legislation,' said Mayor Durkan. 'Beto and Tristen continue to raise their voices for social justice while empowering others to do the same, and Aleksa deploys humor and wit while challenging our biases and raising awareness around the important issue of addiction, which affects the LGBTQ community at a disproportionate rate. Together, these six 2018 award recipients represent the best of Seattle.' The 2018 Established Leaders Pride Award winners are:
  3. by Tim Peter - SGN Contributing Writer Earlier this month, on June 5, Vancouver BC City Council unanimously passed a ban on conversion therapy, which is an attempt by various means to turn LGBTQ people to straight. Meanwhile, similar laws are sweeping across the United States, with New Hampshire and Delaware being the most recent. Canada has been doing the same. Ontario passed a law protecting minors from being subject to conversion therapy in 2015, prohibiting practitioners from using public health insurance to cover the cost. That same year, Manitoba adopted a regulation issued by its ministry of health, stating 'It is the position of the Manitoba government that conversion therapy can have no place in the province's public health-care system.' Several people, including Peter Gajdics, testified before the council about their experiences with conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy or ex-gay therapy. Gajdics told 'PBS
  4. Trump's attorney general could be expelled if found guilty by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been brought up on charges of 'child abuse' and 'immorality' by his religious denomination, the United Methodist Church. Six hundred and forty church members signed a letter charging Sessions with violating church law over his decision to separate asylum seekers from their children at the US border. According to MSNBC, more than 2,000 children - including infants and toddlers - are now in detention camps separated from their parents. 'Specifically, the group accuses him of child abuse in reference to separating young children from their parents and holding them in mass incarceration facilities, immorality, racial discrimination, and 'dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines' of the United Methodist Church,' the church posted on its website.
  5. December 22, 1960-June 5, 2018 Capitol Hill mourns the loss of our dear friend. On June 5, 2018, Arleigh Marquis went in peace. He is preceded in death by his mother, sister, and four brothers. Born in Canada, Arleigh pursued an education in both law and medicine. Upon moving to the US, Arleigh settled in Seattle and had a very successful career as a medical examiner with both the King County Coroner's Office and then the Snohomish County Coroner's Office. Arleigh was an active member of the Capitol Hill community. Everybody knew Arleigh! Fun and endless laughter fueled his friendships. He was always up for an adventure. Armed with his quick wit and surly disposition, you could count on him for a sarcastic comment or a supportive hug. He was a dedicated friend, showing never-ending support by attending your art show, celebrating your birthday, or going to see your band or even that avant-garde play you had