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  1. One of 128 organizations to be funded by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Lambert House, headquartered on 15th Avenue and E. Denny Way since 1991, will receive $25,000 from the COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund, managed by the Seattle Foundation and supported by donations from Bill and Melinda Gates, Macklemore, the Seattle Seahawks, and more than 2,000 online donors, has accumulated $15.7 million. Its first round of grants was announced at the end of March. "Over the last week, the COVID-19 Response Fund made $10.175 million in grants to community-based organizations responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable workers and families in the Puget Sound region," the foundation said in its announcement. "The grants were made to boost groups' capabilities to provide disproportionately impacted communities with emergency assistance, such as rent support, food security, healthcare, a
  2. BOISE, ID (March 30, 2020) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the news that Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed two pieces of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation, commonly referred to as HB 500 and HB 509, even as his state and the world reel from the effects of COVID-19. HB 500 will bar transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. HB 509 flies in the face of a recent court decision by forbidding transgender and nonbinary Idahoans from changing their gender marker on their birth certificates. Both laws are unconstitutional and will result in litigation at the cost of the Idaho taxpayer, which is particularly appalling during these uncertain times. "We are living in an unprecedented global health crisis, with confirmed cases of COVID-19 increasing on a daily basis in Idaho
  3. MONTCLAIR, NJ (April 1, 2020) - Pride organizations around the world have come together to organize a "Global Pride" event on Saturday, June 27, 2020, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations that have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home. InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association - the world's biggest international Pride networks - are working with national organizations in Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and regional networks in southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, to bring communities and Pride organizations together for this Global Pride event.
  4. While the world comes together to fight COVID-19, today Singapore decided to further ostracize its LGBTQ citizens, many of whom are already at risk from the virus. Singapore's high court has dismissed the cases of three men challenging Section 377A of the country's penal code, which criminalizes LGBTQ people. The law, a holdover from British colonialism, gives a sentence of up to two years in jail for "gross indecency." "Singapore had an opportunity to lead the world in safeguarding and protecting its LGBTQ citizens, and it's heartbreaking that they passed on that opportunity," said Ross Murray of GLAAD. "The plaintiffs, like all LGBTQ Singaporeans, are patriotic citizens, fighting to make their country fairer and safer for all people within its borders." One of the plaintiffs is Johnson Ong, an internationally recognized DJ who uses the stage name Big Kid. GLAAD spoke with Ong about the lawsuit. "Singapore's 377A law
  5. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Pride At Work, the LGBTQ labor organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO, has joined with other labor groups to highlight the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people of color. In an April 2 statement, the Labor Coalition for Community Action demanded a national response to the pandemic that is "inclusive and robust." "This unprecedented pandemic has proven that the collective well-being depends on that of each and every individual regardless of age, immigration status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion," the coalition said. The group includes the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work. "COVID-19 has shown that this country cannot funct