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  1. The Seattle LGBTQ Commission, Seattle Women's Commission, Seattle Human Rights Commission, Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, and the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission are highly concerned about the well-being of Seattle resident and prominent trans activist and human rights defender, Danielle (Danni) Askini, who had to flee the U.S. due to threats against her safety. They have submitted a joint letter outlining their concerns and requesting that WA state lawmakers speak publicly in support of Ms. Askini's safety. Specifically, the group of Five Commissions have asked Sen. Murray, Sen. Cantwell, Rep. Jayapal, and Rep. Smith to work to ensure her safety and well-being until she is granted her new U.S. passport that they believe she is entitled to. Ms. Askini is currently seeking asylum in Sweden, but risks being deported back to the United States and potentially detained in a men's facility, as the U.S. State Department has repeatedly rejected her amended birth ce
  2. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer I must confess, I wasn't a fan of the 41st President George H.W. Bush, but what I do admire is that he constantly evolved. Compared to other Republican Presidents, he wasn't all that bad. His record on AIDS wasn't that good, but it was something. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, this law did help people with all disabilities including those suffering with HIV and AIDS. Last April, I reached out to James Holm, a Seattle native and former Dorian Group president and former CEO for the National AIDS Network in Washington, DC, to provide a statement on the passing of former First Lady, Barbara Bush. When asked about his historic meeting with the First Lady, Holm stated, 'First Lady Bush saw me at the White House as part of her outreach when she was doing AIDS [education] work. I was CEO of the National AIDS Network at that time.' Holm continued, 'Everyone knew I was gay.'
  3. Identities denied in death get a chance to live An identity ignored, a transgender woman's suicide, inspires her cousin to speak for her - and maybe thousands of others by Bethany Grace Howe - Special to the SGN 'MELODY SPEAKS: BRINGING MELODY'S STORIES OF ENDURING IDENTITY TO THE WORLD' PAGLIACCI'S PIZZA (426 BROADWAY E) December 8 @ 11am-noon When Melody Owens died of suicide on Dec. 6, 2017, her obituary was not just a record of a life ended - but of one that was all but erased. A transgender woman, the only acknowledgement of her true identity was the word 'Melody' tucked in parentheses between the words 'Kristopher' and 'Owens.' Just one word unexplained, a reminder that even in death Owens would be denied what she so craved in life: acceptance of her identity. That's not acceptable to Jennifer Henderson, 20, a pre-law student at the University of Washin
  4. Young black Gay and Bi men 16 times more likely to get HIV by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Young black Gay and Bi men are 16 times more likely to get HIV than white men despite reporting far fewer sex partners, a new study shows. The study by Northwestern University found that young black men who have sex with men (MSM) and who are between 16 and 29 years old are at the greatest risk for HIV infections. This is despite reporting the lowest number of sexual partners, the new study says. Researchers said this is because of 'more dense and interconnected social and sexual networks' within the black community. There are also disparities with access to health care after an HIV diagnosis, the study found. The study warned that if the trend persists, one in two black men will get HIV at some point in their lives. This compares to one in five Hispanic men and one in 11 white men. 'B
  5. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan, and the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle have teamed up to organize a Winter Clothing Drive to benefit youth at YouthCare's Orion Center. Items needed: New socks, new underwear, warm coats, pants, gloves, blankets, warm hats, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps. Drop off locations: CC's, Changes, Crescent, Diesel, Kaladi Bros., Madison Pub, Neighbours and R Place. CC's also has a Giving Tree. The Sisters and the Imperial Court will host a wrap-up party on Saturday, December 22 at CC's (1701 E Olive Way at Boylston Ave E) at 4pm. Help keep our homeless youth warm this winter!