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  1. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The Biden administration wants to increase spending on HIV prevention by about 40%, according to the Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In an initial budget proposal - known as a "skinny budget" - the OMB revealed new spending plans for executive departments in 2022, including budget increases for a number of HIV-related programs. In the proposal, the "Ending the HIV Epidemic" program will get an additional $267 million, its first increase since it was started in 2019 under the Trump administration. The program, managed by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), would have a budget of $670 million instead of the $403 million it had been allotted under Trump. "Investing in Public Health" is a key component of Biden's budget proposal, and the memo outlining the eventual proposal reaffirms that the White House "commits to ending the HIV/AIDS epidem
  2. by Janice Athill - SGN Contributing Writer QUEER LOVE IN COLOR Ten Speed Press / Penguin Random House $28.00 Available for Pre-order May 4 224 pages "When the world values being white and straight above all else, how do you learn to love yourself when you are neither?" Jamal Jordan, a photographer, editor, and digital storyteller at the New York Times, has used his experiences and observations of America to diagnose one of the major things missing from our current society: honest representation. There may be those who disagree, but a large number of us are well aware of the gross lack of representation for people of color and the LGBTQ community in our country. When a child has only white and straight representations of love to aspire to, how can they truly feel capable of being loved when they don't meet those requirements? When your people are only display
  3. by Paige McGlauflin - SGN Contributing Writer The Seattle Public Library announced earlier this month that three branches would soon reopen at 25% capacity Tuesdays through Saturdays, allowing patrons to work or study in 90-minute intervals. The announcement is another move in the library's reopening plans, after it had to cease all in-person services on March 13 of last year due to social distancing guidelines. Laura Gentry, SPL's interim communications director, told the SGN that much of the system's reopening plans have been informed by the participation of over a hundred staff members. "It's actually a massive effort to come up with what I call a safety-conscious plan for reopening that everybody at the library hopefully can feel good about, because they've all had an ability to shape it in some way," Gentry said. The three branches set to reopen on April 27 are the Beacon Hill, Lake City, and Southw
  4. by Hannah Saunders - SGN Contributing Writer The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral costs that took place after January 20, 2020. This reimbursement operation went into effect on April 12, 2021, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The announcement also came after the US COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000 American residents, and it continues to climb. FEMA, which operates under the US Department of Homeland Security, said in its statement, "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus." FEMA mentioned that it will be teaming up with stakeholder g