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posted Friday, January 22, 2021 - Volume 40 Issue 04

BIDEN INAUGURATED AS 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT
President Joe Biden's Inauguration Speech transcript - January 20, 2021

"Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation," President Joe Biden said.

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, m
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Biden appoints Transgender Assistant Health Secretary
Will rescind Trans military ban 'on day one'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Joe Biden announced on January 18 that he would appoint Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Once confirmed by the US Senate, Levine will be
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Biden's LGBT agenda for Day 1
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

As a journalist covering LGBT issues, this will be the 8th presidential transition I've witnessed, from the Carter Administration to the Biden Administration. Of those 8 president-elects, no one has reached into the LGBT community as President-elect Joe Biden has, and no one has made so many
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MARK MY WORDS: A new day is brewing
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Jason and I passed a milestone this week, one that many of you have had as well. For us it represents our 10th month in quarantine. We started on March 12th. But this column is not about that quarantine, it's about the future, and that future is bright for all of us.

Let's face
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The biggest LGBT stories of 2020
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Although Trump continued to chip away at the rights our community has attained over the last few years, we did make some amazing gains in Trump's final year as President. The importance of some of these earth-shattering changes has been overlooked by a lack of historic knowledge.

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Seattle Pride's Virtual St!tch & B!tch Community Sews 350+ winter clothing Items for LGBTQIA+ Homeless Youth
Volunteers gather virtually to sew masks, hats and mittens for ROOTS and YouthCare

Seattle Pride hosted its first virtual St!tch & B!tch over the weekend where volunteers gathered virtually for an afternoon of trivia, conversation, and sewing as part of its new Pride is Visible initiative aimed at supporting vulnerable LG
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Durkan Digest: Testifying for statewide changes to the police disciplinary process
SEATTLE (January 15, 2021) - This week, I joined community members, labor leaders, law enforcement, and mayors across the state to testify in Olympia on police reform. One key aspect of police accountability is changing the police disciplinary process, specifically arbitration.

Our accountability system for law enforcement does
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OP-ED: The issue of Black hair
by Janice Athill - SGN Contributing Writer

For over four hundred years natural Black hair has been stigmatized and viewed as unacceptable in professional workplaces as well as within society's beauty standards. Discrimination against natural Black hair is an issue of historical relevance that has influenced modern beauty stand
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Day-one executive actions by Joe Biden
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

According to Joe Biden's advisors, the newly inaugurated President will issue 15 executive orders on his first day in office.

CBS News lists the following actions Biden will sign on the afternoon of January 20:

" Starting a "100 Days Masking Challenge," ca
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President Biden issues most substantive, wide-ranging LGBTQ executive order in US history
WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2021) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization - responded to the signing of an executive order that implements the US Supreme Court's ruling in the consolidated cases Bostock v. Clayton County, Altitude Express more
Following Biden's "day one" exec order strengthening LGBTQ protections, Lambda Legal calls for swift action on series of additional, critical priorities
WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2021) - As the newly-inaugurated Biden-Harris administration embarks on its first 100 days in office, Lambda Legal called today for swift action on a series of critical priorities to not only undo the damage wrought by President Trump by restoring key protections for LGBTQ+ people but to also usher in a new era of more
Rep. Jayapal celebrates the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2021) - US Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement today on the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of the United States:

"This historic day proves that the flame of democracy still burns bright, that the power always belongs to the people
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Historic day-one executive orders will impact millions of LGBTQ youth and adults from diverse communities
LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2021) - Today, President Biden signed a sweeping executive order directing federal agencies to adopt a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including in federal employment, policies, programs, and services. This is the first day-one executive order by a president to address LGBT people specifically and t more
Sen. Murray reflects on inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, thanks Washington State constituents
WASHINGTON, DC (January 20, 2021) - US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the inauguration of Joseph Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States.

"As I watched Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be sworn in as our next President and Vice President, I couldn
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President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi at HRC "The Power of Equality" online LGBTQ inaugural event
WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2021) - Last night, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization - held an online inaugural event to commemorate the historic inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris. The event featu more

On Inauguration Day, NAMI calls for addressing mental health: the silent epidemic within the pandemic
ARLINGTON, Va. (January 20, 2021) - As the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) congratulates President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration today. NAMI looks forward to working with the new administration to build better lives for the millions of peo more
Americans United and American Atheists sue to overturn Department of Education regulation that forces universities to fund anti-LGBTQ student groups
WASHINGTON, DC (January 19, 2021) - Today, the national civil rights organizations American Atheists and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance and a California university student, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's Department of Education to challenge a recently published more
Seattle Public Library & Seattle Times present "2020 Pictures of the Year" on January 27
SEATTLE (January 19, 2021) - Take a close look at events from the past year that helped shape the Pacific Northwest region with local photo editors and photojournalists. From 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Seattle Times' award-winning staff will present a slideshow of photographs from 2020 and discuss the story and technique behin more
Seattle Public Library expands curbside pickup and return services
SEATTLE (January 19, 2021) - Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Seattle Public Library will expand locations and hours for curbside pickup and material return services. With this expansion, the Library now offers curbside service at 13 locations, and patrons can return materials at 18 locations throughout the city of Seattle.

"We d
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Winter author readings hosted by the Seattle Public Library
SEATTLE (January 20, 2021) Attend author events, book discussions, and literary programs from the comfort of your own living room this winter. The Seattle Public has a wide variety of online author events coming up in January and February, from essays by disabled people to a discussion with a hyperlocal media journalist.

Librar
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LAMBDA LITERARY Applications are now open for four cash prize opportunities for LGBTQ writers  DEADLINE: February 15, 2021  NO FEE TO APPLY
Applications are now open for four cash prize opportunities for LGBTQ writers - DEADLINE: February 15, 2021 - NO FEE TO APPLY

Announcing the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction
The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ wri
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CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work 2021 online Dance Festival
The annual dance festival returns in a new online format for 2021, bringing audiences and artists together virtually for an exploration of contemporary dance.

CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival returns in January and February 2021 in a new and expanded online format, co-designed with the festival artist
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Ploddingly tedious Marksman a dramatically inert misfire
by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

THE MARKSMAN
Theatres now / PVOD Feb. 5


The Marksman isn't the blandly routine Liam Neeson Taken-style actioner we've all come to expect around this time of year. Robert Lorenz's (Trouble with the Curve) thriller aims a bit higher than something like
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