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Mayor Murray and the Fall of a Guardian

Mayor Murray and the Fall of a Guardian

Today The Stranger published an editorial submission from Mayor Ed Murray. That sentence is, in itself, troubling without taking into account the fact that Murray’s guest editorial was a blathering, vile screed in which he stated what powerful, white men always say when they’re in danger: look at the alleged victim’s criminal record, they must be lying.

Protesting Inauguration Day

Protesting Inauguration Day

This Friday, January 20, things are going to change. There are a lot of ways to react to and process about Donald Trump being inaugurated as the president of the United States. In and around Seattle, there are some specific, positive ways to feel like your voice is being heard.

Make Your Black Friday Matter

Make Your Black Friday Matter

The day after Thanksgiving has been traditionally known as Black Friday for decades, gaining popular usage to describe the first day of the holiday shopping season in the early 1980s. It’s grown into a day where retailers, desperate for the consumer dollar, open earlier and earlier and offer deeper and deeper discounts on cheaply made retail goods.

Yes, Cascadia: Towards A New System

Yes, Cascadia: Towards A New System

A movement in the Pacific Northwest has been growing for years. It’s called Cascadia, and has been about building a vibrant bioregional and inclusive social and cultural community. While it has succeeded in fostering connections and a sense of place in this particular region of the United States it has the potential to grow even more.

Don’t Swear Him In (and maybe here’s how)

Don’t Swear Him In (and maybe here’s how)

The Electoral College is obsolete. That sentiment has been part of my political landscape for as long as I have had any understanding of voting as an American citizen. More precisely, since I was 9 years old watching Gore with 266 electoral votes lose to Bush with 271 despite Gore having 543,895 more of the popular vote.

Election Day Spikes Suicide Hotline Use

Election Day Spikes Suicide Hotline Use

I saw warnings of it on my Facebook feed leading up to election day. Friends of mine saying they were cutting out social media for their mental health, friends begging for company so they wouldn’t be alone, friends opening up about the very real pain and danger of a Trump presidency: they were scared they wouldn’t be able to resist suicidal thoughts.

Gender Justice Award Honorees Announced

Gender Justice Award Honorees Announced

Gender Justice League recently announced the finalists and recipients for the 2016 Gender Justice Awards. The annual fundraiser serves to highlight and showcase the incredible accomplishments of trans and allied individuals who have made incredible strides for trans, gender queer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in the Pacific Northwest.

Colby Keller To Capitol Hill Series: Cut Me Out

Colby Keller To Capitol Hill Series: Cut Me Out

Adult Film star Colby Keller has been in the news recently for his statements of support for Donald Trump. In a recent interview, he said that, while he doesn’t “support or endorse any of Trump’s policies” he’s encouraged by his “overtures to Russia and China” and plans to vote for him.

2016 Emmys Most Diverse Ever, According to Emmys

2016 Emmys Most Diverse Ever, According to Emmys

This weekend’s Emmy Awards celebration was one of the most diverse Emmy Awards celebrations ever. At least to hear them tell it. And tell it they did, whether they were awkwardly congratulating themselves for it, or awkwardly making fun of themselves for it.

Transforming the Conversation About Being Transgender

Transforming the Conversation About Being Transgender

The transgender and gender-nonconforming community has seen significantly increased visibility over the past few years. Despite this increase in visibility, only 23% of people in Washington say they personally know someone who is transgender, according to TRANSform Washington, a newly launched statewide public education campaign from Pride Foundation.

Matt Bomer and the New Hollywood Trend: Transface

Matt Bomer and the New Hollywood Trend: Transface

In the grand Hollywood tradition of “brave” white actors taking on “daring” roles as people of color (we’re looking at you Natalie Wood and Mickey Rooney) comes a new phenomenon: transface. The latest example of this shameless practice of having a cisgender man play the role of a trans woman is gay actor Matt Bomer.