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  13. <title>Mayor Ed Murray and Generations Aging with Pride host 'Aging the LGBTQ Way' June 3</title>
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  17. <description> LGBTQ community members are invited to participate in 'Aging the LGBTQ Way' on Saturday, June 3, at Seattle City Hall. The forum starts at 10am (arrive at 9:30am to visit the resource fair). Hear Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders. Learn what the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study can tell us about Seattle. Consider the intersections between sexuality, gender, race, and social justice. Help inform #agefriendlySeattle with your own views about LGBTQ equity, respect, and inclusion; economic and housing security; social and civic engagement; and aging, health, and community services. Lunch and afternoon appetizers are included at no cost. Pre-register at For more info, e-mail [email protected] or visit Age Friendly Seattle on Facebook and Twitter.
  19. Tweet: Aging the LGBTQ Way forum 6/3 Seattle City Hall #agefriendlySeattle @agefriendlySEA RSVP
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  25. <title>Seattle to host sister march for Washington DC National Pride March June 11</title>
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  29. <description> On Sunday, June 11, the LGBTQ community and allies around the United States will march in solidarity for the dignity, freedom, equality, and love of all people regardless of gender, orientation, race, ability, religion, immigration status or economic circumstance.
  31. A coalition of Seattle-based LGBTQ organizations has taken the lead on organizing Seattle's sister march. The Seattle Pride March will begin with a rally at 11am in Cal Anderson Park (11th Ave. and E. Howell St.). The march will step off at noon and make its way to Seattle Center via E. Pine St. and 4th Ave. The coalition's stated purpose is to 'march for all people who feel marginalized, under attack, or simply not seen, heard, or known by this administration and our fellow citizens.'
  33. For further details about the march, please visit
  35. 25 LGBTQ organizations currently form the coalition and new members are welcome to join. As of May 17, the coalition is </description>
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  39. <title>Rev. Troy Perry, founder of LGBTQ denomination, first American to receive Cuba's CENESEX award</title>
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  43. <description> Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), is the first American citizen given Cuba's CENESEX award. The 10th Cuban Gala Against Homophobia at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana 12 May 2017 was the setting where close to 5,000 people gathered to honor Rev. Perry, including the US, French, and Swiss ambassadors as well as the Minister of Culture of Cuba. Mariela Castro EspĂ­n, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, and a member of the country's National Assembly attended the presentation. Perry was presented the award for his long history of working for human rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community worldwide.
  45. Rev. Perry was the first to perform same-sex marriages, co-founded the first LGBTQ Pride Parade in the world, and was invited to the White House by three American presidents. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter's administration invited Rev. Perry to discuss gay and lesbian civil rights, and in the 1990s, President Bill Clinton appointed</description>
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  49. <title>Think twice before you support I-1552, religious leaders tell their colleagues</title>
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  52. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  53. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  55. Nine prominent religious leaders in Washington state have issued an open letter to their colleagues, asking them to think twice before supporting I-1552, the anti-Transgender initiative being circulated for signatures.
  57. The letter, dated May 23, is a rebuttal to a recent appeal for help with I-1552 issued by Pastor Joe Fuiten, a longtime opponent of the LGBT community.
  59. 'Please search your heart and do not allow the backers of I-1552 to sow fear and distrust among us,' the letter says.
  61. The plea is signed by Bishop B. Kirby Unti, Northwest Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bishop Greg Rickel, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia; Presiding Elder Spencer Barrett of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; President R. Skyler Oberst, Spokane Interfaith Council; Rabbi Bruce Kadden, Temple Beth El; Rabbi Jason Levine, Temple Beth Am; Rev. David Wright, University of Puget </description>
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  65. <title>Dismiss the lawsuit, Ed Murray's attorneys ask court</title>
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  68. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  69. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  71. Attorneys for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit charging that he paid an underage boy for sex in the mid-1980s.
  73. The suit, filed by local attorney Lincoln Beauregard on behalf of Delvonn Heckard, alleges that Murray paid for sex with Heckard up to 50 times, starting when Heckard was only 15 and therefore under the age of consent.
  75. Murray aggressively denied the charges but eventually dropped out of his race for re-election on May 8.
  77. In court documents filed May 24, Murray's attorneys, Malaika Eaton and Robert Sulkin, said that their client 'denies any inappropriate contact with the Plaintiff or any minor.'
  79. They also argued that Heckard had failed to state a legitimate claim in the lawsuit and that the claims are barred by Washington's statute of limitations, meaning that even if true, the charges can't be litigated because the events took place</description>
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  83. <title>Pride Foundation awards $438,000 in scholarships to 108 student leaders</title>
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  87. <description> On Wednesday, May 24, Pride Foundation announced scholarships to 108 students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington totaling $438,000 - the largest total award in the organization's history.
  89. Pride Foundation is the largest source of scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students in the country. These scholarships, which range from $3,000 to $14,000, seed the next generation of leaders in the LGBTQ community and support remarkable students who are engaged in a range of studies that will benefit the LGBTQ movement and the world.
  93. Students supported include:
  95. Miki Cabell grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and dropped out of school in 6th grade. Miki is now enrolled in a PhD program in education with the goal of becoming a teacher.
  97. Lexi Bergeron is pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Oregon. Lexi is one of the first open</description>
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  101. <title>Gay City Arts, Season 5: RESISTANCE!
  103. September 2017 through May 2018
  105. Gay City Arts now accepting applications until June 7 at 5pm</title>
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  108. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  109. <description> In these frightening times, many of us find ourselves under attack - because we are trans or nonbinary, and laws are being written about where we are allowed; because we are LGBTQ and shamed for how we love and experience desire; because we live with disabilities and our bodies refuse to submit to the demands of capitalism; because we are black and indigenous and brown and we live in fear of violence from the police; because we aren't the shapes or sizes named desirable; because we are undocumented and are called illegal in this state; because we are trans and cis women still fighting for the right to make choices about our own bodies.
  111. The resistance against our current administration is beautiful, multifaceted and strong. Gay City Arts is thrilled to have the opportunity to rise to meet it, to be part of a new movement growing defiantly up out of the center of what has been cut down. The joy we feel to be part of the swell is why the theme of Gay City Arts, Season</description>
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  115. <title>'Family 2.0: An Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ Gathering' a huge success!</title>
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  119. <description> by Sarah E. Baker - Seattle JACL President
  121. The concept for Family was originally started by the Seattle Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in 2014. As the second national organization to support marriage equality (after the ACLU), the JACL has always been a strong advocate and ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Seattle JACL recognized the need for a culturally relevant API LGBTQIA+ support group in the Seattle area, and thus the idea for Family sparked. What started as a small community meeting at the Panama Hotel Tea Room, the first Family conference soon took wing and was successfully implemented in June of 2015. Marsha Aizumi, author of Two Spirits One Heart writes: 'Attending an Asian American LGBTQ event like Family with my son and daughter-in- law, we were able to see people like us, so we didn't feel so all alone and shared our stories of moving through fear, sadness and shame to unconditional love and acceptance which continued to bring healing to ou</description>
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  125. <title>AGING WITH PRIDE
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  131. <description> Welcome
  133. Thank you for your genuine commitment to Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study. We are nearly finished collecting surveys for the third year of Aging with Pride and have achieved an incredible 94% response rate.
  135. The new information offers important insights about how different factors in real lives affect aging, health and well-being over time. As always, we are deeply grateful to our participants, community partners, and everyone who supports and follows our work.
  137. All of our publications are available on the Publications page of our website, We have collaborated with many of our community partner organizations recently, including a Forum for the American Society on Aging and a preconference at the Gerontological Society of America. We continue to work closely with communities to make older LGBTQ voices heard.
  139. My best wishes,
  140. Karen
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  146. <title>Capitol Hill Clean Sweep June 4</title>
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  150. <description> Kick off Pride Month on June 4, at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave. at E. Howell St.) 10am-1:30pm, by helping to clean the streets and public spaces of Capitol Hill. We feed you (well, Starbucks, Sizzle Pie, Nuflours, and a few other local businesses feed you...), give you a free stylish t-shirt, and you give a nice polish to Capitol Hill in preparation for Pride Month.
  154. PUT TOGETHER A TEAM! Teams are generally 6-10 people. Companies and non-profits are encouraged to put a team together and to wear your own t-shirts to promote your contribution. Or wear ours. Or wear both!
  156. Music provided by Kendall's DJ and Event: DJ's LA Kendall, Tony Burns and Kid Amiga
  158. Thanks to Central Co-op @ 16th and Madison, Seattle, Coca-Cola, Nuflours, Sizzle Pie, and Starbucks for keeping our </description>
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  162. <title>Burien Pride launches first annual Burien Pride Festival June 3</title>
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  166. <description> Burien Pride is excited to announce the first annual Burien Pride Festival on June 3 from 10am-10pm. The LGBTQ+ event is open to all ages and everyone is welcome.
  168. Burien Pride was an idea born out of necessity when community members decided it was time to stop complaining about various ailments (homelessness, theft, crime) in Burien and do something for the good of all people.
  170. 'We are a group of local Burien residents and business owners who came together to create a day where we celebrate and recognize the LGBTQ+ community; this day is Saturday June 3rd,' said committee member Debra George. George is also the director of C.A.R.E.S. (Community Animal Resource and Education Society) in Burien. All money raised at the first annual Burien Pride Festival will go to Burien C.A.R.E.S., the local non-profit animal shelter.
  172. In addition to George, diverse committee members include a teacher at the Highline School District, a technical lead at</description>
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  176. <title>Pride of Ellensburg to host 2nd annual Pride Parade and Festival June 3</title>
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  180. <description> Local LGBTQ group gathers community support for second year of celebration
  181. Formed in the Fall of 2015, LGBTQ non-profit group, Pride of Ellensburg (PoE) will host the 2nd annual Ellensburg Pride Parade and Festival with the theme 'Live. Love. Be.' in downtown Ellensburg, WA, on Saturday June 3rd. Pride of Ellensburg was formed in conjunction with, and is a partner project of its financial sponsor, CascadiaNow! Pride of Ellensburg will be partnering with other Ellensburg organizations and businesses to execute this year's festivities. The Pride Festival is being sponsored in conjunction with Gallery One's Art Confab taking place that same weekend. Pride of Ellensburg is still seeking opportunities to collaborate with other Ellensburg businesses who would like to be a part of the event.
  183. Parade - The parade will start on the corner of Chestnut and University Way, heading downtown to the Rotary Pavilion. Many area organizations will take part</description>
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  187. <title>New City of Seattle fund seeks new ideas for achieving results and racial equity</title>
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  191. <description> The City of Seattle's Human Services Department (HSD) is piloting an Innovation Fund to test new ideas or programs that focus on achieving results and racial equity. This fund will make available $225,000 for new ideas related to one of the department's six impact areas: (1) Preparing Youth for Success, (2) Addressing Homelessness, (3) Supporting Affordability and Livability, (4) Responding to Gender-Based Violence, (5) Promoting Public Health, and (6) Promoting Healthy Aging.
  193. As part of the City's Age-Friendly Seattle initiative, HSD is designating $125,000 of the total Innovation Fund to support up to six projects at approximately $21,000 each. These projects will need to advance the 'Promoting Healthy Aging' impact area, and discuss how they align with one or more of the Age-Friendly Seattle goals to: 1) increase social participation, 2) decrease displacement, 3) increase racial equity, and 4) increase awareness of the positive contributions of older adults. In Ju</description>
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  197. <title>HUD Secretary Ben Carson to speak at hate group convention</title>
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  200. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  201. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  203. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is scheduled to deliver a speech at the upcoming World Congress of Families convention in Budapest. The group is listed as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
  205. According to the SPLC, the convention starts May 25 and will last through May 28. The theme of this year's meeting is 'Building Family-Friendly Nations: Making Families Strong Again.' The subject of Carson's speech has not been announced.
  207. Among the US-based hate groups slated to attend are the Alliance Defending Freedom and C-FAM, both of which advocate for criminalizing homosexuality. At the 2016 convention, held in Moscow, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) leader Brian Brown was elected president of the World Congress of Families.
  209. The same meeting that elected Brown also backed the rollout of Russia-style 'gay propaganda' laws, crimi</description>
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  213. <title>Patty Murray introduces federal $15 per hour minimum wage bill</title>
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  216. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  217. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  219. Washington Sen. Patty Murray announced on May 25 that she will introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024.
  221. Her colleague, Sen. Maria Cantwell, is a one of 30 co-sponsors of the measure.
  223. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) also introduced a companion House bill with 152 co-sponsors.
  225. The Raise the Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 and index future increases to median wage growth thereafter. This raise would increase the federal minimum wage - in dollars adjusted for inflation - higher than its 1968 peak. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, when the Democratic majority in Congress raised it to the current $7.25 per hour.
  227. The legislation would give more than 41 million low-wage workers a raise, increasing the wages of almost 30% of the US workforce. A $15 minimum wage by 2024 w</description>
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  231. <title>Betsy DeVos OKs anti-LGBT discrimination by schools </title>
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  235. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  237. Trump's Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, said she would allow schools receiving federal funds to discriminate against LGBT students if parents wanted such discrimination and state rules authorized it.
  239. DeVos made the statement at a May 24 House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, where she was seeking $250 million more for vouchers going to private schools.
  241. Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark asked DeVos about Lighthouse Christian Academy, a private school in Indiana that receives state voucher money but denies admission to students from families where there is 'homosexual or bisexual activity' or someone 'practicing alternate gender identity.'
  243. Would she authorize federal funds for such a school, Clark asked the Secretary. DeVos replied by saying she supports giving flexibility to states.
  245. 'For states who have programs that allow for parents to make choices, they set u</description>
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  249. <title>Health care catastrophe if Trump gets his way
  251. 23 million to lose insurance; deep cuts to HIV services, research</title>
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  255. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  257. America is on track for a health care catastrophe if Republicans succeed in replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) with the legislation that passed the US House of Representatives, and the situation will only get worse if Donald Trump's proposed budget passes.
  259. According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projection, 23 million Americans will lose their health insurance if the Republican plan makes it through the Senate. Most of the losses will take place in the first year of the plan, with 14 million people losing coverage in 2018 if the ACA is replaced.
  261. 'Premiums would vary significantly according to health status and the types of benefits provided, and less healthy people would face extremely high premiums,' the CBO said in a report released May 24.
  263. Older Americans would also have to contend with much higher premiums, and all but the richest of them would likely</description>
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  267. <title>Ex-waiter sues New York restaurant for HIV discrimination</title>
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  271. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  273. A New York City waiter is suing the trendy Buddakan restaurant for HIV discrimination. Jack Mountford started working at the restaurant in February 2013 and charges he was fired in June 2016 because he is HIV positive.
  275. According to Mountford, he has been positive since 2010. He says notified Buddakan's general manager and other managers at the time, because on occasion he needed to take time off to meet with his medical team.
  277. Buddakan management accommodated Mountford, allowing him time off and extra breaks so that he could inject himself in the stomach with medication, court documents say.
  279. Then a scathing 2015 review in Eater NY magazine prompted Starr Restaurants, Buddakan's parent company, to bring in a new management team.
  281. Brandon Wergeles was brought in as general manager, and he did not continue the policy of accommodating Mountford's health problems, the</description>
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  285. <title>Teen may proceed with gender transition without parental consent, Minnesota court rules</title>
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  289. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  291. A 17-year-old woman may proceed with her gender transition without interference from her mother, a Minnesota court has ruled.
  293. The young woman, identified in court documents as EJK, identified as Gay at age 13 and later began to identify as a woman.
  295. Her mother, who consistently referred to her with 'he' pronouns in her public statements and court filings, sued her to prevent her from going forward with her transition.
  297. The mother, Anmarie Calgaro, also sued St. Louis County, Minn.; two nonprofit health care providers; the St. Louis School Board; the principal at her daughter's school; and the director of the county's Health and Human Services agency, all of whom helped her daughter transition.
  299. Calgaro argued that her daughter's transition violated her parental rights. The mother also claimed that her daughter had been 'emancipated' - legally considered as an adult even</description>
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  303. <title>Weekly Pets </title>
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  307. <description> Meet Bing, a handsome 11-year-old orange tabby boy! Bing is a charming fellow with the most striking, enchanting green eyes. This handsome, talkative boy likes to explore and carry a conversation with you. He's also a fan of petting time, face rubs, and rubbing up against your legs. Come meet Bing today at Seattle Humane! He can't wait to be your new best friend.
  309. As with all of our cats, Bing is neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. All of our cats have been tested for Feline Leukemia/FIV and go home with a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian and their very own identification tag and collar. PLUS, most cat adoptions include 30 days of pet insurance from Trupanion - a great way to start off on the right paw!
  311. Pippin is an 8-year-old Shepherd mix who is looking for a loving home. Pippin is gentle and a beautiful dog. He came to Seattle Humane after going through some traumatic experiences and as a result has </description>
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  315. <title>'First Trans Chechen' speaks on Russian TV
  317. Chechens demolish Gay concentration camp, fate of prisoners unknown</title>
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  321. <description> by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer
  323. A woman who calls herself the 'first Transgender person' in Chechnya says she was the target of a murder attempt in 2015, after she'd fled Chechnya for a safer residence Moscow.
  325. The woman, who was identified only as 'Leila,' subsequently came to the United States.
  327. Before she left Chechnya, she told the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd that local authorities urged her family to kill her.
  329. 'Either you remove this man who offends all Chechen society by their very presence,' they told her parents, 'or we'll find you and bring the body.'
  331. After she fled to Moscow, she received death threats and was finally stabbed by unidentified assailants.
  333. 'When will you stop disgracing your family?' the would-be killers asked her.
  335. She reported the attempted murder to Moscow police but got no assistance, she said. Police told her, 'Either screw off to E</description>
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  341. Chris Cornell's death is felt by many, including the SGN after interviewing twice with us</title>
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  345. <description> by Albert Rodriguez - SGN AandE Writer
  347. One of the reasons I wanted to become a music writer was to interview rock stars. To delve into the minds of the prominent figures in the industry and ask them questions that perhaps they routinely don't get asked like, 'Have you ever had Gay groupies?' or 'How many pairs of underwear do you pack for a tour?' You know, the important stuff.
  349. Somehow, though, I never quite imagined being on the receiving end of a call with Chris Cornell. This happened twice, actually; the first time in 2007, if memory serves me correctly, and again in 2009. The first interview, I requested, but the second was entirely at his request because his publicist mentioned to me via email that he really enjoyed speaking with me the first time.
  351. When I learned that Cornell had died a week ago, reportedly taking his own life in Detroit while touring, I honestly couldn't deal with it right away. It took me about two days to bel</description>
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  355. <title>My Indecent journey to Broadway</title>
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  359. <description> by Ron Anders - SGN AandE Writer
  365. Over the years, I have made many trips to New York City, my hometown, for a wide variety of dazzling theatrical events. However, my most recent visit is one that changed my life.
  367. Throughout my childhood, I had heard about author Sholem Asch from his niece, my mother. Although I never met him (he died when I was seven years old), I learned that he was a renowned Yiddish writer who courted controversy by writing novels about Christianity, angering his elders and alienating many of his devotees.
  369. Flash forward to 2016: I heard that a revival of his play God of Vengeance was opening off-Broadway. The reviews were sterling and piqued my interest, but I could not make the journey to New York during the play's short run.
  371. Some backstory: In 1923, a major theatrical scandal took place when God of Vengeance premiered in </description>
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  375. <title>Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo's sold out performances a delight and a revelation</title>
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  379. <description> by Sharon Cumberland - SGN AandE Writer
  385. May 20 (May 18-20)
  387. The beloved, all-male dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, returned to Meany Hall last week for three sold-out performances. For those of us who have seen this troupe of talented comic dancers, it was a delightful reunion. For those who are new to seeing men dance the traditional repertoire on point, it was a revelation.
  389. In 1974 when this troupe was founded, men invading the female realm of dancing 'en pointe' could only be considered a joke, and the 'Trocks' billed themselves as comedy dancers. They still call themselves 'The World's Foremost All-Male Comic Ballet Company,' and they are indeed very funny. But they wouldn't be funny at all if their comedy was not based on a solid foundation of technique, artistry, and talent. These men are real dancers, a</description>
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  393. <title>June theater openings are busting out in the beginning of the month</title>
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  397. <description> by Miryam Gordon - SGN AandE Writer
  399. Seven shows are opening in the beginning of June on our local stages! But the back half is pretty quiet. Maybe that will give you a chance to catch up with all the stuff you'd love to see but can't fit into two weekends! While there's a lot of great stuff that many have been waiting for, you may want to make a special effort to catch ArtsWest's Sweeney Todd with a superb non-traditional multi-ethnic cast you won't often see.
  401. Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, ArtsWest, 6/1-7/1
  402. Stephen Sondheim's bloody masterpiece tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber returning to 19th century London to seek vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, where her integration of an ingredient into her meat pies has the people of London lining up.
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  408. <title>Tragedy strikes at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, 22 killed and tour suspended</title>
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  411. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  412. <description> by Albert Rodriguez - SGN AandE Writer
  414. Ariana Grande was just here in Seattle two months ago. She performed before a packed crowd at Key Arena. I was there, sitting, or rather standing at seat 1 in Row 6 of Section 128. I remember a family of women and girls sitting in front of me, appearing to be a grandmother with her two daughters and granddaughters. The young girls sang and danced excitely throughout the show. Elsewhere around the arena, there were a significant number of Gay male supporters, between the ages of 20s and 40s, maybe some a little older; regardless, Grande has attracted a large international LGBT fan base since the start of her recording career in 2013 and has returned the favor by being a loyal, outspoken ally of the community.
  416. As with most concerts, Grande's performance on March 23 here in the Emerald City was a festive experience with people dancing, singing, holding up signs and mesmerized by seeing one of their favorite artist</description>
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  420. <title>Seattle Symphony rocks with Seattle Men's Chorus and special guests</title>
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  423. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  424. <description>by Miryam Gordon - SGN AandE Writer
  431. May 19-21
  433. Seattle Men's Chorus had a wonderful opportunity this last weekend to join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in concert. About fifty of the members augmented three absolutely top-notch Broadway talents in a 'Broadway Rocks' concert that was part of the Symphony's 'Seattle Pops' concert series.
  435. I have to admit that I thought it might mean that SMC would be featured 'as' singers in their own right for this event, and so was a tad sad that they didn't get to specifically sing a choral piece alone. But they added beautiful augmentation behind the featured Broadway talent. The pieces they participated in were richer and fuller because they were there!
  437. Charlie Wade, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations at the SSO, said, 'When </description>
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  441. <title> Brandy, Jennifer Hudson and Tinashe headlining Pride celebrations around the country this summer</title>
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  444. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  445. <description> by Albert Rodriguez - SGN AandE Writer
  447. Brandy and Chromeo will headline the LA Pride Festival on June 10 and 11, in West Hollywood, if you happen to be in SoCal at that time. Joining them are former teen heartthrob Aaron Carter, pop singer Kat Dahlia and rapper iLoveMakonnen, plus a half dozen other artists, who will all appear at the Park Stage presented by Blue Shield. That same weekend, on the opposite coast, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will headline Pride in the Street, on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. The concert is a ticketed event with prices starting at $49; Kesha headlined last summer's show that sold out with 7,000 in attendance. Meanwhile, RandB star Tinashe and Grammy winner Estelle ('American Boy,' 'One Love') are on the lineup for San Diego Pride on July 15 and 16, which also includes En Vogue.
  449. Not everyone was happy with Katy Perry's performance last weekend on SNL, which featured about a dozen drag queens, including some who appea</description>
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  453. <title>Teen melodrama Everything, Everything not immune to a cancerous climax</title>
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  456. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  457. <description> by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN AandE Writer
  459. For as long as she can remember, 18-year-old Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) has dreamt of going outside. She longs to frolic on the beach and to swim in the ocean, to feel the wind rush through her hair and know what it is to stand in the great outdoors during a rainstorm. The bright, intelligent teenager with aspirations of becoming an architect, has never left her house, and because she suffers from an extreme case of Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, otherwise known as SCID, the reasons for this are rather obvious. Maddy's immune system doesn't work, meaning that the outdoors and all they have to offer could literally kill her.
  461. But that doesn't mean she can dream, especially when the attractive Olly Bright (Nick Robinson) moves into the neighborhood. He's immediately captivated by the beautiful young girl standing in the window of the block's nicest home, and through a variety of creative means he fin</description>
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  465. <title>Scott's fascinatingly unsettling Covenant doubles down on Prometheus</title>
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  468. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  469. <description> by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN AandE Writer
  472. Now playing
  474. The spaceship Covenant carries 2,000 colonists who have left Earth for a new life on a distant planet on the other side of the solar system. There are 16 crew members who have joined them in hypersleep, the vessel a gigantic ark that will allow humanity to take root in a new corner of the universe. The only one walking the passageways is the synthetic Walter (Michael Fassbender), his task to ensure the trip goes smoothly and all remains peaceful until it is time to awaken the crew to pilot the ship to its final destination.
  476. But things do not go as planned, a massive energy burst playing havoc with the Covenant's systems. Walter makes the decision to engage emergency protocols, pulling the crew out of hibernation to take command, assess the damage, make necessary repairs and determine the best course of action to ensure the survival of the colonists.</description>
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  480. <title>Schreiber's charming Chuck star-turn a pugilistic knockout</title>
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  483. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  484. <description> by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN AandE Writer
  486. CHUCK
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  489. Even though he was the heavyweight boxing champion of New Jersey, even with eight straight wins sitting on his resume, no one could have predicted it would be Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) who would be selected to fight Muhammad Ali (Pooch Hall). Recently crowned the new Heavyweight Champion of the World thanks to his rope-a-dope pummeling of George Foreman, Ali could have selected any number of challengers to be the first man he'd defend his title against. For whatever reason, Wepner was the guy, this barely known liquor salesman from Bayonne getting a million-to-one title shot against a man many considered impossible to knock down let alone defeat.
  491. The rest of the story is fairly well known. While Wepner did not win the fight, he did become the first man to knock Ali to the canvas, the enraged champion rising to send his challenger packing just 19 seconds i</description>
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  495. <title>Brutally sparse The Wall a haunting psychological battlefield</title>
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  498. <pubDate>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT</pubDate>
  499. <description> by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN AandE Writer
  501. THE WALL
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  504. For the past 20 hours, two Army Rangers, staff sergeant Shane Matthews (John Cena) and his spotter, Allan 'Ize' Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), have been hidden on a dusty Iraqi ridge overlooking a scene of carnage and bloodshed, silently looking for a killer who shot a team of construction workers and their protection unit with deathly precision. Moving from their position to get a better look, the two suddenly find themselves under fire from another sniper who may be the lethal killer known only as Juba, aka 'the angel of death,' a vicious foe with a reported 75 official kills sitting on his resume.
  506. Hidden behind a tiny stone wall with a gruesome injury to his knee, with Matthews clinging to life from a gunshot wound to his chest, doing his best to appear as a lifeless corpse, his body dangerously stuck out in the open, Isaac desperately tries to figure ou</description>
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