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BREAKING: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After New Abuse Allegation Revealed

by Tuesday at 1:16 pm

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Updated: Hours after the Seattle Times revealed that there was a fifth allegation that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, the mayor’s office issued a statement that Murray would resign from the office of Seattle Mayor at 5pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017:

SEATTLE (September 12, 2017) – Today, Mayor Murray released the following statement:

“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.

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Gucci Camps It Up With Brilliant Sci Fi Ad

by Thursday at 4:57 pm

Image: Gucci

Image: Gucci

Bless their genre loving little hearts….the kids over at Gucci, the ultra premium design house which most of us cannot afford but love to drool over (or, make fun of, if you’re an idiot hayseed with no taste or appreciation for high art…) have made this clever and charming little film featuring pieces from Gucci’s F/W 17 collection in an homage to sci-fi television and film from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

I can’t post the video; go HERE to see it!

One comment made on a Facebook thread about this film, I have to steal…some clever puss called it haute couture cosplay”!

Brilliant.

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BIG Labor Day Weekend: Werq W/Chi Chi DeVayne // Bacon Strip Sci Fi // Pink Party Prime // Timberline Tea Dance

by Thursday at 5:44 pm

Have you planned your 2017 GayLabor Day Weekend? As usual, there are a TON of events going on, both of the LGBTQ nature as well as regularly scheduled Muggle events like the annual BUMBERSHOOT expensive music/arts festival nonsense at Seattle Center or the nerdalicious PAX, otherwise known as Comicon: The Labor Day Version, at the Convention Center.

(Note: one traditional Labor Day festival of the non-Muggle kind, XL WEEKEND, is taking the year off this year. For those unaware, that’s the Labor Day Weekend party for big, sexy, husky gay fellahs who like other big, sexy, husky, gay fellahs. Why they are taking a break, I do not know…)

You should check all the options over at the SGS Calendar but here are four “special” events you need to be aware of…starting off with Saturday’s Bacon Strip which is a monthly recurring ‘big gay variety show’ hosted by Sylvia O’Stayformore and her Gang O’Misfits so it’s not technically a “special event” but it’s notable this time because:

More info and advance tickets are HERE!!

Also on Saturday, September 2nd: the return of PINK PARTY PRIME, the bi-annual gay geeky fun party produced by Jetspace that usually occurs in spring for Emerald City Comicon and again at Labor Day for PAX. Here’s the 911 for this year’s party:

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Hillary Fans Grab Your Smelling Salts; Madame Secretary Hits Seattle on Dec 11th

by Monday at 1:46 pm

We're sure to hang out when Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton bops into Seattle on Dec 11, 2017 on her book tour for WHAT HAPPENED

We’re sure to hang out when Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton bops into Seattle on Dec 11, 2017 on her book tour for WHAT HAPPENED

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASP!!!!

I know a buttload of Clintonistas: Hillary Branch who will need to change their under drawers after this announcement because former Secretary of State/First Lady/2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON will be in da Seattle house (and Portland, Oregon, too) this coming December to promote her new memoir, WHAT HAPPENED (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; September 12, 2017; $30). Tickets go on sale on September 18th for her 8 city book tour that includes a stop at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on December 11th and Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 12th.

Should be juicy. They’ve already leaked excerpts where Mrs. Clinton calls Trump a “creep”.

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Best Tacos in Seattle?

by Friday at 10:44 am

Delicious tacos at Señor Moose Cafe in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood

Delicious tacos at Señor Moose Cafe in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood

Hmmmmm…..I dunno. Chona Kasinger over at Thrillist insists these are the best tacos in Seattle (she slipped in a White Center location as well). Here’s the list and you can read her full reviews over at Thrillist:

THREE in Ballard?!? Really?? Blandinavian ole Ballard?

I keed, I keed…and, I j’adore Señor Moose Cafe; it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle…which is why it’s always so damn busy and they always run out of my beloved Higaditos de Pollo. Aka: Livers of the Chicken

Yum!

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Cinerama’s 70mm Festival Is Happening….NOW!

by Thursday at 8:40 am

Alfred Hitchcock's beautiful but problematic ode to obsession, 1958's VERTIGO is one of the films featured in Seattle Cinerama's 70mm Film Festival happening now through Sept 6, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock’s beautiful but problematic ode to obsession, 1958’s VERTIGO is one of the films featured in Seattle Cinerama’s 70mm Film Festival happening now through Sept 6, 2017

Big, Big, BIG MOVIES!!!

On a Big, Big, BIG SCREEN!!!

Yes, it’s that time of year…for Seattle Cinerama’s big annual 70mm Film Festival where you can see big prints on a big screen of your favorite movies…it’s happening now (August 24th) through September 6th.

Not only do they have beloved older films like David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but they’ve programmed in more recent films like this year’s Wonder Woman and last year’s Interstellar as well. There’s also popular favorites from the 80s and 90s like The Dark Crystal, Aliens and Ghostbusters.

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SAM Extends Hours For Final Week Of Hugely Popular Kusama Show

by Tuesday at 6:00 pm

Infinity Mirrored Room–Love Forever, 1966/94.

Infinity Mirrored Room–Love Forever, 1966/94.

The huge success of Seattle Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and its impending final day (Sunday, September 10th) has led to the museum announcing they will extend hours at SAM for the final week of September 3rd through the 10th. The Japanese artist’s “Infinity Mirror Rooms” have been a major draw for the show; the five installations in the exhibit only hold 1 or 2 people at a time for 30 second increments which can create bottlenecks at times.

But, for fans of the iconic artist who is best known for her repetitive patterns (frequently dots and circles) and bold color choices in addition to her “Infinity Rooms”, it’s worth the wait times. The 88 year old artist is acclaimed for being one of the most influential feminist artists of the last 60 years and her work still resonates with modern audiences of all ages. A particular favorite for every one who sees this show: the “Obliteration Room” which starts out as a simple, functional IKEA designed all white living space which is “obliterated” over the course of the exhibition with the addition of thousands and thousands of colorful dot stickers applied by exhibit goers.

I went on the Press Launch on June 28th prior to the public opening on June 30th…the Obliteration Room looked like THIS at that time:

Kusama's Obliteration Room at Seattle Art Museum on June 28, 2017. Photo: Michael Strangeways for Seattle Gay Scene

Kusama’s Obliteration Room at Seattle Art Museum on June 28, 2017. Photo: Michael Strangeways for Seattle Gay Scene

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Eclipse My Heart….

by Monday at 6:44 pm

Did you enjoy the brouhaha over the August 21, 2017 eclipse that swooped over the Pacific Northwest with a Totality Zone down in Oregon? We know lots of people had a dandy time and we’re enjoying all the photos on social media. Some are…

Real:

Photo taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky

Photo taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky

And, some were fake, including this gorgy but phony composite.

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Memo To L’etranger: Robbie Turner Hasn’t Been A Regular At RPlace For Well Over A Year…

by Friday at 12:36 pm

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What’s up with The Stranger lately?

They’re kinda stupid.

OK, so first we had Chris Frizzelle breathlessly report on the “scoop” that Cucci Bianca and her filthy fabulous monthly show at Krewwerk (which has been around for….2 years?) is really neat (duh) and Cucci naughtily revealed this juicy gossip last week at the show:

“The real T is that Robbie Turner is leaving R Place. And R Place doesn’t know that yet.”

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Nordo’s New Show Is A Tad Dystopic…Prepare For Onērus™

by Thursday at 2:39 pm

How….timely. The talented folks at Café Nordo, that fascinating theater company that has managed to combine theater with fantastic food and booze pairings for the last decade or so without devolving into your Grandma’s suburban dinner theater presenting Miss Ruth Buzzi in “Evita” (which I would TOTALLY go see, btw…) is back with a fascinating and quite provocative new show that speaks to our concerns about the current political/social climate in the world.

Those concerns that we’re three steps away from having our face stuck in a rat cage or seeing our female friends filing down the street in red robes en route to the latest “cleansing”.

Café Nordo’s fall production is titled Onērus™ and it takes place in the not so distant future…2046 where “citizens are connected to the Cloud 24/7 through a Sync-Disc implant” …with the unfortunate side-effect that they can no longer dream.

Here’s some more info about the new piece with a link to buy tickets. Judging by the timely plot and Nordo’s reputation for delicious food/drink, it could be the hot ticket for Autumn 2017.

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Call For Removal Of Lake View’s Confederate Memorial Leads To Focus On Privately Owned Cemetery

by Wednesday at 4:31 pm

Confederate Memorial in Seattle's Lake View Cemetery. Photo via Change.org

Confederate Memorial in Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery. Photo via Change.org

After this weekend’s “Alt Right” aka “Racist Nazi White Power Bigots” rally in Charlottesville Virginia which led to confrontations with anti-Nazi protesters and the death of one woman, there have been increased calls for the removal of statues and memorials that honor Confederate leaders and veterans who fought for the losing side in the United States Civil War from 1861-1865. Advocates for their removal claim that the memorials honor and commemorate white supremacy, pro-slavery, anti-black, and racist positions of white privilege and it’s wrong to honor any individual/group that fought for such beliefs. The removal of Confederate memorials and iconography like the “Stars and Bars” Confederate flag have caused demonstrations and rallies throughout much of the South but little has been said about such memorials in non-Southern cities.

Until now.

“Ian S.” has created a Change.org petition asking Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council to remove a Confederate Veteran’s memorial in Lake View Cemetery, the main Seattle cemetery that abuts Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park and the final resting place for many of Seattle’s earliest citizens of the 19th and 20th century.

I am calling on Mayor Ed Murray and our Seattle City Council for the removal of the United Confederate Veterans Memorial in Volunteer Park’s Lake View Cemetery (Seattle).

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Dan Savage and Dominic Holden Both Make The Advocate’s List of 50 Most Influential LGBTs in Media

by Wednesday at 3:36 pm

Seattle native/former Stranger writer/current BuzzFeed reporter DOMINIC HOLDEN made The Advocate's list of 50 influential LGBTs in media

Seattle native/former Stranger writer/current BuzzFeed reporter DOMINIC HOLDEN made The Advocate’s list of 50 influential LGBTs in media

Two Seattle LGBT media types made The Advocate’s list of  “50 Most Influential LGBTs in Media”. The Advocate polled other LGBTQ journalists and asked them who they thought were the most influential out gay journalists, reporters and pundits who work for mainstream outlets…in other words, queer writers working for queer outlets were not included for whatever reason. (Though their definition of ‘mainstream’ seems to be vague; Perez Hilton made this list for his own website as did Jared Yew for his site “Just Jared” both of which are…pretty damn gay).

Dan Savage from Seattle’s weekly for now/soon to be bi-weekly alternative paper/website The Stranger snagged the 12th spot on the list ; (not surprisingly…we’re surprised he’s not higher) and a former writer at that same outlet and Seattle native Dominic Holden who now writes/reports for the web outlet BuzzFeed surprisingly grabbed the 17th position ahead of FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver (18), the NY Times’ columnist Frank Bruni (19), conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan (22), MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts (41) and hunky/adorable ABC News reporter Gio Benitez (50).

Holden was a writer/reporter at The Stranger for many years who earned street cred for reporting on a variety of topics including pot legalization, LGBTQ rights, police brutality and the usual Seattle specific hot issues like bike lanes, density and Capitol Hill Block Party line-ups. He left the weekly alt rag just as it entered its weird interim period between its “heyday” and its current state of transforming itself into something vaguely resembling a bi-weekly Penny Saver written by 24 year olds.

Subsequently, Dom snagged his great gig with BuzzFeed and now works out of NYC and DC.

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SGS Recommends: “Beetlejuice” // Trailer Park Drag // Mama Tits Sings The Blue // Outwest Turns 6

by Friday at 1:57 pm

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So much to do this weekend…Seattle Gay Scene recommends the following:

FRIDAY AUGUST 11

“BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE!! BEETLEJUICE!!!”

Yes, it’s FINALLY time for Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s annual summer in Cal Anderson Park outdoor movie series and the first film in this year’s three film line-up is Tim Burton’s delicious macabre comedy, BEETLEJUICE starring a still hunky Alec Baldwin and always adorable Geena Davis as a ghost couple trapped in their house who have to deal with the new owners and a pesky demon ghost named….Beetlejuice! Michael Keaton is the dirty eponymous “hero” and a then gothy teen Winona Ryder stars as the homeowner’s moody daughter. It’s fun for the entire family and it starts at dusk (8:30 ish) but get there early for a pre-show and to snag a good spot to see the film. Bring your own blankets/chairs/snacks (Three Dollar Bill will be selling some snacks, too!)

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SGS Recommends: IMMINENT MODE: REVOLUTION RESIST at Vermillion

by Thursday at 4:11 pm

 ©2017 Adé. Photo: Stephanie Jamieson.

©2017 Adé. Photo: Stephanie Jamieson.

TONIGHT (Thursday, August 10th)  is the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk and since Pike Street is blocked off for a special community project, you can roam around checking out awesome art including this fantastic show at Vermillion, 1508 11th Avenue between Pike & Pine on the newsiest block on the Hill. It’s a fashion show featuring work by Anouk Rawkson, Jordan Christianson, Brenda Bryan, Grant Rehnberg, Julian Peña, Gabriel-Bello Diaz, Rio Abundez, Devon Yan, Carolyn Hitt, Robinick Fernandez, Amanda Franz.

 

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Chelsea Manning Goes Vogue

by Thursday at 3:29 pm

Chelsea Manning in Norma Kamali and photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Chelsea Manning in Norma Kamali and photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Hmmmm…..to be honest, not sure what to make of this story which oddly combines whistle blowing, transgender rights and fashion.

From  the September Issue of Vogue:

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Is October Going To Be “Armistead Maupin Month” In Seattle?

by Wednesday at 3:33 pm

Armistead Maupin heads to Seattle in October to promote new book and documentary. Photo by Christopher Turner

Armistead Maupin heads to Seattle in October to promote new book and documentary. Photo by Christopher Turner

We have a sneaky suspicion that Seattle area fans of beloved novelist/activist ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, best known for his 9 volume “Tales of the City” series of books chronicling the lives of a “chosen family” of LGBTQ and allied friends in San Francisco from 1975 through 2014 will have much to celebrate this upcoming October 2017.

For one known thing, Mr. Maupin is scheduled to be in Seattle on Monday, October 16th for “A Conversation With Armistead Maupin” at Benaroya Hall as part of a national tour to promote the October 3rd release of Mr. Maupin’s memoir, Logical Family. Tickets are on sale now and are available through the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at 206.215.4747 or online at www.benaroyahall.org. This event is in the smaller Isley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall so if you want good seats, snag them asap!

"The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" is HOPEFULLY coming to Seattle this fall...

“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” is HOPEFULLY coming to Seattle this fall…

One less unsure thing but I’m also thinking highly probable is the fact that TWIST: Seattle’s Queer Film Festival is happening October 12th through the 22nd and Mr. Maupin also has a documentary film about himself, THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN making the festival circuit this year. Guessing/projecting/surmising/hoping that TWIST could maybe/possibly be screening this film while Mr. Maupin is in town for his Benaroya event.

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“Bitsy Bates” Us With Cannabis Cooking Tips On New Web Series From Uncle Ike’s

by Friday at 4:59 pm

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We LOVE a good advertorial!

Part not-so-subtle advertisement!

Part entertainment!

Part commentary!

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Congrats #1: Beth Barrett Named Permanent SIFF Artistic Director

by Thursday at 1:52 pm

Beth Barrett has been named the permanent Artistic Director for the Seattle International Film Festival. Photo: SIFF

Beth Barrett has been named the permanent Artistic Director for the Seattle International Film Festival. Photo: SIFF

We are SO thrilled that Beth Barrett has been named the permanent Artistic Director for the Seattle International Film Festival. Beth has acted as the interim AD for the last year after the resignation of Carl Spence who had held the position for many years and she’s the ideal choice to lead SIFF into the future.

Switching to the first person from my customary “Royal We”, I’m personally delighted because Beth is AWESOME both as a film professional and as a person. I had the pleasure of working with Beth back in my own SIFF Days in the mid to late aughts, and she is an open and friendly and down to earth person who knows and loves film. The film world is irritatingly rife with pompous, jaded, full of themselves assholes and the Film Festival World certainly has their share of them. There are plenty of folks in FFW who seem to think programming indie art house Albanian documentaries about Jewish Transgender Romany Lesbian Goat Herders somehow magically makes them the equivalent of Pier Paolo Pasolini or Lina Wertmüller. Having worked in the lowly confines of the box office, I’ve had to deal with more than one arrogant, trust fund supported, hipster than thou film studies “artiste” than I care to recall…those types tend to shun anyone not quite in their league of artistic awesomeness….for running a glorified metroplex movie cinema for 3 weeks a year. But, Beth was ALWAYS one of the “good guys” who had no airs or pretensions…she just loves movies and sharing that love with other people.

So, “Condragulations and a Big Hug” to Beth Barrett!

The poo from SIFF about this announcement:

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It’s Confirmed: Joey Burgess Takes Over Former Purr Space For New Club “Queer Bar”…Plus, MORE Change Is A’Comin’

by Wednesday at 3:11 pm

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We broke the news last night that it appeared the name of the new venue taking over the former Purr Cocktail Lounge space at 1518 11th Ave was going to be “Queer Bar” and that the word we heard on the street that it was going to be owned by the Guild Seattle group who already own several major food/drink establishments on Capitol Hill. Signage quickly appeared in Purr’s windows indicating “Queer Bar” was coming this fall.

Today we have clarification and confirmation. QUEER BAR now has a website and they’ve confirmed to the Capitol Hill Times blog that the new owner is JOEY BURGESS, a partner in the Guild Seattle company that owns Big Mario’s Pizza and the Lost Lake diner with partners Jason Lajeunesse and Dave Meinert. The trio also own Grim’s the cocktail lounge two doors down from the Purr location that was created and formerly owned by Laura Olson’s Pterodactyl Group.

But it seems Queer Bar will be solely owned by Burgess, an out gay man who has become quite active in Seattle’s LGBTQ community in the last couple years. He currently sits on the board at Three Dollar Bill Cinema who produce Seattle’s LGBTQ film festivals TWIST in the fall and Translations in the spring. Per the CH Times’ post, Burgess states that programming and designs for Queer Bar have already begun and the new space will be designed by his husband/partner Murf Hall.

The CH Times’ post (by Brandon Macz) also raised eyebrows for including an odd quote from Matt Basta, the landlord who owns the building.

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Is “Queer Bar” Moving Into The Old Purr Location? And, WHO Is Behind It?

by Tuesday at 8:10 pm

Well, that was quick.

It’s August 1st and there is already a new sign in the window at 1518 11th Ave on one of Capitol Hill’s hottest night life streets between Pike and Pine. Purr Cocktail Lounge, the popular gay venue owned by Barbie Roberts just vacated those premises this weekend after a monstrous rate hike forced her out to a new location in Montlake at the northeast base of Capitol Hill.

Today, a new sign has appeared in the window at the former Purr spot:

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It’s a simple paper banner announcing ” queer / bar ” and “FALL 2017”.

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SGS Exclusive! A Random Post About “Glee” Star Chris Colfer Coming To Town To Promote His Book!!!

by Thursday at 4:00 pm

Chris Colfer comes to the general Seattle Gay Scene metroplex to promote his latest "Land of Stories" fairy tale book from Hachette

Chris Colfer comes to the general Seattle Gay Scene metroplex to promote his latest “Land of Stories” fairy tale book from Hachette

A blatant attempt to snag clicks, this post is ENTIRELY designed to get people to come to Seattle Gay Scene!

EXCLUSIVELY!!!!

I keed, I keed…

Mostly.

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EC Black Pride Events Happening All Over The Emerald City This Weekend

by Wednesday at 6:41 pm

Photo: Adam McRoberts for SGS

Photo: Adam McRoberts for SGS

Just a reminder that EMERALD CITY BLACK PRIDE is happening this weekend in Seattle with events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at venues all over Seattle with options for everyone.

July 28th:
5pm – Thirst
9pm – SLAY: A Hip Hop Party for LGBTQ, People of Color and Allies

July 29th:
11am – Alki Beach Pride LGBTQ + Event
9pm – ECBP: #BlackLove Party

July 30th:
1pm: ECBP Family Reunion BBQ
7pm: ECBP Afterparty at Wildrose

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Trump Bans Transgender Military Personnel; Community Reacts With Fury

by Wednesday at 3:17 pm

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In yet another pathetic attempt to distract and divide, Donald Trump tweeted out this morning his plans to reinstate a ban on transgender citizens from serving in the US military. This comes as a complete reversal from the Obama Administration’s policy which allowed transgender military personnel to actively serve. That policy, made over a year ago, is still in the process of being implemented.

 

“In the last 24 hours, the Trump administration’s ugly agenda has been on full display and we should not be surprised. This White House has never been interested getting things done for America. They are all about undoing—such as taking away healthcare for millions of poor Americans and now stripping transgender people of their rights. The Trump administration is undoing this nation’s commitment to equity and spirit of community that makes America great.

“The President’s attack on transgender people is a shameful, despicable, and unacceptable attempt to marginalize an entire community of Americans. Serving one’s country is a patriotic calling that every single American, including the thousands of transgender people who currently serve, have the right to aspire to. Taking away that right is antithetical to the American value of equality and Seattle’s unwavering commitment to protect and promote the rights of the transgender community. If we’ve learned anything from the chilling history of the 20th century, it is that attempts to marginalize entire populations cannot be taken lightly. This inclusive city does not take it lightly.”

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Gender Dynamics Fuel Film Making As Well As Promotion For The Raunchy Film “The Little Hours”

by Tuesday at 4:26 pm

Kate Micucci, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza are foul mouthed horny 14th century Italian nuns in the film comedy, THE LITTLE HOURS now playing at SIFF at The Uptown

Kate Micucci, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza are foul mouthed horny 14th century Italian nuns in the film comedy, THE LITTLE HOURS now playing at SIFF at The Uptown

How awkward.

Gender dynamics in everyday conversation between complete strangers frequently result in the usual sexist role playing where men feel the need to talk over, through and around women.

As a male of the species, I try to avoid falling into that trap. And, I know I sometimes fail. It can be hard for those of us (regardless of gender) who tend to enjoy hearing ourselves expound on subjects we’re passionate about. Men do it mostly though knowledgeable women are also certainly capable of “monologuing” on a topic near and dear to their hearts…it’s part of human nature. Flappin’ the mouth.

But, men ARE certainly far more likely to engage it than women…in my opinion. And, it happens in the oddest of places…like in press junkets for indie comedy movies starring very funny women.

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