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KC Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announces re-election campaign for Position 5

KC Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announces re-election campaign for Position 5

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced today he will seek re-election to the King County Council.

BIDEN INAUGURATED AS 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT

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.

Biden's LGBT agenda for Day 1

Biden's LGBT agenda for Day 1

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 B

Durkan Digest special edition: Our road to reopening and an equitable recovery starts with vaccinations

Durkan Digest special edition: Our road to reopening and an equitable recovery starts with vaccinations

There's no denying that 2020 was a difficult year. We faced so many overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic devastation, to the greatest civil rights reckoning in decades, to wildfires that choked our communities.

Rep. Smith on Capitol campus insurrection

Rep. Smith on Capitol campus insurrection

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in the midst of the protest that has overrun the Capitol campus during the proceedings to certify the 2020 g

Durkan Digest: Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021

Durkan Digest: Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021

2020 presented unprecedented challenges for cities across the world. While many families faced grief and loss, we saw the resiliency, compassion, and determination of our community, neighbors, friends, essential workers, and first responders to respond to

MARK MY WORDS: Mayor Pete will make a great Secretary of Transportation

MARK MY WORDS: Mayor Pete will make a great Secretary of Transportation

In my October Q & A with candidate Joe Biden, I asked whether he would put LGBT people in his cabinet. His answer was "I'll nominate and appoint federal officials and judges that represent the diversity of America, including LGBTQ+ individuals."

Broadway for Georgia releases special "Georgia on My Mind" recording and video in support of Fair Fight

Broadway for Georgia releases special "Georgia on My Mind" recording and video in support of Fair Fight

Producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, alongside Broadway superstar Audra McDonald, director Schele Williams, and Broadway Inspirational Voices' Joseph Joubert and Michael McElroy, announced today that they have released a very special recording and mu

Supreme Court rejects challenge to same-sex parents on birth certificates

Supreme Court rejects challenge to same-sex parents on birth certificates

The U.S. Supreme Court, which many predicted would roll back LGBTQ rights with its new 6-3 conservative majority, has turned down a request to hear a case that would have undercut the guarantee of full marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.

MARK MY WORDS: Georgia on my mind

MARK MY WORDS: Georgia on my mind

This column could be filled with the names of those in the LGBTQ community who expect or should be considered for position in the Biden/Harris administration

KC Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

KC Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

At a time of immense division across the political and social spectrum, the King County Council again demonstrated its ability to come together to invest in the region's future with the passage of a landmark $12.59 billion bu

Durkan Digest: Gov. Inslee's updated COVID-19 restrictions

Durkan Digest: Gov. Inslee's updated COVID-19 restrictions

Our region was home to the first COVID-19 outbreak in our nation nearly nine months ago. Our quick response, backed by science and recommendations from experts, made Seattle a leader in the nation, with some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 of any major ci

The journey to marriage equality in Washington state was approved 8 years ago this week

The journey to marriage equality in Washington state was approved 8 years ago this week

Before marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States in 2015, it was passed in the Washington state legislature in 2012, then affirmed by a public vote in the form of Referendum 74. The man who worked long and hard to achieve this vict

OP-ED: Crying foul over the Seattle LGBTQ Commission's call for Mayor Durkan's resignation

OP-ED: Crying foul over the Seattle LGBTQ Commission's call for Mayor Durkan's resignation

On October 15 the Seattle LGBTQ Commission voted 6-to-5, with one abstention, to request Mayor Jenny Durkan's resignation.

A conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan

A conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan won't be up for reelection until next year, but she did get some great news last week when the Washington State Supreme Court threw out the effort to recall her.

Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention

Read Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's speech to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery

Kamala Harris' speech at the Democratic National Convention

Kamala Harris' speech at the Democratic National Convention

Read Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery

HRC remembers civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

HRC remembers civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the tragic news that US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has passed away at the age of 80.

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan's remarks on the shutdown of CHOP

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan's remarks on the shutdown of CHOP

Following are Mayor Durkan's remarks delivered on July 1, 2020:

Durkan Digest: The deep and systemic impacts of racism in our country

Durkan Digest: The deep and systemic impacts of racism in our country

While there are additional updates on the governor's Safe Start plan to reopen King County below, I wanted to address the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Durkan Digest: Permanently opening neighborhood streets to help families get outside

Durkan Digest: Permanently opening neighborhood streets to help families get outside

We are in a marathon and not a sprint with COVID-19. Until we have a vaccine and treatment, we will continue to be in our fight against the spread of the virus.

Durkan Digest: Extending our COVID-19 relief programs for residents, businesses, and nonprofits

Durkan Digest: Extending our COVID-19 relief programs for residents, businesses, and nonprofits

Gov. Inslee has led our state during the COVID-19 crisis by relying on science and data to make decisions.

Durkan Digest: New Seattle economic forecast highlights the significant impact of the pandemic

Durkan Digest: New Seattle economic forecast highlights the significant impact of the pandemic

This week, the City Budget Office released [its] latest economic forecasts and revenue projections for Seattle.

Durkan Digest: Responding to the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis

Durkan Digest: Responding to the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis

Seven weeks ago today, we learned of the first confirmed death related to COVID19 in Kirkland. I could have never imagined Seattle would be at the forefront of a pandemic or that our lives would change so drastically.