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  1. On Friday, November 30, 2018, Seattle Counseling Service, Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center, and CareTeams by Samaritan Center of Puget Sound partnered once again to present the 15th annual Stronger Together: World AIDS Day Breakfast - this year at the King Street Ballroom (Embassy Suites, 255 S. King St.). This event was a convening of community to commemorate the local history of the AIDS pandemic; honor those who have died; appreciate those who are living with HIV/AIDS; applaud the achievements we have made together in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and make a call to action to find, serve, and support those community members who are still in need, in order to eradicate this disease. On this day, more than $110,000 was raised to support the three benefiting organizations' work in the Greater Seattle Area. The event's keynote speaker was Steven Wakefield, External Relations Director for HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) at Fred Hutch. The event also honore
  2. WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2018) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation announced that it will honor longtime allies and LGBTQ advocates Judy and Dennis Shepard with the Upstander Award at the organization's sixth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 15-17 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California. 'We are thrilled to honor Judy and Dennis Shepard with our Upstander Award for their tireless and fearless work for the LGBTQ community. For decades, they've not only been members of the HRC family but true friends,' said the HRC Foundation's Acting Senior Vice President Jay Brown. 'After the horrific murder of their son, Matthew, 20 years ago, Judy and Dennis chose to bravely rise up and confront the hate violence that plagues our country by establishing a foundation in their son's name. They have since dedicated their lives to working to create a world where no LGBTQ or other marginalized person has to live in fear.' The couple
  3. LAS CRUCES, NM (December 13, 2018) - Lambda Legal today filed a motion on behalf of a 63-year-old gay man arguing that the Social Security Administration's denial of spousal survivor's benefits to him, on the grounds that he was not married for long enough despite marrying on the very first day when he was allowed to do so, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Anthony Gonzales, who was in a 15-year committed relationship with his husband, in the US District Court for the District of New Mexico argues that the SSA's imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for social security survivor's benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not able to be married for nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws. 'Over the past three months, we have filed lawsuits against the Social Security Administration in three different states - Washington, Arizona and, today, New Mexico - all underscoring the ongoing harm that a number of same-sex
  4. WASHINGTON, DC - The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments [on December 10] in Doe v. Trump - the first legal challenge filed in opposition to Trump's transgender military ban - brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi presented arguments on behalf of the plaintiffs, urging the court to keep Doe's preliminary injunction in place, which prevents implementation of Trump's transgender military ban while the case is being heard in court. There are four lawsuits challenging the ban, and all four federal judges in these cases have issued nationwide preliminary injunctions blocking it. In issuing those orders, the courts each determined that the plaintiffs challenging the ban - including current service members, ROTC, military academy students, and enlistees - would likely prevail on their claim that the ban violates
  5. Dear Friends, In the past year, many in the LGBTQ and Latino/a community have faced unprecedented challenges brought on by changes in federal government policies. As the leading LGBTQ Latino/a Non-Profit in Washington State, Entre Hermanos is an organization uniquely situated to combat these challenges. In 2019, we will continue to serve and advocate for our community under new leadership. Our current Executive Director, Luis Fernando Ramirez Limon will be stepping down after two years as Executive Director and a total of 11 years with the organization. Under his ambitious leadership, Entre Hermanos has seen the largest increase in its funding, staff, and programs in our history. We thank Luis for his years of service, passion, and commitment. Entre Hermanos will soon be hiring a new Executive Director and we are currently in the recruiting process. In the interim, our current program managers will step up to lead the organizati