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Our Gay Agenda: Stop Being Jerks

Ace Robinson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

It is past time that we shine a light on the shadows by ensuring that LGBTQ adults feel safe at work through passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Big-City Mayors Stand Up To Discriminatory North Carolina Law

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

New York State, New York City and Seattle announced bans on use of public funds for employee travel to the state on Monday. The cities are following...

City Hall Became 'Kitty Hall' For One Magical Afternoon

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.13.2015 | Good News

By official proclamation of the mayor, Seattle's City Hall became "Kitty Hall" for one gloriously meow-gical hour on Friday afternoon. It's the sec...

Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services

Mark Horvath | Posted 06.19.2016 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Tent encampments are increasing across America. There is no community, rural or urban, that is immune from homelessness and tent encampments. Directly and indirectly, tent cities effect you!

Seattle Might Be The Next City To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray celebrated Memorial Day by reiterating a vow to house each homeless veteran by the end of next year. The announcement came...

Hundreds Convene at Seattle Church to Discuss Hate Crimes

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

Hundreds of concerned citizens convened for more than two hours on Capitol Hill at the All Pilgrims Church Tuesday evening for the LGBTQ Hate Crimes Public Forum, sponsored largely by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

No Shelter: Counting the Homeless in Seattle

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

I was walking down a street in one of Seattle's toniest neighborhoods with my 25-year-old daughter and another young woman. We were part of Seattle/King County's One Night Count of the homeless, a massive effort to document the number of "unsheltered" persons on a random winter night.

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

Doing the Minimum On Minimum Wage

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

We need more leadership from the top, as we had when the President came out for marriage equality and lit a fire under the movement and the party.

The Nature of Capitalism and the Challenge for the LGBT Community

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

It's hard enough to overcome stigma and discrimination, particularly for minority populations, but when the underlying economic trends are tearing the country apart, the challenge becomes even more difficult.

Seattle Mayor Proposes $15 Minimum Wage For City Workers

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) hopes to raise the minimum wage for city workers to $15 an hour, KIRO 7 reports. Murray said Friday he wants a recommen...

Tuesday's Progressive Victories Show That the Tide Is Turning

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage. These are among the progressive victories that swept across the country.

The Urban Stage on Election Day, Seattle Style

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In general, our mayor's race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere.

In Seattle, A Mayoral Race With More Progressives, Less Sexting

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

By Elaine Porterfield SEATTLE, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Seattle's Democratic Mayor Mike McGinn faces a tough hurdle to re-election on Tuesday...

Washington State Senate Elects Openly Gay Senator As Majority Leader

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle, was elected as majority leader of Washington State Senate Tuesday, according to The Advocate. This makes Murray, 57, the...

Gay Washington Senator Remains Rooted In His Catholic Faith

The National Catholic Reporter | Julie Gunter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This article first appeared on National Catholic Reporter. SEATTLE -- Two churches in Elma, Wash. -- one Catholic, one Episcopal -- share a bond of...

Freedom to Marry Bill Introduced in Washington State on Valentine's Day

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Mirabella

Washington State holds the title for being the only state to win an expansion of gay and lesbian rights at the ballot box. But the marriage campaign will be much more difficult.