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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: Harvey Fierstein's acclaimed Casa Valentina at Erickson Theatre Oct 19-28

<strong>by MK Scott</strong> You may have seen the ads and video on Facebook or ads in Seattle Gay News or director Derek Villanueva on the cover of the current Unite Seattle Magazine. What is even more intriguing is the Seattle Premiere of Casa Valentina from Harvey Fierstein (the award-winning playwright who brought us Kinky Boots and Newsies, as well as Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles and more) comes a powerhouse gut wrenching play that stormed Broadway in 2014. Now, the same group, Lesser-Known Players, that gave us Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center last year, presents the Seattle premiere of Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina. This production appears at Capitol Hill's Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (1524 Broadway) for eight performances only Oct. 19 through Oct. 28. Tickets at $15-$35 in advance at <a href="http://casavalentina.brownpapertickets.com">casavalentina.brownpapertickets.com</a> and at the door, if available. Following is a brief description about the play written by the Manhattan Theatre Club where the play premiered on Broadway: 'Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men - white-collar professionals with families - to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these 'self-made' women had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin. 'Infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.' I had a chance to chat with Derek Villanueva earlier this week. <img class="wp-image-2855" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/38894775_10217388853092206_8582675895406297088_n.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="360" /> Photo by Nate Gowdy <b>MK Scott: </b> What attracted you to the play? <b>Derek Villanueva: </b>I've always been a big fan of Harvey Fierstein's work, and over the last 18 months I've been reading a large number plays. While I've directed films before this will be my theater directorial debut, so I was searching for that perfect work that really spoke to me. When I read Casa Valentina I fell in love with the work and knew it was something special. I was shocked to learn that it hadn't already been performed in the Seattle area, so I jumped at the chance to license it for its Seattle premiere. On the surface it's not a play that has the broadest appeal - a play about cross-dressing mostly heterosexual men at a Catskills resort in the 60's. But like all of Harvey's work, the characters are so rich and the play so layered and human that it's truly universal in what it has to say about identity, acceptance and finding your tribe. As I researched the play and the underlying historical facts about the resort and its historical namesake, the Chevalier d'Eon, the rich detail was truly icing on the layer cake. Valentina has seven characters. <b>MK: </b>How different is each character? <b>Derek: </b>Each of the characters in this play are fully formed humans, with incredibly unique life circumstances, origin stories, and internalized conflicts - so they are all wonderfully original. In fact, if it weren't for this secret commonality of cross-dressing they would probably not be friends or have any reason to spend time together. But because of the commonality of their rejection and shame, they seek this safe space where they can live out, if only for brief moments of time, an important core part of who they are without judgment or the threat of physical violence. They have found their safe, accepting tribe. <b>MK: </b>I know that you were in Bainbridge Performing Arts' musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert last year, and now your company Lesser Known Player's is putting on Casa Valentina. What's going on over on Bainbridge? <b>Derek: </b>It's the water! Actually, I think it's great that all sorts of communities and theater companies are staging plays that have representations that are even just a bit out of the mainstream. Today we see so much division and polarization, which I believe is fueled by lack of experience, understanding and empathy. So, while Casa Valentina's characters aren't explicitly LGB, they are definitely queer. And the fight over whether a newly forming non-profit organization for cross-dressing men explicitly forbid homosexuals from joining forms one of the main conflicts, along with the requirement to be publicly out as transvestites, which in the 1960's could land you in jail or worse. <b>MK: </b>I have heard and seen that your marketing campaign has been sensational with still identifying each character and even a video. Where did the idea come from? <b>Derek: </b>The video idea came because I'm a filmmaker, so I brought that eye (and equipment) to the table. The power of theater is the intimate, real-time connection when the character takes over the actor and forms a relationship with the audience. The more we see each character as a wonderful, beautiful human being, and not just painted with a broad brush and dismissed as scary or 'other,' the more power a work like Casa Valentina can have. So, I wanted to create that same kind of connection in the marketing material and video on digital platforms was the perfect way to do that. <b>MK: </b>You are also on the cover of Unite Seattle Magazine's October issue and you had written an article focusing on Diversity in the Theater. Give us a preview. <b>Derek: </b>I'm very appreciative of that opportunity and visibility. I had to make decisions about how to cast Casa Valentina, and I consciously chose to cast the best actor rather than 'safer' stereotypical choices. For example, Jonathon would typically be played by a nebbish waspy ~30-year-old. I had the opportunity to cast an amazing young actor, Tony Magaña, Jr , who I know our audiences will love. I believe that anyone who can give visibility to artists needs to really think hard about pushing the boundaries, and not just 'casting to type.' The world is so rich in its diversity, and we must find ways to expose and benefit from that richness. <b>MK: </b>What is coming up next? <b>Derek: </b>Right now, I'm 100% focused on doing justice to Harvey's work and putting on a memorable and touching series of performances of Casa Valentina. I know it has the power to move people, and I know that my talented group of actors, musicians and set designers will be doing that during our run. I continue to look for other works that speak to me and that I think need to be seen. I'm also keeping my toe in the Los Angeles and Seattle film scenes. The great thing is that the experiences acting in plays and musicals and now directing a play bring a new tonality to how I approach films, in the same way that you can see a little of my film background in how this play is staged as well as in its marketing. I love the process of trying out new creative challenges. It's what keeps me fresh, engaged, and helps me find my voice and purpose. <b>MK: </b>Burning Question: After I had met you at the cover shoot, I realized that I had seen you in a feature film and Queer cinema favorite, Longhorns, that played the Gay Film Fest in 2011. What was it like working on that film? <b>Derek: </b>I had an amazing time on that shoot. First, the director, David Lewis, is an amazing director and all around great person. I was so in love with the process of making films that I deputized myself as an unofficial gaffer, because I really wanted to understand every part of the process of film production. The rest of the cast was great fun, too. We shot the exterior shots in Grass Valley, CA (outside San Francisco), and got to know the local gay community there, which was a hoot. The inside shots were done in a studio in Oakland, and the cinematographer and crew were so creative in getting amazing shots in a small space. I had the opportunity to be in Longhorns because I had co-written with my partner and starred in a short called Little Love about a year earlier that was directed by Quentin Lee and had been on the gay film circuit as a companion short to his feature The People I've Slept With. That was really my introduction to film, and it's now become the focus of my creative expression. I still love Longhorns and everyone who helped that get made. It's funny, I've been approached on the dance floor in Spain by people who recognize me from Longhorns, so things have a funny way of traveling out to all parts of the world and making a difference. So that's my hope for me and for everyone, really, that we are all doing things that we are passionate about, that we are putting ourselves out there, and letting that travel wherever it may go, and hopefully it touches people and makes the world just a little bit better. <b>Seattle actor Tom Stewart loosens up in challenging drag role </b> I have personally known Seattle actor Tom Stewart since 2015 Arouet's production of The Children's Hour as Joseph through last year's SMT production of My Fair Lady as Henry Higgins. Stewart also plays with so much energy and passion in his roles that I had to ask him about his performance of the cross-dressing title role as Valentina. I also chatted with Stewart over Facebook. <b>MK Scott: </b>What attracted you to the role of George/Valentina? <b>Tom Stewart: </b> Harvey Fierstein first. I didn't know the play, but I've enjoyed his work. I read the script and liked the roles of Charlotte and George/Valentina. I'm always looking for something that might challenge me. That sounds like a total actor cliché (and it is), but the challenge is more than just wearing a dress and heels. George is a man scared of completely losing himself to this other persona that's he's built, Valentina. He fears he's disappearing. Valentina is jealous of the fact that George is seen as a real person and she is not. She wants the world to know that she's 'a person, not an aberration.' So the conflict is between Charlotte and the community George has built, but it's really between George and Valentina. <b>MK: </b>What are the differences of George and his drag persona, Valentina? <b>Tom: </b>George is fading and Valentina is growing. George looks to Val for advice and guidance, while Val doesn't seek George's opinion. George, at this point in his life, has geared everything to underpin Valentina; he has the resort, writes for a transvestite magazine, has gathered a group of like-minded friends who can understand and support him, has a wife who aides him as Valentina while maybe not fully understanding either. With Valentina, she sees George as someone one to be jealous of, but to also pity. They both come up with rules to make boundaries to reinforce and strengthen their world. <b>MK: </b>What have been the challenges to this role? <b>Tom: </b>Opening myself. I can be a fairly closed off person in everyday life and stepping on a stage in a different persona is freeing but involves stripping all the crap you had to build up for your protection away. It can be a painful and revealing process. First, we had to build enough trust with Derek and then among the cast to do that. Never easy. I think we've succeeded. <b>MK: </b>What is next for you? <b>Tom: </b>I'm doing The Veteran's Day Project in November in Tacoma, and then Death of a Salesman in February at The Slate, and working on staging Bobby in '68 my show about Robert Kennedy's run for the presidency in June. And probably a few other things during that time as well. Stay tuned! Lesser-Known Players presents the Seattle premiere of Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (1524 Harvard Ave) from Oct 19 to 28, for eight performances only. Tickets at $15-$35 in advance at <a href="http://casavalentina.brownpapertickets.com">casavalentina.brownpapertickets.com</a> and at the door, if available.

Statement by Mayor Jenny Durkan on the Passing of Paul G. Allen

<strong>Seattle </strong>(October 15) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the below statement following <a href="http://www.vulcan.com/News/Articles/2018/Statement-on-Paul-G-Allen" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.vulcan.com/News/Articles/2018/Statement-on-Paul-G-Allen&source=gmail&ust=1539731175300000&usg=AFQjCNHOuU5nI5ZBQMCd_TbfUef_lVu6XQ"> the announcement</a> of the passing of Paul G. Allen: “Paul was a true son of Seattle who made his beloved city – and our world – a better, more vibrant place. For generations to come, Seattleites and people across our planet will benefit from his vision, innovation, and generosity. He quite literally helped invent the future. “Paul was a kind, brilliant, and good-hearted man, and a giant of the Northwest. Paul’s quest for learning and love for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest knew no bounds. Just like his parents, Paul brought a curiosity and love of knowledge to as many people and as many fields as he could. And whether it was at MoPOP or with the 12’s at CenturyLink or through Upstream and so much more, Paul always took the time to make sure we had a lot of fun along the way. “Today we grieve with Paul’s family, friends, and colleagues as they grapple with his passing and honor his incredible, impactful life.”

Seattle Symphony's 'Totally '80s' concert celebrated the 1980's (yes, really!) last weekend with two Broadway stars and it was 'Totally AWESOME'

<strong>by MK Scott</strong> I always enjoy the Seattle Symphony Pop series when they salute Broadway, but what I enjoy most is music from the 1980's. It may come as a surprise to some of you that the Symphony would salute the 1980's and instead of the 1780's as they did indeed with the help of two Broadway stars this past weekend at Benaroya Hall. Aaron C. Finley (Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages) and Nicole Parker (Fame Becomes Me, Wicked) teamed up with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz (from the Columbus Symphony Pops) for the Seattle Symphony Pop series concert celebrating the 1980's in 'Totally '80s.' Included were songs made famous by George Michael, Huey Lewis, Michael Jackson and many others. The energetic Chafetz led the full symphony with Europe's 'Final Countdown,' before introducing their first special guest, Nicole Parker, singing 'Funkytown.' Aaron C. Finley then joined Parker on stage for Wham's 'Wake Up Before You Go-Go' and then sang 'Careless Whisper' solo as Parker left the stage for a quick costume change. Finley exited the stage as Parker returned to sing Quarterflash's 'Harden My Heart' and then left the stage when Finley returned to sing Mister Mister's 'Broken Wings.' As Finley left the stage Chafetz led the full symphony in the theme from the 1980 film, Chariots of Fire. Both Finley and Parker then reappeared from stage right and ran slow motion across the stage. This was the funniest moment of the night. The audience participation for the night was Chafetz encouraging the audience to sing the theme to the film Ghostbusters. Chafetz then introduced and conducted the next number, the theme from Back to the Future, which then was followed by Finley and Parker returning to the stage to sing Huey Lewis' 'The Power of Love' which concluded Act One. To open Act Two, Chafetz led the symphony in an incredible heavy-stringed arrangement of Tears for Fears' 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World.' Finley returned to the stage to perform Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight.' Parker returned to the stage for a rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal.' Finley left the stage for Parker to sing Heart's 'Alone' - well, alone. Then Parker left Chafetz all alone with the symphony to conduct Rush's 'The Spirit of Radio' and Billy Joel's 'and so it goes.' Finley returned to the stage to sing Tommy Tutone's '867-5309 (Jenny),' while Parker returned to perform Cher's 'If I Could Turn Back Time.' Both Finley and Parker sang a duet of Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love' and Huey Lewis' 'The Heart of Rock and Roll,' followed by a rocking encore with Kool and the Gang's 'Celebration.' The Seattle Symphony's 'Totally '80s' concert was a 'Totally AWESOME' show with incredible orchestrations of your favorite '80s songs.

Out & Equal Workplace Summit brought Rippon, DiMarco and more to the Washington State Convention Center

<strong>by MK Scott</strong> With over 6,000 attendees, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit was the place to be to celebrate equality and diversity. The four-day conference spanned from Oct. 1-4. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the largest conference dedicated to LGBTQ Workplace Equality in the world, attended annually by LGBTQ & ally professionals. New Out & Equal Workplace Advocates CEO, Erin Uritus urged change especially in this current political climate as well as for our allies around the world. Other speakers included Bank of America's Cynthia Bowman, Rev. Dr. Rob Hardies from All Souls Church Unitarian (Washington, DC) , JP Morgan's Ken Janssens, and inspirational speakers Amber Hikes, Ash Beckham and Trystan Anger Reese. Tuesday's Brunch brought Olympian, Adam Rippon and Wednesday's Power Lunch brought Model and Deaf Activist, Nyle DiMarco. Each of these speeches (along with a performance by Northwest bred, Broadway star, Shoshana Bean) can be found in video format on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UniteSeattleMag/">Facebook page.</a> Photos by MK Scott <img class="wp-image-2823 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43034903_2165796360360629_4590487331164651520_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" /> <img class="wp-image-2824 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43057133_2166318523641746_9043507520986939392_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" /> <img class="wp-image-2825 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43092083_2166326816974250_5085185654342549504_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="315" /> <img class="wp-image-2826 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43110222_2166318813641717_4987179530054533120_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" /> <img class="wp-image-2827 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43157238_2166321896974742_2536637397601353728_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" /> <img class="wp-image-2828 aligncenter" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/43198584_2166319366974995_5284511070755487744_o.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" />  

The 'fight was on' at the recent Seattle Rainbow Housing Survey meeting

by MK Scott On Tuesday, September 25, a group of over 150 LGBTQ seniors gathered at the new Generations Aging with Pride LGBTQ Senior Center located on the second level of the Broadway Market. The meeting was a reunion of sorts for many senior LGBTQ community members to once again address the need for LGBTQ senior housing and services. The need for LGBTQ senior housing has been a topic that has been discussed for many years but still has not yet been fulfilled. Generations Aging with Pride hosted the meeting and the evening featured appearances by Mayor Jenny Durkan, King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, and Seattle City Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez and Lisa Herbold. Longtime LGBTQ activist, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, revealed the findings of her recent Seattle Rainbow Housing Survey in a report commissioned by the City of Seattle Office of Housing titled 'Aging in Community: Addressing Inequities in LGBTQ Housing and Senior Services' with the goals of examining the housing and service needs of LGBTQ older adults. More than 500 surveys were returned, with 419 completed by LGBTQ diverse adults including those age 70 and over (30%), Woman (43.1%) and Trans/non-binary (17.8%). Based on Fredriksen-Goldsen's report there are inadequate services for LGBTQ seniors in Seattle/King County - services which would allow many LGBTQ seniors to remain in their homes and age in the community. The lack of affordable housing is one contributing factor that needs to be addressed. The report also noted that Seattle/King County is behind other major cities in addressing the needs of LGBTQ seniors for housing and services. Other key findings in the report included: o In Seattle/King County, 58% of renters aged 60+ were housing cost burdened compared to 87% of the LGBTQ older adult participants. o In the general population, 13% of adults aged 65+ want to move compared to 39% of LGBTQ older adult participants. o Those who moved within the past year experienced Homelessness (48.5%), Eviction (33.3%), and Foreclosure (15.5%) in recent years. This one quotation that is included in the report sums it all up: 'I remember the early days of AIDS here in Seattle, we were dying. No one would help us. Now we are old and dying. Still today, no one is here to help us.' After the dissemination of the report, Fredriksen-Goldsen introduced a panel featuring Ruben Rivera-Jackman (GenPRIDE), Debbie Carlsen (LGBTQ Allyship), George Dicks (Geriatric Mental Health Practitioner, Harborview) and Marsha Botzer (Ingersoll Gender Center). The most pressing issue is still about money. With Capitol Hill Housing owning a site at 14th Avenue and E. Union St. when will funding be available to them so the building can start? Go to <a href="http://gapseattle.org">gapseattle.org</a> for more information.

Mayor Durkan Leads More Than 30 U.S. Mayors in Calling on 3D Printer Manufacturers to Stop Their Products from Being Used to Create Homemade Guns

<strong>Seattle (September 26)</strong> – Joined by more than 30 mayors from across the country, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mayors-to-3D-Printer-Manufacturers_60919545_1.pdf" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mayors-to-3D-Printer-Manufacturers_60919545_1.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1538078223330000&usg=AFQjCNGpz1lVy5if9ta3nXikuUSftLtSXg">led a letter</a> calling on the leading 3D printer manufacturers to help prevent their products from being used to create homemade, unregulated, and untraceable guns with downloadable blueprints. In June, the Trump administration reached a settlement agreement that will allow downloadable guns for unlimited public distribution in any form. Mayor Durkan stood with Washington State Attorney General in support of <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/ag-ferguson-sues-over-trump-administration-giving-dangerous-individuals-access-to-3d-printed-firearms/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/ag-ferguson-sues-over-trump-administration-giving-dangerous-individuals-access-to-3d-printed-firearms/&source=gmail&ust=1538078223330000&usg=AFQjCNFvkw7_2MmRz_m4kyFisgVFVhhvMA">the multi-state lawsuit he is leading to block the administration’s action</a>. “The capability for 3D printers to produce homemade ‘ghost guns’ poses a threat to public safety in all our communities, and we urge you to take action to prevent your technology from being used for this purpose,” wrote more than 30 mayors from across the country. “Now is the time to ensure the best impacts for our communities. We urge you to work together to develop a technology-based solution to prevent 3D printers from producing firearms.” Mayor Durkan is taking urgent action to make Seattle safer from gun violence. <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/mayor-jenny-durkan-signs-her-safe-storage-legislation/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/mayor-jenny-durkan-signs-her-safe-storage-legislation/&source=gmail&ust=1538078223330000&usg=AFQjCNGmarKEf6Q0N04CnZva1qCoK_PGGQ">Earlier this year, she signed into law her legislation requiring the responsible storage of guns</a> and increasing civil penalties and legal responsibility for failing to report unsecured guns that are lost, stolen, or improperly used by an unauthorized user.   <strong>Dear Mr. Jaglom, Mr. Joshi, Mr. Rockwell, Mr. Weisler, and Ms. Holt:  </strong> As mayors representing communities across the country, we write with grave concern about the recent news that blueprints for making fully functional guns using 3-D printers could be promulgated widely on the internet. The capability for 3-D printers to produce homemade “ghost guns” poses a threat to public safety in all our communities, and we urge you to take action to prevent your technology from being used for this purpose. As mayors, we grapple with the impact of gun violence in our communities every day. Across this country, in large cities and small towns, 96 Americans are killed with guns every day, and hundreds more are shot and injured. One of the biggest challenges to our efforts to reduce gun violence and save lives is the ease with which individuals who seek to do harm can obtain these deadly weapons. Each of us work with our law enforcement leadership to combat illegal gun trafficking, straw purchasing and the use of highly dangerous weapons of war in our streets. The availability of 3-D printer technology to create homemade firearms will only compound these challenges. 3-D printed guns pose two primary risks to public safety. First, these guns are untraceable, essentially phantom guns. They are manufactured without any oversight or regulation, so there is no documentation of these weapons. They have no serial number to track if and when they are recovered from a crime scene. Neither the producers nor the users of these homemade weapons undergo any background checks, making it possible for individuals barred from legally possessing a firearm to skirt the law and make one themselves. Second, 3-D printed guns can be undetectable. Their plastic composition makes it possible for a functional firearm to bypass metal detectors, which are commonly used to protect weapons being smuggled into sensitive locations such as schools, airports, courthouses and government buildings. In Israel, a reporter <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/technology/journalists-smuggle-3-d-printed-gun-israeli-parliament-6C10570532" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.nbcnews.com/technology/journalists-smuggle-3-d-printed-gun-israeli-parliament-6C10570532&source=gmail&ust=1538078223331000&usg=AFQjCNEVhZYzgpF2brVZS3alP7JlWVVuYA">successfully</a> brought a 3-D printed gun into the Parliament, illustrating how easily a fully functional plastic firearm can bypass security screenings. The fact that 3-D printed guns can circumvent standard security screens is alarming to both civilians and <a href="http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/3d-printing-new-kinds-of-crime/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/3d-printing-new-kinds-of-crime/&source=gmail&ust=1538078223331000&usg=AFQjCNECi6f5SuJhGNIOlswvVJSEvF6bPQ">security professionals</a>, making finding a solution to this public safety challenge an imperative. You are leaders of companies at the forefront of 3-D printing technology. You have smart, innovative employees creating the next generation of so many things needed by society; from cars to homes, 3-D technology will have profound impacts. Now is the time to ensure the best impacts for our communities. We urge you to work together to develop a technology-based solution to prevent 3-D printers from producing firearms. Major 3D printing company Sculpteo has banned firearm printing, saying it doesn't want to be associated with weapon manufacturing. And we were heartened to see Materialise, a publicly traded 3D printing manufacturer and software developer, has launched a feature to block the production of guns. This is certainly an unintended use of your technology and, as leaders of this industry, you have the ability and the responsibility to work to devise an innovative solution to address this real threat. Your technology has been integral to the advancement of the engineering, manufacturing and medical industries by accelerating innovation to improve lives. Please do not allow it to be weaponized to create untraceable, undetectable firearms. Sincerely, <table width="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Jenny A. Durkan Seattle, Washington  </td> <td width="311">Mayor Catherine Pugh Baltimore, Maryland</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Jonathan Rothschild Tucson, Arizona  </td> <td width="311">Mayor Darrell Steinberg Sacramento, California</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Jim Kenney Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  </td> <td width="311">Mayor Bill Peduto Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Sam Liccardo San Jose, California  </td> <td width="311">Mayor Buddy Dyer Orlando, Florida</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Nan Whaley Dayton, Ohio</td> <td width="311">Mayor Levar Stoney Richmond, Virginia  </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Daniel Horrigan Akron, Ohio  </td> <td width="311">Mayor Rahm Emanuel Chicago, Illinois</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Cassie Franklin Everett, Washington</td> <td width="311">Mayor Pete Buttigieg South Bend, Indiana  </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">Mayor Melvin Carter St. Paul, Minnesota</td> <td width="311">Mayor Eric Garcetti Los Angeles, California</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Miguel Pulido Santa Ana, California</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Greg Fischer Louisville, Kentucky</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Columbus, Ohio</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Steve Adler Austin, Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Atlanta, Georgia</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Jacob Frey Minneapolis, MN</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor LaToya Cantrell New Orleans, Louisiana</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Tom Barrett Milwaukee, Wisconsin</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Michael Tubbs Stockton, California</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Sharon Weston Broome Baton Rouge, Louisiana</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Randal Woodfin Birmingham, Alabama</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Ted Wheeler Portland, Oregon</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="311">  Mayor Martin J. Walsh Boston, Massachusetts   Mayor London N. Breed San Francisco, California</td> <td width="311">  Mayor Muriel Bowser Washington, D.C.    </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Coats and bright colors dominate the 2018 Collective Show at Bellevue Fashion Week

<div>by MK Scott</div> <div></div> <div>For the third year in a row I attended Bellevue Fashion Week’s annual Collective Show  which was held on Saturday, September 22 this year and which once again showcased some of the best brands that The Bellevue Collection has to offer and all for a great cause. 100% of the proceeds of the 13th annual Bellevue Fashion Week went to the Washington Special Olympics.</div> <div></div> <div>Representing Special Olympics Washington was Kirby Winfield, current board chairman. He took the stage with his daughter, Kate, who has Downs Syndrome and Autism, to share her story and to thank the audience for purchasing tickets to the event.</div> <div></div> <div>Coats and more coats dominated the evening plus lots of bright colors with collections from Max Mara, Vince, Kate Spade, Nordstrom, Intermix,  Robert Graham, Eileen Fisher, Ted Baker and Diane Von Furstenberg.</div> <div></div> <div>Some of the best in eye-candy wore inspired fashions mostly from Ted Baker London, Vince, and Robert Graham.</div> <div>For more information and post-event news, visit<a href="http://fashionweekbellevue.com"> http://fashionweekbellevue.com</a>/</div> <div></div> <!--more--> <div>Photos by Brian Matt</div> <div></div> <div><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2808" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42611797_2163381683935430_4950024184588664832_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2809" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42619812_2163382260602039_2161608506946355200_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2810" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42660486_2163381523935446_8448985503490899968_n-1.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2811" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42664058_2163381430602122_1045640613191483392_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2812" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42672684_2163382383935360_7255991743558975488_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2813" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42687619_2163381760602089_5456520898892791808_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2814" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42701931_2163380580602207_5873443957114929152_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2815" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42703904_2163381643935434_4588353763210690560_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2816" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42738380_2163380900602175_6720529610896834560_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2817" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42790166_2163380243935574_136777799091355648_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /> <img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2818" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/42799437_2163381730602092_4101450715480719360_n.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="960" /></div>

EXCLUSIVE: Judy and Dennis Shepard reflect on 20 years after Matthew Shepard's death

<strong>by MK Scott</strong> It is hard to believe that October 12th will be the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. It all started on the night of October 6, 1998, when Matthew Shepard was lured to an open field and was tied up to a fence and tortured for days. Not since the days of the AIDS crisis, both the LGBTQ and straight community came together to help put hate crime legislation into law. Yes, Matthew was known as being the face of combating hate crimes. I first met Judy Shepard in the fall of 2001 during her visit to Seattle to appear as a keynote speaker at the screening of a documentary called Journey to a Hate Free Millennium at the old Opera House. In 2009, I met up with Shepard again at a cocktail party in Portland; so when I had a chance to actually interview this amazing woman (and meeting her incredible husband) at the National Conference of LGBTQ Journalists on September 8th in Palm Springs, CA I seized the opportunity. Earlier in the day, the Shepards spoke to a jam packed room of over 200 journalists and when it was all over the audience got up and gave them a standing ovation that lasted for over 10 minutes. This was an amazing opportunity to reflect on the past 20 years and we got to go into detail of what we discussed 17 years ago. <b>MK Scott: </b> It's been a joy to finally get a chance to chat with you, because I first met you back in 2001. Do you remember your last conversation with Matt? <b>Judy Shepard: </b> Yes. It was a couple of days before he was taken. It was about his unpaid cellphone bill. <b>Dennis Shepard: </b> Well, there are two different ones. One is the last one I had with him face to face which is when we gave him our old, '78 Bronco. We went out and detailed it. And then worked on that together, cleaning it up, and then before he left gave him a big hug and told him I loved him. And then when we were in Saudi he called and the last time I talked to him on the phone call, we were just seeing how he was doing and stuff, again, just both of us said; I love you. And that was it. <b>MK: </b>And in those 20 years what have you both learned the most? <b>Dennis: </b>I learned that people can regress rather quickly when they have the encouragement to do so. The steps for American tours, complete social equality and justice in the last two years is we've returned to the era of the caveman. And it's going to be very difficult to pull up Pandora's Box and start cleaning up the mess. <b>MK: </b>Now what advice would you give in the age of Trump and the current administration? What advice would you get to LBGT youth, and their parents? <b>Judy: </b>Write letters, call your congressman, join the parades, protest, talk, talk, talk. <b>Dennis: </b>Run for office. <b>Judy: </b>Run for office. Working the campaign. Get involved. Don't stay & <b>Dennis: </b>Be visible and vocal. <b>Judy: </b>Yeah. <b>MK: </b>This is an interesting question. What would have been Matt's legacy? What was his dream? Or what would be his way to leave his mark if he had lived? <b>Judy: </b>His dream was to be part of the Foreign Service. He was always rooting for the underdog. And when we moved to Saudi he saw what actually happens when the government sends aid to countries, but the aid never gets to the people who live there. It only lines the pockets of those in power. And it was infuriating to him. So that was, at that age, that was his dream, was to do something along those lines. <b>MK: </b>Now, and I'm actually Facebook friends with Jane Clementi and Tyler's brother and so forth. Have you ever reached out to her? <b>Judy: </b>I've met her several times. In New York. And & <b>Dennis: </b>Done a couple of events. <b>Judy: </b>Yeah, we've done events together. <b>MK: </b>Yeah. Because I had heard that there was a choir that was going to be doing a tribute to Matthew, because I had just seen that the Seattle Men's Chorus had done a tribute to Tyler called 'Tyler's Suite,' I think. Yeah, so that was interesting. So in the aftermath, after the tragedy 20 years, the community came together. And I had mentioned this to you when I first met you (in 2001) that I believe that unity needs to come within the community, but the thing is, is that, especially at that particular time they really didn't really come together till after a tragedy happened. You know? And it may be the last time that the community really came together was during marriage equality, and that really wasn't 100% come together either. So what needs to happen in order to be able to create unity? <b>Dennis: </b>Respect within the community before we worry about that, because you can't have, if you don't have respect for others within your community, the trans community versus the black lesbian versus the white gay man, how are you going to have unity against, become the face of unity, against those who are trying to take your privileges and rights away. <b>Judy: </b>Exactly. One of the most disappointing things we discovered was the & <b>MK: </b>Actually you kind of mentioned that.... <b>Judy: </b>Yeah, the discrimination against others in your own community. That's disheartening. It's backwards. <b>MK: </b>When I mentioned it to you (in 2001), you really, you know, you knew exactly what I meant by that. <b>Judy: </b>Mm-hmm. <b>MK: </b>How has the Foundation helped the community or, I'm sorry, how will the Foundation help the community in the next 20 years? <b>Judy: </b>Oh, that's a really good question. <b>MK: </b>Do you have any long range goals, now that you've been around for 20 years? how is the next 20 years? <b>Judy: </b>What I've learned is long range goals just don't work. <b>MK: </b>(Laugh) <b>Judy: </b>You make plans and God laughs. I just have felt over the last 20 years one of the things that I have learned is that we have tried to be proactive again and again. <b>MK: </b>Exactly. <b>Judy: </b>This is the best we've been at it, but we are largely reacting. And I think also rights organizations. And if nothing proves that it was the election of 2016. <b>MK: </b>Yes. <b>Judy: </b>It changed everything. Our long-range plans are really we just want to shut the door because we're not needed. <b>MK: </b>Now, would you have known like 20, 25 years ago that you would've been an incredible figure and activist? <b>Judy: </b>Oh, no. <b>MK: </b>(Laugh) <b>Judy: </b>We wouldn't have been the (00:07:01) parents. I would've been the mom in the kitchen baking cookies. Dennis would be calling and organizing, but we would not have been the lectern people. <b>MK: </b>Right. I have one more question. What has the, oh, I'm sorry, what & I can't even read my notes. Okay & what has impacted both of you the most in the last 20 years? <b>Dennis: </b>Matt's death. <b>Judy: </b>Yeah, just completely Matt. <b>Dennis: </b>And the realization that he is not considered a full human being in America with all the rights and privileges of an American citizen born in this country, and raised in the middle of the United States. That's the thing that, to me. <b>Judy: </b>It's just literally actually feeling the fear of the community itself. But the hate directed at the communities. Both of those things are powerful and lessons learned. <b>Dennis: </b>And overwhelming and disappointing. <b>MK: </b>And then also a follow up to that is would you have liked to set the fact that Matthew is considered to be, you know, a poster of, you know, of hate? You know? And how do you feel about that? <b>Judy: </b>Are you asking about Matt's, like the pictures of Matt on the Westboro? <b>MK: </b>Yes. <b>Judy: </b>You know, just in regard to them in particular, and all those sorts of people, that I, we just don't give them any time of day or power over us. They're just ridiculous people who, for whatever reason, decided their world needs to be full of hate instead of love. <b>MK: </b>Right. <b>Dennis: </b>It's where they can get attention instead of becoming good citizens and doing good. They spend all their time trying to tear down what is good. <b>MK: </b>Thank you so much. For more information on the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, visit their website at matthewshepard,org

In First Budget of Her Administration, Mayor Durkan Proposes $609 Million Investment in Transit and Transportation Improvements

Today at Seattle’s Fire Station 10, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan delivered her <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/09/mayor-jenny-durkans-2019-2020-biennium-budget/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/09/mayor-jenny-durkans-2019-2020-biennium-budget/&source=gmail&ust=1537906078970000&usg=AFQjCNELVMqnfAOcm7erj8D6hnFkNbs42g"> 2019-2020 Biennial Proposed Budget</a>. The first budget of her administration, Mayor Durkan’s plan calls for a $609 million investment in transit and Seattle’s transportation system, $128.3 million over appropriated 2018 levels. The Mayor’s proposed transit and transportation investments focus on three key priorities: <ol> <li>Investments in transit, walking, biking, and managing congestion in the downtown core;</li> <li>Maintaining our existing streets, sidewalks, bridges, and other key infrastructure; and</li> <li>More effectively managing the public right-of-way to help keep buses, cars, and trucks moving.</li> </ol>   “To meet the demands of our growing city and create a city of the future, we must invest aggressively in our transit and transportation system: buses, light rail, biking, and walking. We also must invest to maintain our existing infrastructure and smartly manage the right-of-way, so people can keep moving,” said Mayor Durkan. “As we get ready for public and private megaprojects, we are facing a new era of tough traffic and need to be as ready as possible for this unprecedented period. That make these investments even more important.” As proposed, Mayor Durkan’s budget includes investments to: <ul> <li><strong>Increase Metro bus service by 30 percent over the next two years.</strong> Currently, the City of Seattle funds over 270,000 hours of Metro service each year. Mayor Durkan’s proposed budget invests in an additional 100,000 hours of service through 2020, a 30 percent increase in bus service over the next two years. King County <a href="https://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/executive/performance-strategy-budget/budget/2019-2020/Metro_Transit_2019-2020_Summary_FINAL.ashx?la=en" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/executive/performance-strategy-budget/budget/2019-2020/Metro_Transit_2019-2020_Summary_FINAL.ashx?la%3Den&source=gmail&ust=1537906078970000&usg=AFQjCNHVgd6VQbyEZ25o5RJ4QGULbGE4BQ"> announced today</a> that they are committed to an additional 130,000 service hours. To support these additional service hours, the Mayor’s budget also invests $9 million in capital improvements that will advance the speed and reliability of Metro buses in Seattle. These new investments are supported by completed transit improvements to <a href="http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2018/08/15/coming-soon-3rd-ave-transit-improvements/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2018/08/15/coming-soon-3rd-ave-transit-improvements/&source=gmail&ust=1537906078970000&usg=AFQjCNEpZotFsWXQaLDgR0GQvZGD58LuvA"> 3rd Avenue</a> and 20,000 hours of City-funded <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/meeting-growing-demand-for-bus-service/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/07/meeting-growing-demand-for-bus-service/&source=gmail&ust=1537906078970000&usg=AFQjCNFUhhNk9bOBkOU95iW-Z23IU5Ouww"> increased Metro service effective September 22</a>.</li> <li><strong>Sustain and extend her ORCA Opportunity program through 2020. </strong>In addition, Mayor Durkan’s proposed budget sustains and extends the <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/08/high-school-students-begin-to-receive-free-orca-cards-under-mayor-jenny-durkans-orca-opportunity-program/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/08/high-school-students-begin-to-receive-free-orca-cards-under-mayor-jenny-durkans-orca-opportunity-program/&source=gmail&ust=1537906078970000&usg=AFQjCNG1dy-t_9nA9YP-bIpEz1e3d4PtcA"> ORCA Opportunity</a> program through 2020, which is providing 15,000 Seattle Public Schools high school students and Seattle Promise scholars free ORCA passes this school year. Signed into law in July after a unanimous vote by the City Council, ORCA Opportunity made Seattle the largest city in the country to provide high school students with unlimited, year-round free transit passes.</li> <li><strong>Provide $15.3 million in new investments to support Move Seattle deliverables. The Mayor’s budget invests $15.3 million to add 20 new full-time employees to support Move Seattle deliverables including:</strong></li> <li>$5 million for additional curb ramp construction;</li> <li>$4.1 million for sidewalk repairs;</li> <li>$1.4 million for greenways; and</li> <li>$1.1 million for the Northgate Bridge and Protected Bike Lane to enhance access to the planned Northgate Sound Transit Station; and $550,000 for pedestrian lighting.</li> <li><strong>$101.6 million to provide maintenance and replacement of key roads, trails, bike paths, and bridges, including: </strong></li> <li>$5.6 million for sidewalk maintenance, an increase of over $2 million from 2018 levels;</li> <li>$50.4 million for roads;</li> <li>$42.4 million for bridges and other key structures; and</li> <li>$1.1 million for trails and bike paths.</li> </ul>

Mayor Durkan Issues Executive Order to Update City of Seattle’s Harassment and Discrimination Policies

<strong>Seattle</strong> (September 21, 2018) – In a letter to City employees, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that she has signed an <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/09.21.18-Anti-Harassment-and-Anti-Discrimination-EO.pdf" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/09.21.18-Anti-Harassment-and-Anti-Discrimination-EO.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1537648444064000&usg=AFQjCNE3Q6RifBUfg2gFGjsuvGPtr2VIfQ"> Executive Order</a> to implement a series of changes that will reform and update how the City addresses allegations of harassment, discrimination, and other forms of misconduct. These actions are being taken in response to a series of recommendations provided by the Anti-Harassment Interdepartmental Team (IDT). <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/01/mayor-durkan-to-begin-extensive-citywide-review-of-harassment-and-discrimination-policies/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/01/mayor-durkan-to-begin-extensive-citywide-review-of-harassment-and-discrimination-policies/&source=gmail&ust=1537648444064000&usg=AFQjCNFSBGXuA23rB3yX9by6RJXrJDmr-Q"> The IDT was established by Mayor Durkan in January 2018</a> to review the City’s harassment and discrimination policies and practices to create more accountability, transparency, consistency, and equity in how the City currently manages reporting processes. “As we continue to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable city, it is critical that we look inward and evaluate the ways in which our City can create a safe workplace for all employees. When I took office, it was clear we needed to make significant changes across City government while reviewing all our harassment and discrimination policies to create more accountability and transparency,” said Mayor Durkan. “Thank you to Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, the entire IDT, and the thousands of City employees who are helping us make these changes a reality.” The City of Seattle will create an Office of the Employee Ombud (OEO), which will operate independently from the Seattle Department of Human Resources (SDHR) and City departments. The OEO will provide independent, impartial and informal navigation to City employees in the executive branch throughout the investigation process as it pertains to misconduct. In addition, the OEO will evaluate systemic impacts and patterns of misconduct and will report back to the Mayor’s Office annually with recommendations. “These changes are a crucial step towards regaining the trust of all City employees and reaffirming our commitment to building a workplace that is safe, empowering, and equitable,” said <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/mosqueda" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.seattle.gov/council/mosqueda&source=gmail&ust=1537648444064000&usg=AFQjCNH6Dk3AYzV8SD0rrt1QXmTDgWhWDQ">Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda</a> (Pos. 8, Citywide). “I'm encouraged by the progress we've made, and acknowledge we still have work to do. I know true systemic change is achieved through consistency, transparency, and ongoing evaluation. Thanks to the IDT members, the employees who have courageously spoken out, and the Mayor for her leadership - along with the creation of this new independent office - we have the momentum to create impactful and lasting change.” In addition, the Mayor’s Office will start work with SDHR to establish a new Investigation Unit within the department. This centralized unit will work to consolidate and transition all executive branch workplace misconduct investigations currently taking place within departments. In addition to increased resources to reflect added capacity in Mayor Durkan’s proposed 2019-2020 biennium budget, SDHR and the City Budget Office will work with departments to identify resources and staff to be transferred to SDHR’s Investigation Unit. Effective immediately, SDHR and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will work to establish and implement Citywide workplace culture expectations for all employees in the executive branch. Currently, the City of Seattle does not have universal workplace culture expectations and does not require that departments create them. All City employees, regardless of title, will be held accountable to these Citywide expectations. In addition to the Citywide workplace expectations, SDHR and OCR will develop uniform anti-harassment and anti-discrimination trainings for employees. By December 31, 2018, all executive branch departments must submit an employee training plan to SDHR and OCR. To ensure accountability and transparency, SDHR, OEO, and the IDT will submit an annual workplan to the Mayor, beginning March 31, 2019, to track progress on the implementation of the IDT recommendations. In addition, the IDT will continue to meet semi-regularly to provide oversight of the implementation of the Executive Order. The actions in the Executive Order were informed by the recommendations from the IDT. After months of work, the IDT provided <a href="http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Recommendations-Addessing-and-Preventing-Workplace.pdf" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://durkan.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Recommendations-Addessing-and-Preventing-Workplace.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1537648444064000&usg=AFQjCNHdZlDMxKoWBIjFqnXkI6Bv5p63QA"> 35 recommendations and 125 strategies</a> to the Mayor for review. The IDT is composed of 21 members consisting of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Councilmember Mosqueda’s office, Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Change Teams, the Seattle Silence Breakers, the Coalition of Affinity Groups Against Racial Harassment, Race and Social Justice (RSJ) affiliates, labor union representatives, SDHR and department human resources representatives, OCR representatives, the City Investigator, and representatives from the City Attorney’s office.  

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