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Five women accuse Seattle’s David Meinert of sexual misconduct, including rape

According to a report on KUOW, five women accuse Seattle’s David Meinert of sexual misconduct, including rape that happened in 2013. This was not the first time Meinert was accused of sexual assault. In 2007, police received a complaint of rape against Meinert that prosecutors declined to charge. In total, five women shared stories with KUOW alleging a range of disturbing behavior by Meinert between 2001 and 2015. They include two alleged rapes (one was not reported to authorities, and prosecutors declined to charge the other), a woman who said she had to physically push Meinert out of her apartment, a woman who said he stuck his tongue down her throat — and the woman at Sunset Hill Park, who said he choked her as he masturbated onto her skirt. The women were motivated to speak out by the #MeToo movement, others who have been treated similarly by powerful men, and their own frustration watching Meinert ascend in Seattle circles with a progressive reputation they believe is undeserved. For more on the story, click <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/five-women-accuse-seattle-s-david-meinert-sexual-misconduct-including-rape">HERE.</a>   <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even">   </div> </div> </div>

Singer/Songwriter, Lakin on Pride and who Inspires her

By MK Scott <a name="seo_h1_tag"></a>Saturday, July 21<sup>st</sup> will mark the 4th Annual Alki Beach PRIDE with the years theme, COME OUT and Float at the Beach. From 11a to 6pm, join performers and FREE food and hang out at the beach. Hosted by Thadayus with music by DJ Ms Cruz Entertainment & DJ Fred Eddison and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Louvel, Visage "Legs" LaRue, Izohnny, Lakin, and DeAndre Brackensick. I admit I have never heard Lakin before but she is clearly an up and coming artist. According to her Bio: Originally from Riverside, California, up and coming artist Lakin is bringing a refreshing and new approach to her music. Growing up in an entertainment based household, it seemed destined for Lakin to follow her musical heritage. At the center of its meaning, however, Lakin’s music truly represents a revolution of the heart—singing about themes that go beyond the superficial, and into the deeper human experience of reconciliation of the soul. It is here that Lakin’s distinctiveness shines; where her music will surely penetrate beyond not only the listener’s ear, but into the listener’s heart. Lakin has already opened for Sheryl Crow and Sheila E and with her debut album, 'If Night Turns to Daylight', she should totally get the party swinging. MK Scott: So, you are coming the Alki Pride Beach Party this Saturday, what is planned? Lakin: I will be playing an acoustic set with guitar and vocals this weekend. MK: What does Pride mean to you? Lakin: Pride is a privilege. The fact that we can celebrate who we are freely is something that I don’t take for granted. I’m happy to represent a small part of the LGBT+ community in this celebration. MK: You have opened for Sheila E and Sheryl Crow, who in music inspires you? Lakin: I’m inspired by any music maker who can tell their truth through song. I love singer/songwriters, especially, who are able to write about their own stories and bring them to life in the kind of music that people can relate to. MK: What is next for you? Lakin: I am currently in the middle of making my 2nd full length album! I think this collection of songs will be a very intimate look into the last season of my life & I'm excited to share that with my audience. The first single is set to be released in late this summer/early fall. MK: Tell us little about your debut LP album, If Night Turns to Daylight? Lakin: That album was my first full length album and I had the privilege of writing and producing all the songs on it. Musically, it was incredibly diverse. I really wanted to try a lot of different things to see how I could stretch myself musically. It will always be a special project to me. MK: In your bio, it says that you have a voice sweeter than honey, what does that mean to you? Lakin: I suppose that kind of description of my voice is what I hear the most from my audience! I’ve heard that I have a very non-offensive tone, which I’ll take any day. <i>See L</i><i>akin at 4th Annual Alki Beach PRIDE with the years theme, COME OUT and Float at the Beach. From 11a to 6pm, the event and food are FREE. </i> <p align="LEFT"></p>

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: American Idol Alum, DeAndre Brackensick on Coming Out, Belonging and Music!

By MK Scott <a name="seo_h1_tag"></a>Saturday, July 21<sup>st</sup> will mark the 4th Annual Alki Beach PRIDE with the years theme, COME OUT and Float at the Beach. From 11a to 6pm, join performers and FREE food and hang out at the beach. Hosted by Thadayus with music by DJ Ms Cruz Entertainment & DJ Fred Eddison and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Louvel, Visage "Legs" LaRue, Izohnny, Lakin, and DeAndre Brackensick. From 2009 to 2012, I was proud of my work as being the only NW LGBT media to cover the American Idol tour. It was 2012 at the Key Arena, where I met DeAndre Brackensick. I could tell there was something magic about him. He had lots of passion when talking about his gay fans and that he had family that were gay and grew up around lots of drag queens. So, I was still surprised when he confirmed that he is Bisexual. I could find no mention of this on line, just a short-term relationship with Season 11 runner up, Jessica Sanchez. Despite this revelation, I management to ask the heartthrob, now 23, some questions (by email on July 17) about performing this weekend. MK Scott: DeAndre, we met about 6 years ago on the America Idol tour, at the Key arena and it was joint interview with Elise Testone. What have been doing in the last 6 years? DeAndre Brackensick : Ahh beautiful! I remember that interview ! Hope you’re well! I’ve been working a lot the past 6 years , went to college in Hawaii , have been traveling singing , spent the last year living in Melbourne Australia recording my album “Black Denim” that just released . And plan on touring that for the next year ! MK: So, you are coming the Alki Pride Beach Party this Saturday, what is planned? DeAndre: I’ll be at Alki Pride singing a set mixed with originals and covers and just enjoying the day and being around beautiful people . MK: What does Pride mean to you? DeAndre: Pride is an important time to me , being part of the LGBTQ community it’s a time for me to reflect and remember who I am is to be celebrated not only for this month but the whole year . Even though we have progressed in the world it’s still hard to be LGBTQ , there’s still little kids out there and adults with no support from family , public bullying , even homeless because of who they are . So I think pride is nessacary to show not only the world but most of all our community that’s it’s ohkay to love and live and we’ll always have a place in the world . MK: What part of the LGBTQ community do you identify as? DeAndre: I identify as bisexual. MK: WOW! Single or attached? DeAndre: Yes I’m single. MK: In 2012, you mentioned J-Lo was huge supporter of yours, do you still keep in touch? DeAndre: Unfortunately me and jlo don’t keep in touch but I still love her lol MK: Also in 2012, you revealed that you had a connection to the LGBTQ community through your lesbian aunt and being raised around drag queens, do you have any celeb drag queens that you follow? DeAndre: And yes my aunty is happily married to her wife since last year July still goin strong , and yess I do have a few celeb drag queens that follow me , my girl Adore Delano , Delta Work , trinity k Bonet and coco Montrese. MK: What is next for you? DeAndre: What’s next for me is I’m getting my Album tour dates set up and sharing my music with the world . <i>See DeAndre  at 4th Annual Alki Beach PRIDE with the years theme, COME OUT and Float at the Beach. From 11a to 6pm, the event and food are FREE. </i>  

Lea Delaria with special guest, Kim Archer rocks Tacoma with Song and Laughter

<span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">by MK Scott</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">To kick off Tacoma Pride Weekend, I headed to the Rialto Theater last Friday (July 13) for an amazing night of radical music and comedy.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The headliner was queer comic legend and actress (Orange is the New Black, Edge of Seventeen) Lea Delaria, but first her opening act was Tacoma's own singer-songwriter, Kim Archer.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">With guitar in hand she commands the stage playing her own original songs, or conjuring up a whole new vibe on vintage hits so that they sound fresh and wonderfully different.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Archer looks like Oprah, but with the voice of Melissa Etheridge. This was perfect for the night before Etheridge's concert at Tulalip Casino. Archer was uber-talented and rocked the house.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Lea Delaria, 60, came on like the raging radical dyke she is and went directly into a 'FUCK Donald Trump' tirade and then went into a 'FUCK MIKE PENCE' and even begged the guy in the front row take one for the team, 'FUCK MIKE PENCE'!</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">In 'A Man for All Seasons,' DeLaria taught the audience how to create change in a conservative society while trudging upstream in a muddy bogged down river of political correctness. </span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Part College lecture, and part stand up, Delaria went even further when discussing Kellyanne Conway; comparing eating her out to eating a Triscuit.  </span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The most inspiring moment came when Delaria made her case using cue cards. If the queer community came together like with the fight against Prop 8 and DOMA, then we can easily defeat Trump, Kim Jung-un, SCOTUS nominee Bret Kavanaugh, ICE, etc. She tore each cue card up representing each obstacle we need to fight.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">When she called for questions from the audience and one asked her most defining moment, she answered: when she was at the 1993 March on Washington and how she was then censured by congress.</span></span></span> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">There were comments from the audience showing their appreciation for the comic and noting this was probably the best political meeting they had been to in years, and that wasn't really the intent, but it was and now it is time to fight.</span></span></span>

Mayor Durkan Names Interim Chief Carmen Best as Next Chief of the Seattle Police Department

Seattle (July 17) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan selected Interim Chief Carmen Best as the next Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Best, who previously served as Deputy Chief under Chief Kathleen O’Toole, is a widely-respected law enforcement leader who has been an instrumental part of implementing the historic reforms undertaken by the SPD.   “Getting the right Chief of Police is critical for our City. I have spent decades working in the criminal justice arena and led reforms efforts while U.S. Attorney. Based on my experience and after listening to our community members, studying background information, interviewing candidates, and thinking deeply about the qualities and characteristics that make a great police chief and an exceptional police department, I made my choice. I have no question that Carmen Best is the person to lead our City’s police department. Chief Best has a passion for her job, for our officers, and for our City,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “She worked in every neighborhood and understands the unique public safety challenges facing each community.  She has an unparalleled work ethic and a deep understanding of our officers and our neighborhoods.  Just as importantly, she is committed to the hard work of accountability and reform. For years, she has helped implement the reforms required under the Consent Decree, and like so many in Seattle, she knows that the job of reform is not done.”   In December, Durkan announced that she appointed Deputy Chief Carmen Best as the Seattle Police Department’s new Interim Chief of Police, effective January 1, 2018. As Deputy Chief, Best oversaw the Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations Bureau, and the Community Outreach section. Best has worked for the Seattle Police Department since 1992. Prior to her current post, Best served at nearly every level of the Department, rising through the ranks of police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief.   “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police in this great city—a city that I love, with a department that I love. I am committed to the safety, equity, unity and diversity of our city, and fair and just treatment for all,” said Chief Carmen Best. “As the new police Chief, I’ll continue to help lead our Department through reform. As we enter the next phase of the consent decree, we will move ahead with a culture of continuous improvement and innovation at the Seattle Police Department. This is what I expect, and what our community deserves.”   The Mayor’s nomination is subject to City Council confirmation.

Tony Award-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies to appear at Seattle First baptist Church, as part of Dorothy's Piano and Cabaret, on July 14th

<p align="LEFT">by MK Scott</p> <p align="LEFT">Tony Award®-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies' journey began in her hometown of Cleveland, OH in 2001 when she first started singing in local bands, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Upon gaining local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, she was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s original band, with whom she would later tour) as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. Her travels have taken her around the world, including a 2 year pre-Broadway run with “A Night With Janis Joplin.” She received her Tony® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.” when the show debuted on Broadway in 2013.</p> <p align="LEFT">I had a chance to chat with the singer/songwriter by email.</p> <p align="LEFT"><b>MK Scott: Mary, Welcome to Seattle! What can the audience look forward to?</b></p> <p align="LEFT">Mary Bridget Davies: Thank you! So excited! Ryan and I tailor each performance to highlight the city we are playing based on what’s going on in the world and in our lives at the time. This is extra special for us because we are playing in a church. It’s going to be a show of honesty and confession. Each show is different. We take requests from fans and that helps shape the show.</p> <p align="LEFT">For the first timers, they can look forward to a lot of emotions and a few laughs, too. Ryan and I have been friends since high school and there is a lot of great chemistry here. We want to inspire and move the audience while having some fun, too! Plus, we have some amazing people who have started to follow us to around to our shows. We are building something exciting and they are a part of it.</p> <p align="LEFT"><b>MK Scott: You are known for playing, Janis Joplin on Broadway in </b><i><b>A Night with Janis Joplin, </b></i><b>what did you like best about being in that show?</b><i><b> </b></i></p> <p align="LEFT">Mary: The ability to use any and every personal emotional experience and plug it in to "Janis" gave me an open conduit to her truth and allowed me to go farther in depth of the character and give away more to the audience than I ever imagined possible.</p> <p align="LEFT"><i><b>MK : Were you a Joplin fan before doing the show?</b></i></p> <p align="LEFT">Mary: Absolutely. Being a kid growing up in the 90's and dressing as Janis for Halloween was funny because most of my classmates thought I was going as Elton John hahaha!  I was raised on blues and rock and roll. She helped me through a lot of the toughest socially awkward moments of my youth.</p> <p align="LEFT"><i><b>MK: What surprised and inspired you the most when you played, Janis?</b></i></p> Mary: What was surprising was even when I had pneumonia and the show had to go on, it was as if Janis commanded me and infused me with the extra strength, energy and magic to tell her story. I would be dead in bed for a week if I weren't performing but when I was in her track there was always something or someone protecting me and I believe it was her. What inspired me?  Janis Joplin didn't just hold her own in a male dominated music scene, she was the Queen! She didn't have a famous family to get her foot in the door. She wasn't classically attractive per the trends of her time and still she REIGNED. That inspired me. Still to this day. <span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>MK: Who are your other influences? </b></span></span> Mary: SO many.  Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey... all the badass singers in the world hahaha. But if you’re asking for a life influence, then Katya. I just adore her. <b>MK: Any plans of going back to Broadway?</b> Mary: I am playing Sheila in the 50th Anniversary staged concert of HAIR at Axelrod Performing Arts Center with Remember Jones, Constantine Maroulis and Alexis Michelle in August!  Going back to LA to reprise my role of Janis in A Night with Janis Joplin at La Mirada Theater (La Mirada, California)  in September and October. I have had a few bites for new works in 2019, so stay tuned!! <p align="LEFT"><i>Mary Bridget Davies with special guest Ryan Sudick is a fabulous, unforgettable evening of music!</i></p> <i>Saturday, July 14, 8 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle. Tickets at dorothyspianobar.com or Eventbrite. </i> <p align="LEFT"><i>MK Scott is a Seattle-based writer. Check out his other work at unitseattlemag.com. </i></p>

EMPIRE Star, Serayah, Headlines Club Silverstone Pride Street party on July 14th

<span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><b>by MK Scott</b></span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">It was a year ago when I interviewed, Mya who was set to headline the Pride party at Tacoma's Club Silverstone. Now, that time has come again and this time they got nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Serayah, star of the hit TV show Empire!</span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">With their strongest lineup yet, this year promises to be one for the ages! I had to chance to reach out to Empire star, about music, pride and acting, by email.  </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK Scott: Serayah, Welcome to Tacoma! I know you are scheduled to perform at the Pride Party at Club Silverstone, What can we look forward to? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: New songs and getting to know Serayah vs Tiana on empire ! </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK: What does Pride mean to you? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: It's a celebration of being your true authentic self. Showing support Without judgment or second thought. It always amazing to see so much positive energy and people creating memories that last forever. </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK: You have been part of the cast of 'Empire' for the last 3 seasons, what has been the best part of being in the show? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: I have been able to reach a vast amount of adults and kids. And it's always amazing to see their reactions and know that I give them happiness every Wednesday lol!</span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK: Who has been the most inspiring? Taraji, Jussie or Lee? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: Taraji has definitely given me advice. And just seeing her work is eye opening for me. There's so much creativity and assurance in her work. That I aspire to have. </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK: What is next for you? Film, more Music? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: Music! I'm dropping more music than I ever have and it feels so good! My new single is out now called "So Good" produced by Jo Blaq and the video will be released in July as well! Album on the way. </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">MK: What advice would you tell youth about America under Trump? </span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;">Serayah: Don't be led into violent thoughts and actions.  Have a heart, continue to care about others before your self, It's more rewarding that way. Also let's stop with the racism we are a world full of amazing people don't let old ignorance scare you from living your life and actually enjoying it.</span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><i>The Club Silverstone Pride Street Party begins on Sat, July 14</i></span><sup><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><i>th</i></span></sup><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><i> at 5p. Hosted by non other than local</i></span> <span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><i>Seattle Favorite Honey Bucket. Featuring special performances by Beth Anne Sacks and Dutchess Beck! Back for another year of mixing and spinning on the outside stage, Kidd Madonny! With DJ sets by both DJ Yanni and our resident house DJ Midnight Mike - After Dark Entertainment!</i></span> The party moves inside at midnight and will be going until 2:00am. Tickets are $20.00 at the door starting at 2pm. 21+ only with a valid photo ID! Message us or call the nightclub at 253.404.0273 with any additional questions!

{ICYMI} Non-Profit Spotlight: Mary's Place

<span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women, children, and families, who have moved out of homelessness into more stable situations. Families that hit a bump in the road – a job loss, a rent increase, a medical diagnosis – and lost their homes. The housing crisis in Seattle and King County is taking its toll on the many families that are living on the edge.</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Mary's Place now operates eight emergency overnight family shelters across King County that provide 680 beds each night for families with children. Their goal is to ensure that No Child Sleeps Outside in our community, but each night in King County there are more than 2,000 families that are sleeping outside in cars and tents. </span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Mary's Place Day Center and four Family Centers provide basic needs each day, including meals, showers, laundry, diapers, and clean dry clothes along with access to resources for housing, employment, and medical care. Children are connected to schools, and Kids Club provides age appropriate programming and after school homework help. </span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Mary's Place has grown dramatically from a Day Center for single homeless women that opened in 1999. The organization has evolved to address the needs of the families they see who are experiencing homelessness. When they saw increasing numbers of mothers with children with nowhere to go at night, they opened their first emergency overnight shelter in 2010 to bring them inside. Soon they were opening additional buildings to provide overnight shelter for moms and dads with children, single dads, extended families, and families with pets. In 2015, Mary's Place heard about families with critically ill children sleeping outside hospitals. The Popsicle Place program was born and now provides a private room and medical support for families who have lost everything trying to make their children well. Baby’s Best Start provides care and education for the increasing numbers of pregnant woman and new moms.</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Once safe inside the Mary's Place shelter community, families work with housing specialists to find affordable housing. Often these families have the funds to pay rent, but just need a second chance. Mary's Place housing locators work with landlords to build relationships and place families, and housing stabilizers work with families to connect them with resources and ensure their success in housing.</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Mary's Place uses a model of transforming empty buildings into a “home for now” for unsheltered families. Their current shelter spaces include former hotels, restaurants, store fronts, bank buildings, and government buildings on loan from companies like Amazon, PEMCO, Vulcan, as well as the City of Seattle and King County. They are constantly on the lookout for available space to expand.</span></span> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">You can help! Do you know of an empty building that Mary's Place could put to use? A landlord that would be willing to work with Mary's Place families? Are you an employer willing to offer a job? Financial contributions help, as do in-kind donations of good and services from the Mary's Place website at marypslaceseattle.org – or organize your friends, family, or work team in for a day of service. You can help families search for housing, complete applications, prepare for job interviews and create resumes. You can make a difference. </span></span> <a href="mailto:info@marysplaceseattle.org"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">info@marysplaceseattle.org</span></span></a> <a name="_GoBack"></a><a href="mailto:volunteer@marysplaceseattle.org"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">volunteer@marysplaceseattle.org</span></span></a> <a href="http://www.marysplaceseattle.org"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">www.marysplaceseattle.org</span></span></a> <span style="font-family: Arial, serif;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span>

Mayor Jenny Durkan and others officially launch the Capitol Hill Station Development at ribbon cutting ceremony

by MK Scott It was a decades-in-the-making moment when Mayor Jenny Durkan officially cut the ribbon for the Capitol Hill Station Development this past Tuesday, June 19th. Besides Durkan, the event also featured various speakers from Capitol Hill Housing, Sound Transit and the AIDS Memorial Pathway (AMP). Capitol Hill Champion's Cathy Hillenbrand was credited for her work and vision of the proposed development which she spearheaded for over a decade. Tom Rasmussen, former Seattle City Councilmember and current chair of the AMP, gave credit to George Bakan and the importance of the Seattle Gay News for years of service to the community. Besides the ribbon cutting ceremony, the event had information tables staffed by all the project partners including Capitol Hill Housing, Sound Transit, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market and The AMP. The event also featured food and drinks provided by local purveyors, including Hayden Farms and Starbucks and a live jazz band. The groundbreaking celebration marks the commencement of construction for the Capitol Hill Station Development, a long-awaited project for the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located atop the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, the transit-oriented development will include four buildings. The new development will provide 428 apartments, including 178 affordable apartments, approximately 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail and 210 underground parking spaces. The development will also include a community room available to the public and a public plaza that will serve as the home of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market as well as a public space for other community events. The project is slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. Photos by MK Scott <img class="aligncenter wp-image-2577" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/36028974_2082428538697412_4465454304827801600_o.jpg" alt="" width="570" height="380" /> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-2578" src="http://uniteseattlemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/36188654_2082427648697501_6816353097229533184_n.jpg" alt="" width="570" height="862" />

LGBTQ Human Rights highlight the GSBA Pride Luncheon

by MK Scott The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Pride Luncheon was held this past Wednesday, June 13th. This was the first time the luncheon was held at the new Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square, which has a view of Century Link Field. Before the luncheon there was the annual Pride Business Expo, featuring businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Following opening remarks and an introduction by GSBA CEO Louise Chernin, Amie Bishop, a consultant on global health and human rights, lead a panel discussion with Fabrice Houdart from the Office of the UN High Court Commissioner for Human Rights who is project lead on global standards of conduct for businesses on tackling LGBTI discrimination. Joining him was Siri May, UN Program Coordinator for OutRight Action International, as well as Clara Ria 'Claire' A. Padilla, founder and Executive Director of EnGendeRights in the Philippines. LGBTQ rights are under attack across the world. We are silenced, our existence is criminalized and in some countries, we are subjected to arrest and even murder. Simply because of who we are and whom we love. Does your company understand its responsibility in the countries it operates? As LGBTQ and allied business leaders, they can raise awareness and leverage the power of business to make a difference by supporting the struggles for LGBTQ rights on a global scale. The GSBA also unveiled their new 2018-19 Guide. Over 15,000 copies will be distributed over the coming year.

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Five women accuse Seattle’s David Meinert of sexual misconduct, including rape

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Mayor Durkan Names Interim Chief Carmen Best as Next Chief of the Seattle Police Department

Seattle (July 17) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan selected Interim Chief Carmen Best as the next Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Best, who…

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Tony Award-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies to appear at Seattle First baptist Church, as part of Dorothy's Piano and Cabaret, on July 14th

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EMPIRE Star, Serayah, Headlines Club Silverstone Pride Street party on July 14th

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Four drag stars shared the stage in 'National Treasures'

by MK Scott The 'National Treasures' tour landed at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre last Thursday (June 21) with three iconic drag queens and one rising star.…

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{ICYMI} Non-Profit Spotlight: Mary's Place

Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women, children, and families, who have moved out of homelessness into more stable situations. Families that hit a bump…

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Big screen legend Shirley Maclaine went 'out on a limb' at McCaw Hall

by MK Scott On Monday, June 18, Oscar-winner Shirley Maclaine (Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, The Children's Hour) stepped in as a last minute replacement…

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Mayor Jenny Durkan and others officially launch the Capitol Hill Station Development at ribbon cutting ceremony

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Prince Poppycock to appear with Seattle Men's Chorus in 'God Save the Queens' Pride weekend concerts

by MK Scott Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) takes the McCaw Hall stage on Pride weekend to honor 50 years of British rock and pop royalty…

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LGBTQ Human Rights highlight the GSBA Pride Luncheon

by MK Scott The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Pride Luncheon was held this past Wednesday, June 13th. This was the first time the luncheon…

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