State of the Union: On Us

To credit the State of the Union to President Obama is somewhat misleading — the state of the union is a reflection on not only the president’s actions, but also the behavior of the collection of U.S. political leaders, our neighboring nations, and, of course, Americans themselves. Among the constant stream of media speculation over ...

Sex Work With Dignity

A large number of the sex workers claiming residence in Seattle have autonomy and do it for money, companionship, and often pleasure. There is nothing inherently wrong with exchanging sex for money, but when an individual is forced into it unwillingly, it changes the way we should be handling legislation. An estimated 300,000 minors are ...

Trans Rights Now

Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl, committed suicide on Dec. 28, 2014. She posted a passionate and articulate suicide note on her Tumblr pleading for society to make her death mean something. She spoke of her need for acceptance, her parents’ lack of empathy and failed conversion therapy, the importance of being able to have ...

I am Charlie, But I am Baga, Too

The world is grieving with Paris. I am equally disturbed by the slaughter that shocked Europe and the rest of the world last week. But my heart also aches for other, more distant tragedies—many of which have gone underreported and unnoticed. Nearly four million people and 40 world leaders recently marched in Paris to mourn ...

Editorial: Dear White People

Following last week’s no indictment decision by a Missouri grand jury, I took to Seattle’s streets to join the protests. As a white person, I need to be conscientious about several things when taking part in these demonstrations. I am not participating because I am affected by the racial biases present in policing, but rather ...

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