Congrats to INBA member Nathan Jeffries, new Water Commisioner

Nathan Jeffries has been elected to the position of Spokane County Water District No. 3, position 2. His election makes him Eastern Washington’s only openly LGBTQ elected official!

He ran on the promise to advocate for an efficient water district that keeps utility costs low while building capacity in the system to support future economic and job growth in Spokane.

Congratulations, Nathan!

WInston & Cashatt, Lawyers, welcomes Associate Attorney, Jenna Strohmeyer

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is happy to announce their newest associate, Jenna Strohmeyer.  Jenna focuses her practice on municipal, land use, and environmental law, aswell as general civil litigation. Her practice includes a wide array of issues ranging from zoning, permitting, and code enforcement issues, to personal injury, property disputes, and landlord-tenant matters. Continue reading WInston & Cashatt, Lawyers, welcomes Associate Attorney, Jenna Strohmeyer

Tyler Titus wins seat to become first transgender person elected in Pennsylvania

Tyler Titus, a candidate for Erie School Board, on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania.

The 33-year-old father of two boys successfully campaigned for one of four open seats on the board. Titus is a licensed professional counselor who works in public and private schools throughout Erie. Continue reading Tyler Titus wins seat to become first transgender person elected in Pennsylvania

Trans Woman Andrea Jenkins Elected to Minneapolis City Council

Andrea Jenkins is the first transgender person elected to a major city’s governing body and the first trans person of color elected to any office in the U.S.

Andrea Jenkins has won election to the Minneapolis City Council, making her the first trans person elected to a major city’s governing body and one of the first out trans people of color elected to any office in the United States.

Jenkins won in the city’s Eighth Ward, where she had been a policy aide to departing Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden. The Minneapolis Star Tribune had endorsed her, saying she was highly qualified and well prepared for the office. She bested three other candidates. Jenkins is a Democrat; the race is officially nonpartisan, but candidates can identify with a party label. She had the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, as the Democratic Party is known in Minnesota, and of Victory Fund. She won more than 70 percent of the vote in her ward, according to the Star Tribune.

Continue reading Trans Woman Andrea Jenkins Elected to Minneapolis City Council

US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

Jenny Durkan Elected Seattle Mayor

Jenny Durkan, Seattle’s first out lesbian mayor and its first woman mayor since the 1920s.

Jenny Durkan won 61 percent of the vote, more than 21 percentage points ahead of her opponent, Cary Moon, The Seattle Times reports.

Durkan is a former federal prosecutor, having been appointed U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington by President Obama in 2009. She had the support of business groups, labor unions, and local and state politicians. Moon, though, had the endorsement of the King County Democrats. Both women are Democrats, but the mayoral race is nonpartisan. Continue reading Jenny Durkan Elected Seattle Mayor

With Election of Trans, Bi Women, Palm Springs City Council Now Entirely Queer

Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege

The Palm Springs, Calif., City Council now has transgender and bisexual members – and is entirely LGBT or queer.

Lisa Middleton made history as the first openly trans candidate elected to a nonjudicial office in California (Victoria Kolakowski was elected an Alameda County Superior Court judge in 2010). She and Christy Holstege, a bi woman, won the two open seats on the City Council in a field of six candidates in Tuesday’s election. Their election means that the desert city’s council is 100 percent LGBT or queer, according to Equality California, with representation from across the spectrum of those identities. Continue reading With Election of Trans, Bi Women, Palm Springs City Council Now Entirely Queer

INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Friends of the Bing Set to Screen Angels in America

Friends Of the Bing is proud to announce that its Stage to Screen presentation of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, is being partnered by a diverse group of community-based organizations. Continue reading INBA Partners with Friends of the Bing To Bring Award-Winning HIV/AIDS Play To Spokane

Major Margaret Witt Book Launch + Signing

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

Book Launch & Signing

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
Auntie’s Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
SpokaneWA 99201

In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and -women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and -women were removed from military service. That is, until Margie Witt’s landmark case put a stop to it.

Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights is the riveting story of Major Margaret Witt’s dedicated and decorated military career as a frontline flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner—now wife—Laurie Johnson. Tell captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Tell is a testament to the power of love to transform hearts and minds, as well as a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Major Witt, her wife Laurie, her dedicated legal team, and the brave men and women who came forward to testify on her behalf in a historic federal trial.

October Networking Lunch: Preparing for Healthcare Enrollment

Speaker: Curt Fackler of Better Health Together and Tony Kiepe of AristaPoint

Topic: Preparing for individual and group health insurance enrollment

When: Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley

The ACA enrollment period is 3 weeks shorter from November 1 to December 15. Curt Fackler will speak on individual enrollment and Tony Kiepe will speak on group enrollment for businesses.

Register Here