Recommended Reading: December 21

Here are a few interesting articles, books, and photos Pride Foundation staff have been reading or viewing this week.

Marriage Stories

Marriage equality is a very hot topic across the U.S. There’s been a lot of great analysis since the wins in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington including:

Why I Give.

Blogger Jessan Hutchison-Quillian shares his thoughts on charitable giving including what guides his giving and the resources he uses to make his choices.

Books: The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights by Arlene Stein

This book is a fascinating looks at activism in rural Oregon around LGBTQ civil rights in a town referred to as Timbertown. It follows a failed statewide effort to pass a measure preempting civil rights protection for gays and lesbians, the conservative group Oregon Citizens Alliance advocated at the level of local politics across rural Oregon for similar amendments to local bylaws.

Fighting May Have Shaped Evolution of Human Hand

One way our staff manage a busy workload is to wrap our hands with tape and box. Here’s an interesting evolutionary story.

Books: Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff and Tony Angell

Our Director of Grants Jeff Hedgepeth writes: I have always been fascinated by crows and was moved to read more because at this time of the year they gather by the thousands in late afternoon at the northern edge of the Arboretum next to I-520.  I can’t imagine why they do this.  I hope to find out in the book.  They make a great riot of sound. 

Photos clockwise from top left: Tamara and Pride Foundation board member Rachel toast at their wedding in Langley on December 16. John and Rudy (seated) are surrounded by friends the afternoon of their December 15 wedding at First United Methodist Church in Tacoma. Gayle and Nancy celebrate their wedding in Seattle flanking Philip. Jody officiates the marriage of Tom and Bruce. Pride Foundation mascot takes a break from a long campaign. Jody shows off her basket of sunshine from Gayle and Nancy.

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