George Bakan: For 26 years George Bakan has been the Editor-in-Chief for Seattle Gay News.
He has been overseeing the operation of the SGN weekly newspaper since 1983.
George was born in Seattle, raised in rural Bellevue and in the 1960s he moved with his family to Eastern Washington.
returned to Seattle in the early 1980s to become a gay activist.
Some of the highlights of his
almost 30-years of gay community activism are organizing the Seattle AIDS Action Committee
in 1983, which later became Mobilization Against AIDS.
During the early days of the AIDS epidemic George
and the Seattle AIDS Action Committee
organized an annual candle light vigil at SCCC at Pine and Broadway on Capitol Hill.
early days as an activist he
co-chaired the 1984 Freedom Day Committee
, now known as Seattle Out and Proud.
George was the regional co-chair for the 1987 and 1993 National Marches on Washington, DC.
During both organizing efforts Bakan
led the Northwest sponsored push for bi and transsexual inclusion at the national events.
He was on the Hands Off Washington (HOW) Executive Committee and was for a time Vice Chair for Hands Off Washington.
worked statewide on LGBT political issues from 1992 to 1996.
Thought of retirement does not suit George
The LGBT veteran activist continues his daily oversight at the SGN and looks towards future projects, including health issues for old gay guys and setting up training and leadership workshops for young LGBT activists and a tree planting project in Seattle parks to honor people who've died of AIDS.