President George Bakan: George Bakan is Editor-in-Chief for Seattle Gay News, overseeing operation since 1983.
Born in Seattle and raised in rural Bellevue, his
family moved to Eastern Washington in the 1960s.
Eager to become involved in gay activism, George
returned to Seattle in the early 1980s.
almost 30-years of gay community activism include organizing the Seattle AIDS Action Committee
During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, George
and the Seattle AIDS Action Committee
organized an annual candle light vigil at Seattle Central
also co-chaired the 1984 Freedom Day Committee
, now known as Seattle Pride.
In addition, George was regional co-chair for the National Marches on Washington, DC in which he led the Northwest sponsored push for bisexual and transgender inclusion at the national events; and, on the Executive Committee for Hands Off Washington (HOW) which worked statewide on LGBT political issues from 1992 to 1996.
He looks toward future projects, including health issues for older LGBTQ people, workshops for young LGBT activists, and tree planting in Seattle parks to honor people who died of AIDS.
Former 2014-2015 At-Large Member Erie Jones: Erie grew up in the Chicago, but has lived on Capitol Hill
Currently, he teaches music at Dusty Strings in Fremont, keeps bees and chickens, and plays in a band, The Guardians.
For 27 years he taught at Lowell Elementary and South Shore K-8.
partner and he
purchased their home on Capitol Hill
in 1984 and he
has felt fortunate ever since!
Erie has helped many local businesses get off-the-ground, build the Thomas Street P-patch, worked with youth, helped support people living with AIDS, fixed up houses, and more.
feels that the ability for people of diverse backgrounds - economic, racial, gender to name a few - are adversely affected by an unaffordable neighborhood.
To Erie, neighborhood cohesion is at a crucial point.
believes, if we can look at growth clearly, we may find ways to build a more vibrant and rich community.