Community Stories

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About Community Stories

Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

To submit story input and for further information about Community Stories, please contact: Ian Devier, Community Stories Senior Producer,

Community Stories: The Advocate - Manuel Venegas
Community Stories: The Advocate - Manuel Venegas

Manuel Venegas is one of Seattle's most passionate, outspoken advocates for the civil rights of LGBTQ, HIV positive, and transgender communities. His deep-rooted interest in activism and community education began in high school and has led him to serve on the Seattle LGBTQ Commission and the defeatHIV Community Advisory Board at Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. Drawing on personal experience, Venegas shares the challenges he has faced and overcome in this intimate portrait.