Bi Visibility Momentum

Celebrating bisexuality this September Now in its sixteenth year, can Bi Visibility Day, September 23rd, grow bigger still in 2014? Last year saw the first White Home meeting on bisexuality and a ministerial message of support over here. This year we’ve seen a proclamation supporting the day from one US city and a petition calling […]

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Homosexual Star Travel Expo: Discover the most popular gay destinations in 2015

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London over the weekend of January 17/18 th to showcase the hottest gay and lesbian destinations in 2015 – in the best cruises to the fiercest party islands

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Believe sought in California attack of a gay man

Throughout the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the particular victim hopefully ‘he learned his lesson’

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Pride Foundation awards grants to 56 organizations supporting LGBTQ community in the Northwest 32 Washington organizations among grantees

SEATTLE – On Thursday, November 13, Pride Foundation announced that it has awarded $303,775 to 56 organizations that support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth, adults, and families in the Northwest. In Washington State, 32 organizations received funding – totaling $175,000. Despite the surge in marriage equality victories across the country, and progress in Washington to provide inclusive healthcare coverage for Transgender people, LGBTQ people still face heightened risks of hate crimes, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, bullying, HIV infection, and mistreatment in social and human services. In fact just this year, Seattle was listed as having the third highest rate of anti-LGBT hate crimes in the country. By directing resources to those who remain most invisible and vulnerable despite recent progress, Pride Foundation’s community grants program is making an important statement about the work that lies ahead and the co

SCOTUS to get all six Sixth Circuit marriage appeals – Marriage bans fall in additional states

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Plaintiffs in all six marriage cases turned down by the Sixth Circuit Court have appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of the appellate court’s decision. Meanwhile federal judges struck down marriage bans in Missouri and South Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on marriage in Kansas, and at least one county is issuing licenses to Gay and Lesbian couples, but the state’s Attorney General insists that same-sex marriage must wait for a state Supreme Court ruling. Breaking ranks with other circuit courts, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit ruled on November 6 that same-sex marriages bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee were just fine constitutionally. Plaintiffs could have asked for en banc review, meaning a hearing in front of the full Sixth Circuit, but they chose to go straight to the top – the Supreme Court. ‘We just had a conference c

Satisfy bis in Bristol, London, Brum, Colchester, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham!

There are lots of opportunities to meet other bisexuals around the UK this week! On Mon from 7pm Bristol BiVisible is going to be meeting at Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft: pop in and look for the table with the purple teapot. Tuesday sees bi meets in London and Greater london. In Birmingham Brum Bis satisfy at the LGBT […]

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Copenhagen to get first publicly funded LGBTI elderly home

The city has approved a budget of 370, 000 kroner for the project, including the training associated with nursing staff

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Sixth Circuit upholds marriage bans

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Breaking with all the other appellate courts that have ruled on same-sex marriage, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. The decision applies to six lawsuits from all four states. The November 6 ruling was a split 2-1 decision, with Judges Deborah Cook and Jeffrey Sutton voting to uphold the bans, and Senior Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtry dissenting. ‘When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,’ Sutton wrote in the main opinion. ‘Better, in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fel

Precisely next?

by Kris Hermanns – Pride Foundation
Special to the SGN As marriage equality continues to obtain momentum across our region as well as the country, we are at a unique instant in LGBTQ history – a vital turning point that has the potential to fully change the lives of everyone in our local community. We went from having marriage equality in 19 states – in addition to 10 Native American tribes, and Wa D. C. – to 32 states in a matter of weeks. As lawsuits across the country continue to play out, we are able to expect even more change soon. A lot of us never imagined we would live to find the day we could legally marry within our home communities. As more and more LGBTQ couples are able to publicly commit themselves to the one they love, my heart is filled with a joy and satisfaction that is hard to describe. While elements have moved quickly these previous few months – indeed so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with everything – it is clear that

Enter our Animal Month Competition in order to WIN an IFAW soft cuddly toy

To celebrate Animal Month, in partnership with IFAW, we are giving away 25 gentle cuddly toys for the cutest selfies of you and your beloved pets!

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Is ANY sexual desire a “choice”?

Sexual orientation has a strong physiological component. It appears to be influenced by both genetic and hormonal factors.

• The trait is similar to being left or right-handed; the genetic influence on
both traits is estimated at less than 50%; and both seem to be established at an early age or before birth.

• A same-sex orientation is held by approximately 3-5% of the world’s population. There are twice as many homosexual males as females.

• Sexual orientation is a complex trait which appears to have multiple
mechanisms acting upon it. It is unlikely that there is a single cause,
although it is quite clear that the primary roots of the trait lie in biology.

• Gay men and lesbians are more likely than straight men and women to be left-handed. Since hand preference can be observed in the womb, this suggests a prenatal influence.

• Gay men’s object location memory skills exceed that of straight men. Gay men’s skill level in this involuntary indicator of brain organization between the sexes approaches that of straight women.

• Both lesbians and gay men outperform heterosexual men and women in verbal fluency from early childhood.

How can you explain it?

Which sexual orientations are “ok”?

"All of this logic goes for the sexual paraphilias, too, which are primary patterns of arousal that lie outside the norm. The paraphilias, of course, are less tolerated as a whole than simply being gay, straight, or bi, and we argue over which groups get to use the term sexual orientation, but I see no rational reason not to regard the paraphilias as their own distinct sexual orientations."

"“I don’t ‘hate’ gay people,” they say. “I just disagree with them, that’s all.” By “disagreeing,” either you’re willfully ignoring the obvious fact that sexual orientation is not a choice (which indeed makes you a bigot), or you’re simply unable to grasp the obvious fact that sexual orientation is not a choice (which makes you stupid)."

Great comments from Jesse Bering