Scout Leader hires lawyer

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Geoffrey McGrath, the openly Gay scoutmaster and his host church in Rainier Beach have hired an attorney after the Boy Scouts of America revoked his membership because he is Gay. Boy Scouts of America (BSA) revoked McGrath’s membership after asking him if he is an avowed homosexual. BSA’s inquiry came following McGrath’s statement about his sexual orientation prompted by a journalist’s question. Deron Smith, Director of BSA Public Relations said, ‘The Boy Scouts of America does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of our members. We don’t believe the topic of sexual orientation has a role in Scouting and it is not discussed unless it is deliberately injected into Scouting. Today, this individual provided both Scouting national leadership and the media with information that led to his removal as a leader. The BSA does not have an agenda on the matter of sexual orientation; we r

San Francisco Pride organizers apologize to Chelsea Manning

‘I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her followers on behalf of SF Pride, and we look ahead to a proper honor this year’

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Community Member Spotlight: Aleksa Manila

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor ‘Be gracious. Always.’ That is what local drag icon Aleksa Manila said she reminds all of her drag children to be whenever they find themselves in a tough situation. I think it is only fitting to begin this community spotlight feature on Aleksa Manila with that quote, because as those of you who know her would agree, Aleksa really is gracious – always. She is often referred to as ‘The nice one.’ No, I’m not talking about the comparison some locals might have between Aleksa Manila and the fabulous Gaysha Starr. (Seriously, racist people who think all Filipinos look alike get them confused all the time.) I’m talking about people referring to Aleksa and whomever. She is the nicest one. And it’s not an act. She’s the real deal. I’ve been around Aleksa for five years now. We’ve produced shows, co-hosted fundraisers, marched down the street for equal rights and more. If she were fa

Objective America’s Linda Harvey says destitute LGBTI teens only have themselves accountable

Far-right Christian writer Linda Harvey has blamed gay and lesbian teens for running away from ‘heart-broken’ homophobic parents who want to control their own lives – saying they only have themselves to blame for their homelessness

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Mississippi loves religion, hates Gays

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Author Mississippi’s legislature has passed the so-called ‘Mississippi Religious Freedom Repair Act’ – a measure that will allow individuals and businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers. With less than 72 hours still left in their session, both houses from the state legislature rushed to pass the particular measure on April 2 . The home first passed the bill on a 79-43 vote, and later, Senators approved the bill on a tone of voice vote. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill into law. If and when he will, the law will take effect July one The measure is said to duplicate provisions of the 1993 federal Spiritual Freedom Restoration Act and other expenses passed in 18 states, aside from language that offers additional protections to employees of businesses. It is apparently more narrowly drawn than the ‘religious freedom’ bill vetoed by Az Governor Jan Brewer in February.

Boy Scouts dismiss openly Gay Seattle scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath

by Victor Bogatko – SGN Contributing Writer Nearly a year ago the Boy Scouts of America announced it would admit Gay boys in the youth organization but still prohibit openly Gay leaders. This week the repercussions of last year’s decision have been felt – right here in Seattle. A local scoutmaster, Geoffrey McGrath, has been dismissed for being openly Gay. The news came to McGrath on Monday in the form of a letter, stating that he failed to satisfy the leadership qualifications established by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ‘As part of those qualifications, the BSA does not permit open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer leaders,’ the letter states. It continues, ‘the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of its volunteer leaders and but if a volunteer makes an issue out of his or her sexual orientation – especially to the youth we serve – then that volunteer is no longer eligible to be a regist

Missouri ‘family values’ group suing to prevent gay married couples filing joint state tax returns

The particular Missouri Family Policy Council will be hoping that a court will stop same-sex married couples from filing joint state tax returns in what may be a new front in the far right’s war against gay marriage

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George Takei will be Celebrity Grand Marshal at Seattle’s 2014 Pride Parade

by Victor Bogatko – SGN Contributing Writer This year’s Seattle Pride Parade will mark its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this historic landmark, organizers of the event, Seattle Out and Proud, will host none other than George Takei to lead the parade as Celebrity Grand Marshal. The theme of this year’s celebration is Generations of Pride, making Mr. Takei’s appearance all the more special. His career indeed spans many generations and there isn’t a person in the LGBT community (or a ‘Star Trek’ fan) who doesn’t recognize his name. With a career spanning half a century, George Takei is probably best known around the world as Hikaru Sulu, the role he played in the famous television series ‘Star Trek.’ As an actor, human rights activist, and social media powerhouse, Takei has for many years used his roles and public image to advance LGBT rights around the world. With more than 6.4 million followers, he’s ranked as one of Facebook’s most inf

British vicar goes to gay bar and offers to ‘cure’ the customers

Bar owner says he has been shocked over the homophobia he has faced since he opened up a business within the spiritual home of the Church of England, Canterbury

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Guy burned in KOMO chopper accident is a member of the Gay community

by Shaun Knittel — SGN Associate Editor Richard Newman, 38, was driving along Wide Street in Seattle Tuesday early morning when a KOMO news helicopter damaged onto his car, engulfing his red car in flames plus killing chopper pilot Gary Pfitzner and photographer Bill Strothman. The particular King County Medical Examiner’s workplace announced Wednesday that Pfitzner, 59, died of blunt force stress to the head, torso and extremities, and Strothman, 62, died of blunt force injuries to the head, neck, torso and extremities. The particular crash was ruled an accident. Newman, an openly Gay man plus member of the Emerald City Recreational softball Association (ECSA), nearly died too. He spent an unbearable 90 seconds trapped inside his burning vehicle before he was able to get out on his own. As he ran from the car, based on witnesses, Newman was still burning down. A Fisher Plaza security guard ran to Newman’s aid. Newman suffered second- and third-degree burns up on

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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