Gay and lesbian clubbing in Brussels worth more than $5m per year, says consultant

Speaking out on Brussels’ flourishing LGBTI tourism industry ahead of Pride on 16 May

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Lifelong: Helping people ‘live forward’ A conversation with Ed Wilhoite – new CEO at Lifelong

by Rachael DeCruz – Communications Manager at Pride Foundation The year was 1987. 16,908 people had already died from AIDS in the United States and the disease was spreading rapidly. Across the country in Chicago, a young lawyer named Ed Wilhoite – now the Chief Executive Officer at Lifelong – was just beginning his engagement with the fight against AIDS. To celebrate Pride Foundation’s 30th anniversary and the work of our early grantees, I recently had the opportunity to hear Ed’s story. Ed remembers being on a bus one day in the ’80s when ACT-UP/Chicago held a street action that blocked the bus from moving forward. The group was protesting Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) refusal to place safe sex posters on buses, and Ed thought it was a violation of the First Amendment: ‘Sometimes that’s all it takes. I got off the bus and handed my card to one of the protestors, offering my help.’ Daniel Sotom

Obama opposes ‘conversion therapy’ White House says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer President Obama has announced his support for a ‘We the People’ online petition urging the government to ‘Enact Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy.’ The petition currently has more than 120,000 signatures. Leelah’s Law commemorates Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who threw herself into oncoming traffic after her parents forced her to undergo so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ The ‘therapy’ often includes intense interrogation-like techniques, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sometimes physical assault. Obama was moved by the story of Alcorn’s suicide, his personal friend and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters. ‘It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately she has a lot of company,’ Jarrett said. ‘It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.’

This week’s bi meets

There are lots of bi meetups going on around the country this week. Wednesday in Manchester BiPhoria have their monthly discussion space meet-up at the LGBT Foundation Centre on Richmond Street from 7. 30pm. This is the developing that was the LGF until a week ago, but LGF have now rebranded to incorporate bi and trans in […]

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Sally Clark resigns from City Council, takes job at UW

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Sally Clark resigned from the Seattle City Council April 2, and announced she will take a new job with the University of Washington beginning May 18. Her last day on the Council will be April 12. In February Clark said she would not seek reelection to the City Council seat she has held since 2006. The UW announced that Clark has been appointed Director of Regional and Community Relations for the school. In that position, Clark will work with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local governments on projects of mutual interest. “The Office of Regional and Community Relations works to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and looks for new opportunities to match the UW’s academic capital with needs in the region and community,” the university said in a statement. In addition to her new duties, Clark wi

Every aboard! 3 epic Asian teach journies

Who’s up for a train romance?

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Satisfaction in Tampa makes comeback following 8-year ban

Great yr for LGBTIs in Florida

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New month, new bis to meet…

April is nearly upon us and there are fistful of bi satisfies coming up this week too. Wednesday (1st April) is Bi & Outside of in Edinburgh. Meet at the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe St, from 7pm-9pm. Thursday has Cardiff‘ s regular bi meet from 6. 30pm. For details, email bicardiff@yahoo. co. uk Also on Thursday […]

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Former Seattle LGBTQ Commissioner, Trans* activist Hill Landon Wolf accepts internship with Rep. Derek Kilmer’s office

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor There’s a saying that many people in the U.S. Navy have memorized and it goes, ‘It’s a small world, and an even smaller Navy.’ In other words, you can travel this whole wide world and as big as it is you will still inevitably run into someone you served with at a previous command whether you want to or not. It’s these kinds of truths that make the Golden Rule such a damn good rule to follow. Because when you do bump into an old friend it makes things a lot more enjoyable if they really are an old pal and not an enemy. Life is lived in a circle. Regardless of how you live, it all comes back around. For U.S. Navy veteran Hill Landon Wolf, at this moment in time, nothing could be truer than those words. Luckily for Hill, the Golden Rule was followed and friends outweigh enemies ten to one. On March 23, Hill posted to his Facebook wall, ’10 years ago around this time I was prepari

Indiana governor signs anti-Gay law, stirs up storm of protest George Takei calls for boycott, major corporations pull out

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the so-called ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ into law on March 26. The new law allows Indiana businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in employment and provision of services if they claim a religious motivation for their anti-Gay actions. Pence was surrounded by ministers, monks, nuns, and at least one Chassidic rabbi as he signed the legislation. Later he issued a statement claiming he was not motivated by bigotry. ‘Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,’ Pence said in a statement. ‘The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action. One need look no further than

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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