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

Joyful anniversary! 10 love nests to celebrate 1 year of gay marriage in England and Wales

29 Mar marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain

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Meet up with other bis! 23 – 29 March

Would like to get out and meet some other bis hin zu? It’ s the end of the 30 days which tends to be quiet – plus its’ s quieter than normal with just the three meetups this week. Leicester bis are having a interpersonal evening to meet and chat on Wednesday 25th March from seven p. m. to 9 l. m. at Leicester […]

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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Barney Frank Former Congressman as combative as ever

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Former Congressman Barney Frank showed himself to be as combative as ever in an interview with SGN, despite his claim to be enjoying retirement. ‘I am retired,’ Frank insisted. ‘I have no ongoing job. I continue to be an advocate, but I’m an advocate without a job title.’ A 16-term Congressman from Massachusetts and Democratic Party warhorse, Frank will be in Seattle March 29 and 30 to promote his new book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. He will appear March 30 at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $27 and are available from Brown Paper Tickets – 1-800-838-3006 FREE; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/920339. One ticket admits up to two people and includes a copy of Barney Frank’s book. For more information, Google University Book Store or visit www.bookstore.washington.edu and visit R

RuPaul fights back after death dangers are sent to Drag Race princess or queen

Spoilers ahead just for who sashayed away in the third episode of the seventh season

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Barney Frank in Seattle March 30

On Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., Barney Frank will appear in Seattle in a conversation, reading and book signing of his new memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, sponsored by the University Book Store. The event will be held at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St. in the Sanctuary. Leading the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness over nearly five decades in Congress, Barney Frank is widely considered one of the smartest, funniest, and most influential politicians of our time. In his candid and witty new memoir, Frank recounts his journey from the outskirts of New York City to U.S. Congress, from the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to debates over ‘big government’ during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, and from a closeted gay man to the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. What he gives us is not only a mo

Utah passes landmark anti-discrimination bill – Bill allowing opt-outs from same-sex marriages also passes

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Utah House of Representatives has passed a landmark bill outlawing discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of housing and employment. The March 11 vote on the measure, titled SB296, was 65-10. The bill passed the Utah Senate by a 23-5 vote on March 6. It will now go to Utah’s governor, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill amends the state’s current antidiscrimination and fair housing laws to include ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ in the list of protected characteristics. Employers are allowed to set ‘reasonable’ standards of dress and grooming and designate gender-specific restroom and shower facilities, according to the bill. Also under SB 296, someone who expresses religious, political or personal views about marriage, family, or sexuality in a ‘nondisruptive’ and ‘nonharassing’ manner cannot be fired or denied housing on those ground

Help you in Sheffield tomorrow?

In Sheffield tomorrow there’ s a zine fair on at the Electric powered Works (about 200 yards from Sheffield train station – come out front side, cross the road, turn right, walk for a minute and you’ lso are there). It’ s an annual occasion with lots of art / feminist / queer small press and zinester things in attendance […]

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Trans selfies have caught bathroom bans and lawmakers with their pants down

Do we need soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

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SCOTUS to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage April 28

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The Supreme Court of the United States announced Thursday that 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments on whether states can ban same-sex marriage will be heard April 28. If the court rules in favor of the LGBTQ community, it will be a historic and momentous occasion. In addition, audio transcripts of the argument will be released later that day, most likely by 2 p.m.; rarely does the court release audio of oral arguments until the end of each week they are held. Briefs from same-sex couples challenging the bans in four Midwest states were filed last week. Friend-of-the-court briefs supporting them have been arriving this week in advance of a Friday deadline. By the end of the day Friday, scores of briefs supporting Gay marriage are almost certain to be piled high at the court. On Friday, a ‘people’s brief’ with more than 200,000 signatures will be filed by the Human Rig

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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