Step into July and meet bis!

A new month is here now and it’ s the second 1 / 2 of 2015 already (how did that will happen? ) and we’ ve a fistful of bi fulfills this week. On Wednesday it’ t a meetup for Bi Wessex in Southampton at the Arthouse Coffee shop, 78 Above Bar Street, from 7pm. The same night in Edinburgh it’ s Bi & Above from […]

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It’s marriage! Supreme Court rules for equality

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Obergefell v. Hodges is now as historic as USA v. Windsor (2013), Lawrence v. Texas (2003), and Loving v. Virginia (1967). The U.S. Supreme Court – in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy – ruled on June 26 that Gay and Lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marriage. The date itself is significant. June 26 is the anniversary of the Windsor decision striking down DOMA, and the Lawrence ruling striking down a Texas sodomy law. The Obergefell decision means that all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry. The court majority did not take the easy out of ruling that states must recognize legal marriages but need not allow them in their jurisdictions. For James Obergefell, the decision brings some vindication, finally allowing him to be listed as the spouse of John Arthur on Arthur’s death certificate. Obergefell and Arthur had been partners f

Wembley Arch to light up like a rainbow for Pride In London

Iconic structure will get a makeover for Pride in association with Coca-Cola

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Sheffield’s Proud Bis

It’ s Sheffield LGBT Satisfaction on July 4th. Want to meet up, march and hang out with other bi folk? Meet at 11. 30am outside Firth Court and look for the best bi flag. The Pride organisers outline the day they have lined up – centred around the University Student Union buildings: There will be three main […]

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Athens Pride boasts record turnout of 32, 000 – in images

Politically-charged party in Greek capital attracts record presence amid civil partnership buzz

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New study on problems of LGBTQ youth: ‘Serving Our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Homeless LGBTQ youth face many of the same problems that straight homeless youth face, only more so according to a new study released by the Williams Institute and True Colors Fund. The study, titled ‘Serving Our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness,’ reviewed responses from providers of homeless youth services about their experiences working with LGBTQ youth. Among the key findings of the study are: o Sexual and gender minority youth are over-represented among those experiencing homelessness, according to providers’ estimates of the percent of LGBTQ youth accessing services. o LGBTQ youth accessing these services were reported to have been homeless longer than non-LGBTQ youth. Notably, providers were more likely to report that Transgender youth experienced these disparities. o LGBTQ youth accessing these serv

HRC is a ‘white men’s club’ report says Group admits to problems, promises to change

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer HRC has been branded a ‘white men’s club’ by a fact-finding report that the group itself commissioned. In a four-page public response, HRC admitted it had serious internal problems, but promised to change. The report, commissioned by HRC after bitter complaints by the group’s staff, was based on focus groups and interviews with HRC staffers conducted by outside consultants The Pipeline Project. It was prepared last fall, released to HRC early this year, leaked to BuzzFeed News, and made public on June 2. HRC issued its response on June 3. According to the report, ‘Leadership culture is experienced as homogeneous – gay, white, male. Exclusion was broad-based and hit all identity groups within HRC. ‘A judgmental working environment, particularly concerning women and feminine-identified individuals, was highlighted in survey responses. ‘T

Our Queer Neighborhood March planned for Saturday

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor A group of individuals, not representing any particular nonprofit business or club, have planned a march and rally against violence towards LGBTQ people called OUR QUEER NEIGHBORHOOD, for Saturday at 10 p.m. – midnight. Organizers say that the march will begin at 10 p.m., with people arriving at Bobby Morris Playfield (astroturf) in Cal Anderson Park at 9:30 p.m. to begin rallying. At 10 p.m. the march will move through the Pike/Pine back to SCC ending with a rally and vigil around 11:30 p.m. The march will then make a broader circle from the Pike/Pine Corridor to Olive and Broadway. ‘The goal is to make our presence known throughout Capitol Hill and stay present on the hill throughout the entirety of Saturday night,’ said organizers on the event page created on Facebook for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1605558749710445/. ‘Our goal is to have a l

Kiev: Getting it right

For that second time since 2013, the particular March for Equality Pride occasion has been held in Kiev, Ukraine. Over 2000 police officers protected about 300 participants from counter demonstrators. The march was attacked two times, resulting in nine injured police as well as at least ten injured participants. Police arrested 25 people for ‘illegal actions’ against the […]

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Slovenia looks for a brighter future partying under a pink castle

Pink Week knocks it out the park once again – amid opposition over gay marriage in a Central European country of immaculate attractiveness

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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