Interview: Going to the Palace

Jen Yockney became the very first person to appear in the Honours Checklist with an MBE “for services to the bisexual community” on the Queen’s birthday celebration last June. Tiff asked the girl some questions (and then Jen added one of her own). The particular Honours List! What happens and how do you find out about it? You get a notice that tells you […]

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Ed Murray wins key union endorsement

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray won a key endorsement in his race for re-election on February 15, when he secured the support of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC). The MLKCLC includes some 150 union locals representing more than 80,000 workers and is the largest county labor council in the state. Its endorsement opens the way for financial contributions and assistance in get-out-the-vote campaigns. Murray had already been endorsed by some of the Labor Council’s biggest members, including UNITE HERE 8, representing hotel and restaurant workers; the Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 19 affiliated unions; AFSCME Council 2, representing county and city employees; Professional and Technical Employees 17, the largest union representing City of Seattle workers; Laborers 242, representing hod carriers and general laborers; IBEW 77, representing electrical w

State Supreme Court rules against anti-LGBT Richland florist State has compelling interest in eradicating discrimination, justices say

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Pasco florist Barronelle Stutzman was correctly prosecuted and fined for refusing to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. Stutzman claimed that she refused to sell wedding flowers to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed for their 2013 wedding because same-sex marriage violates her Christian beliefs. In a strongly worded ruling, all nine Supreme Court justices disagreed. ‘The State of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,’ Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud wrote for the full court in its February 16 decision. ‘We therefore hold that the conduct for which Stutzman was cited and fined in this case – refusing her commercially marketed wedding floral services to Ing


Friday night sees an LGBT History Month talk within Leicester from Tom Robinson. Tom’ s best known as a Radio six DJ these days but in the 70s the Tom Robinson Band was scoring chart hits with music like 2-4-6-8 Motorway and demonstration song Glad to be Gay. Then in the 80s the tabloids obtained in a frenzy about the girlfriend […]

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Washington AG sues to block Trump immigration ban

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Washington State Lawyer General Bob Ferguson filed case on January 30 seeking to block Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Along with Trump, the suit names some other high-ranking federal officials and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants. Ferguson also filed a movement for a temporary restraining order to prevent implementation of Trump’s executive purchase immediately and nationwide. The lawyer general asked the court to schedule a hearing on his suit inside 14 days. Ferguson charges that the executive order barring immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries violates the similar protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution and the Initial Amendment ban on establishment associated with religion. Trump’s order also contravenes the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the lawsuit says. Nearby mega-corporations Amazon and Expedia joined up with the

Trump wants to allow discrimination on spiritual grounds The Nation publishes leaked anti-LGBT order

by Mike Andrew : SGN Staff Writer The Nation journal has published a document it says is a leaked draft of the executive order intended to curtail LGBT rights and reproductive choice. ‘The draft order seeks to create low cost exemptions for people and organizations whom claim religious or moral arguments to same-sex marriage, premarital intercourse, abortion, and trans identity, and it also seeks to curtail women’s entry to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act, ‘ The Nation reports. ‘The White House did not react to requests for comment, but when asked Monday about whether a religious freedom executive order was in the works, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, ‘I’m not really getting ahead of the executive orders that individuals may or may not issue. There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the president has talked about and will continue to keep fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now. ‘

EU-wide recognition of adoption rights

Today, the particular European Parliament adopted a report (by a huge margin – 533 just for, 41 against) demanding the automated recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition need to happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ sexual orientation. The report highlights that the lack of provisions for the recognition currently cause […]

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Ed Murray defiant as Trump signs orders on immigration

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was defiant after Donald Trump signed executive orders dealing with immigration and sealing off the country’s border with Mexico. Trump signed orders on January 25 concerning the construction of his border wall with Mexico, increasing deportations, and punishment for so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’ The same day, Murray held a press conference at City Hall denouncing Trump’s plans. ‘Today is one of the worst days for immigrants in America since Japanese internment,’ Murray said in a statement. ‘Just days after hundreds of Seattleites volunteered to support more than 1,000 members of our immigrant community, President Trump sent a message back. He doesn’t respect our values and will exercise his power to threaten immigrants and our federal funding. ‘I want to assure Seattle residents that while they are right to be alarmed about Pr


Your Bi Diary: 23 – 29 January 2017

Get out of the house, go to a bi group and make new bi-mates immediately at bi meetups across the country! Immediately there’s a bit of a London skew to what’s going in our weekly diary… Monday in London it’s the Over 50s Bi Group at 6pm at AgeUK, Tavis House, Tavistock Square. Then on Thursday in London […]

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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