Fulfill other bis! 24-31 August

It’ ersus a week with a Bank Holiday weekend on the end of it, and an ideal time for you to meet other bi folk within Manchester, Leeds or London! Wed is Leeds Bi Group on the new Mesmac centre from seven. Find out more here. Thursday is Greater london Bisexual Meetup, at the O Pub in Soho from 7pm. Details here. Saturday is […]

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Candlelight vigil to condemn violent crimeOur neighborhood belongs to us, not crime

simply by Shaun Knittel – SGN Relate Editor CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
@ 9PM Shots phoned out on Capitol Hill and a young man is dead. A man walking house after leaving a Gay bar on the Hill heard someone behind him say, ‘Hey, ‘ and when he turned around he was bumped out, cut open from the impact he did not see coming, great phone was missing. Another Gay and lesbian man and his friend were walking to the QFC nearest Union plus 12th when they were approached with a young man who asked them for that time, somehow they found themselves being lunged at by the man who had been now holding a giant piece of sharpened glass shard, trying to slash them. They called the police and when the particular cops found the man, he ongoing yelling at them, in front of the police, that he was in a gang and they would soon be dead. This is Capitol Hill now. And the worst part of it all is that aside from carping on Facebook the re

Capitol Hill murder

simply by Shaun Knittel – SGN Connect Editor Capitol Hill is going through tremendous change. Anyone that returns to Capitol Hill after having shifted away, even if after just a calendar year, returns and finds parts of the neighborhood unrecognizable. And while there has always been some danger, unlike many dense central city neighborhoods, the ‘Hill’ has never been known for gun battles and murder. The LGBTQ community, which undoubtedly stakes its claim as the neighborhood’s keepers, is nonviolent. Fights inside of Gay bars are pretty uncommon and even when one does break out security personnel do a good job in breaking up the melee and it’s to the dancing and the drinking. Decades that LGBTQ people, in particular, still cannot fight, it’s just that we would instead not. Call us crazy but we all actually like to go out to have a good time for the sake of having a good time. Hence the term, ‘Have a Gay old time. ‘ But these recent days and nights on Capitol Hill

43% Bi?

Online opinion polling company YouGov have published research conducted in the last week into sex and sexuality. These people found 43% of under 25s when asked to place themselves on a sexuality scale from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual) put themselves somewhere in between, in between 1 and 5. 6% associated with under 25s rated themselves a 6. Across the population as […]

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SPD seeks person of interest in last week’s fire at Neighbours

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor On Friday, August 7, around 11:15 a.m. in broad daylight, a man seen in footage taken by Neighbours Nightclub security cameras walks into the alcove where the famed back alley entrance to Seattle’s largest Gay dance club is, and nearly three minutes later walks back out. Smoke can then be seen coming out of the alcove and it becomes clear that a fire has been set. Unlike the arson which occurred at Neighbours on New Year’s Eve 2014, in which a man doused a stairwell that leads to the upstairs mezzanine with gasoline and lit it on fire during one of the busiest nights of the year, potentially wanting to kill nearly 800 people, this fire was started when nobody was in the building, the business was closed and during the day. And what is even more curious is that the man in the video knows he is being filmed, yet he does not cover his face or make an attempt to not be seen by cameras. His movements are almost c

BiPhoria shortlisted for European Award

Manchester bi group BiPhoria is in the running meant for the European Diversity Awards this Sept. BiPhoria has been shortlisted in the category of Community Group of the Year. They are celebrating 21 years providing space and tone of voice for bisexual people and are the particular longest-running bisexual organisation in the UK. And also their core services and outreach and visibility work they have involved […]

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2015 Gender Justice Awards

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor On Thursday, Gender Justice League, organizers of the annual Trans Pride event on Capitol Hill, held their first annual Gender Justice Awards dinner at Melrose Market to highlight and showcase the incredible activism of Trans and Allied Activists who have made incredible strides for Trans, Gender Queer, and Gender Non-Conforming people in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s Gender Justice Awards were hosted by Ian Harvie, the comedian and actor who appeared in the Golden Globe Award winning series Transparent. The dinner and program began at 7 p.m. and lasted until 10 p.m. with many people receiving awards. The 11 award recipients and categories are as follows: The Emergence Award honors Selam Abunu, an emerging activist within the Trans community, to elevate their work and encourage ongoing community support for their future work. The Emergence Award is honored with a $500 gr

Mayor Murray announces LGBTQ Task Force action plan at City Hall

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Mayor Ed Murray, along with members of the LGBTQ Task Force appointed in March, announced an action plan on Thursday, to support a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people in Seattle. ‘Seattle has long been a place where everyone can find an accepting and tolerant home,’ said Mayor Ed Murray at a news conference at City Hall on Thursday morning. ‘We celebrate our history of advancing equity for the LGBTQ community and we will support efforts to make Seattle even more inclusive. Thank you to the task force for identifying these actions to reduce the violent attacks and verbal harassment experienced by LGBTQ people.’ In the first seven months of this year, there were 41 anti-LGBTQ hate-based crimes or incidents reported to Seattle police – a 46-percent increase over the 28 reported in the first seven months of 2014. While some of those numbers can be attributed to the educati

Suzan DelBene and Marko Liias speak out against ‘conversion therapy’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and State Senator Marko Liias will host a press conference August 3 to raise awareness for the federal Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which DelBene is cosponsoring. The press conference, which is open to the public, will be Monday, August 3, 10 a.m., at James W. Ray Orion Center, 1828 Yale Avenue, in Seattle. Like legislation Liias has introduced in the Washington state senate, the bill aims to stop so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ Sometimes also called ‘reparative therapy’ or ‘ex-Gay therapy,’ the practice has been likened to brainwashing, or even torture. The practice often involves aversion therapy – making Gay people associate same-sex desire with unpleasant or even painful experiences – or humiliation of Gay patients. ‘Conversion therapy’ is considered harmful by medical, education, social work and mental health professionals, who s

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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