Joan Rivers’ family ‘keeping our fingertips crossed’

Hospital officials have zero new information on Rivers condition; unconfirmed reports say the comic is on life support

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Jordan Sam sacks ‘Johnny Football’ two times in a preseason game

‘It has been fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game’

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Last year, Islan Nettles was killed in New York City

‘Islan’s death was not an isolated incident’

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As Catholic Church firings continue, Catholics are speaking out against them

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Last December I found myself surrounded by a tremendous number of high school students – turned activists – and they just so happened to be Catholic. I know. Crazy, right? Well, not so much anymore. The students, who attended Eastside Catholic and Holy Names (there were more) numbered in the hundreds and I led them in a chant outside of Seattle’s Archdiocese’ office, ‘CHANGE THE CHURCH!’ The students were angry, as were a whole heck of a lot of parents and alumni, that Mark Zmuda, the school’s vice principal, was forced to leave his job because the Church found out he had legally married a man earlier that summer. Allegedly, the Archbishop ordered the firing, but the nun who was in charge said that wasn’t the case and, well, to this day, nobody is really sure exactly why or how it went down. The point is though, that the students – the future leadership and membership of the Church – had had enough and wa

American Bar Association endorses LGBT rights

The American Bar Association’s annual convention unanimously passed the following resolution on August 12: RESOLVED,
That the American Bar Association recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have a human right to be free from discrimination, threats and violence based on their LGBT status and condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate on the basis that an individual is a LGBT person; FURTHER RESOLVED,
That the American Bar Association urges the governments of countries where such discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices exist to repeal them with all deliberate speed and ensure the safety and equal protection under the law of all LGBT people; FURTHER RESOLVED,
That the American Bar Association urges other bar associations and attorneys in jurisdictions where there are such discriminatory laws or incidents of targeting of LGBT

No delay of Virginia marriages, 4th Circuit says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for Gay and Lesbian couples to begin marrying in Virginia with a short August 13 ruling denying a request for a stay in the case of Bostic v. Rainey. Marriages could begin on August 18. Previously, on July 28, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court decision striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. That decision by a three-judge panel was 2-1 in favor of marriage equality, and the same 2-1 majority voted to deny the stay. Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg had asked the appellate court to stay their ruling while she seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of the case. The ACLU and Lambda Legal opposed the stay on behalf of approximately 14,000 Virginia same-sex couples. McQuigg may still ask the Supreme Court to stay the Fourth Circuit ruling. ‘We hope that the Supreme Court will leave th

Va attorney general wants US Best Court to settle the state’s gay marriage question

‘It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity, pride, and rights of gay and lesbian Americans seeking to forge life-long bonds’

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Chattanooga voters repeal civil rights for LGBT city employees as well as partner benefits

WASHINGTON – Preliminary results from Chattanooga, Tennessee indicate that the city’s residents have voted to repeal a city ordinance that extended essential non-discrimination protections to the city’s LGBT employees, as well as partner benefits for those who have same-sex spouses. The deeply disappointing result comes after a hard-fought campaign by a coalition of local, state and national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organizations to defend the measure. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, committed staff and financial support to the campaign to uphold the measure. That effort succeeded in building a broad and engaged pro-LGBT coalition in Tennessee, which will continue to push forward with efforts to expand equality across the state. In response to the news, HRC’s Deputy Field Director Jeremy Pittman released the following statement: ‘Despite this hurtful and disappointing res

Utah asks SCOTUS to take marriage case – Court will take up marriage soon, Justice Ginsberg predicts

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes filed an appeal on August 5, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kitchen v. Herbert, a suit challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages. In June, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower federal court decision in that case striking down Utah’s marriage law. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg told The Associated Press that she believes the high court will take up the issues of state bans on same-sex marriage. In December last year, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, the prohibition on federal recognition of Gay and Lesbian marriages, but their decision was narrowly written to avoid taking a position on state laws against same-sex marriage. Since then, 17 federal district courts, and three appeals courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality, but Utah officials insist they will defend their state’s la

Bullies nearly gay-bashed me to dying, now I’m fighting back

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – plus was secretly relieved. Now their charity is fixing the problem meant for other kids

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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