SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: City Council member Sally Clark

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Sally Clark is the third veteran Seattle City Council member to announce she will not seek reelection. Clark and her City Council colleague Tom Rasmussen, who is also stepping down, were the openly LGBT members of the Council, and their retirement leaves a void in city government that may be hard to fill. ‘I hope we see some compelling LGBT candidates emerge,’ Clark told SGN. ‘I don’t know about this year, but by 2017, or even 2019. It’s not too soon to be working on a run in 2019.’ Clark warned that potential LGBT candidates should be prepared for the rigors of politics. ‘You have to make some sacrifices to run, and more if you’re elected. What you say will be scrutinized more. Your brain will still be busy with City business when you’re at home with your family. ‘Some folks – it’s just not for them. But it’s really important to have our voices out

LoveBisexuality in Leeds

Leeds Bi Team are linking up with the local University LGBT society as part of their LGBT History Month activities this week. This particular Wednesday 25th Feb the groups host “ LoveBisexuality” from 6pm-8pm. It’ s a joint collaboration of Leeds Beckett LGBT* student society with Leeds Bi Team – they will be discussing the variation and overlap […]

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The particular 50 weirdest and coolest details from LGBTI history

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the ‘Dark Ages’? Discover and more

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Richland florist violated law, judge states Businesses must serve LGBT clients

by Mike Andrew – SGN Personnel Writer A Benton County Exceptional Court judge ruled on Feb 18 that a Richland florist violated the state’s Consumer Protection Operate by refusing to provide flowers for any Gay wedding in 2013. Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Blooms in Richland, said it was towards her religion to sell floral plans to Robert Ingersoll and his husband-to-be Curt Freed, even though Ingersoll was obviously a regular customer of her business. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson then sent a letter to Stutzman advising her that the girl had violated the state’s consumer protection laws, which forbid splendour on the basis of sexual orientation among other things. Had Stutzman agreed that she would no longer discriminate against LGBT customers, the Attorney General’s Office would not have filed suit, Ferguson said in the statement, and Stutzman would not have paid any costs, fees, or penalties.

Pope Francis compares trans people to nuclear weapons

Mind of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing ‘God’s order of creation’

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Relationships begin in 23 of Alabama’s 67 counties

Same-sex plaintiffs sue just about all state officials to get compliance along with federal court order by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Author Gay and Lesbian couples are marrying in at least 23 of Alabama’s 67 counties after the U. S. Great Court refused to extend the remain on a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. In some of the remaining forty-four counties all marriages have come to some halt, as local officials have got suspended issuing marriage licenses completely pending further court action. Regarding 45% of the state’s population hails from counties where marriage equality may be the rule. Alabama Chief Judge Roy Moore ordered county probate judges – the officials charged along with issuing marriage licenses – to not comply with federal court orders, but same-sex couples have sued all the state’s public officials in an attempt to get federal courts to order them to perform Gay and Lesbian marriages.

SMC and SWC Artistic Director Dennis Coleman to retire July 2016

PHOTOS AVAILABLE AT: In late July of 2016, after more than three decades of dedicated and tireless service to the Seattle area LGBTQ and arts communities, Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) will retire. He will lead the final two SMC concerts this season (March and June), as well as all five concerts in the 2015-2016 season. Dennis’ final Seattle-area concert will be the SMC Summer concert held in conjunction with Pride Week in June of 2016 (concert title and location TBA). Immediately following that performance Dennis will travel to Denver with the Choruses to conduct at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) Festival – an international association he helped found in 1983 that is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ choral organizations and changing our world through song. It is at this Festival where Dennis will take his final bow in front of his Choruse

First national LGBT History Festival speaks bi

This weekend Stansted is hosting the first ever nationwide festival focused on exploring, exposing, and discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) history. The Festival is over five days, and will be in Manchester Central Library’ s Archives+, the People’ s History Museum, and many venues throughout Manchester. It provides presentation of new research into LGBT history, […]

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six uniquely amorous getaways for Valentine’s

You’ll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

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‘Walking While Black – Always Dangerous Until Proven Otherwise’

Protest plus walk to end bias policing scheduled for Saturday, February 7 simply by Shaun Knittel – SGN Relate Editor Chad Goller-Sojourner – author of Riding in Cars with Black People and Other Newly Dangerous Works: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness, the story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white moms and dads ‘ages out’ of honorary white-colored and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics plus conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise, and author of Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy – has structured a protest and walk this weekend, in conjunction with #BLACKLIVESMATTER, demanding an end to what he says is law enforcements racism towards black men, called ‘Walking While Black – Normally Dangerous Until Proven Otherwise. ‘ Chad is a Gay man of color so he has a stake in this claim. He is going to demonstration and walk and he’s requesting – with a golf club in hand – to join

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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