Chelsea Clinton speaks with Philadelphia Gay News

by PGN Staff – Courtesy of Philadelphia Gay News Chelsea Clinton took a break from addressing female and Millennial voters Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh for a phone call with PGN. She talked about her time in Pennsylvania – an increasingly important swing state in the race that pits her mother, Democrat Hillary Clinton, against Republican Donald Trump. ‘We’re continuing to make the case about what’s really at stake in this election,’ Clinton said. ‘I firmly believe if we keep talking about what’s at stake that we will win on Nov. 8.’ Below is a transcript of her conversation with PGN [published October 17, 2016]. It has been lightly edited. PGN: LGBT issues took center stage at the Democratic National Convention with nearly every speaker mentioning them, including you saying LGBT rights are human rights. But in the debates so far, LGBT rights haven’t received attention. Do you think the last debat

The Bi Week Ahead

Make new bi-mates this week at bi meetups across the country! Tuesday it’s the particular turn of Manchester‘s bi bar meet, 8pm at the Waterhouse bar opposite the town hall (usually in one of the two rooms toward the back – look for the cuddly lion or purple unicorn as either may be attending). Also that night in Swansea it’s the […]

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GOP abandons Trump, Trump abandons Virginia

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In spite of his exultant claim that ‘the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,’ Donald Trump is withdrawing campaign resources from the key battleground state of Virginia as GOP leaders turn their backs on him. House Speaker Paul Ryan told his Republican congressional colleagues in an October 10 conference call that he would no longer defend Trump and would focus instead on maintaining the GOP’s imperiled House majority. Ryan’s announcement came after Trump’s losing debate performance on October 9, which failed to reassure top Republicans that he could rebound from the now-infamous videotape showing him bragging about groping women. When news of the conference call broke, Trump launched into a Twitter war with Republican leaders, calling Ryan ‘weak and ineffective’ and ‘disloyal.’ ‘Despite winning the second debate in a land

So sue us, New York Times tells Trump

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Twice in as many days Donald Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times for publishing interviews with women who charge that Trump made aggressive and unsolicited sexual advances toward them. Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, followed up with an October 12 letter to the Times demanding it retract the charges made by the women or be sued for libel. On October 13, the newspaper’s attorney, David E. McCraw, replied that the Times merely ‘did what the laws allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.’ On behalf of the Times, McCraw brushed off Trump’s libel claims, noti

LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline Goes On the internet from Saturday

The particular National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline is launching a new online talk service on Saturdays and Sundays, running 3pm-7pm. The helpline’ h existing services run by phone and email on 0800 999 5428 and help@galop. org. uk They provide emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing household abuse. Abuse isn’t always actual physical – it can be psychological, emotional, monetary and sexual too, […]

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses LGBT equality

by Hillary Clinton – Special to the Philadelphia Gay News Philadelphia Gay News reached out to the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to discuss LGBT issues in advance of next month’s election. Clinton provided PGN this exclusive op-ed detailing her LGBT rights record and her goals for future LGBT equality efforts. The offer remains open for Trump. This is the first time a major-party presidential candidate has written an op-ed for an LGBT newspaper. As such, this piece will kick off PGN’s annual LGBT History Month Project coverage, which will run weekly through the end of October. * * * * * * * * * * More than half a century ago, at Independence Hall, participants at the first Annual Reminder march picketed, chanted and sang. They did this to show their fellow Philadelphians that the LGBT community lacked fundamental civil rights. In th

UW professor, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, addresses LGBTQ aging in keynote speech at recent conference

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults experience different challenges to their health and well-being depending on age group, said Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, expert on aging in minority populations, in a keynote speech at the fifth annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference, September 15-16. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a University of Washington professor specializing in the aging, health and well-being in historically marginalized populations. She is the principal investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first national longitudinal study of LGBTQ midlife and older adults, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. Her keynote address took place Sept. 15 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. LGBTQ older adults face disparities in health and well-being compared to their heterosexual peers, including higher rates of disability and mental distre

The particular Fall returns

We’ lso are delighted to see that BBC dilemma The Fall returns to the airwaves on BBC2 at 9pm tonight. The central character of the show is Stella Gibson; a part written for and played by Gillian Anderson (still best known for playing Scully in The X-Files). Stella is a superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, away as bisexual, though her sexual orientation […]

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Support Lambert House!

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor In April, Lambert House announced it would need around $2 million to keep its 15th Avenue home of 25 years. The owners’ planned sale of the property came at a time when Lambert House was considering the possibility of expanding its spaces. ‘It also coincides with the redevelopment of many properties on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Seattle, as land values have skyrocketed and older buildings are being razed to make way for denser and more profitable use,’ said Ken Shulman, Lambert House’s executive director. As a result, Lambert House is launching a capital campaign to raise funds to either purchase the house or pay for the move to a new home. Lambert House, which provides a safe place for Queer youth ages 11 to 22 (those aged 11 to 13 require parental consent to participate) got its start in the 1980s. Since then, it has kept a busy calendar of youth activities and provide

Superintendent candidates steal the show at GSBA candidate forum

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones, candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction, stole the show at the GSBA’s September 21 candidate forum with a 15-minute discussion of educational philosophy and policy. Running for an important but relatively obscure position managing the state’s public schools, both Jones and Reykdal are alike in having childhood experiences that inform their political outlooks. Jones is African-American and was born in the United States but moved with her adoptive parents to the Netherlands when she was five years old. She then returned to the US at 18 to attend college. ‘When I returned here to an elite private college,’ she recalled, ‘I realized kids who looked like me weren’t getting the education I got.’ She then decided to follow her adoptive parents into the field of education. Reykdal had a harrowing childhood. ‘Because

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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