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

KCL seeks bi film volunteers

The particular Diversity and Inclusion team through King’s College London are looking for bi volunteers to take part in a film about bisexual people’ s experiences of psychological health issues. They say: King’s College London has a reputation for innovation, as well as a strong commitment to diversity plus inclusion. In a new collaboration, we are going to make some short films to break down stigma […]

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forty-nine Portraits Project

Q: How plus why did you decide to do this for your families of the Orlando shooting victims?
A: I was inspired by a similar project done on a much smaller level for the victims of the Charleston Emmanuel AME church attacks. When I heard of it, I wished I could have been able to participate. After the Pulse assaults, as well as other violence occurring in this nation and around the world, I felt therefore helpless and overwhelmed like a lot of of us, and was searching for a method to do something. … more

Gay Holocaust exhibit opens at Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor SGN previewed the exhibit ‘Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945,’ which is on display at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity (2045 Second Ave.) in Belltown, from September 11 through October 31. I’m happy to report that it will leave you not only educated but filled with a sense of justice, because although nothing can or will bring back the many thousands of lives lost, the documentation of the crimes, celebration of the lives of the victims, and the conversation about how it all happened might surely lead to stopping anything from happening like this ever again. SGN was given a tour on Monday of the traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. While it is a known fact that the Nazis persecuted and murdered Gay men alongside other ‘undesirables,’ what is not as known is the number of these men who died or their personal stories. The current exh

Second Lesbian couple harassed at Mariners game, this time on LGBTQ evening

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor SGN provides learned of a second same-sex couple being harassed at a Seattle Mariners game for kissing – only this time the harassment took place upon LGBTQ Night. The August nineteen game was the first ever LGBTQ Night time sponsored by the Mariners. Either some of the staff at Safeco Field are incredibly bigoted or this is something that is a real issue and needs to be resolved by the greater LGBTQ community. In 2016, LGBTQ people should not have to worry about being thrown out of a professional sports match for kissing someone of the same sex. But so far, as this is the second such incident, that is precisely what we have to worry about if we attend a Mariners game. ‘We had a excellent time at the Mariners game. We are not big baseball fans but went because it was Pride Night, ‘ Mary McHale told KOMO News. ‘And Sara turned to me, ‘oh we are having such a good period, what a great night’ and leaned

Washington Attorney General wants ban on assault-style weapons

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor In a bold move Wednesday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at a news conference that he will push lawmakers in January to end the sale of military-style semiautomatic rifles and limit high-capacity magazines throughout the state. This is a show of leadership that many people have been waiting for. If the rest of the nation doesn’t get it yet, fine, who cares, let’s show them how to get this done and make the ban stick. I don’t think rational adults should waste any more time trying to convince people who are worried about ‘the bad guys’ getting guns while we are all left for slaughter. The sad and sick reality of it all is that we, US citizens, are the ‘bad guys’ in these active shooting incidents. This is not a foreign problem. It’s a domestic problem. We better start treating it like the personal security threat it is before we see an average of two or more mass shootings in the US compared t

Still Unseen on Screen

A survey looking at the 100 top-grossing films in the USA last year finds hardly any bisexual people depicted. While the representation of gay and lesbian characters was atrociously low, there were six times as many gay men as bi men, and three times as many lesbians as bi women. However the numbers are so small that an extra couple […]

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New York court makes landmark ruling on rights of non-biological and non-adoptive parents

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The New York Court of Appeals – that state’s equivalent of a Supreme Court – issued a major decision on August 30 clarifying the rights of non-biological and non-adoptive parents. In doing so, the court reversed its own 1991 precedent in a case known as Alison D. v. Virginia M. and ruled that non-biological and non-adoptive parents may be granted joint custody and visitation rights if a couple breaks up. In the August 30 decision written by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the court held that ‘where a partner shows by clear and convincing evidence that the parties agreed to conceive a child and to raise the child together, the non-biological, non-adoptive partner has standing to seek visitation and custody.’ The old rule established in the Alison D. case restricted the definition of ‘parent’ to someone with biological or adoptive connections. In the new decision, the court

Your own Bi Week: 29 August – 4 Sept

Recently kicks off with the last Bank Holiday Monday of the year and then there is a small flurry of bi meetups around the country. Monday is the final day of Manchester Pride plus there’ ll be a bi information stall running 11am-3pm. Tuesday thirtieth is Manchester BiPhoria, a ‘ talky space’ group held in a community centre – at the […]

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Clinton landslide?New poll may display trend

by Paul Andrew – SGN Staff Author ‘We are starting to hear the weak rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead can be further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks, ‘ said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac College Poll, as he released a new study on August 25. The good news intended for Clinton is that she now tops 50% in a head-to-head matchup along with Donald Trump. Among likely voters, Clinton gets 51% to Trump’s 41%. When third-party candidates are usually added in, Clinton gets 45%, with Trump at 38%, Libertarian Gary Johnson at 10%, as well as the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 4%. The latest Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1, 498 likely voters in between August 18 and August twenty-four. The poll used live interviewers calling both land lines plus cellphones. It has a margin associated with error of +/- 2 . 5 percentage points. As noted within previous polling, women and people associated with color make up Clinton’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