Your own Bi Week: 19-25 June

It’s a new bisexual week within our calendar of bi events – and there’s lots on around the country. Things get started on Tuesday whenever from 7. 45pm it’s Swansea Bi Group at Mozarts, Walter Road. Which is in Swansea, certainly. Also that night it’s the monthly bi pub meet for Manchester BiPhoria. 8pm at the Waterhouse on Princess Street; they […]

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Ed Murray accuser drops lawsuit Mayor considering write-in campaign

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Delvonn Heckard, the man who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of paying him for sex when he was underage, has dropped his lawsuit against Murray. Heckard’s attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, filed a motion to withdraw the complaint on June 13, and it was granted by a King County Superior Court. Beauregard filed the suit on Heckard’s behalf in April. Murray, who always denied Heckard’s allegations, dropped his run for re-election last month. At a June 14 press conference, Murray said he’d been ‘vindicated’ by withdrawal of the lawsuit and did not rule out running for re-election as a write-in candidate. Heckard’s suit was dismissed ‘without prejudice,’ meaning he can still file additional complaints against Murray, and Beauregard said his client would definitely refile his suit after he completes his drug rehab program next year. Beauregard also said his client would stand a better chance afte

Seattle releases gender identity guidelines for City employees

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle’s Department of Human Resources (SDHR) released its new ‘Guidance on Gender Identity in the Workplace’ document on June 8. The 38-page document is intended to offer support to City employees who are transitioning, Transgender, or nonbinary, as well as advise their departments on how to accommodate them. In March 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order mandating that that City facilities take steps toward being safe and welcoming places for all residents and employees, including Transgender and gender-diverse people. The executive order instructed the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) to work with community-based organizations to develop uniform guidance and trainings for City staff on providing safe and inclusive spaces for residents. It also directed SOCR to collaborate with the SDHR to develop a list of best practices for creating gender-inclusive work

SGN exclusive interview: Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer According to Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle is a tale of two cities. ‘On the surface, this city has a progressive reputation,’ she says. ‘Other cities look to us to see what can be done – from our $15 minimum wage law, to paid sick days, to secure scheduling. Arguably, Seattle is leading the resistance to the Trump administration. ‘People from all over the country want to move here. Our economy is booming. ‘But one layer below all that, you see the inequities. People of color, immigrants, the LGBT community – all of them experience negative outcomes. There’s where you find the greatest level of income inequality. There’s displacement of communities due to gentrification. I’ve talked to seniors who have to pay more in property taxes than they do for their mortgage. ‘There’s so much prosperity but so little shared prosperity!’ Mosqu

Bis Hold On in UK Election

The UK General Election last night produced a polling upset – yet another in a recent run of these in the UK – as the governing Conservative party narrowly lost its vast majority in the House of Commons. Both the out-bi MPs who were defending their chairs were re-elected, with Cat Cruz (Labour, Lancaster) increasing her vast majority while Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative, Shrewsbury) […]

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fifth Annual Pride Flag Raising event at Seattle City Hallheld June 1

Dear buddies, Each year we proudly raise and display the Pride flag outdoors City Hall to demonstrate Seattle’s dedication to inclusion and to honor the LGBTQ residents and visitors. This particular month-long display signals to all they are welcome in our city and that they will be accepted for who they are. Thank you for suggesting, educating and supporting the growth and strength of the LGBTQ Community of Seattle Sincerely, Edward B. Murray
Mayor

BiPride at Pride London

The bank vacation weekend saw concern at the insufficient a Bi Section in this year’ s London LGBT Pride. The key reason why was very simple – no-one got booked a space. It’ s similar all across the country: bi sections on LGBT pride marches happen where bi groups or individuals organise bi sections on pride parades. Likewise for other strands – […]

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Mayor Ed Murray and Generations Aging with Pride host ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’ June 3

LGBTQ community members are invited to participate in ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’ on Saturday, June 3, at Seattle City Hall. The forum starts at 10am (arrive at 9:30am to visit the resource fair). Hear Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders. Learn what the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study can tell us about Seattle. Consider the intersections between sexuality, gender, race, and social justice. Help inform #agefriendlySeattle with your own views about LGBTQ equity, respect, and inclusion; economic and housing security; social and civic engagement; and aging, health, and community services. Lunch and afternoon appetizers are included at no cost. Pre-register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQforum060317. For more info, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov or visit Age Friendly Seattle on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet: Aging the LGBTQ Way forum 6/3 Seattle City Hall #agefriendlySeattle @agefriendlySEA RSVP http://bit.ly/2qsdYPG On Faceb

The bi week: 22-28 May 2017

It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi occasions – and this week’ s meetups for people under the big bisexual umbrella are in London and Birmingham. Greater london has the over 50s bi meetup on Monday. They note: “ Opening Doors London Bi The way in which Group (for over 50s) is usually held every fourth Monday of the month at Tavis House, […]

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Trump literally driving White House staff crazy, WaPo reports

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Donald Trump is quite literally driving his White House staff crazy, the Washington Post reports on May 18. One Republican operative in frequent contact with White House officials described them as ‘going through the stages of grief.’ Another said some aides have ‘moved to angry,’ frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but undermines the credibility of his staff by sending them out with one message only to reverse course later with a contradictory tweet or comment. A third source told the newspaper that Trump staffers are sticking around purely for self-interest, looking at White House service as a résumé builder. ‘The real question is, how long do you put up with it?’ this person said. ‘Every one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.’ According to these inside sources, the Trump team is tired and frustra

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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