Listening to on Washington state anti-Trans expenses SB 6443: A first-hand account

simply by Brianna Schuman – Special to the SGN It’s pretty clear that there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to become Transgender among our opponents. Transgender people do not one day ‘decide’ to live as themselves because they ‘feel like’ another gender. Gender Identity is certainly closely held by every human on the planet, and Transgender people reside their lives every day as the gender we know ourselves to be. Transgender females are women. Transgender men are males. Speaking of Transgender men… I noticed audible gasps of confusion from our opponents when Transgender men for example Aidan Key testified. I think it’s the first time many of them had ever really seen a Transgender man before. This debate has been focused around ‘men in women’s bathrooms, ‘ but has completely ignored the fact that Transgender men would also be highly affected by these bills. It’s also very clear that the public is very under-educated about how protected

Costs to restrict flags on WA state ferries introduced after Pride red flags flown last June

by Shaun Knittel — SGN Associate Editor State Representative. Brad Klippert introduced a bill recently in Olympia that, if handed by the legislature, would mean that most flag besides the Stars and Stripes, the Washington state flag and maritime signal flags will soar over state ferries. The Kennewick Republican told the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday, ‘I have no problem with the Seahawks flag. People throughout all policy beliefs support our Seahawks, but that is not true with regard to Gay pride flags. ‘ Klippert’s bill would end the state ferry system’s practice of occasionally flying other flags, such as the 12th banner and, as Klippert referenced, the particular LGBTQ rainbow-colored flag symbolizing Gay pride. Last June, while the U. S. Supreme Court mulled more than whether or not marriage equality was a civil right in the U. S., the rainbow pride flag was flown on the two ferries serving Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Seattle to Bremerton.

City partnership challenge fails

The legal challenge to the bar on mixed-sex municipal partnerships has been defeated in court. As we reported last week Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld brought the case, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law comprises unlawful discrimination. Marriage is now available to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the preliminary House of Lords […]

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Tina Podlodowski to run for secretary of state

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski will run for secretary of state this year, she announced on January 13. If elected, she would be the first open Lesbian elected to a statewide office and the first Democrat elected secretary of state since 1961. In a video campaign announcement, Podlodowski challenged Republican incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman over voter turnout. Turnout was down to a record-low 38% last November, and only 75% of eligible voters in the state registered, Podlodowski said. Podlodowski said Wyman should be held accountable for low turnout figures, because she opposed reforms such as same-day voter registration and preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds. ‘I think there is one place where the buck needs to stop, and that is the secretary of state,’ Podlodowski said. ‘Everyone’s vote is their voice in democracy an

Mixed-sex Civil Partnerships fight goes to courtroom

A court case begins today challenging the Government Equalities Office to open up civil partnerships in order to mixed-sex couples. Charles Keidan plus Rebecca Steinfeld are bringing the situation, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law comprises unlawful discrimination. Wales, Scotland and England now have marriage open to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the initial […]

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A judge in Alabama is still fighting marriage equality. Here’s why the country should care.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A judge in Alabama is still fighting marriage equality. Here’s why the country should care. by Maya Harris – Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has issued an order barring judges in the state from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That’s not only offensive to LGBT Americans and everyone who fought for equality? It’s unconstitutional. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry is a fundamental right, protected by the equal protection and due process guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In other words: Marriage equality is the law of the land. In all 50 states. Including Alabama. Here’s the most frightening part of Justice Moore’s actio

This particular week’s bi diary: 10-17 The month of january

Want to make new bi close friends? There are lots of bi meets around the UK this week to look forward to. Tuesday it’ s London Bisexual Underground at the Blue Posts pub in Soho. They start at 6. 30pm. Also that night at the Birmingham LGBT Centre it’ s Brum Bi Group, from 7. 30pm Finally on Tuesday it’ s Bristol‘ s BiVisible meetup at the […]

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Best LGBTQ news stories in 2015

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor This year the LGBTQ equality motion seemed to go into overdrive. With more Us citizens than ever admitting that they know a person who is LGBTQ it has become a growing number of difficult for people with bigoted views in order to scapegoat the community, openly discriminate towards LGBTQ people or treat all of us like second-class citizens. That’s not to state that it does not happen, but it ought to be pointed out that it is no longer business as usual. There is a lot of work left to carry out before we get fair plus equal treatment under the law in every 50 states. But there isn’t any way to look at 2015 and not see signs of success in terms of where we was previously as a community, and where we are headed as a global LGBTQ community. While some of the people who wish to harm LGBTQ rights across the country are still trying to fight tooth and nail for every inch lost each time we win, the particular bigots are, for the most part, on the run.

Alabama chief justice blocks same-sex marriages: Ignore him, federal attorneys advise

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order January 6 blocking state probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The two U.S. Attorneys with jurisdiction in Alabama have advised Alabama judges to ignore Moore. In a four-page order, Moore said that a ruling by his court in March 2015, upholding Alabama law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, remains in effect. Therefore state judges ‘have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license’ to a Gay or Lesbian couple. The next day, U.S. Attorneys Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama told probate judges they must obey federal law. ‘We have grave concerns about this order, which directs Alabama probate judges to disobey the ruling of the Supreme Court,’ Vance and Brown stated. ‘Government officials are free to disagr

The Washington SAFE Alliance coalition forms to defend longstanding anti-discrimination laws, especially for the Transgender community

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor On Thursday, a coalition of organizations and individuals across Washington state who have joined together to defend longstanding anti-discrimination laws, especially for the Transgender community, calling themselves The Washington SAFE Alliance officially announced its formation. ‘All Washingtonians deserve to have safety and privacy,’ said officials in a media release sent to Seattle Gay News by The Washington SAFE Alliance. ‘Safety means safety for everyone, including Transgender people.’ The Washington State Legislature passed a law in 2006 that provides protection for Transgender people against discrimination in employment, housing, credit, lending, insurance, and places of public accommodation. ‘Since that law was passed ten years ago, Transgender people in Washington have been able to use facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity,’ sa

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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