Rock and roll The Bi Vote

With a General Election a little more than a month away, are you registered in order to vote? You need to get on the electoral roll by 22 May to get your say come polling day. The political makeup UK govt will have even more influence on LGBT equality with Brexit, as so many of the reforms we have seen in the past […]

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Murray accuser reveals his identity, many unanswered questions remain

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The plaintiff in a sex abuse lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray – identified only as DH in the original court documents – revealed his identity in an April 18 court filing, but many unanswered questions remain in the case. The man is Delvonn Heckard, and he said in a letter released by his attorneys that he ‘expects’ Murray to remember him as ‘Delvonn’ but ‘doubts Mr. Murray ever knew his last name.’ According to allegations in his lawsuit, Heckard met Murray when he was 15 years old and had sex with him repeatedly over a period of years in return for money. In a statement issued shortly after Heckard revealed his name, Murray emphatically denied knowing him. ‘I can state categorically that I have never had a sexual relationship with this individual, Delvonn Heckard, of any kind or at any time,’ Murray says in the statement. ‘I have never paid fo

Ed Murray to Seattle: I ask for your supportand Seattle Times in order to Murray: Drop out!

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray reaffirmed his intention to seek re-election and asked voters for his or her support in a statement issued Apr 12. The same day, the conventional Seattle Times newspaper called for Murray to drop his re-election bid. Admitting that the charges of child misuse made against him in a suit filed April 6 were ‘very painful to me and Michael, ‘ Murray’s statement went on to say the accusations were ‘simply not true. ‘ ‘Without offering any evidence, ‘ Murray continued, ‘the accuser offers described me in very specific and intimate detail, and his accusation depends on these descriptions being accurate. If this description is inaccurate, the particular accusation cannot be credible. Yesterday, I provided material evidence refuting the particular accusation. The accusation should be put to rest. ‘ In the legal action, the plaintiff, identified only because DH, alleges that he had repeated

Bi Online Hub Lost?

LiveJournal, the online community that was the home of the bi scene online for more than a decade, has ceased to be a safe space for LGBT blogging and communication. Before the web fragmented community to the four wind gusts, for many years from 2000 LiveJournal was your busiest online forum for bi people in the UK. National conference BiCon had […]

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Thank You For The Rainbows

Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag as an LGBT symbol, died recently. He was 65. The banner as invented in 1978 experienced 8 colours: this was reduced in order to six when the cost of the fabric in the pink stripe became very costly, and then indigo was lost as a balancing change so that when the banner was hung from […]

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Immigration lawsuit: Local Congress members side with Seattle

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Both Seattle-area members of Congress announced their support for the City of Seattle in its dispute with the Trump administration over immigration policies. Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, threatened to cut off federal funds to cities like Seattle that refuse to play ball with ICE agents seeking to arrest and deport undocumented residents. In response, Seattle has filed suit against the administration. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to Seattle’s decision to file a lawsuit challenging provisions of President Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities: ‘Seattle has been at the forefront of standing up for immigrants for decades. As one of the most welcoming cities in one of the most welcoming states in the country, we understand that our communities are stronger when o

Trump to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT Americans

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Donald Trump has issued an executive order allowing companies that do business with the federal government to discriminate against LGBT Americans. The order, issued March 27, revokes President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 – the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ order – requiring companies receiving large federal contracts to demonstrate that they have complied for at least three years with 14 federal laws, several of which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender stereotyping, or gender identity. Among the 14 laws included in the Obama-era order are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sex in employment. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argued that di

Ed Murray vs. Jeff Sessions on immigration enforcement Seattle sues Trump administration

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The City of Seattle is suing the Trump administration over threats by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut off federal funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’ In its lawsuit, filed March 29, Seattle says that it is acting in accord with federal law and the US Constitution, and that the Trump administration has no cause to deny it federal funds to which it is entitled. At issue is Trump’s Executive Order 13768, which threatened to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, and Sessions’ reading of US Code 1373, the federal law which says cities cannot block federal authorities from gaining information about an individual’s immigration status. Sessions made a surprise appearance at a March 27 White House press conference to issue an ultimatum to sanctuary cities, including Seattle. ‘The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying fo

Ed Murray proclaims Day of Action to support immigrants, refugees

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proclaimed March 21 a ‘Day of Action’ in support of immigrants and refugees, calling for comprehensive immigration reform. In an official proclamation, signed by himself and all nine city councilmembers, Murray reaffirmed that ‘Seattle is an inclusive, open, and welcoming city, and we will fight today and every day for the rights and security of our immigrant and refugee communities.’ In a press conference call before issuing the proclamation, Murray and three other mayors – Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles; Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island; and Tom Tait of Anaheim, California – stressed the role city governments play in dealing with immigrants and immigration issues. Day of Action activities are meant to highlight the vital contributions immigrants make to their cities and the nation, the mayors said. They are also urging Congress and the Trump administr

Eurovision bars Russian entry

The host nation for the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine, has barred the Russian contestant from attending the competition titles later this spring. Julia Samoylova, was chosen to represent Russia using the song Flame is Burning, sang in Crimea in 2015 – a year after Russia siezed the particular territory from Ukraine. She is one of more than 100 artists blacklisted just for […]

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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