Mayhem at the convention Ted Cruz plus friends try to derail GOP collecting

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer ‘Are we crazy? ‘ Rudy Giuliani shouted towards the Republican National Convention during their July 18 primetime speech. ‘Yeah! ‘ the crowd responded with excitement. As if to prove the point, the particular GOP gathering periodically descended directly into chaos, as supporters of failed candidate Ted Cruz of Tx clashed with party officials devoted to nominating Donald Trump. It all found a head on July 20, the 3rd night of the convention. Cruz had been invited to speak to the convention simply by Trump’s campaign staff even though, they said later, they knew he had not been going to endorse the GOP nominee. In fact , Cruz mentioned Trump specifically once, in a perfunctory congratulation meant for winning the nomination. Then the Texas senator went on to pointedly non-endorse his party’s presidential candidate. ‘To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you

Department of Man leapfrogs Britain

Through today the Isle of Man – which for decades has lagged behind its mainland neighbour upon bi and gay rights – leaps ahead with partnership reputation reform. As well as extending marriage to same-sex couples the island will open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples – something which was in the initial civil partnerships bill for The uk but was […]

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Bernie endorses Hillary We must beat Trump, he says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Bernie Sanders endorsed his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, on July 12, insisting that voters must unite against Republican Donald Trump. ‘I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president,’ Sanders said at a joint rally in New Hampshire. ‘I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.’ While Clinton supporters may have preferred to see this as Bernie’s concession speech, he continued to press his signature issues and spoke with pride of the achievements of his campaign. ‘Let me begin by thanking the 13 million Americans who voted for me during the Democratic primaries,’ Sanders said. ‘Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democrati

Bloodstream ban reform: France Delivers

France has ended its life time ban on men who have sex with men donating blood. Change of the blood ban was a part of President Hollande’s election platform. Such as the UK and USA, there will be the 12 month bar from bloodstream donation, so if you’ ve had sex with another man previously year you cannot donate blood. That will […]

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I-1515 fails to qualify for the November ballot

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The I-1515 campaign, an effort in order to repeal Washington state’s 10 year-old non-discrimination law protecting members of Washington’s Transgender community, failed to submit enough (246, 372) signatures to qualify for this year’s fall election ballot. The WA Secretary associated with State’s office announced late today that the I-1515 campaign cancelled its appointment to turn in signatures. It is really an important victory for not only the Transgender community, but for equality-minded people across the state. With Tim Eyman getting already failed to qualify anything, the finish of I-1515 means that for the first time in decades, there will be no right side initiatives on Washington’s statewide ballot come November. ‘Washingtonians have sent a clear message – we won’t discriminate, ‘ said Seth Kirby, chair of Washington Won’t Discriminate, the ‘No’ on I-1515 campaign. ‘As a Transgender man,

Your Bi Diary

It’s a new month and there are plenty of bi meetups around the country just before us. On Tuesday 5th it’s Manchester BiPhoria at the LGBT Base on Richmond Street at 7. 30pm. This is their main “talky space” meet of the month and so they say it’s the best one with regard to first-time attendees to go along to. Alternatively that night in Glasgow […]

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BREAKING NEWS! Transgender people can openly join and serve the U.S. military effective June 30

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Transgender members of the U.S. military can now serve openly. ‘I am announcing today that we are ending the ban on Transgender Americans in the United States military,’ said Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, in a news conference Thursday afternoon, June 30. ‘Effective immediately, Transgender Americans can serve openly, and they no longer can be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being Transgender.’ Carter outlined three primary reasons why the Department of Defense (DOD) is lifting the ban, nearly a full year after the secretary announced the creation of a working group to study ‘any practical impediments’ to letting Transgender Americans serve in the armed forces as their authentic selves.? The first reason is to ensure the future of the nation’s all-volunteer military force. ‘The Department of Defense needs to avail ourselves of all talent possib

Pope says: We should apologize to Gays(i think they are sick) Catholic League boss says: Gays(i think they are sick) should apologize to me

simply by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer If Pope Francis actually aims to change his church’s method of LGBT people, he has his function cut out for him. The Pope said on Pride Day, June 26, that the Catholic Church should apologize to Gays, but lower than 48 hours later the head of the US-based Catholic League demanded that Gays apologize to him. Francis offered the off-the-cuff remarks on the plane as he was flying house from an official visit to Armenia. When he often does, the Pope known as reporters traveling with him for an informal ‘gaggle’ in the plane’s log cabin. One reporter asked the pontiff about a German cardinal who apparently said that the Catholic Church owes Gay people an apology. ‘I repeat what the catechism of the Catholic Church says: that [Gays] must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally, ‘ Francis replied. ‘The Chapel must ask forgiveness

At last! Republican official apologizes for anti-Gay actions

At last! A Republican officeholder has publicly apologized for his previous anti-Gay actions. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at a vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre on June 13 and surprised the crowd by apologizing to them for anti-Gay actions going back to his high school days. Below is a full transcript of his remarks: ‘Thank you for being here tonight on this very solemn and somber occasion. ‘I begin with an admission and an apology. First, I recognize fully that I am a balding, youngish, middle-aged straight, white, male, Republican, politician… with all of the expectations and privileges that come with those labels. I am probably not who you expected to hear from today. ‘I’m here because, yesterday morning, 49 Americans were brutally murdered. And it made me sad. And it made me angry. And it made me confused. I’m here because those 49 people were gay. I’m here because it shouldn’t ma

Exact same Preferences, Different Lifestyles: EuroBiCon 2001

The very first European Bisexual Conference was held in Rotterdam at the end of June 2001. We have been delighted to present the opening presentation of the first European Bisexual Conference as delivered by Heleen Rutgers on Friday June 22 in the Remonstrants Church (from the pulpit as pictured! ) Heleen Rutgers (31), board member of the Nederlander Bisexual Network (LNBi), was seat […]

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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