Jim Gaylord, once fired by Tacoma schools for being Gay, now gets apology and honors

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Forty-two years after being fired from a teaching job for being Gay, Jim Gaylord will finally get an apology and honors from the school board that sacked him. On July 13, Gaylord, now 76, will get a formal public apology and appreciation from Tacoma School Board President Kurt Miller at Oasis Youth Center’s Proud Outloud event. Proud Outloud is an annual fundraiser for Oasis, and will be held at the Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 North ‘E’ Street, in Tacoma. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Oasis is Tacoma’s drop-in, support, and resource center for LGBTQ youth. Gaylord began teaching in 1960, and by 1972 was a popular instructor teaching senior social studies. He was never out on the job, until a random event brought his sexual orientation to the attention of school administrators. That year, a Gay friend of his introduced Gaylord to a high school student

7th Sofia Pride march blocked simply by Bulgarian nationalist protesters

An LGBTI satisfaction march was held in the Bulgarian funds on Saturday with the support associated with foreign diplomats but had to be redirected after nationalists stopped it approaching the city’s Vasil Levski self-reliance monument

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Ali Muhammad Brown, charged with homicide in double homicide case, in particular in New Jersey

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The suspect in a double homicide last 30 days, Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, may have targeted the Gay men this individual allegedly killed by meeting them through the personal meet-up mobile app Grindr, according to court documents released Wednesday. Brown was charged with 2 counts of aggravated first-degree homicide – a crime that could come with the death penalty, if found guilty. Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, were killed early on the morning of June one near 29th Ave. S. and S. King St ., and based on Senior Deputy Prosecutor Wyman Yip, ‘It is evident that the murders were premeditated and unprovoked and part of a common scheme or strategy. ‘ Both victims were chance in the head and there was no evidence of a struggle that preceded the killings. Yip wrote in charging documents, ‘The evidence from the crime scene, Said’s vehicle, and the autopsies suggest that the victims

Regardless of whether to be Out at work? Former BP boss reflects.

Book review. The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business – Sara Browne. Published by HarperCollins, 06 2014. John Browne is the former mate CEO of BP who was pressured out of the closet in 2007 after his ex partner sold his story to newspapers. The book may not have a bisexual focus but […]

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His home country of israel education minister apologizes for assaulting gay families

Shai Piron says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his previous responses saying gay families are not correct families in his eyes

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Ex-gay advocate defends Texas Republican support of conversion therapy

‘The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values’

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The Color Guard: A proud tradition at Seattle PRIDE

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Whenever a parade turns 40 years old, there’s bound to be some traditions that carry with it. Such is the case for the Seattle Pride Parade. There’s the Dykes on Bikes, the dancing GSBA businessmen and women with their briefcases, and one group that literally stands out in front and sets the tone for the parade: The Color Guard. Seattle Gay News caught up with some of the members of the Color Guard to talk about its history and what parade revelers can expect to see June 29 at the Seattle Pride Parade. Ron Rasmussen, a former United States Air Force Captain (1977-1989), organizes and participates in Color Guard. ‘Often I carry the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) flag, which is especially significant, because the U.S. was the second-to-last country in NATO to authorize Gays and Lesbians to serve in the military openly and honestly without regard to sexual orientation,

Tel Aviv – Celebrating Pride in the Middle East

by Viktor Bogatko – SGN Contributing Writer Vibrant is the best way to describe Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade last Friday that attracted more than 100,000 participants. Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens, and countless partygoers celebrated Pride through central Tel Aviv as many thousands of people took part in the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade, the largest of its kind in the Middle East. In a sea of rainbow clothing and accessories, participants wearing plain apparel were the ones who stuck out the most at this event. ‘I should have worn a neon orange reflector!’ said one such attendee, who smiled blushingly in her gray shirt. ‘I seem to be a clothing outsider here.’ With a Gay scene that competes with all Gay capitols around the world, a stunning beach, spectacular weather, delicious food, and many other attractions, Tel Aviv is the Gay mecca of the Middle East. The city was v

Chelsea Manning writes op-ed for the New York Times

‘In contrast to the solid, refined briefings we created on the ground, this news available to the public was flooded with foggy speculation and simplifications’

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Seattle Pride is under way

Flag Raising Ceremony on June 1st at Seattle City Hall

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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