Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor On Wednesday hundreds of people – HIV/AIDS healthcare and social service organization employees and elected officials included – filed into a banquet room at the Washington State Convention Center for the 11th Annual Stronger Together Seattle World AIDS Day Breakfast. Organizers and beneficiaries of the event, Gay City, Seattle Counseling Service, Inspire Youth Project and Center for Multicultural Health, ask the public to join them in honoring those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS, helping those who are living with HIV/AIDS, and celebrating the power of our community in providing a global example for effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Over thirty years ago the first cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attracted the world’s attention. Since then, more than 630,000 Americans have lost their lives to AIDS and more than 56,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV each yea

WIN: a 4-night stay at Bluestone National Park Resort

Stunning retreat in Pembrokeshire, West Wales offers exclusive prize intended for GSN readers

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Immediately: meet bis in Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh & more

There are lots of bi meetups going on across the country this week! Tuesday has Manchester’ s monthly bi meet at the LGF neighborhood centre. BiPhoria meets there from 7. 30pm sharp for their month-to-month “ talky space” get-together. On Wednesday Edinburgh’ s Bi & Beyond meet at the LGBT Center for Health & Wellbeing, nine Howe St, from 7pm. Thursday night it’ s the […]

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TASTE of GSBA raises over $727,000 to support our LGBTQ and allied scholars

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor This week, Greater Seattle Business Association CEO Louise Chernin said, There was magic in the air as our 820 guests were welcomed with champagne by 100 outstanding volunteers, including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence selling Emerald Tickets, PFLAG, Quake Rugby, Delta Lambda Phi, UW’s Rainbow Grads, scholars and members selling Celebrity Chef table raffles.’ Within minutes guests were mingling with each other, saying hi to Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmembers Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Tacoma Councilmember Ryan Mello, and enjoying signature cocktails by Tutta Bella, small plates by our caterers: Amato Catering, Cameron Catering, Ray’s Boathouse, Manhattan, Taylor Shellfish, Barrio, Urbane, Two Tartes Catering and Fig Tree Catering and popping balloons for one of our restaurant gift certificates, she recalled. Guests sipped wine poured by

Finland’s 9 most awe-inspiring landscapes (to celebrate gay marriage)

Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Nordic region earlier today – we all celebrate by gazing at 11 pictures of Finnish storybook beauty

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Montana marriage ban falls, couples marry Judge rejects Baker v. Nelson precedent

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Bi Visibility Momentum

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Homosexual Star Travel Expo: Discover the most popular gay destinations in 2015

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London over the weekend of January 17/18 th to showcase the hottest gay and lesbian destinations in 2015 – in the best cruises to the fiercest party islands

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Believe sought in California attack of a gay man

Throughout the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the particular victim hopefully ‘he learned his lesson’

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Pride Foundation awards grants to 56 organizations supporting LGBTQ community in the Northwest 32 Washington organizations among grantees

SEATTLE – On Thursday, November 13, Pride Foundation announced that it has awarded $303,775 to 56 organizations that support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth, adults, and families in the Northwest. In Washington State, 32 organizations received funding – totaling $175,000. Despite the surge in marriage equality victories across the country, and progress in Washington to provide inclusive healthcare coverage for Transgender people, LGBTQ people still face heightened risks of hate crimes, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, bullying, HIV infection, and mistreatment in social and human services. In fact just this year, Seattle was listed as having the third highest rate of anti-LGBT hate crimes in the country. By directing resources to those who remain most invisible and vulnerable despite recent progress, Pride Foundation’s community grants program is making an important statement about the work that lies ahead and the co

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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