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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Radical Islamists are not the only religious extremists who want us dead Orlando murders set off ecumenical hate-fest

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer While Republicans blame ‘radical Islam’ for the mass murder in Orlando and call for more restrictions on America’s Muslim communities, other religious extremists have stepped forward to spew hate at the victims, survivors, and the entire LGBT community. Baptist pastor Steven Anderson, of Tempe, Ariz., for example, labeled the Orlando victims ‘disgusting perverts and pedophiles.’ In a speech to his Faithful Word Baptist Church, Anderson proclaimed, ‘The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.’ And the bad news? The murders might be used to push restrictions on hate speech, Anderson warned. ‘I’m sure it’s also gonna be used to push an agenda against so-called ‘hate speech,’ he said. ‘So Bible-believing Christian preachers who preach what the Bible actually says about homosexuality – that it’s vile, that it’s disgusting, that they’re re

Bulk shooting at Gay nightclub in Orlando leaves 49 dead, 53 wounded

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Publisher Seattle Gay News will have a special supplemental section dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting plus hate crime that took place June 12 in Orlando, Fla., within Pulse nightclub, a popular Gay pub that was celebrating with a Latin Dancing night. Most of the 49 people slain by Omar Mateen were Latino as well as LGBTQ; more than half were of Puerto Rican descent. For this release of SGN were are not providing commentary, as there are still so many queries left unanswered. Our story right here contains what we know, according to the F and Orlando authorities. In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, minutes past 2 a. mirielle., FBI officials say Omar Mateen, 29, an American citizen born to parents who immigrated to the Oughout. S. from Afghanistan, committed the particular worst mass shooting in United states history, leaving 49 people lifeless and 53 wounded, when he began to shoot people on the dancefloor of Pulse, a popular

Obama speaks after Orlando shooting

Yesterday saw the horrific killing of at least 50 individuals at Pulse, a gay membership in Orlando, Florida. Across the USA flags are flying at half-mast and around the world many LGBT people, friends and allies are in surprise and grief. Here we are reminded of the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in London in 1999, and the shockwave […]

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A fighter for equality gets her due Rep. Suzan DelBene to receive Seattle Women’s Pride Crusader Award

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The organizers of Seattle Women’s Pride have announced that U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1) will receive the Seattle Women’s Pride Crusader Award at their third annual gala on Saturday, June 18. The Crusader Award honors a high-ranking official who utilizes their power for positive change in the lives of the underserved. DelBene, a Democrat, represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, including parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Last year, she was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Export Council, an advisory committee on international trade. She also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group as well as the Congressional Women’s High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Trademark Caucus, and Aluminum Caucus. ‘It’s truly an honor t

fourth annual City of Seattle City Hall Pride Flag raising ceremony

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor City of Seattle LGBT Commission held the 4th annual City of Seattle City Hall Pride Flag Raising Ceremony, June 1, from 3: 30-5 p. m. at the flagpole outside of City Hall. The event has been open to the public and did not price anything to participate. Nearly 100 people were in attendance. According to the LGBT Fee, the event is important because it symbolizes the town of Seattle’s commitment to honoring the community by hoisting the range pride flag at the first of the month of June (LGBT Month), and flying it until Come july 1st. Seattle Office for Civil Rights sponsored the event. Entertainment was offered by Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty and Rain City Stone Camp who sang several songs to enthusiastic applause from the target audience. Additionally , Director of Diversity on Gender Justice League, Ryannah Quigley, offered a dance performance which was well received by the audience, too.

Seattle Pride Parade officials meet with community, Seattle LGBT media to ease tension over so-called ‘exclusivity’ contract flub

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Kevin Toovey presided over his first Seattle Pride meeting as its new president on Wednesday, under the watchful eye of the LGBT communities’ Gay media and public, as the board of directors, many of whom are new to the organization, took questions from the audience and promised that communication, public engagement, and ultimately the city’s annual Pride parade would improve under their leadership. Things were not supposed to be like this. Weeks ago, Toovey, announced that he would serve as interim president in the wake of Eric Bennett, then-president of Pride, who stepped down June 29 after a sponsorship debacle that led to public outrage over the organization’s handling of a sponsorship deal that granted ‘exclusivity’ to one airline sponsor, Delta, and told LGBTQ employee resource group GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian, Other and Bisexual Employees) for Alaska Airlines, they could march in the parade with T-shirts tha

BBC Three talks Bi

BBC Three has a short video exposing some of the nonsense that gets said to us as bisexual people. With a little little bit of rebuttal along the way. It’ s over on facebook here.

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11 states sue Obama administration over Trans guidelines

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Tx Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials in 10 other states have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Obama administration’s guidance that instructs schools in order to let Transgender students use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Among the defendants in the lawsuit filed May 25 are the departments associated with Justice, Education, and Labor, as well as the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). All have issued guidelines proclaiming that Trans people are protected underneath the federal civil rights laws Name VII and Title IX. Each Title VII of the Civil Legal rights Act of 1964 and Name IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 contain prohibitions on elegance on account of sex, and the Obama administration provides interpreted that as a protection associated with gender identity. Paxton and other Conservative officials disagree, and now federal legal courts will be asked to rule for the issue.

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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