Your Bi Diary 25 April – 1 May

The bi diary is a bit thin this week – it’s often like that at the end of the month – but there are two meetups for bis who want to meet up with more bis. They’ re at the same time but as they’ re eighty miles apart not many readers will be torn between them as to which is easier to get […]

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Landmark Trans rights ruling: 4th Routine says schools must let Trans students use restrooms appropriate for their own gender identity

by Mike Toby – SGN Staff Writer Inside a ruling that Lambda Legal described as ‘a game changer, ‘ the panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on April 19 that federal law requires school districts that receive money through the U. S. government – to put it differently, almost all of them – to allow Transgender students to use restrooms that conform to their gender identity. At problem was the interpretation of the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex in Name IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In a 2-1 vote, the 4th Circuit panel found that will ‘sex’ covers gender identity and therefore protects Trans students. ‘Wowie, yowie, zowie!!! ‘ Lambda Legal nationwide legal director John Davidson announced on Facebook. ‘The Fourth Circuit just ruled that Title IX obligates schools that receive government financial assistance to allow transgender learners to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. This is a online game

WA state’s anti-Trans initiatives: Judge rules against bigots on ballot language

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer A superior court judge has ruled against sponsors of a series of anti-Trans initiatives in Washington, leaving the state attorney general’s description of their ballot measures more or less intact. Local LGBT activists said they were ‘deeply pleased’ with the judge’s decision. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is charged with writing the descriptions of ballot initiatives that appear in voter guides and statewide ballots. His description of the measures designed to prohibit Trans people from using gender-appropriate restrooms did not meet the approval of the initiatives’ sponsors, so they sued to get more appealing language on the ballot. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch ruled against them on April 13. The ballot summary will now read as follows – depending on which of several initiatives ultimately qualify for the ballot: ‘Initiative Meas

Mayor Ed Murray discusses travel bans to hate states NC and MS

by Victor Hawthorne – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed executive orders in recent weeks banning official City of Seattle travel by City of Seattle employees to both North Carolina and Mississippi after the two states passed similar anti-LGBT laws. While the move is largely symbolic, as it would have virtually no direct economic impact on the two states, it is nonetheless important as it sends a strong message against discrimination at a pivotal time. In an interview with Mayor Murray on Thursday, April 14, I asked him to discuss his ban in greater detail and what it means for North Carolina, Mississippi, and the City of Seattle. Mayor Murray began the conversation by stressing why it was important to take a stand against hate. ‘I thought it was very important for a city like Seattle, with one of the most dynamic business communities on the planet, to stand up and say something about this issue…to refl

Euro Parliament speaks out for LGBTI rights in Honduras

In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament expressed the deep concern at the climate associated with extreme violence against LGBTI individuals and activists in Honduras, and called for measures to address the situation. The particular pattern of violence has significantly worsened after the 2009 coup d’état. Since then, 222 LGBTI people have been killed, including many human rights activists. The latest […]

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Splendour doesn’t pay PayPal to terminate NC operations center

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The state of New york learned that discrimination doesn’t pay upon April 5, when PayPal announced it was canceling plans for a new global operations center in Charlotte now, North Carolina’s largest city. The center would have provided more than 400 new jobs for Charlotte residents, but like many other corporations, PayPal made a decision it could not invest in a state that legalized anti-LGBT discrimination. On March 23, the North Carolina legislature rammed through a law repealing Charlotte’s new nondiscrimination ordinance and forbidding the state’s municipalities from enacting protections for LGBT residents or raising the particular minimum wage above $7. 25 per hour. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law the same day. ‘The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the beliefs and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture, ‘ PayPal CEO Dan Schulman published

European Bisexual Conference goes to Amsterdam

The third European Bisexual Conference (EuroBiCon) is to be held in Amsterdam from July 28th to 31th, 2016. It starts on the 28th with the first European Bisexual Research Conference (EuroBiReCon), a day dedicated to academic research on bisexuality, followed by a three day community organised event. EuroBiCon brings together bisexual people and their allies from across Europe and beyond […]

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Best Bi Books of the past year

The yearly Bisexual Book Awards has revealed its shortlist for the fourth calendar year of awards with the best of bi literature in a range of categories. Final year’ s ten categories has slimmed slightly to nine, shedding the “ best anthology” area. The winners will be announced upon June 3rd. For more on bisexual books see our Bi Books page with past […]

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by Randy Wiger – Seattle Parks plus Recreation Seattle Parks and Entertainment is hosting a Free Job Fair for LGBTQ Teens, Youth and Allies on Saturday, April 2 from 1-3 p. m. in Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E). All youth of any age are welcome, and there will be many youth employment opportunities with regard to high school age (14-19) and young adults (19-24). (NOTE: Miller Community Provider is directly served by King County Metro Transit routes almost eight and 12, with nearby program by routes 10 and 48. ) The Job Fair pertaining to LGBTQ Youth and Allies is really a first-of-its-kind event that is seeking to connect LGBTQ teens and youth to jobs, internships, and work-readiness applications. The department hopes that 50 to 100 youth will take advantage of this opportunity, and that the Apr 2 event can lay the groundwork to make this an annual event. Beyond the fair itself, you will have ongoing dialogues with private field employers to look at

Bernie Sanders will be back in Seattle on Friday, March 25 TONIGHT!

by Victor Hawthorne – SGN Staff Writer Bernie Sanders is coming back to Seattle this evening [Friday, March 25] – scheduling a rally at Safeco Field in what will be his largest Washington venue yet. Sanders is returning to Washington state ahead of Washington’s Democratic Caucuses Saturday, March 26, making a stop in Yakima on Thursday [March 24] before arriving in Seattle. The Vermont senator made headlines earlier this week when more than 17,300 people turned out for Sanders’ packed rally at the Key Arena on Sunday, March 20. Well over 10,000 people filled the venue Sunday evening while a crowd of nearly 5,500 gathered outside and more than 1,000 people left after fans couldn’t fit into the arena. Sanders addressed the enthusiastic crowd outside before delivering his official speech indoors. Inside the arena, local progressive politicians and student leaders gave passionate speeches, stirring up the crowd before S

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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