Wa state man receives VA benefits as surviving spouse of deceased husband in a precedent setting decision

Making the promise of Marriage Equality a lived reality regarding Washingtonians Washington man receives amended death certificate, VA benefits after being recognized as surviving spouse associated with deceased husband In June 2015, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that it is unconstitutional for states in order to ban marriages of same-sex young couples. The ripple effects of the Court’s decision are now permitting LGBT people to obtain long-overdue recognition of their marriages. Legal Voice and the office associated with Senator Patty Murray recently helped to secure one such victory for May well Krumbach, who has fought for years to acquire legal recognition of his relationship to his deceased husband, Jerry Hatcher. Joe and Jerry married in a religious ceremony in Seattle in 2003. Jerry, a decorated veteran, passed away in 2008. Due to the fact Washington had an unconstitutional law on the books when he died that prohibited marriages of same-sex young couples, Jerry’s death certificate

Sleazeball pharmaceutical exec hikes price of AIDS drug 5,500% ‘We needed to turn a profit’ he says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The price of an important AIDS drug will rise 5,500%, from $13.50 to $750 per dose, the drug’s manufacturer announced September 20. Daraprim, the trade name for pyrimethamine, is used to combat protozoal infections usually transmitted through food. Most people can easily fight off the infections even without medications, but for people whose immune systems are compromised – HIV patients, for example – the infection could be deadly. Experts say that no other drug can give the same results. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system. Pharmaceutical exec Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, acquired rights to manufacture the drug just this month. ‘We needed to turn a profit on this drug,’ Shkreli, told Bloomberg TV. ‘The companies before us were actually giving it away a

Ministerial support for Bi Visibility Time

For that third year running the UK Minister for Women and LGBT Equality provides messaged support for Bi Presence Day. The past two years this was a note from Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson. With the change of government in May the role has shifted to Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage, who tweeted: Today is #BiVisibilityDay globally, celebrating #BiPride & raising awareness […]

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43rd District Dems snub Pamela Banks, vote ‘No Endorsement’ in District 3 City Council race Frontrunner Socialist Kshama Sawant barred from endorsement by Dem rules

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Despite appeals from State Sen. Jamie Pedersen and from the candidate herself, the 43rd District Democratic Party organization refused to endorse Pamela Banks in her race for a City Council seat from District 3. Instead, 49 out of the 89 votes cast at the group’s September 14 meeting were for ‘No Endorsement.’ The vote was a clear victory for incumbent City Council member Kshama Sawant, who is seeking re-election in the district that includes Capitol Hill and the Central District, as well as wealthier areas in Madison Park and Montlake. Because Sawant is a member of the Socialist Alternative party and not a Democrat, she was barred from getting the Democratic group’s endorsement, or even speaking at their meeting. In her speech to the party organization, Banks made an overtly partisan appeal. ‘We need a Democratic city council member, which I am, an

Officer Whitlatch fired by SPD Chief O’Toole

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was served September 15 with a termination notice for sustained policy violations involving bias, abuse of police discretion, and escalation of a contact on July 9, 2014. Whitlatch sparked a media and public backlash against SPD when video taken from the dashcam in her car showed that she had used bias policing to stop and harass William Wingate, 69, for doing nothing besides leaning on a golf club like a cane. She states that she thought he swung the golf club at her car. The video also catches her lying to the officer who shows up after she calls for backup when she believes Wingate has become uncooperative. Even though the man is obviously confused as to why she stopped him in the first place, and continually tells her to “call somebody else’ to the scene, she refuses to communicate with him without yelling, at one point has her nightstick out, and yells over and over again for h

Fulfill bis this week: 14-20 September

Wish to meet new bi-mates? There are lots of possibilities this week around the UK. On Wednesday, 15 September Wolverhampton Bis – Third Way group – fulfill from 7pm at the LGBT center, 4 Salop St, Wolverhampton WV3 0RX Also that night it’ t Bi Swansea at 7. 45pm at Mozarts on Walter Street. Text 07982 308812 or e-mail BiSwansea1@yahoo. co. uk for more […]

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Attack on Gay sex workers leads to national conversation about the nature of the business

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Sometimes even when something seems dire, ridiculous or just plain wrong, there is a silver lining that can be found. A lesson learned. An ‘ah ha’ that appears on the horizon. I think that is what we are seeing in the case of the Office of Homeland Security’s raid on Gay website www.rentboy.com. With national media chiming in, sex worker activists mobilizing and becoming increasingly more vocal in their condemnation of the raid, it appears that the poor decision made by law enforcement to ‘crack down’ on so-called illegal prostitution has moved the conversation to levels that haven’t been seen before. We might just be witnessing the beginning of the end for outlawing sex work. And it began with people defending a Gay website for sex. At the risk of sounding cliché, I submit to you that times have indeed … changed. THE STONEWALL OF SEX WORK
On August 25, federal police in concurrence with

SPD accountability office screwed up Whitlatch investigation, police union chargesOfficial exempt from discipline because OPA took too long

simply by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle police officer Cynthia Whitlatch – accused of racist policing in an incident involving an elderly African American man – can’t be self-disciplined for her actions because the Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) allowed the investigation to drag on too long, according to the union that signifies police officers. Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Ron Smith said in a press release dated September 1 that his union’s contract with the City of Seattle stipulates that SPD might not discipline officers if the investigation of the complaint against them takes greater than 180 days. The investigation towards Whitlatch, Smith says, took 323 days before being completed on July 24. Whitlatch stopped then-69-year-old William Wingate on July 9, 2014, ordered him to drop the particular golf club he was using as being a cane, and subsequently arrested him. A dashcam video shows

Kentucky county clerk jailed for contemptDeputies will issue licenses

by Mike Toby – SGN Staff Writer Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is within jail and her deputy clerks say they will issue marriage licenses to all qualified applicants. After a Sept 3 hearing, U. S. District Judge David Bunning found Davis in contempt and sent the girl to jail until she agrees to comply with his August twelve order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis refused to issue any marriage licenses at all after the U. S. Great Court ruled that Lesbian plus Gay couples have a right to get married to. Six couples – same-sex plus opposite-sex – are suing the girl to force her to perform the girl duties as County Clerk. ‘The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued purchase, ‘ Judge Bunning said. ‘If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that is certainly what potentially causes problems. ‘ The ACLU, which filed the particular motion asking Bunning to find Davis in contempt, had

BiPhoria for Best Network Award

Manchester bi group BiPhoria continues to be shortlisted for the Inclusive Networks prize for best social network. From over 450 nominations, 6 groups were shortlisted for Social Network of the Year on a shortlist for the award which covers all diversity strands. Thomas Anderson from Inclusive Networks commented, “ Nominations for the awards were obtained by networks, the organisations they represent, other […]

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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