Seattle Pride president steps down as Pride Parade organizers anger community over sponsorship debacle

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor On Thursday, just weeks away from Seattle’s Pride Parade (June 26), Seattle Pride president Eric Bennett stepped down as the head of the organization that plans the annual event after a sponsorship debacle first reported in a column in the Seattle Times. Kevin Toovey, the current Vice-President of Seattle Pride will serve as interim president. On Wednesday Seattle Times writer Danny Westneat wrote that Delta airlines had just secured a three-year sponsorship deal for Pride Parade 2016 that would exclude Alaska airlines employees from marching if they were identified by the name ‘Alaska Airlines’ or branded with any corporate logos. He called the news the ‘Great Airline Gay Sponsorship Skirmish of 2016.’ And some would reluctantly agree, I think. Not just for the obvious (the icky truth that, at times, sponsorship money seems more important than the event itself) either, b

Bi Diary 16-22 May

Make brand new bi-mates this week at bi meetups across the country! Monday from 6pm it is London‘s Over-50s bi group, at the Age UK centre, Tavis Home, Tavistock Square, London. WC1H 9NA. Alternatively there’ s a bi talk for LGBT History Month at the University of Kent in Canterbury at 7. 30pm; information here. Tuesday it’s the turn of Manchester‘s bi pub fulfill, […]

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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ACLU-WA Deputy Lawful Director Jennifer ShawI-1515 is definitely illegal, ACLU attorney says

by Mike Toby – SGN Staff Writer I-1515 is illegal, according to an ACLU attorney working with Washington Won’t Discriminate, the organization set up to defeat the anti-Transgender measure should it achieve the November ballot. Jennifer Shaw, Deputy Legal Director ACLU Washington, told SGN that the initiative probably violates both state and federal laws, plus Washington Won’t Discriminate is focusing on possible legal actions to countertop it. ‘At this point it’s still too early to set the legal strategy, ‘ Shaw said, ‘because we don’t even know if it may qualify for the ballot, and we how to start what the voters will do. ‘ Among the problems, Shaw told SGN, is that opponents of the initiative cannot document a preemptive suit to keep it from the ballot. ‘In Washington state law it’s well established that challenges should come after voters have made their decision, ‘ she said. ‘The only time I

#YesGawd | It’s All Butch #Lesbian Calendars: Get Yours While It’s Hot!

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Washington Won’t Discriminate asks supporters to go public

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor It’s been exactly one week since the launch of Washington Won’t Discriminate, the No On I-1515 campaign to stop discrimination from coming to Washington, and the campaign reports that the effort already ‘has tens of thousands of supporters.’ In a message to Washington Won’t Discriminate supporters this week, campaign Chair Seth Kirby said, ‘As I write this, signatures are being gathered for a petition that would put I-1515 on Washington’s November ballot to repeal parts of our state’s non-discrimination law that for 10 years has guaranteed fair and equal treatment for our Transgender family members, neighbors, and co-workers.’ In order for I-1515 to qualify for public vote, the bigots will have to get 246,372 qualified signatures before July 8. Earlier this week, backers of I-1515 announced they’ve already collected 50,000 of the 250,000 petition signatures needed and there are rumors that th

Your own bi diary 2-8 May 2016

Welcome to May! It’s a new month and that always brings a fender crop of meetings dates for your weekly bi diary, so if you’re in the UK and looking to make new bi friends or find a safe space to talk about being bisexual, here’s your very best what’s on guide. Wednesday at 7pm in Glasgow it is Bi Scotland’s […]

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Wa Won’t Discriminate

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Publisher On Thursday, a broad-based coalition of law enforcement officers, clergy, sex-related assault prevention groups, businesses and many others working to block discriminatory I-1515 plus protect freedom, equality, and regard for everyone, launched Washington Won’t Discriminate. The campaign kickoff took place in 11 a. m. inside the First United Methodist Church in Renton. The packed house included mother and father of Transgender kids, religious commanders, current and former elected officials, and more. Washington Won’t Discriminate Campaign Chair Seth Kirby, told followers via email, ‘Discrimination is not the Washington value. That’s why, for more compared to 10 years, our state laws possess prohibited discrimination, including on the basis of sex-related orientation and gender identity. ‘ ‘But now, there’s an effort underway to gather voter signatures on I-1515, a ballot initiative aimed at rolling back legal

Seattle Hate Crimes Conference

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The first-ever Seattle Police Department Seattle hate crimes conference, Understanding, Investigating and Responding to Hate Crimes, held at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) in Burien, April 27-28, brought together some of the nation’s most knowledgeable prosecutors, judges and other representatives from the Washington state judicial system and police officers from in and outside the State of Washington. According to SPD LGBTQ Community Liaison Officer Jim Ritter, who organized the conference, ‘This training is designed to educate members of the criminal justice community as to the current state of hate crimes within the Pacific Northwest and nation and how to properly identify, legislate, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.’ Ritter said the training would also ‘give instruction on collaborating with the communities impacted by these incidents and to assi

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

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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