HRC proud to join social justice actions standing for equality at dawn of Trump administration

HRC among sponsors of major upcoming events in Washington, DC, including Women’s March and rally for immigrant and refugee rights WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that it is proud to both sponsor and join in major social justice actions next week in the nation’s capital, raising up our shared and continuing fight for equality for all. A contingent of HRC staff, members and volunteers will be participating in both the ‘We Are Here To Stay’ rally for immigrant and refugee rights and the ‘We Shall Not Be Moved March on Washington’ for civil rights on January 14; and the ‘Women’s March on Washington’ on January 21. HRC is a sponsor of both the ‘Women’s March,’ and the ‘We Are Here To Stay’ rally. ‘At a time of great uncertainty for our country, we join our fellow Americans in standing up and

These people baaack! Backholm group files brand new bathroom initiative

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Just Need Privacy – the group that introduced us I-1515 last year – has filed a new initiative aimed at stopping Transgender Washingtonians from using gender-appropriate restrooms. Although the group is still headed by veteran anti-LGBT extremist Joseph Backholm, the paperwork for the as-yet-unnumbered effort was filed on January nine by three women: Kaeley Triller Haver, Kristi Merritt, and Cassandra Nelson. The new initiative is essentially a retread of I-1515. It would include language to the state’s civil legal rights law that would prevent Trans individuals, and especially students, from using restrooms or locker rooms that correspond to their particular gender identity. In fact , the effort would throw the whole idea of gender self-identification out the window and base gender solely ‘upon the person’s sex or gender as motivated or that existed biologically or even genetically at the time of a person’s

Friday 13th: unlucky for marriage change

A Parliamentary bid to open up civil partnerships in order to mixed-sex couples has failed to progress to third reading after a debate in the House of Commons today. The Personal Member’ s Bill “ Municipal Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment)” has been brought forward by Conservative MP Tim Loughton. It ran out of time at its second reading nowadays despite cross-party support from Tory, Labour, […]

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Tough words from Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer: We’ll fight Trump ‘tooth and nail’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In his first speech as Democratic leader in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer promised not to ‘be a rubber stamp’ for Donald Trump. Schumer was chosen by his Democratic colleagues to succeed outgoing leader Harry Reid, who did not run for re-election. Reid had been Democratic leader since 2005. In a 20-minute speech on the Senate floor soon after the new 115th Congress was sworn in, Schumer promised to work with Trump when he could but ‘fight him tooth and nail’ when he had to. ‘It is our job to do what’s best for the American people, the middle class, and those struggling to get there. If the president-elect proposes legislation that achieves that … we will work in good faith to perfect and, potentially, enact it,’ Schumer said. ‘When he doesn’t, we will resist,’ he added. ‘We’ll fight him tooth and nail when he appeals to the baser instincts that hav

Fulfill bis in 2017…this week!

The run up to brand new year has been quiet on the bi calendar but things kick back away from again the day after tomorrow, The month of january 3rd. There are dates in the journal for bis in and around Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Upon Tuesday 3rd there are two talky-space type meetings in community centers. It’s Manchester BiPhoria at the LGBT […]

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Biggest local LGBTQ news of 2016

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor While it is true that 2016 will go down in history as one of the worst for LGBTQ people (the Pulse shooting, anti-Trans initiatives, etc.), we still have a great deal to look back on with pride in Seattle as far as this year is concerned. While there is still a great amount of work left to do, Seattle’s LGBTQ population made some advances in 2016, and we continue to see more and more allies on our side when our rights are challenged, our safety is called into question, and our children are bullied. Seattle Gay News has compiled a list of some of the biggest LGBTQ local news items of 2016: WASHINGTON SAFE ALLIANCE COALITION DEFEATS I-1515 This year, a coalition of organizations and individuals across Washington state joined together to defend long-standing anti-discrimination laws, especially for the Transgender community. The Washington SAFE Alliance successfully preven

Barack Obama: most LGBT-friendly president in history

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Article writer When Barack Obama turns the presidency over to Donald Trump in noon on January 20, he can leave office as the most LGBT-friendly president in US history. Obama’s agenda was impeded by Conservative control of the US House of Representatives after the 2010 election, by the obstructionism of Senate Republicans, and by lukewarm support from some members of his own party. Nevertheless, he built a solid record on LGBT problems. Obama’s administration supported the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Junior. Hate Crimes Prevention Act – the first recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity as shielded classes in federal law. Obama signed the measure into law in his first year in workplace, on October 28, 2009. His signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), signed in March 2010 after nearly a year of political wrangling, included a requirement that insurance providers

Inslee, Jayapal declare state a hate-free zone Demonstrators heckle Murray, Constantine

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal and Gov. Jay Inslee declared Washington state a ‘hate-free zone’ at a December 19 press conference attended by other elected officials, labor and community activists, and the public. Hate-Free Zone was the name of an organization founded by Jayapal to protect immigrants in the wake of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The group is now called OneAmerica and is the state’s leading immigrant rights organization. ‘We stand ready to take on any federal actions that undermine this state as a sanctuary and refuge for all people,’ Jayapal said in her speech. ‘Just as we did 15 years ago, we reaffirm our promise to each other and declare our state, the state of Washington, a hate-free state… ‘Here in Washington state, we refuse to succumb to fear-based politics. We know using fear to advance an agenda is an old and practiced tac

Birmingham opens its doors for Christmas – again

Birmingham LGBT Centre have announced, following on through last year’s successful event, are going to holding their fourth annual Christmas Day party for the LGBT community. Steph Keeble, Director at Luton LGBT states “Christmas can be a difficult time for many LGBT people who may be estranged using their birth families. It is traditionally an extremely heteronormative festival with a big […]

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ERW takes conversion therapy ban on the road

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Equal Rights Washington (ERW) will build on its victory in getting the Seattle City Council to ban conversion therapy, Executive Director Monisha Harrell told a Town Hall forum on December 11, and try to pass similar ordinances in many other Washington cities. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on August 2 to prohibit conversion therapy for minors with the city limits and impose hefty fines on violators. ERW proposed the local ordinance because a bill banning the practice has been stalled for years in the state legislature. ‘We’ve always wanted to pursue legislation against conversion therapy on a statewide level,’ Harrell explained to the SGN. ‘That’s more comprehensive, and the state deals with licenses. Cities and municipalities can’t suspend the licenses of people who practice conversion therapy. ‘But cities can make it illegal, and they can fine people who d

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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