London Bis: 10 Years On

London’ t Bi Meetup group is ten years old at the end of September, and to celebrate on 28th September they’ re having a pub crawl round all of their old meeting haunts. If you want to join them this is where they’ ll end up being: 6. 45pm: Tiger Tiger – where the group held its initial few meetings back in 2007. Just half an hour […]

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Trump thinks Neo-Nazis are ‘fine,’ but Obama-era legal protections have to go

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer While the Trump administration is reeling from the President’s public endorsement of Neo-Nazis and white nationalists as ‘fine people,’ his Justice Department is quietly reversing the verdicts on Obama-era policies that protect civil rights, healthcare, and the environment. ‘Many of these changes are not just changes in policy, but they’re actually reversing the U.S. government’s official position on what statutes mean,’ says David Cole, legal director for the ACLU. ‘What a statute means ought not to change from one administration to another. The law is the law.’ The sheer number of changes, plus the complete reversal of Obama-era guidelines and administrative rulings suggest that Trump’s aim is not merely to shift legal policy in a more conservative direction, but literally to dismantle all the legal precedents of his predecessor. In some cases, the new administration is threatenin

The particular Bi Week: 8-13 August 2017

It’s a new bisexual week within our calendar of bi events – and it’s a busy 7 days. Tuesday night in London Bisexual Subterranean meet at The Blue Posts, seventy eight Newman Street, London. It’s the pub meetup and; find out more here. Also that night it’s Brum Bi Group, a community-centre space group at the LGBT Centre, 38 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. […]

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Trump tweets sow confusion, fear among Trans service members ACLU says ‘Get in touch with us’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In a series of three early morning tweets on July 26, Donald Trump managed to throw the Pentagon into disarray and sow fear and confusion among Transgender people serving in the US military. ‘After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… ‘Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming… ‘Victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,’ the tweets read in sequence. Trump’s tweets apparently reverse the standing policy of the Defense Department, inaugurated last year by Pres. Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, that Trans people may serve openly in the US military and are entitled to transition services as part o

I won’t go, Ed Murray says Old documents spark new calls for resignation

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Embattled Seattle Mayor Ed Murray insisted he would not step down after the Seattle Times released documents showing that Oregon child protective officials believed that he had molested his foster son in the early 1980s. The documents – once thought to have been destroyed – resurfaced in the Times on July 16, and reignited the controversy around Murray’s sexual conduct. Murray was the defendant in a lawsuit filed three months ago charging that he’d had sex with a then-underage 15-year-old boy in the late 1980s. Other accusations of sexual abuse of teenage boys followed. The newly revealed documents come from one of those cases, complaints made by Murray’s one-time foster son Jeff Simpson. Murray’s long political career came to an abrupt end in May when he dropped out of the race for reelection. In June his accuser, Delvonn Heckard, dropped his lawsuit against Murray the day before H

Your Bi Week 17-23 July 2017

It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi events – and there’s lots upon around the country. Things get started on Wednesday when from 7. 45pm it is Swansea Bi Group at Mozarts, Walter Road. Which is in Swansea, obviously. Also that night it’s the particular monthly bi pub meet designed for Manchester BiPhoria. 8pm at the Waterhouse on Princess Street; they […]

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Members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS quit Trump ‘does not care,’ they charge

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Six of the 18 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned June 13, saying that Donald Trump ‘simply does not care’ about fighting the disease. In a June 16 op-ed in Newsweek magazine, Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained why he and his colleagues quit PACHA. ‘As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care,’ Schoettes wrote. ‘The Trump administration has no strategy to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and – most concerning – pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease… ‘While man

Your own Bi Week: 19-25 June

It’s a new bisexual week within our calendar of bi events – and there’s lots on around the country. Things get started on Tuesday whenever from 7. 45pm it’s Swansea Bi Group at Mozarts, Walter Road. Which is in Swansea, certainly. Also that night it’s the monthly bi pub meet for Manchester BiPhoria. 8pm at the Waterhouse on Princess Street; they […]

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Ed Murray accuser drops lawsuit Mayor considering write-in campaign

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Delvonn Heckard, the man who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of paying him for sex when he was underage, has dropped his lawsuit against Murray. Heckard’s attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, filed a motion to withdraw the complaint on June 13, and it was granted by a King County Superior Court. Beauregard filed the suit on Heckard’s behalf in April. Murray, who always denied Heckard’s allegations, dropped his run for re-election last month. At a June 14 press conference, Murray said he’d been ‘vindicated’ by withdrawal of the lawsuit and did not rule out running for re-election as a write-in candidate. Heckard’s suit was dismissed ‘without prejudice,’ meaning he can still file additional complaints against Murray, and Beauregard said his client would definitely refile his suit after he completes his drug rehab program next year. Beauregard also said his client would stand a better chance afte

Seattle releases gender identity guidelines for City employees

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle’s Department of Human Resources (SDHR) released its new ‘Guidance on Gender Identity in the Workplace’ document on June 8. The 38-page document is intended to offer support to City employees who are transitioning, Transgender, or nonbinary, as well as advise their departments on how to accommodate them. In March 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order mandating that that City facilities take steps toward being safe and welcoming places for all residents and employees, including Transgender and gender-diverse people. The executive order instructed the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) to work with community-based organizations to develop uniform guidance and trainings for City staff on providing safe and inclusive spaces for residents. It also directed SOCR to collaborate with the SDHR to develop a list of best practices for creating gender-inclusive work