The particular Bisexual Diary: 1-7 May 2017

Welcome to May! When the excited motorway tailbacks of a Financial institution Holiday Monday weekend are behind us there’ s a smattering of bi meets around the country to look forward to. Get your journal out! On Tuesday 2nd there are two talky-space type meetings within community centres. It’s Manchester BiPhoria at the LGBT Foundation on Richmond Street at 7. 30pm. Their web […]

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Ed Murray to Seattle: I ask for your supportand Seattle Times in order to Murray: Drop out!

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray reaffirmed his intention to seek re-election and asked voters for his or her support in a statement issued Apr 12. The same day, the conventional Seattle Times newspaper called for Murray to drop his re-election bid. Admitting that the charges of child misuse made against him in a suit filed April 6 were ‘very painful to me and Michael, ‘ Murray’s statement went on to say the accusations were ‘simply not true. ‘ ‘Without offering any evidence, ‘ Murray continued, ‘the accuser offers described me in very specific and intimate detail, and his accusation depends on these descriptions being accurate. If this description is inaccurate, the particular accusation cannot be credible. Yesterday, I provided material evidence refuting the particular accusation. The accusation should be put to rest. ‘ In the legal action, the plaintiff, identified only because DH, alleges that he had repeated

Trump to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT Americans

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Donald Trump has issued an executive order allowing companies that do business with the federal government to discriminate against LGBT Americans. The order, issued March 27, revokes President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 – the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ order – requiring companies receiving large federal contracts to demonstrate that they have complied for at least three years with 14 federal laws, several of which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender stereotyping, or gender identity. Among the 14 laws included in the Obama-era order are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sex in employment. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argued that di

Immigration lawsuit: Local Congress members side with Seattle

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Both Seattle-area members of Congress announced their support for the City of Seattle in its dispute with the Trump administration over immigration policies. Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, threatened to cut off federal funds to cities like Seattle that refuse to play ball with ICE agents seeking to arrest and deport undocumented residents. In response, Seattle has filed suit against the administration. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to Seattle’s decision to file a lawsuit challenging provisions of President Trump’s executive order targeting sanctuary cities: ‘Seattle has been at the forefront of standing up for immigrants for decades. As one of the most welcoming cities in one of the most welcoming states in the country, we understand that our communities are stronger when o

Ed Murray vs. Jeff Sessions on immigration enforcement Seattle sues Trump administration

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The City of Seattle is suing the Trump administration over threats by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut off federal funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’ In its lawsuit, filed March 29, Seattle says that it is acting in accord with federal law and the US Constitution, and that the Trump administration has no cause to deny it federal funds to which it is entitled. At issue is Trump’s Executive Order 13768, which threatened to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, and Sessions’ reading of US Code 1373, the federal law which says cities cannot block federal authorities from gaining information about an individual’s immigration status. Sessions made a surprise appearance at a March 27 White House press conference to issue an ultimatum to sanctuary cities, including Seattle. ‘The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying fo

Ed Murray gets a new endorsement and a new opponent

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray got a new endorsement in his bid for re-election and a new opponent, both on March 10. Murray was endorsed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, perhaps his highest-profile backer to date. ‘I am proud to support Mayor Murray’s campaign for re-election,’ Ferguson said in a statement. ‘With the Trump administration threatening our immigrant and refugee families and our transgender students, it is critical that we have local leaders in our cities like Mayor Murray. He has shown he will not be intimidated by the administration’s tactics. Just as Mayor Murray stands with the people of Seattle, I stand with him.’ Other big names who have endorsed Murray include former Gov. Christine Gregoire and former Labor Secretary and current DNC Chair Tom Perez. Also jumping on board the Murray bandwagon were United Food and Commerci

Bisexual identity on the rise?

Another figure suggests more young people are determining as bisexual than as lesbian or gay. In the past identity research that separate out bisexual through lesbian and gay identity have often shown more gay and lesbian individuals than bi people. The UK’ s Office for National Statistics for example when first publishing figures on this question has tended to demonstrate around […]

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State Supreme Court rules against anti-LGBT Richland florist State has compelling interest in eradicating discrimination, justices say

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Pasco florist Barronelle Stutzman was correctly prosecuted and fined for refusing to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. Stutzman claimed that she refused to sell wedding flowers to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed for their 2013 wedding because same-sex marriage violates her Christian beliefs. In a strongly worded ruling, all nine Supreme Court justices disagreed. ‘The State of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,’ Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud wrote for the full court in its February 16 decision. ‘We therefore hold that the conduct for which Stutzman was cited and fined in this case – refusing her commercially marketed wedding floral services to Ing

Trump wants to allow discrimination on spiritual grounds The Nation publishes leaked anti-LGBT order

by Mike Andrew : SGN Staff Writer The Nation journal has published a document it says is a leaked draft of the executive order intended to curtail LGBT rights and reproductive choice. ‘The draft order seeks to create low cost exemptions for people and organizations whom claim religious or moral arguments to same-sex marriage, premarital intercourse, abortion, and trans identity, and it also seeks to curtail women’s entry to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act, ‘ The Nation reports. ‘The White House did not react to requests for comment, but when asked Monday about whether a religious freedom executive order was in the works, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, ‘I’m not really getting ahead of the executive orders that individuals may or may not issue. There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the president has talked about and will continue to keep fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now. ‘

EU-wide recognition of adoption rights

Today, the particular European Parliament adopted a report (by a huge margin – 533 just for, 41 against) demanding the automated recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition need to happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ sexual orientation. The report highlights that the lack of provisions for the recognition currently cause […]

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