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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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

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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