SGN exclusive interview: Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan is running for office for the first time, but she’s no stranger to politics. A lawyer, former US attorney, family friend of the Gregoires, member of two police review boards, Mike Lowry staffer, and daughter of an 18-year veteran of the Washington state legislature, Durkan knows her way around the corridors of power. She announced her candidacy for mayor only three days after incumbent Ed Murray dropped out of the race in the wake of a sex abuse scandal. According to two recent polls, Durkan is likely to be one of the two candidates who will make it to the general election in November. Nevertheless, she has struggled to distinguish herself from her competition. ‘We are all varying shades of blue,’ she told the SGN. Asked explicitly what makes her different from the five or six other candidates who have a chance to make it through to Nov

Bis Hold On in UK Election

The UK General Election last night produced a polling upset – yet another in a recent run of these in the UK – as the governing Conservative party narrowly lost its vast majority in the House of Commons. Both the out-bi MPs who were defending their chairs were re-elected, with Cat Cruz (Labour, Lancaster) increasing her vast majority while Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative, Shrewsbury) […]

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BiPride at Pride London

The bank vacation weekend saw concern at the insufficient a Bi Section in this year’ s London LGBT Pride. The key reason why was very simple – no-one got booked a space. It’ s similar all across the country: bi sections on LGBT pride marches happen where bi groups or individuals organise bi sections on pride parades. Likewise for other strands – […]

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The bi week: 22-28 May 2017

It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi occasions – and this week’ s meetups for people under the big bisexual umbrella are in London and Birmingham. Greater london has the over 50s bi meetup on Monday. They note: “ Opening Doors London Bi The way in which Group (for over 50s) is usually held every fourth Monday of the month at Tavis House, […]

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Trump literally driving White House staff crazy, WaPo reports

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Donald Trump is quite literally driving his White House staff crazy, the Washington Post reports on May 18. One Republican operative in frequent contact with White House officials described them as ‘going through the stages of grief.’ Another said some aides have ‘moved to angry,’ frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but undermines the credibility of his staff by sending them out with one message only to reverse course later with a contradictory tweet or comment. A third source told the newspaper that Trump staffers are sticking around purely for self-interest, looking at White House service as a résumé builder. ‘The real question is, how long do you put up with it?’ this person said. ‘Every one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.’ According to these inside sources, the Trump team is tired and frustra

Rock and roll The Bi Vote

With a General Election a little more than a month away, are you registered in order to vote? You need to get on the electoral roll by 22 May to get your say come polling day. The political makeup UK govt will have even more influence on LGBT equality with Brexit, as so many of the reforms we have seen in the past […]

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Murray accuser reveals his identity, many unanswered questions remain

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The plaintiff in a sex abuse lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray – identified only as DH in the original court documents – revealed his identity in an April 18 court filing, but many unanswered questions remain in the case. The man is Delvonn Heckard, and he said in a letter released by his attorneys that he ‘expects’ Murray to remember him as ‘Delvonn’ but ‘doubts Mr. Murray ever knew his last name.’ According to allegations in his lawsuit, Heckard met Murray when he was 15 years old and had sex with him repeatedly over a period of years in return for money. In a statement issued shortly after Heckard revealed his name, Murray emphatically denied knowing him. ‘I can state categorically that I have never had a sexual relationship with this individual, Delvonn Heckard, of any kind or at any time,’ Murray says in the statement. ‘I have never paid fo

Suddenly it’s a race: Mike McGinn and Cary Moon challenge Ed Murray for mayor

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer A month ago, it looked like Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was strolling toward re-election in November. Now, in the wake of allegations that Murray paid for sex with a teenage boy 30 years ago, it looks like a race. On April 18 Murray’s 2013 opponent, Mike McGinn, jumped into the race. The next day, Cary Moon – urban planner, business heir, and anti-tunnel activist – declared her candidacy. In a front yard press conference announcing his run, McGinn all but admitted that he entered the race hoping to take advantage of the allegations against Murray. ‘Any candidate looks at the lay of the land,’ McGinn said. ‘I’m really trying to avoid talking about the mayor’s legal troubles. Of course I looked at the lay of the land.’ McGinn was mayor for one term before being defeated by Murray in 2013. ‘I think I can do a better job than Ed,’ he claimed, citing rising hous

5, 000 people married – without a wedding?

Almost two and a half thousand couples got married in 2014 – usually with no wedding! When same-sex marriage was introduced there was an option introduced for all those couples who had registered a civil partnership to be able to ‘ convert’ their partnership registration to relationship. This month’ s Office regarding National Statistics figures show that, following the introduction of the same-sex […]

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‘Decline to Sign’ I-1552, Tacoma rally says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Hundreds of Trans people and allies gathered at the University of Washington in Tacoma on February 25 to kick off the Decline to Sign I-1552 campaign. The initiative would reverse a ten-year-old civil rights law and bar Transgender Washingtonians from restrooms that match their gender identities. At the rally, openly Gay Tacoma City Councilmember Ryan Mello recalled that in 2002 Tacoma became one of the first cities in the country where voters approved an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting Transgender residents. He urged the crowd to ensure that I-1552 ‘never makes it on the ballot.’ Seth Kirby, chairman of the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign opposing I-1552, said his organization has gotten endorsements from law enforcement, business, and faith leaders. One of those faith leaders is Bishop Richard Jaech of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the Evang