BiCon: place and date known, just add bisexuals

The BiCon 2018 team have confirmed Salford as the host city of next summer’s big bi bash. The dates have moved forward two weeks though, to kick off on the 2nd August rather than the 16th. Two months ago at the closing plenary of BiCon 2017 it was noted that Salford had been in contention alongside other cities near the […]

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Governor Jay Inslee enthusiastically endorses Jenny Durkan

New web ad: ‘Very Jenny’ highlights her bold proposals including Seattle Promise and Micro-Housing Praising her progressive record and ability to get things done, Governor Jay Inslee announced his endorsement for former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan in the Seattle mayor’s race. In a new web ad, Governor Inslee highlights Durkan’s plans to build more micro-housing, create more affordable housing for thousands of families, and her Seattle Promise plan to provide free college tuition, which has been hailed as ‘bold’ and ‘progressive.’ Durkan has previously launched two web ads including ‘More Housing Now’ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0R9pZKfG8candfeature=youtu.be] and ‘Seattle Promise’ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULVZMlpjN3A] WATCH: ‘Very Jenny’ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf6JECskM08andfeature=youtu.be] Transcript of ‘Very Jenny’ Governor Jay Inslee: Hi – I’m J

Another Bi Boost

The latest statistics from ONS once again show more people identifying as bisexual – and again it’s a generational shift with younger people less likely to identify as straight. Emily Knipe, of the Population Statistics Division at the Office for National Statistics, says of the new figures: “In 2016, around 2% of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or […]

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Seattle/King County Clinic on October 26-29

People who struggle to access and/or afford dental, medical and eye care services may receive them free of charge at the largest free health clinic ever organized in the State of Washington, Seattle/King County Clinic, Oct. 26 – 29, in KeyArena at Seattle Center. Organizers of this extraordinary undertaking expect to help 4,000 people over the four-day period this year. Now in its fourth year, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together over 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofit entities, private businesses and thousands of volunteers to help underserved and vulnerable populations. Over the past three years, the Clinic has cared for 11,900 patients and provided over $10 million in services. Statistics show patients come to the Clinic from 262 unique zip codes and speak 37 primary languages. Many who seek service

The Queer Film Fest with the N in?

SQIFF (Scottish Andersrum (umgangssprachlich) International Film Festival) is in complete flow this month and unlike many ‘ queer’ film programs, this one hasn’ t forgotten the particular “ B”. The /bisexual section of their programme includes several tests around Scotland of “ Don’ t Look At Me That Way” the Edinburgh date of which (23rd) is followed by a discussion to enjoy Bi Visibility Day on bi […]

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DOJ files brief backing anti-Gay baker

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The US Department associated with Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief on September 7 support a Colorado baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a Gay and lesbian couple. In 2012, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, located in Lakewood, Colorado, refused service to David Mullins and Charlie Craig, saying that his religion disapproved of same-sex marriage and that he was prohibited simply by his beliefs from assisting the particular couple’s marriage. Mullins and Craig resided in Colorado but were married in Massachusetts because same-sex marriage was not yet legal in their home state. They ordered the cake from Phillips to commemorate their wedding with friends after they returned home. Phillips told CBS News that he opposed same-sex marriage so strongly that he would stop making wedding cakes altogether rather than create one for a Lesbian or Homosexual couple. Mullins and Craig after that complained to the Colorado

Pentagon puts Trans ban on hold as Trans service members sue Trump

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on August 29 that he will not implement Donald Trump’s order barring Transgender people from serving in the military until a Pentagon panel studies the issue and reports back. ‘Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the President concerning implementation of his policy direction,’ Mattis said in the statement. ‘In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place.’ The additional study will lead the Pentagon to determine if it will allow thousands of Transgender troops to continue to serve or how they will be discharged, and whether they will receive medical transition services. Trump first announced his new policy in a series of tweets on July 26. On August 25, Trump followed up with a formal memorandu

LGBT Survey at 90, 000 reactions

The Government Equalities Office is surveying LGBTI+ people in the UK in an paid survey running until October 15th – and over 90, 000 individuals have already taken part. The LGBT survey is intended to help the Government to understand the experiences of LGBT people across the UK. This will help identify methods to improve public services for LGBT users, including […]

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Grays Harbor Pride Festival incident: Bar owner accused of making threats and filing for a permit to hold anti-LGBTQ protest in response

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Staff Writer The organizers of Grays Harbor Pride are proud of the work they do each year, to promote awareness of the LGBTQ community, foster good relations with allies, and they are particularly proud of the message they send to the youth about community, love and acceptance. What started out as a crazy idea (would anyone support an LGBTQ Pride Festival in the area?) has turned into one of the area’s most anticipated and celebrated events. Local business owners, elected officials, and more than a few hundred residents support and attend the LGBTQ-focused events that include everything from drag shows to marches. On August 19, Grays Harbor Pride Festival observed its 4th year in existence. More people than ever attended several events that had been scheduled over the weekend and the feeling that the residents of Hoquiam, Washington and the surrounding towns, truly were ‘proud’ of the LGBTQ community that has, as of the la

Satisfaction London’s advisory board proposes revival

Pride in London’ s Independent Community Advisory Board (CAB) today releases its annual report on the 2017 Satisfaction in London events, which also consists of its thoughts on the future of the capital’ s LGBT+ Pride. Suggestions incorporate a rotating ‘ theme’ for the march with a bi block leading the march some years. Outlining the particular report they note that the CAB’ t membership is drawn from […]

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