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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Transgender service members sue Trump

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as ‘Jane Doe’ in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders). The lawsuit – now known as Doe v. Trump – charges that Trump’s tweets barring Trans people from military service ‘upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.’ This undermining of Trans service members’ expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs have also been injured by Trump’s new policy barring them from military service, their attor

Primary election roundup: Seattle will have a woman mayor

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer For the first time since 1928, Seattle will have a woman Mayor in January 2018. Four women topped the ballot in the race to succeed Ed Murray as Mayor of Seattle. Leading the pack, and almost certain to make it onto the November ballot is former US Attorney and out Lesbian Jenny Durkan, with almost a third of the votes in a 21-candidate field. Urban planner Cary Moon is currently leading Queer lawyer, activist, and artist Nikkita Oliver, but by less than 3,000 votes. One of the two will faceoff against Durkan in November. Former State Representative Jessyn Farrell is in fourth place, another 3,000 votes behind Oliver. Bob Hasegawa, in fifth place – 5,000 votes behind Farrell – is the highest male vote-getter in the race. Durkan is backed by outgoing Mayor Ed Murray and Murray’s Chamber of Commerce allies. Until this spring, Murray was the odds-on favorite to win reel

LGBT Americans have no rights under federal law, DOJ says DOJ brief contradicts EEOC ruling

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer LGBT Americans are not protected by federal civil rights law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a brief filed July 26. DOJ intervened in a lawsuit brought by a Gay skydiving instructor, Donald Zarda, who charged that his employer fired him because of his sexual orientation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967. The suit is now being heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency charged with enforcing civil rights laws in the workplace – agreed with Zarda that Title VII’s ban on discrimination based on sex also covered sexual orientation. The EEOC has maintained that Title VII bans discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2014, saying it is based on sex stereotyping, and therefore discrimination on the basis of sex. The agency ruled in 2012 that Title VII bars d

WorldPride 2017 in Madrid a Pride trifecta

by Ed Walsh – SGN Contributing Writer More than a million people flooded Madrid amid tight security last weekend for WorldPride 2017, which for the first time combined WorldPride and EuroPride with Madrid Pride going along for the ride effectively making it a Pride trifecta. The festivities lasted ten days, ending on Sunday July 2, with the passing of the baton to New York City, which will host WorldPride 2019, during the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The closing ceremony also included a memorial tribute to gay flag creator Gilbert Baker, who died in March. The WorldPride parade began on Saturday, July 1, at 5pm and didn’t conclude until after midnight. Organizers had expected as many as three million people would attend at least some of the 10-day celebration (June 23-July 2). Two TV stations broadcast the entire parade live. Local media reported that 1.5 million turned out to watch or participate in Saturday’s parade. Tourists f