Interview: Going to the Palace

Jen Yockney became the very first person to appear in the Honours Checklist with an MBE “for services to the bisexual community” on the Queen’s birthday celebration last June. Tiff asked the girl some questions (and then Jen added one of her own). The particular Honours List! What happens and how do you find out about it? You get a notice that tells you […]

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Ed Murray wins key union endorsement

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray won a key endorsement in his race for re-election on February 15, when he secured the support of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC). The MLKCLC includes some 150 union locals representing more than 80,000 workers and is the largest county labor council in the state. Its endorsement opens the way for financial contributions and assistance in get-out-the-vote campaigns. Murray had already been endorsed by some of the Labor Council’s biggest members, including UNITE HERE 8, representing hotel and restaurant workers; the Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 19 affiliated unions; AFSCME Council 2, representing county and city employees; Professional and Technical Employees 17, the largest union representing City of Seattle workers; Laborers 242, representing hod carriers and general laborers; IBEW 77, representing electrical w


Friday night sees an LGBT History Month talk within Leicester from Tom Robinson. Tom’ s best known as a Radio six DJ these days but in the 70s the Tom Robinson Band was scoring chart hits with music like 2-4-6-8 Motorway and demonstration song Glad to be Gay. Then in the 80s the tabloids obtained in a frenzy about the girlfriend […]

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Washington AG sues to block Trump immigration ban

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Washington State Lawyer General Bob Ferguson filed case on January 30 seeking to block Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Along with Trump, the suit names some other high-ranking federal officials and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants. Ferguson also filed a movement for a temporary restraining order to prevent implementation of Trump’s executive purchase immediately and nationwide. The lawyer general asked the court to schedule a hearing on his suit inside 14 days. Ferguson charges that the executive order barring immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries violates the similar protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution and the Initial Amendment ban on establishment associated with religion. Trump’s order also contravenes the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the lawsuit says. Nearby mega-corporations Amazon and Expedia joined up with the

Your Bi Diary: 23 – 29 January 2017

Get out of the house, go to a bi group and make new bi-mates immediately at bi meetups across the country! Immediately there’s a bit of a London skew to what’s going in our weekly diary… Monday in London it’s the Over 50s Bi Group at 6pm at AgeUK, Tavis House, Tavistock Square. Then on Thursday in London […]

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HRC proud to join social justice actions standing for equality at dawn of Trump administration

HRC among sponsors of major upcoming events in Washington, DC, including Women’s March and rally for immigrant and refugee rights WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that it is proud to both sponsor and join in major social justice actions next week in the nation’s capital, raising up our shared and continuing fight for equality for all. A contingent of HRC staff, members and volunteers will be participating in both the ‘We Are Here To Stay’ rally for immigrant and refugee rights and the ‘We Shall Not Be Moved March on Washington’ for civil rights on January 14; and the ‘Women’s March on Washington’ on January 21. HRC is a sponsor of both the ‘Women’s March,’ and the ‘We Are Here To Stay’ rally. ‘At a time of great uncertainty for our country, we join our fellow Americans in standing up and

Friday 13th: unlucky for marriage change

A Parliamentary bid to open up civil partnerships in order to mixed-sex couples has failed to progress to third reading after a debate in the House of Commons today. The Personal Member’ s Bill “ Municipal Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment)” has been brought forward by Conservative MP Tim Loughton. It ran out of time at its second reading nowadays despite cross-party support from Tory, Labour, […]

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Tough words from Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer: We’ll fight Trump ‘tooth and nail’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In his first speech as Democratic leader in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer promised not to ‘be a rubber stamp’ for Donald Trump. Schumer was chosen by his Democratic colleagues to succeed outgoing leader Harry Reid, who did not run for re-election. Reid had been Democratic leader since 2005. In a 20-minute speech on the Senate floor soon after the new 115th Congress was sworn in, Schumer promised to work with Trump when he could but ‘fight him tooth and nail’ when he had to. ‘It is our job to do what’s best for the American people, the middle class, and those struggling to get there. If the president-elect proposes legislation that achieves that … we will work in good faith to perfect and, potentially, enact it,’ Schumer said. ‘When he doesn’t, we will resist,’ he added. ‘We’ll fight him tooth and nail when he appeals to the baser instincts that hav

Fulfill bis in 2017…this week!

The run up to brand new year has been quiet on the bi calendar but things kick back away from again the day after tomorrow, The month of january 3rd. There are dates in the journal for bis in and around Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Upon Tuesday 3rd there are two talky-space type meetings in community centers. It’s Manchester BiPhoria at the LGBT […]

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Orlando, florida PD adopts SPD Safe Location program at six-month Pulse shooting anniversary

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Earlier this week, the six-month anniversary from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, florida, Florida took place, and Seattle got something to contribute. The city associated with Orlando announced an initiative on December 12 called Safe Place, a rainbow-colored police-badge decal upon windows or front doors of businesses and organizations that will indicate a location where a victim can go to feel safe. A victim, business owner, or employee can call 911 as well as a police officer will respond. If the plan seems familiar to you, that is because Safe Place is a program that will SPD LGBTQ Liaison Officer John Ritter developed with the help of community groupings like Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea); it went into effect in May 2015. Since then, the program has been adopted simply by police departments around the nation and even as far away as Japan. Nevertheless , few of those locations are because meaningful as Orlando, where the LGBTQ and