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

END OF AN ERA: Two Seattle LGBTQ landmarks demolished in one week

by MK Scott – SGN Contributing Writer We knew this very day was coming, but to lose not just one, but two buildings, that each meant so much to many in the Seattle LGBTQ Community (during Pride Week, no less): I am talking about the house on 303 17th Ave. E. (home towards the Seattle AIDS Support Group, later on called Dunshee House, and then Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Middle for 26 years) and the previous Brass Door and later Metal Connection and later incarnations (a Gay bar and dance membership with various owners and titles for over 20 years) at 722 E. Pike St . For SASG, who vacated the house and moved in late 2015 to its present location on 15th Ave. E. between E. Denny Way and E. John St ., it was not clear that the 2, 460 SF home that was built in 1906 would actually be torn down. So last week’s demolition surprised even personally. Even when Seattle had its LGBT Community Center from 2002 in order to 2008, SASG House (also called Dunshee House, from 2004

Watch with Pride in London

On Saturday 8th July, tens of thousands of people will join the London LGBT Pride parade. Pride in London, to use its formal name, has strict restrictions on taking part in the parade (as we understand it, they have to book the roads to be closed for a certain amount of time and an extra couple of thousand people rocking […]

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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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